The Dodge Ram truck comes in three package levels for personal use. The Ram 1500 Crew Cub, a light duty diesel truck, was the Truck of the Year for 2013 and 2014. The base model, the ‘Big Horn,’ has a starting MSRP of $29,965 with a 3.6L Penstar V6 diesel engine. With a choice of 12 colors and 6 trim levels, this model has a Best in Class distinction for its gas mileage of 17 MPG city. It also gets 25 MPG highway.
The base model Dodge Ram 2500 is a regular cab with an eight foot bed. With a starting MSRP of $30,115, this truck features a 5.7 HEMI V8 engine with 383 horsepower. It is also available as a crew cab with either a six or eight foot bed. The 2500 is offered in eight trim levels and with both 4×2 and 4×4 options available.
For those jobs that require a great deal of power, the auto maker offers the Dodge Ram 3500. With seven trim levels, a MSRP of $30,910 and a standard 5.7L HEMI V8, the 3500 also offers more powerful engine options. A 6.4L HEMI V8 is available as well as a 6.7L Cummins. Buyers can choose from six or eight foot beds as well as between a regular and crew cab.
A recall of just 159 Dodge Rams 1500s was issued so that the transmissions can be replaced by Chrysler. One of the suppliers used by Chrysler notified the auto maker that some of the transmissions in those particular Dodge Ram trucks could have difficulty shifting into park. Though Chrysler stated that it is unaware of any incidents related to this problem, it notified all 159 owners of the trucks built during 12 days of late January and early February 2014 of the issue.