Missouri Drivers Love the 2018 Ram 1500


The 2018 Ram 1500 is the longest-running design in the light-duty pickup segment of the truck market. So many things have endeared this truck design to buyers that perhaps it's best not to mess with a good thing. One of the best reasons to drive around Missouri in a Ram 1500 is to experience the stable smooth ride it provides for the driver and passengers. The suspension system features a class-exclusive coil spring system with optional self-leveling air suspension that really smooths out all the bumps in your path.

When it comes to engine choices, there is a veritable smorgasbord to choose from to cover just about any situation that owners find themselves confronted with daily. The standard engine is a durable and time-tested V6 that provides fuel efficiency and plenty of grunt, and there are V8 engine and turbo diesel V6 options as well to round out the lineup. These motors largely match the towing numbers of their direct competitors, and are more than capable of doing just about any job thrown at them.

There are many different variants of the Ram available, ranging from the standard work truck Tradesman to the lavishly equipped Limited. If you are ready for some off-road excitement, the Rebel is at the ready with its knobby all-terrain tires.

Even though the Ram 1500 is the oldest design of the burgeoning truck segment, it was still awarded certification as one of Edmunds' Best Trucks in 2018, which is a remarkable accomplishment.

Trucks are in such buyer demand right now that the manufacturers have created multiple versions at every different trim level. The Dodge Ram is no exception to this trend with an astonishing 11 different configurations. There are also a number of special edition models available including the Harvest.

The standard motor on most Ram 1500s is the 3.6-liter V6, which puts out a remarkable 305 horsepower and 269 pounds per foot of torque. For those who desire more power, there is the 5.7-liter V8 option that pumps out 395 hp and 410 pounds per foot of naturally aspirated force. Moreover, for those who fancy the low-end torque of a diesel motor, this is available as well in the form of a 3.0-liter diesel V6 that pushes out 240 hp and 420 pounds per foot of torque. It is  an option on everything but the Night, Express, and Rebel trims. All trucks come with a competent eight-speed automatic transmission and it can be configured as a four-wheel drive if desired.

For those who want a bare-boned truck to use for work, the Tradesman perfectly fits that role. It is a bare-boned version of the Ram 1500 without all the bells and whistles and comes with a reasonable price. Even though it's stripped, it still comes with a spray-in bed-liner, a Class IV hitch receiver, and cruise control as standard items. The other worker's truck is the Express, which deletes the bed-liner and the hitch and adds larger 20-inch wheels and tires. The exterior trim is matched to the body color. The body and cab can be configured in multiple ways and both versions come standard with the gas V6 motor.

Combining maximum fuel efficiency as well as down-low torque for pulling power, the HFE EcoDiesel is perfect as a work truck when paired with the diesel 3.0-liter engine. It can only be had in the quad cab configuration and does not have the number of available features that come with the higher trim levels.

For those who want to combine work with play, the Big Horn/Lonestar version brings more to the table in the form of 110-volt power outlets, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a generous 8.4-inch touchscreen featuring Chrysler's Uconnect Access. Get comfy with upgraded cloth upholstery, leather steering wheel, and a driver's seat that is power adjustable.

The Night trim level brings the black-on-black look to the lineup with exterior pieces and wheels painted a menacing black color. The Sport model is similar with 20-inch wheels, sporty bucket seats, nifty LED lighting inside the cab and pedals that adjust to the height of the driver. The legendary R/T badge is available on the Sport model when configured with a regular cab and rear-wheel drive. These models come with huge 22-inch wheels, blacked out grill and special hood with abundant R/T insignia.

For those of you who love leaving the pavement for wide-open spaces, we found that the best choice is the Rebel. While there are many similarities to the Sport R/T, the Rebel features 17-inch all-terrain tires, black fender flares, special LED fog lights to shine through the dark, boulder-absorbing Bilstein shock absorbers, and tow hooks to get you and your buddies out of trouble.

Chrome lovers will not be disappointed with the Harvest, which features blinding shiny chrome bumpers, as well as a heightened ground clearance, all-terrain rubber, tow hooks, and blacked-out side steps.

The Limited is the crème de la crème of the entire Ram 1500 family. It is only available with the V8 motor and features all the bells and whistles one could imagine. It has special monotone paint and clear coat, side-step bars to assist entrance and egress from the cab, auto wipers and high beams, a self-leveling air suspension that really smooths the drive, and fabulous rich leather upholstery with stitching.

It is plain to see that Dodge has really thought out its target audience for this venerable road warrior in supplying so many levels of configurations from which to choose. The only problem with this truck is deciding how you want it. We can help you out in this regard, by offering you a test drive of the 2018 Ram 1500 of your choice. Come down to our Independence, MO Ram dealership and experience the 2018 Ram 1500 for yourself.

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