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It’s been nearly 15 years since the RAM truck brand was given its own division in the Fiat-Chrysler family, and the award-winning powerhouse nameplate has only gotten stronger since then. Now, with their 2023 RAM trucks unveiled, the automaker continues its mission to deliver the absolute best—the power of a Dodge, the utility of a Jeep, and the luxury of a Chrysler, all rolled into one.

Strap in, because we’re taking a first look at the 2023 RAM 1500 and RAM Heavy Duty. What’s changed? What’s stayed the same? Let's find out.

The 2023 RAM 1500

The classic RAM 1500 has historically been one of the best American trucks. It’s won an impressive share of accolades and awards over the years—just last year, for instance, the 2022 RAM 1500 won the #1 spot on the US News list of full-size pickups, as well as a perfect 10/10 rating from Car and Driver (for four years running).

It’s safe to say the RAM 1500 is on a roll, and there’s no signs of stopping the beast.

What’s Different for the 2023 RAM 1500?

Most noticeably, even more luxurious features and customization options are available with the Limited Elite Edition. This premium RAM 1500 trim boasts some of the finest features of any RAM truck, including the following:

  • heated and ventilated leather buckets seats up front
  • custom gauge cluster
  • heated steering wheel
  • adjustable bed step
  • adjustable cargo hooks
  • adjustable bed divider to keep cargo organized
  • and more

A newly available 12-inch digital display cluster joins the roster of options. This effectively makes it the most technologically advanced RAM 1500 ever made. It’s fully customizable and provides wireless infotainment and navigation through Uconnect® 5 NAV.

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What’s the Same?

Aside from the upgraded tech, this is pretty much the same RAM we all know and love.

It still has the same assortment of available engines:

  • 3.6L eTorque Pentastar V6, which nets 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 5.7L eTorque HEMI V8, which nets 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 3.0L EcoDiesel V6, which nets 260 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8, which nets an industry-leading 702 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque

One of the many reasons why the RAM brand has become so beloved: It allows buyers to customize their ride based on their needs.

Want to raise the hair on the back of your neck? Opt for the monstrous RAM TRX, which comes with the Supercharged HEMI and is capable of zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds.

Need a truck with good gas mileage, instead? Jump into a RAM 1500 2WD model with an EcoDiesel engine. It's one of the best gas mileage trucks out there.

The engine isn’t the only thing with industry-leading customization. RAM models are well-known for their cab and box configurations. While official brochures and dimensions have yet to be confirmed, both the Quad Cab and Crew Cab options are expected to return, as well as both short and long box bed options, depending on trim. The Crew Cab in the 2022 model has a segment-topping 132 cubic feet of passenger volume, with a mind blowing 45.2 inches of rear legroom to ensure comfort for all.

Other iconic RAM 1500 features returning include the split 60/40 multifunction tailgate, RAMBOX exterior cargo Storage, and available 19-speaker premium Harmon Kardon sound system, just to name a few.

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The 2023 RAM Heavy Duty

The 2023 RAM HD name encompasses two different models: the RAM 2500 HD and RAM 3500 HD. As the first widely available commercial truck to achieve over 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque, the RAM Heavy Duty is a groundbreaking model in its segment. Both are similar in terms of the in-cab experience, but they have vastly different capabilities in terms of payload and towing.

What’s Different For the 2023 RAM HD?

Many of the tweaks made for the new model year are aimed at fine-tuning the driver’s towing experience. Ask anyone who’s ever tried to drag a fifth wheel trailer: it ain’t exactly easy. For 2023, RAM seeks to provide the best truck for hauling by providing an array of technology to assist visibility when reversing and cornering. These include:

  • General enhancements to the camera system, with behind-trailer view and blind-spot view
  • Trailer Reverse Steering Control, which allows the driver to manually input trailer dimensions, and adjust where they want the trailer to go using a dial for added precision
  • Telescoping trailer tow mirrors
  • Digital rearview mirror with side camera
  • Trailer Tow Pages app

The 12-inch digital gauge cluster available in the 1500 will be made an option for the HD version as well, ensuring absolute dominance in tech features as well as power and towing.

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What’s the Same?

Like the RAM 1500, the HD retains the signature motors that put it on the map as the best pickup truck for towing. Since the specs haven’t been dropped yet, we’ll list the ones from last year to give you an idea.

The 6.4-liter HEMI V8, which nets 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque:
  • 2500 max payload: 4,010 lbs.
  • 2500 towing capacity: 17,540 lbs.
  • 3500 max payload: 7,680 lbs.
  • 3500 towing capacity: 18,210 lbs.
The 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I6, which nets 370 horsepower and 850 lb.-ft. of torque:
  • 2500 max payload: 3,160 lbs.
  • 2500 towing capacity: 20,000 lbs.
  • 3500 max payload: 6,840 lbs.
  • 3500 towing capacity: 22,670 lbs.
The 6.7L Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel I6 (Only available in the 3500):
  • 3500 max payload: 6,570 lbs.
  • 3500 towing capacity: 37,090 lbs.

That’s right; when properly equipped, the RAM 3500 can to almost 40,000 pounds. Again, we say, there’s a reason why it’s lauded as the best truck for towing—especially if you’re looking for the best truck for towing a fifth wheel.

As with the RAM 1500, trims and cab configurations appear to be remaining almost the same, if not identical. These trucks are absolute behemoths. Not only do they boast even more passenger space with their Mega Cab configuration, but they also come with the option of a monster 8-foot bed across all trim levels. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, but four-wheel drive is also available.

More details about comfort and connectivity features will be surfacing soon, but judging on RAM’s track record, we’d say it’s safe to assume they’re going anywhere but backwards.


Built For the Driven

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RAM trucks have a long history of supporting skilled trade workers, since long before RAM became its own division, when it was still under the Dodge umbrella. In celebration of our tradesmen and women, for another year, the company is partnering with Wolverine, the storied brand of rugged work clothes. Through this partnership, RAM and co. aim to raise money and awareness for the next generation of tradespeople. (For a limited time, signature apparel like American-made boots and shirts will be available here.)

Any more questions about the future of RAM? Jim Burke CDJR is more than happy to help. We have finance incentives galore on all kinds of vehicles, so call our truck dealership near you at (205) 502-2772 and you'll have no problem finding a RAM truck in Birmingham!

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