Pickup trucks have become some of the best-selling vehicles on the market. Today’s newest pickups can haul a big load while still providing an amazing amount of comfort. Whether you are looking for strong fuel economy or the latest high-tech features, Dodge Ram’s 2018 truck lineup is destined to leave you impressed.
2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman
Although the 1500 Tradesman is Dodge Ram’s least expensive truck model, it still brings a lot to the table. Many automotive journalists consider it to be the smoothest-riding pickup in the segment. Proven durability also remains one of the Tradesman model’s strong points. The 1500 Tradesman is highly recommended for the driver who needs a tough work truck.
Ram gives you three capable engines to choose from. With a total output of 305 horsepower and a highway fuel economy rating of 25 mpg, the base V6 engine proves to be a more than worthy choice. However, the optional EcoDiesel engine promises to deliver even better fuel efficiency. It is rated to return an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, Dodge Ram’s muscular Hemi V8 engine continues to leave drivers impressed. Its 395-horsepower output enables you to lug around up to 10,640 pounds. Four-wheel drive is available as an option.
The Ram 1500 Tradesman’s entire cabin is designed to withstand a great deal of abuse. Vinyl floor coverings help protect the interior from mud and water. Several useful features come standard, including a six-speaker sound system and a built-in USB port. You will also benefit from some helpful safety innovations. When pulling a load, trailer-sway control gives you an extra peace of mind. Hill start and parking assist come standard as well.
2018 Ram 1500 Rebel
If you are planning to take a hardcore off-road adventure, the tough-nosed Ram 1500 Rebel should get your attention. It is specially engineered to tackle seriously rough terrain. Rugged upgrades, such as all-terrain tires and Bilstein shock absorbers, make the 1500 Rebel perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Luckily, you can have fun without giving up any creature comforts.
In contrast to the Tradesman model, the 1500 Rebel comes standard with a Hemi V8 engine. To obtain better overall fuel efficiency, you can also upgrade to the previously mentioned EcoDiesel engine. While the standard Hemi will return up to 23 mpg, the diesel-powered version tops out at 28 mpg.
While the Ram 1500 Rebel is noted for its off-road prowess, it still rewards you with a luxurious driving experience. When outfitted with the new leather package, the Rebel 1500’s interior looks especially plush. There is also an abundance of room on the inside. A spacious backseat enables the cabin to comfortably accommodate five full-size adults. While enjoying the 1500 Rebel’s relaxing atmosphere, you will have access to a number of premium features. The award-winning Uconnect infotainment system has smartphone integration and Wi-Fi connectivity, along with an 8.4-inch display. In terms of safety technologies, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, SOS Call and Vehicle Finder are all options to keep you safe off and on roads.
2018 RAM 2500 SLT
The 2018 Ram 2500 SLT is built for the driver who needs enhanced towing and hauling capabilities. While the 2500 SLT can certainly handle a sizable workload, it is also comfortable enough to be used for everyday commuting. Rugged exterior styling makes this heavy-duty pickup even more satisfying.
The base power source for the 2018 Ram 2500 SLT is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine. It is tuned to develop a stout 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. You can also opt for an even larger 6.4L Hemi engine, which pumps out 410 horsepower. If you need the ultimate amount of power under the hood, upgrade to the brutally powerful diesel engine. Ram tuned it to develop 370 horsepower and a monstrous 800 pound-feet of torque. You can use the engine’s surplus of torque to tow nearly 18,000 pounds. Aside from its brawny performance, the Ram 2500 SLT is the only truck in its class to offer a traditional manual transmission.
As expected, the 2018 Ram 2500 SLT provides an abundance of passenger room. Even extremely tall people will feel perfectly at home in the gigantic Mega Cab model. Some of the most notable standard features include a touch-screen display, Bluetooth technology, and a trip computer. Available as an option, the ParkView backup camera promises to make your day a lot easier. For easier hauling, you can install the RamBox Cargo Management System and Cargo-View Camera.
2018 RAM 3500 Big Horn
In terms of overall towing capabilities, the 3500 Big Horn sits atop Ram’s 2018 lineup. When equipped with the Ram’s upgraded fifth-wheel hitch, the 3500 Big Horn can confidently pull up to 31,000 pounds. While the Ram 3500 Big Horn is a tough-nosed truck, don’t overlook its ability to provide all-day comfort. An impressive list of premium features now come standard.
Although Ram offers two powerful V8 engines, the biggest news for 2018 is the arrival of a more potent turbocharged diesel engine. It is rated to develop up to 930 pound-feet of torque, which is best in class. Featuring automatic load-leveling, Ram’s optional air suspension becomes a major asset when towing heavy trailers.
Ram designed the 2018 3500 Big Horn to accommodate a variety of different-sized drivers. The front seats can be easily adjusted to match your specific height. Among the 3500 Big Horn’s most popular interior features is its Uconnect infotainment system. Like all the other Ram trucks, it comes with a ParkView back up camera and ParkSense park assist to help you out.