Ram Off Road Cars

2015 Ram Rebel Pricing Leaked, Starts at $45,000

2015 Ram Rebel Pricing Leaked, Starts at $45,000

It appears Ram’s newest off-road-biased truck, the 2015 Rebel, will come with a base starting price of $45,000. That’s according to an official-looking ordering guide posted by the user "campbellsoutlaw" on RamRebleForum.com. Though unconfirmed, the ordering guide does list the premium cloth seats as having the all-important embossed tread pattern – something only the Ram Rebel has.

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2015 Ram Rebel Pricing Leaked, Starts at $45,000

2015 Ram Rebel Pricing Leaked, Starts at $45,000

It appears Ram’s newest off-road-biased truck, the 2015 Rebel, will come with a base starting price of $45,000. That’s according to an official-looking ordering guide posted by the user "campbellsoutlaw" on RamRebleForum.com. Though unconfirmed, the ordering guide does list the premium cloth seats as having the all-important embossed tread pattern – something only the Ram Rebel has.

The order guide shows the base price of the Rebel starting at $44,720. Adding to that are some popular options like the HEMI V-8. Upgrading from the Pentastar V-6 to the 5.7-liter will cost $1,150 while the ZF eight-speed auto adds another $500. The four-corner air suspension runs another $1,695.

Other options included on the list are the Rear Camera and Park Assist Group ($595), Remote Start and Security Group ($350), the Luxury Group ($560), and a spray-in bedliner ($475). All told, this particular build costs a whopping $51,415. One glaring omission on the order guide is the optional 4WD, meaning those wanting that capability will pay even more money.

Oddly enough, these prices match those of the outgoing 2014 Ford Raptor. Ram has said time and again the Rebel isn’t a direct competitor to the Raptor, but is more of an aggressive version of its 1500 rather than a factory-built Baja truck.

Early estimates, including ours, pegged the Rebel to have a starting price around $36,000. Granted, Ford may charge more than $44,995 for the upcoming (and much improved) 2017 Raptor, allowing the Rebel to undercut Ford’s MSRP. Still, that seems like a big gamble on Ram’s part.

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AEV Now Offering Ram HD Accessories

AEV Now Offering Ram HD Accessories

American Expedition Vehicles is well know for its aftermarket Jeep parts, but the Michigan-based company just announced it is officially selling parts for the Ram Heavy Duty truck line.

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Ram Announces Debut For Chicago Auto Show

Ram Announces Debut For Chicago Auto Show

Ram Trucks has officially announced it will conduct a “product unveiling” at next week’s 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Though the short press release (below the jump) doesn’t offer any clues, it’s a sure bet Ram will bring a revised 2016 Ram Heavy Duty sporting a mid-cycle refresh. This falls perfectly in line with Chrysler’s five-year plan that was announced last year.

Currently the Ram HD trucks are modeled after the 2009-2012 Ram 1500. The light duty truck saw a minor refresh for 2013, bringing an updated front fascia, bumper, and rear taillight assembly. These are the changes likely to transfer onto the 2016 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks. What’s more, the changes will extend to the Ram Commercial side, bringing the refreshed look to Ram 4500 and 5500 series trucks.

According to the five-year plan, 2017 is bringing a major update to the Ram 1500 light duty truck. That’s when we can expect a heavily restyled front end, a new interior, and perhaps some powertrain updates. Following the pattern, the Ram HD trucks will get those updates the next year in 2018.

For now, expect to see a sleeker, more modern Ram HD debut at Chicago. Perhaps the debut will include a more powerful version of the venerable 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel. Currently maxing out at 385 horsepower and 865 pound-feet of torque, the Cummins is out gunned by 55 horsepower compared to Ford’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel.

Click past the jump to learn what this new Ram model could be.

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Ram Launches New Campaign Featuring Miranda Lambert

Ram Launches New Campaign Featuring Miranda Lambert

Ram Truck and country music star Miranda Lambert are teaming up in an multi-front, cross promotional campaign featuring an original song written and sung by Lambert, along with plenty of Ram truck action.

