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2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn

2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn

Bigger, lighter, and a dose of eTorque under the hood

Ram just dropped the new fifth-generation 1500 pickup truck for the 2019 model year, and it’s looking better than ever. Redesigned from the ground up, the 1500 once again hits dealers in a number of different trim levels and configurations. Higher in the range, the pickup can be had in all manner of upscale luxury and features, but the Big Horn, offered as the second model above the entry-level Tradesman, offers everything you need and nothing you don’t. Read on for all the good stuff this pickup has to offer.

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2019 Ram 1500 Atulux by Aznom Automotive

2019 Ram 1500 Atulux by Aznom Automotive

You’re either going to love this creation or hate it to the depths of hell

Aznom Automotive has come up with a doozy of a creation. Using a Ram 1500 as a base vehicle, the Italian coachbuilder has transformed what is a capable pickup truck into something straight out of the Black Mirror. The creation still wears the face of a Ram 1500, but the vehicle’s profile is anything but a pickup. Instead, it’s been transformed into a cross between a pickup and a sedan, a “pick-dan” for lack of a better — and far more sensible — term. The monstrosity carries the name Atulux, which literally stands for “All-Terrain Utility Luxury.” Best have a strong stomach for this one because, in addition to looking the way it does, it also costs more than $250,000, or roughly the equivalent of a fleet of actual Ram 1500s.

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2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Mojave Sand Edition

2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Mojave Sand Edition

Special edition pickup gets an exclusive paint finish

Vanity has never been one of Ram’s strong suits, but the hulking pickup brand is making an exception with the launch of the Ram 2500 Power Wagon Mojave Sand Edition. Essentially an aesthetics package, the 2500 Power Wagon Mojave Sand Edition takes advantage of the Mojave Sand beige color, which has become the fastest-selling shade on the Ram Rebel. Now, the color is appearing for the first time on a Ram Heavy Duty model. Only 1,500 units will be built, with each model priced at $54,830.

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2019 Ram 1500 Off-Road Edition by GME

2019 Ram 1500 Off-Road Edition by GME

An American pickup with German tuning prowess is a sight to see

German Motors & Engineering has released a tuning package for the Ram 1500, called the “Off-Road Edition.” The package gives the American pickup truck a comprehensive overhaul, covering the exterior, engine, and suspension. GME’s objective is to give the RAM 1500 the kind of off-road versatility you normally don’t see in a car in Germany. To that extent, the tuner did as good a job as you’d expect from a company that knows what it’s doing.

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2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport

2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport

The last special edition for 2017 targets folks fond of blue

It’s no secret automakers have found big success in special edition versions of conventional models. Nowhere else is that truer than in the pickup market. Ram’s latest special edition is this, the Hydro Blue Sport, and it will be the last special edition of the 2017 calendar year. Then after 2018, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 will be hitting showrooms. But before that happens, expect Ram to continue offering dolled-up versions of its current pickups in 2018.

Mike Manley, the head of Jeep and Ram brands, says, “The custom look and high-impact colors have been well received in the marketplace and this new Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport will surely stand out on dealers’ lots and in customers’ driveways. Enthusiasts demand that their trucks get noticed and our Ram 1500 Sport lineup delivers a durable, powerful alternative with great visual appeal.”

Naturally, General Motors says the same about its special edition Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks, too. And truth be told, they’re right. We recently spent a week with the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition and found plenty of people staring and making approving comments. Will the Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport have the same effect? Tell us in the comments after reading all the details down below.

Continue reading for details on the 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport.

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2017 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition

2017 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition

A new range-topping trim denoted by another metal

Ram is jumping aboard the metal trim train with Ford and Nissan. But rather than platinum, Ram is going tungsten with the Limited Tungsten Edition. Offered on the 2018 Ram 1500 and HD pickups, this new trim marks the highest available on a Ram. The new Tungsten Edition includes all the luxuries found in the Limited trim, but includes “Natura Plus” leather seats colored in Frost and Indigo, unique exterior trim, and the first-ever suede headliner in a pickup.

Ram’s target customer is an even more affluent truck buyer, one with a discerning taste, yet who still needs the utility offered by a pickup. Ram boss, Mike Manley, says, “The new Tungsten Edition is an example of how Ram directly responds to customer input by offering the industry’s most luxurious pickup. Premium truck buyers will recognize the attention to detail, surrounded by quality materials.” And Ram sure knows how to sell premium pickups. More than 40 percent of Ram 3500s are optioned in one of the three premium trims, which include Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. The Limited Tungsten Edition is available on the Ram 1500 Crew Cab and both Crew Cab and Mega Cab on HD trucks. The HDs are also offered with short- and long-beds, 2WD and 4WD, single- and dual-rear wheels, and gas and turbodiesel engines, making the Tungsten Edition widely applicable to various needs. Pricing for the 2018 Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten Edition starts at $55,120, which is roughly $2,200 more than the standard Limited trim.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ram Limited Tungsten Edition.

