The used Ram 1500 combines best-in-class comfort with sturdy truck capabilities. Not only does this full-size truck’s exclusive suspension options provide unmatched ride comfort, but you can also expect plenty of interior refinement. And, with so many powerful engines available, the used Ram does an excellent job of hauling your stuff around. Our used buying guide is here to help you shop for the Ram 1500 model year best suited to your daily drive.
Second-Generation Used Ram 1500: 2019-Current Model Year
Compared to previous Ram trucks, these used models are stronger, roomier, and more capable. The new crew cabin is even bigger than before, so it doubles as a family hauler. These trucks also tow more. Depending on configuration and equipment, a used Ram from this generation can tow up to 12,750 pounds. A new mild hybrid system boosts engine power. Finally, these Ram trucks offer a long list of new tech features, including an optional infotainment system with a 12-inch touchscreen and multiple USB ports.
Second-Generation Used Ram 1500 Configurations and Trim Models
This generation offers two cabin options, the extended Quad Cab and the bigger Crew Cab. The former comes standard with a 6-foot-4-inch bed and the latter with a shorter, 5-foot-7-inch bed.
This full-sized pickup truck gives you a lot of options, with seven trim models: Tradesman, HFE, Big Horn, Rebel, Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited. Each adds a little more in terms of luxury, technology, and performance.
Second-Generation Ram 1500 Powertrains
This generation offers two powertrains. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers a strong performance with 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. An optional 5.7-liter V8 engine, available for all but the HFE, boosts the Ram’s capabilities with 395 horses and 410 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive was an option for every Ram (except the HFE), so you should be able to find plenty of used models with this traction-boosting performance equipment.
First-Generation Used Ram 1500: 2011-2018
First-Generation Configurations and Trim Models
These used Ram trucks will look familiar to fans of the full-size pickup. They come in three body styles: regular, extended Quad Cab, and crew cab. With the regular cabin, these used trucks will have either a 6-foot-4-inch bed or an 8-foot bed. Quad Cab trucks feature the 6-foot-4-inch bed. The crew cabin combines the most passenger space with a 5-foot-7-inch bed.
First-generation Ram trucks come in three trim levels: the base ST, midrange SLT, and exclusive Laramie. The ST supplies everything you need for a modern ride, from air conditioning to antilock brakes. The SLT adds a little more pizzazz, with chrome exterior trim and cloth upholstery. Dress up your daily drive in the Laramie, which adds leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and more luxury features.
First-Generation Ram 1500 Powertrains
The base engine is a 3.7-liter V6 rated for 215 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel-drive versions of the ST and SLT give you a little extra oomph, courtesy of a 4.7-liter V8 that makes 310 horses and 330 pound-feet of torque. The Laramie is even more powerful, with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that supplies 390 horses and 407 pound-feet of torque.
Pre-2011 Used Ram 1500
Before there was the first-generation Ram 1500, there was the Dodge Ram 1500. For the 2011 model year, the Ram struck out on its own, shedding the Dodge brand and becoming a division unto itself. However, the 2011 Ram 1500 is essentially a continuation of the fourth-generation Dodge Ram 1500.
If you’re in the New Boston area, come check out any of our Ram 1500s to see them for yourself.