Overall Score: C+

The Ram 1500 has always done things a bit differently from competitors, from offering the widest range of trims in the full-size truck category to having a number of class-exclusive features such as an air suspension and diesel engine.

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But before too long, the current Ram 1500 will drive off into the sunset. Ram introduced a new version of the 1500 at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2018. The new model promises key improvements in overall capability, refinement, fuel economy and interior appointments.

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What We Love About the 2018 Ram 1500:

  • Distinct exterior styling
  • One of the smoothest rides in the class
  • Updated UConnect System

 

What We Don’t Love About the 2018 Ram 1500:

  • Lacks a number of driver assistance features
  • Low towing and payload numbers compared to competitors
  • Heavy and numb steering makes the truck feel larger than it is

 

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Competitive Comparison 

We can’t talk about light-duty pickups without mentioning the 800-pound gorilla in the room: the Ford F-150. America’s best-selling vehicle for a number of years has a lot going for its current-generation. An excellent range of engines gives the F-150 class leading numbers in towing and hauling. Ford has also given the F-150 a number of active safety features and clever features such as an integrated step in the tailgate.

GM’s full-size trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra shouldn’t be discounted either. Both trucks offer one of the most powerful V8s in the class, along with providing a ride as smooth as the Ram 1500 does.

The biggest competitor to the 2018 Ram 1500 will be the upcoming 2019 Ram 1500 due later this spring. The 2019 model brings a number of interior, powertrain and suspension improvements, along with a lot of new tech in terms of safety and fuel economy.

The current Ram 1500 is getting up there in age, as evidenced by its lack of active safety features. It also trails competitors for towing and payload. But that doesn’t mean the 1500 should be overlooked. Ram still leads the pack in terms of ride quality and a design that stands out. Plus, the updated UConnect system adds some new features to keep the Ram 1500 competitive. Despite being one of the oldest trucks in the class, the 2018 Ram 1500 can still hold its own.

 

Now you can check out the FULL REVIEW for more expert tips on the 2018 Ram 1500’s:

  • Performance
  • Technology
  • Safety and quality ratings
  • Predicted reliability
  • Interior, comfort and ergonomics
  • Pricing, fuel economy and more

 

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