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2014 Ram Power Wagon - Driven

2014 Ram Power Wagon - Driven

Like the Jeep Wrangler is to the Willys MB, the 2014 Ram Power Wagon is a modern-day interpretation of the WWII-era workhorse built from 1945 through 1980. The original trucks were based off the WC series of Dodge three-quarter ton military trucks that helped fight the Axis powers in Europe, Asia, and Africa. After a long hiatus from 1980 to 2005, the Power Wagon returned. Now based off a Ram 2500 Heavy Duty, the Power Wagon is up-fitted with beefier tires, upgraded shocks and springs, electronic-locking front and rear differentials, an electronic-disconnecting front sway bar, and a winch mounted inconspicuously behind the front bumper capable of pulling 12,000 pounds.

The Power Wagon has grown along side the Dodge and then Ram 2500 Heavy Duty pickup truck lineup, getting exterior redesigns, improved interiors, new equipment options, and updated powertrains.

I recently got behind the wheel of the Power Wagon during the Texas Auto Writers Association’s Truck Rodeo competition. Like its predecessor back in the war, the Power Wagon’s competition was fierce. Some 70 other vehicles were there to win, but the Power Wagon showed up wearing war paint.

The forbidding terrain of the off-road course included two water crossings, dirt paths, muddy and rock-strewn hill climbs, and surfaces that would shake a normal vehicle apart if not driven slowly. So how did the Power Wagon fair? Skip past the jump for the full rundown.

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Crowning the Winner: The 2015 Truck of Texas

Crowning the Winner: The 2015 Truck of Texas

I’ve already given the introduction to how much Texans love their trucks and how every year the Texas Auto Writers Association gathers to crown the winner; the coveted “Truck of Texas” award. Now let’s get down to some results.

Besides the main award, there were 17 other categories that each of the 75 vehicles fell into. These consisted of titles like “Midsized Crossover Utility Vehicles” and “Luxury Pickup Trucks.” Awards were also given for best connectivity, best powertrain, and best technology.

Each vehicle was subjected to a battery of tests that measured its ability to perform its intended function, whether that be towing, going off road, surrounding its occupants in luxury, or proving a great all-round family hauler. The vehicles were all competing within their respective category for the win.

So which truck, SUV, or crossover took home the Truck of Texas award? Continue reading to find out.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

Not much goes together quite like Texas and trucks. It’s the U.S.’ largest truck market by a long shot and it’s plain to see as you peruse any given parking lot. Texans love their trucks. That’s why the Texas Auto Writers Association crowns a Truck of Texas winner every year after an extensive evaluation process.

As a member of TAWA, I spent the better part of a week in the dusty hills outside San Antonio testing 75 contenders vying for the prized top spot. Eighteen automakers from around the world were in attendance, the majority bringing more than a handful of vehicles.

Ground zero for testing was the famed Knibbe Ranch, with hundreds of acres of sprawling across the Lonestar state. Muddy creek crossings and rocky hill climbs, combined with twisty country roads and newly paved highways provided the test beds. Those trucks, SUVs and crossovers brave enough to tackle the off-road section were subjected to rock-strewn dirt roads that punished suspension parts and underbody skidplates. More road-biased crossovers were thrown around narrow roads and up steep hills. The new pavement along the Texas highway was still covered in loose asphalt with orange caution cones proving a tempting (yet highly illegal) slalom course. Thankfully no one attempted that obstacle.

The 60 journalists judging the event had a huge decision to make. What truck, SUV or crossover would be crowned the Truck of Texas? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. We’ll announce the top winner and the winners of sub-categories on Wednesday.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel - Driven

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel - Driven

The Ram truck has been around since its nameplate was officially used on the 1981 Dodge pickup. Dodge trucks dating back to 1933 were known for their ram hood ornament, so the mascot went from decoration to the trucks’ name. Big news happened again in 2010 when the Fiat Chrysler Group moved the Ram lineup outside the Dodge umbrella, making the Ram its own brand. Now in its fourth generation, the Ram truck is breaking ground on uncharted territory. That uncharted ground includes innovations like dumping the traditional leaf-spring rear suspension design in favor of a smoother-riding, five-link with coil springs and introducing the industry’s first V-6 turbo-diesel in a half-ton package. The diesel aspect has garnered the Ram some notable attention from both the auto industry and the truck-buying public.

In fact, more than 8,000 EcoDiesel trucks were ordered by Ram dealers in the first weekend the books opened — a number than represents nearly half of the Ram 1500’s normal monthly production run. Since that February weekend in 2014, Ram EcoDiesel sales have exceeded the automaker’s expectations and have contributed to Ram’s overall sales increase over last year.

