Car Review: 2025 Ram 1500 hits a home run

The 2025 Ram 1500 continues the muscular presence Ram is known for in the field. (Courtesy Brian Armstead)

Brian Armstead, special contributor

For those who love Ram trucks for their rugged nature or high performance, rest well knowing the 2025 Ram 1500 is available in a trim level to suit your needs. I’ll focus on the top “Limited and Tungsten” trims, as both ride and drive like a luxury SUV. In fact, they ride better and are quieter than my Lexus LX 570.

Ram 1500 Exterior

The 2025 Ram 1500 continues the muscular presence Ram is known for in the field. Up front, the full LED Adaptive Front-lighting System includes twin bi-functional projector headlamps, fog lamps and tail lamps with up to 15 degrees of direction control with steering input.

A new, larger, forward-leaning grille makes the bold statement Ram devotees love. Side character lines stretch the length of the 1500 from front to rear, tying together the front fender, cab doors, and bed fenders and enhancing the side profile. New LED tail lamps complete dominant styling.

New for 2025, the Ram 1500 offers a power open/close tailgate with obstacle detection. A multifunction tailgate continues to be available and the weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable “RamBox” storage bins are unique to the pickup segment.

Ram 1500 Interior

At the Limited and Tungsten trim levels, it’s all about a premium experience inside the Ram 1500. Ram’s interior design team focused on premium textures, colors and carbon-fiber, metal, and leather interior materials to deliver high-end SUV levels of luxury.

Overhead, a dual-pane power glass sunroof is optional on all trim Crew Cab models (except Tradesman), and is standard on top trim Tungsten. In addition to allowing a great amount of light in when needed to brighten the interior, with the sunshade closed, there is minimal noise intrusion from the large sunroof cavity.

Ram 1500 High-Tech

Ram’s intuitive “Uconnect” telematics system, arguably the best in the business, now offers more connected services and features, including an improved 12-inch touch screen with higher resolution and new 14.5-inch reconfigurable touch screen displays that feature split-screen capability for dual application operation.

Ram owners can now add a digital key to their smartphone or watch to access and start their vehicle. After enrolling in Ram Connect and downloading the Ram app to a compatible device, owners can create and store digital keys in their smartphone’s wallet. Doing its best impression of a concert hall on wheels, the top-trim Ram 1500 “Tungsten” features a 1,228-watt Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system as standard equipment. It’s the most powerful factory sound system available in a truck today.

Ram 1500 Powertrains

Lower trim levels (Tradesman-Big Horn-Lone Star) come standard with a 3.6-liter Pentastar eTorque engine, coupled to an eight-speed transmission. Tradesman-Big Horn-Lone Star and Laramie come standard in 4×2 guise, with 4×4 optional. Tradesman, a 3.0-liter Standard Output twin-turbo engine (SST) is optional on these trims. Ram Rebel and Laramie trims are only available with the SST engine. Limited Longhorn, Limited, and Tungsten trims are only available with the 3.0-liter High Output twin-turbo (SST HO) engine is optional on these trims.

Horsepower numbers range from 305 (base) to 402 (SST), to 540 (SST HO). Rebel, Limited Longhorn, Limited, and Tungsten are only available with 4×4 drivelines.

Ram 1500 Limited/Tungsten Driving Impressions

With abundant leg and headroom in both rows for my 6-foot, 9-inch frame, I thoroughly enjoyed my drive time in the Limited and Tungsten models. Superb power from the SST HO engine delivered the oomph necessary to propel the Rams with authority. The supple ride for Limited and Tungsten is all about long-distance comfort. Dial it in to suit your comfort and driving assistance, and enjoy 400-mile jaunts without tiring. It’s really that impressive.


The new 2025 Ram 1500 has more than 100 available active and passive safety and security features.

  • Cost: Prices for the 2025 Ram 1500 start at $40,275 for base Tradesman trim and rise across the eight available trim levels to $75,450 and $87,320 for Limited and Tungsten trims, respectively. Prices are exclusive of a $1,995 destination fee.
  • MPG: MPG range for all trims varies from 17 mpg city to 26 mpg highway.


  • Twin-turbo six cylinder offers great power
  • Offers a luxury SUV-like ride quality
  • With eight trim levels, there’s a Ram 1500 for everyone’s needs


  • Top trims are expensive
  • Has a $1,995 destination charge
  • Lower towing rating than competitors

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