Who Makes Ram Trucks?

November 2nd, 2022 by

The first Ram truck was built in 1981 and quickly rose to the top of the pickup segment in the United States. Since then, Ram has earned a solid reputation for pickups with top-tier power and interior comfort that’s more often found in sedans. Lately, that comfort rivals what you see in many luxury brands, and the incredible power that comes with a Ram truck keeps it at the top of every truck owner’s list.

At Bill Volz Westchester, we know that shopping for trucks can be confusing due to the different drivetrain, powertrain, and package options. To make choosing a truck easier, we had our Ram experts break down the different models and explain who makes them.

The History of Ram Trucks

Initially, Ram was a line of pickup trucks manufactured by Dodge. Chrysler owns Dodge, so at the start, it’s fair to say that Chrysler made the Dodge Ram. This first generation of Dodge Ram lasted until 1993, when Ram capitalized on new engine technology and moved ahead of the competition again.

From 1994–2009, Dodge Ram trucks were wildly popular because of their rugged look, capability, and elevated interior. However, 2009 saw the breakup of the Dodge–Ram relationship. Ram went solo to focus solely on pickups, and Dodge concentrated all its attention on creating cars. Pundits and the customer base worried that this split would hurt both companies, but in the end, both companies improved their products and consistently produced top-selling models.

The latest development occurred in 2021 when an agreement was struck between Fiat-Chrysler and PSA, a French automaker of Peugeot, Citroen, and Opel brands. The two companies formed a new company with a 50–50 partnership named Stellantis. As a result, the Ram truck was produced by Stellantis from then on.

2022 Ram 1500

One of the most popular trucks is the Ram 1500. The 2022 model year offers seven trim levels, with the prices shown in the table below:

Trim Level Starting MSRP
Ram 1500 Tradesman. $37,090.
Ram 1500 Big Horn. $42,405.
Ram 1500 Laramie. $51,130.
Ram 1500 Rebel. $51,975.
Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn. $58,560.
Ram 1500 Limited. $63,275.
Ram 1500 TRX. $78,790.

 

Ram 1500 Powertrain Options

Ram offers the 1500 with five powertrain options depending on your preferred model. The Ram 1500 base models come with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 24 valves and variable valve timing technology paired with Ram’s 850RE eight-speed automatic transmission. As a result, this powertrain produces 305 hp and 259 lb-ft torque and tows up to 7,730 lbs. This Pentastar engine comes standard on the Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel, and Limited Longhorn trims.

Next, you have a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a multi-displacement system and variable valve timing technology mated to the 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission. This duo puts out 395 hp and 410 lb-ft torque and can tow up to 11,610 lbs when properly equipped. Again, the Limited trim comes standard with this engine, and you can opt for it on all trims except the TRX.

Ram offers an eTorque version of this 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. Ram’s eTorque engine utilizes performance and efficiency-enhancing technologies to raise your towing capacity to 12,750 lbs. You can opt for this engine on every model except the TRX.

Only available on the Ram 1500 TRX is a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine matched with the TorqueFlite 8HP95 automatic transmission. This powertrain makes the 1500 TRX the most powerful production street-legal half-ton pickup in the world. The TRX powertrain puts out an impressive 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque and clocks a zero to 60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. Additionally, it comes with serious off-road capability and equipment.

If you’re searching for the perfect blend of power and efficiency, you can opt for a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine with the TorqueFlite automatic transmission on every model except the TRX. This pairing produces 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque and can tow up to 12,560 lbs.

Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks

Ram designed the 2500 and 3500 series trucks to handle heavy-duty towing and hauling jobs. The Ram 2500 and 3500 series each come in the five trim levels listed below:

Trim Level Starting MSRP
Ram 2500 Tradesman. $43,920.
Ram 2500 Big Horn. $48,040.
Ram 2500 Laramie. $59,620.
Ram 2500 Power Wagon. $63,860.
Ram 2500 Limited. $71,855.
Ram 3500 Tradesman. $46,025.
Ram 3500 Big Horn. $50,245.
Ram 3500 Laramie. $61,640.
Ram 3500 Limited Longhorn. $69,215.
Ram 3500 Limited. $73,780.

 

Ram 2500 Powertrain Options

The base model Tradesman comes ready-made for the job site. If you prefer an off-road-ready model, the Power Wagon has the 4×4 equipment to tackle the harshest terrain. If you’re seeking elevated comfort and convenience, you should gravitate toward the Limited trim for its premium interior.

A 6.4-liter heavy-duty HEMI V-8 engine comes standard on every trim. Ram pairs this engine with its 8HP75-LCV eight-speed automatic transmission to produce a best-in-class standard 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain also hauls a payload of 4,010 lbs and tows up to 17,540 lbs.

You also have an optional 6.7-liter Cummins inline six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine mated with the 68RFE six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. This pairing pumps out 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque. As a result, you can tow up to 20,000 lb and haul 3,160 lbs in the bed.

Ram 3500 Powertrain Options

Ram offers the same two engines in the 3500 as in the 2500 with identical power numbers. However, you have a high-output Cummins turbo-diesel engine paired with the Aisin six-speed automatic transmission as an option. This powertrain produces 420 hp, a best-in-class 1,075 lb-ft of torque, and a best-in-class towing capacity of 37,090 lbs.

Aisin Six-Speed Automatic Transmission

The Aisin transmission was developed to handle the high-output power from the Cummins turbo-diesel engine. It also uses a fully electronically controlled gearbox that’s been upgraded for more durability. Moreover, the Aisin transmission reduces vibration and noise and utilizes advanced software for smooth on-demand power and seamless shifting.

Test Drive a Ram Truck Today

We have a vast selection of Ram trucks of various makes and models across all series. Bill Volz Westchester invites you to browse our inventory online if you’re ready to elevate your Cortlandt commute with a reliable, capable pickup truck. If you prefer a more personal interaction, feel free to visit us on Crompond Road at your convenience. One of our truck experts will answer all your questions and let you test drive your favorite Ram.

Photo Credit: Ram 1500 Hemi Rebel 2019 by RLGNZLZ is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0

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