So what’s the big deal about a diesel, you ask? Well, I squeezed 33 miles per gallon out of my Ram 1500 EcoDiesel tester I recently had. Sure, that was with me babying the throttle down the highway, but by the week’s end, the dash still showed an average of over 24 mpg. That’s the big deal. Not to mention my tester was equipped to pull 9,200 pounds at the hitch and haul an impressive 1,620 pounds in the bed.

Skip on down for the complete run-down of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

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2014 Mopar Muscle Monster Truck

2014 Mopar Muscle Monster Truck

Mopar unveiled today the first details on the new Muscle Monster Truck, which is loosely based on the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty truck. The model is the result of a recent collaboration between Ram and Hall Brothers Racing, and it will see use in numerous Monster Jam competitions, starting with the one on January 11th in Detroit.

The new Mopar Muscle Monster Truck is the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) monster truck to be introduced in the Monster Jam series in more than a decade. The model is based on a highly modified Ram Heavy Duty truck that is 10-feet high and weighs 10,300 pounds.

Under the hood the new monster truck gets a 565-cubic-inch, supercharged version of the iconic Gen II 426 HEMI engine that delivers a total of 2,000 horsepower — an increase of almost 1,600 horsepower over the most powerful Ram Heavy Duty version.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mopar Muscle Monster Truck.

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2014 Ram 2500HD Cummins - Driven

2014 Ram 2500HD Cummins - Driven

The 2014 Ram Heavy Duty is heavily revised with new air suspension options, an all-new interior, and a fifth-wheel trailer towing option that allows these huge trucks to hitch a trailer right into the bed of the pickup truck.

The Heavy Duty Ram line also brings a mild exterior refresh with the projector-beam lights on posh trims like the Laramie test truck.

A quick spin was enough to have me looking for poundage to haul somewhere, maybe a friend who likes to ride dressage horses competitively?

Sadly, not enough time to test the limits of this tall workhorse by towing some show ponies out back.

This all-new 2014 Mega Crew Cummins 2500 is the big chief of the Ram family, with over 800 pound-feet of torque and tow ratings that would make a tractor trailer blush with embarrassment. For a non-truck-guy, the 2500 Ram is generally thought of as the 20,000-pound trailer max — in the right settings.

The 3500 Ram is now in a class of one with a 30,000-pound towing max, again with the right option boxes ticked.

With base pricing just below $30,000, how does the Ram HD line compare with the best-sellers from Ford and Chevy?

Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 Diesel.

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2014 Ram Heavy Duty

2014 Ram Heavy Duty

A monster 6.4-liter V-8 joins the Ram Heavy Duty ranks for 2014 along with two new air suspension designs for the rear ends of the 2500HD and 3500HD. Big motors and soft rides make sense at some of these hefty entry prices.

In bottom Tradesman trim, the 2500HD is a capable hauler with new fifth-wheel towing abilities but a stripped interior. In top trims, the Ram 3500HD Cummins diesel can do all the dirty work and heavy lifting. The goal of the both 2014 Ram HD series models is to do all this with new levels of cabin tech, quietness and ride comfort.

There are typically big trade-offs when moving from the half-ton class upwards. The new Ram HD line aims to literally smooth some of the edges from one of its most distinctive vehicles and make it an easy – but pricey – transition to a real work truck.

Paired with the big purchase price comes some of the most capable and sophisticated technology ever to grace one of these full-size middleweights.

Where Ram Trucks loses points for the generic Ram HD name, it regains face with 2014’s new intake design called… Ram Active Air – or just Ram Air for short.

How do the Ram HD trucks carve out appeal beyond bragging rights for best-in-class towing and cargo loads? Is the evolutionary look too cautious in the face of the Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500 and the Ford F-250 SuperDuty?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Ram 2500HD and 3500 HD pick-up trucks with details on all the latest changes and updates.

Updated 10/23/2013: This article has been updated with the latest specs, photos and even full 2500HC and 3500HD Tow Charts, in downloadable PDF form from Ram Trucks.

New-for-2014 Laramie Limited and Outdoorsman trims also join the Ram Heavy Duty line, with high-res images of both new trucks after the jump.

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