The used Ram 1500 is more than an iconic American workhorse - it's the most refined pickup truck on the road. By day, it tows and hauls heavy loads with the best of them. And, when it's time to clock out, you'll enjoy a smooth ride home and even plenty of cabin swag - including optional leather upholstery. Beginning with the 2011 model year, Ram went from model name to nameplate, dropping the "Dodge" to go it alone. Check out our used guide to learn more about these full-size trucks.
Used Ram 1500 Buying Guide
First Generation, 2011-Current
Comfort: Though the first generation of the Ram 1500, this generation actually began in 2009 as the Dodge Ram 1500. As far as interior style and comfort go, the Ram 1500 easily bests competitors. Look for regular, extended, and crew cab models for the seating that suits your lifestyle. The crew cabin provides a spacious rear seat, so passengers back there enjoy as much head and leg room as front-row occupants. The Ram's three trim models range from work-truck basics to top-shelf luxury. Every model starts off with basics creature comforts like air conditioning. If you want an upscale cabin, look for the Ram 1500 Laramie, which will impress contractors and clients with its rich leather upholstery and ventilated front seats.
Technology & Convenience: The RamBox storage bins, mounted on each side of the truck bed, are a standout convenience feature. They offer an excellent way to stow your work tools. On the dash, the Uconnect infotainment system touchscreen gives the cabin a sleek, modern vibe. Its crisp graphics and responsive make it easy to sort through menus and find the appropriate app. Then there are the Uconnect voice controls, which are the perfect way to make hands-free calls when you're stuck in traffic. Some crew cabs are even equipped with a rear entertainment system. If your Ram 1500 doubles as a family hauler, this system offers the perfect way to distract your kids.
Safety: Every Ram 1500 is decked out in safety features, including staples like antilock brakes and stability control to provide precision on weathered roads. The Uconnect Access telematics system is there for you in a jam, with features that include 24-hour roadside assistance and automatic collision notification.
Performance: The Ram 1500's V8 engine options deliver the power you need for true workhorse towing and hauling capabilities. Depending on model year and equipment, a V8-powered model can tow up to 10,640 pounds. If your used model has the diesel V6 engine, you can tow up to 9,210 pounds. Either way, your Ram can move a horse trailer or fishing boat like a pro.
What Drivers Love about the Used Ram 1500
The Ram's driver reviews compare favorably with expert reviews. Drivers, too, rave about the cabin's comfy interior and handsome style. The Uconnect system is easy to figure out, so you won't end up struggling to make a hands-free call or stream music from your iPhone. Then there's power and performance. As any Ram owner will tell you, the V8 engines and V6 diesel (a rare option in the full-size segment) give you the pulling power you need, and the class-exclusive rear-suspension coil springs supply a noticeably refined ride.
What to Look for in Your Used Ram 1500
The Ram 1500 has only been around since 2011, but it's technically a continuation of the fourth-generation Dodge Ram 1500, a full-size pickup that's been around for a long time. That means you can find model years that date back before 2011, many of which offer the same familiar comfort and tech features. Older models also offer different cabin and bed size options, so you can shop for the truck that suits your day-to-day tasks.
Used Ram 1500 Buyers Beware
When you're pulling heavy trailers across the state or hauling major construction supplies to work, the Ram's V8 engines and diesel V6 provide impressive performance. However, if you plan to take performance to the max on a regular basis, avoid the base 3.7-liter, gas-powered V6 engine, which can feel underpowered under heavy loads.