Velvet and Steel: The 2022 RAM 1500 is a luxurious Brute
It trails the Chevrolet Silverado and of course, the fabulous F-150 — but it’s no also-ran. In fact, it surpasses the big boys with a noticeable advantage: it’s luxurious! It’s a nice truck worthy of the top spot! Seriously! it rides better than the fanciest alternatives thanks to its more sophisticated suspension, which can be made cushier with the available air springs. The 2022 Ram also offers the 1500 with a massive 12.0-inch touchscreen, compartments built into the cargo bed, and a split-folding tailgate. Its graceful automatic transmission and 395-hp Hemi V-8 and an eco-friendly diesel six-cylinder with 480 pound-feet of torque provide plenty of power. This truck is no lightweight. BUT, and this is why we love the RAM — it can easily pass for a luxury vehicle! It’s no surprise that it earned another Editors’ Choice award from Car and Driver magazine.
More options for 2022
The RAM family’s new additions include a sporty G/T package for the Laramie and Rebel, a rugged BackCountry Edition, and an even more luxurious version of the top-flight Limited known as the 10th Anniversary Edition. The G/T is highlighted by a cold-air intake, unique exhaust system, paddle shifters, and a console-mounted shifter. By the way, the 10th Anniversary Edition further elevates the Limited model with even richer interior materials, an exclusively available Blue Shade paint color, and special badging inside and out.
5.7-liter Hemi V-8
The RAM 1500 offers a menu of trim levels, there are V-6 and V-8 gasoline powertrains that all pair with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Both engines are assisted by a 48-volt hybrid system, though the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is also offered without the electrification. The oil-burning six-cylinder is slower than the Hemi, but it’s refined for a diesel and delivers better fuel economy. For adventurous folk, the rugged Rebel model provides beefier looks and legitimate off-road capability. Every Ram 1500 has an impressive ride thanks to a rear suspension that uses standard coil springs or optional air springs, unlike the traditional leaf-spring setup found on domestic rivals. Models equipped with the air suspension even have adjustable ride heights that aid fuel efficiency and off-road ability. Its light steering and strong brakes provide relaxed cruising and confident stops, too.
New for 2022
New Ram 1500 variants include a Limited 10th Anniversary Edition as well as Longhorn SouthFork, Laramie G/T, Rebel G/T and BackCountry models. A new cabin air filtration system is standard, and Big Horn and higher trims get the Uconnect 5 multimedia system.