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2017 Ram Power Wagon – Driven

2017 Ram Power Wagon – Driven

Exploring the deserts of Nevada in Ram’s baddest truck

The Ram Power Wagon has been a modern fixture in the heavy duty truck segment since its rebirth in 2005. Like the Jeep Wrangler, the Power Wagon owes its beginnings to the fight against the Axis powers in WWII. See, the U.S. Government needed an all-terrain weapons carrier that was large enough to carry heavy supplies, yet small enough to traverse tight jungle trails and the winding roads of Europe. Today, the Power Wagon’s legacy lives on, though only in the civilian sector. It’s based on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and comes backed with loads of hard-core hardware for pounding terrain into submission. Now for the 2017 Model year, Ram has given the Power Wagon a fresh look and some welcomed interior enhancements.

These changes reflect the times. Vehicles with outlandish graphics, black wheels, and sinister faces are popular with the car-buying public, so automakers are responding accordingly. Ram has seen impressive sales with its Rebel – an off-road appearance package that brings the Ram 1500 into the spotlight for extroverts who like a loud vehicle. Well, Ram has taken the Rebel’s features to the 2017 Power Wagon. The nostril-style grille, the powered-coated bumpers, black wheels, smoked headlights, and ostentatious badging are all present. Even the front seats are similar to the Ram 1500 Rebels. The cloth inserts feature a tire tread pattern that matches the OEM rubber. In the Power Wagon’s case, it’s Goodyear’s Wrangler DuraTrac tire.

Ram decided these changes were reason enough to hold a press launch event near Las Vegas, Nevada and was kind enough to fly me out. The bright lights of The Strip quickly fade into desolate desert not far from town, with sheer cliffs, slick rock ledges, and millions of acres of sand and sagebrush. The Valley of Fire State Park and its hidden trails outside Logandale, Nevada proved the perfect spot for testing the Power Wagon’s chops.

Continue for the full driven review of Ram’s 2017 Power Wagon.

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Duel of the Dinos: Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ram TRX Concept

Duel of the Dinos: Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ram TRX Concept

Ford’s light and nimble Raptor goes against Ram’s heavy hitting TRX Concept

The Ford F-150 Raptor has been the high-speed off-road champ since its introduction in 2010. That all might change should Ram green-light the TRX Concept it debuted at the 2016 Texas State Fair. This beast is Hellcat-powered, boasts 37-inch tires, and a suspension system that rivals the Raptor’s underpinnings.

Both trucks have upgraded engines above their average counterparts. The Raptor boasts a high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, while the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Concept sports a detuned version of the famed Hellcat V-8. Don’t let the “detuned” term fool you – this engine still makes 575 horsepower.

Both trucks also wear unique bodywork that differs from their mundane counterparts. Unique front fascias, hoods and bumpers are found on both trucks, as well as wider fenders that cover each trucks’ expanded track. Both also feature knobby tires mounted on beadlock wheels (an option of the Raptor).

Nevertheless, there’s still plenty that separate these two prehistoric beasts. Let’s have a look.

Continue reading for the full review.

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2016 American Expedition Vehicles Prospector XL

2016 American Expedition Vehicles Prospector XL

It’s a diesel Power Wagon on steroids

American Expedition Vehicles is well known in the aftermarket industry for its popular Jeep accessories, up-fits, Hemi swaps, and pickup conversions. But now the Michigan-based company has released its biggest product yet – the AEV Prospector XL. It’s based on the Ram Heavy Duty pickup and this turn-key package puts the Ram on 40-inch tires with a three-inch lift with beefed up gearing and capped with a stamped steel front bumper, massive fender flares, and all the accessories your wallet will handle. In short, it’s the diesel-powered Power Wagon the DOT won’t let Ram build.

It was back it 2013 that AEV expanded its product line with a host of upgrades for the Ram Heavy Duty pickup. Soon after, AEV began offering in-house, turn-key conversions of these trucks called the Prospector. Fitted with big tires, a suspension lift, a high-rise air intake, and the stamped-steel front bumper, the Prospector proved itself fully capable of off-roading with the hardiest of Jeeps. But folks still wanted more.

The Prospector XL takes the basic idea of the Prospector, and includes huge fender flares that open up the wheel wells, allowing for 40-inch tires while only needing a three-inch suspension lift. That translates into a low(ish) center of gravity and huge tractor-like tires for scaling obstacles, all while maintaining a comfortable driving experience in a truck capable of heading cross-country.

Let’s jump into all the modifications AEV is including on its Prospector XL package.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.

I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”

This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.

So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.

Continue reading for the results of the 2015 TAWA Truck Rodeo

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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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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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