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Key Specs

of the 2018 RAM 1500. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior design, comfort and quality
  • Optional Uconnect 8.4 multimedia system
  • Storage options
  • Diesel engine performance
  • Diesel engine fuel economy
  • Value

The Bad

  • Air suspension's ride when towing
  • Towing, payload capacities not to par
  • No collision warning features
  • Braking when loaded or towing
2018 RAM 1500 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2018 RAM 1500

  • Limited Tungsten, Harvest editions available
  • Backup camera now standard
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity available
  • Seats up to six
  • Four-corner air suspension available
  • Locking RamBox box wall storage option

2018 RAM 1500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Ram 1500 competes against the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra in the light-duty, full-size pickup truck market and offers unique features like an available RamBox cargo management system and four-corner air suspension. The heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

The 1500 is available in three body styles (regular cab, quad cab and crew cab) and with three cargo box lengths (from 5 feet 7 inches to 8 feet). It's offered with a choice of gas V-6 or V-8 power or a turbo-diesel V-6.

New for 2018

A backup camera is now standard, and high-end Limited Tungsten and farm-oriented Harvest editions of the Ram 1500 are newly available. Rebel versions can now have a leather interior.

The available 8.4-inch multimedia system now has a higher-resolution touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom functionality, incorporates HD Radio and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Available emergency communication services are provided by SiriusXM Guardian, and there's also now a switch in the cargo bed for the available LED bed lights.


2018 1500 Video

From the 2017 State Fair of Texas, Pickuptrucks.com's Mark Williams takes a look at the new Southfork edition for Ram trucks.

Latest 2018 1500 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Most affordable full size

by theBoz from Waynesboro, PA on June 21, 2018

Really haven't driven it much yet. Made a few modifications already (tonneau, running boards, tint, weathertechs). Has a good ride and plenty of pep. Thirsty. Bought it for the Max Tow Package. Read full review

(5.0)

Great truck plenty of power

by The scarecrow from N.Attleboro Ma on June 19, 2018

The truck is a great family truck I have a 7 and 8 year old that are in booster seats they get in and out with ease. Also ton of room in the back seat don?t have little ones kicking my seat which ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 RAM 1500 currently has 3 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 RAM 1500 Tradesman

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by RAM

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 1500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker