The Ram 1500, considered a half-ton, can carry loads of stuff and can tow trailers similar to what the competition will, though GM and Ford have notably higher maximum trailer-weight models. Maximum load and tow ratings among the major manufacturers change faster than mobile-device operating systems. On the outside, Ram continues with its imposing stature. Like many Dodge cars, the Ram’s front end has a forward tilt, but it remains aerodynamic. The Ram 1500 is a conventional full-size pickup truck, but it differs in rear suspension and powertrains from its competitors. Underneath, where for decades pickup trucks have had a live axle in back with leaf springs, Ram’s rear axle is suspended by coil springs and located by four trailing links and a lateral Panhard bar. Basic front suspension design, steering and brake systems parallel other half-ton pickups. The Ram 1500 combines common-sense work ratings with a refined cabin and driving experience. It aims for best fuel economy, not the ability to carry and tow loads like 3/4-ton pickups of not long ago; in that respect and others it is perhaps the best pickup for spending equal time working and serving as a second car. The V6 offers an excellent performance/fuel economy blend for inexpensive pickups, the Hemi delivers big power, and the diesel provides the best of both worlds and potentially best resale value.
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