Right Spec: 2025 Ram 1500

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Tim has a first drive of the revamped 2025 Ram 1500 coming soon, so with that in mind we thought it an opportune time to grab some Google SEO traffic build on the theme and include it in our alarmingly irregular Right Spec series.

A notion of pickups like this are their ability to show up for duty in a myriad of looks ranging from base work trucks to chrome-laden luxocruisers or color-keyed trims with an off-road bent. Longtime readers (thanks, both of you) will know I gravitate towards the latter – but doing so this time around would rob us of the Ram’s sumptuous southwest-grade Longhorn interior which looks like a Utah or Arizona landscape writ large.

It's worth noting Ram has decided, for now, that its upper trims will only be available with four-wheel drive. This makes sense for the Rebel, given its station in the trim walk, but the specter of a Limited or Limited Longhorn with just two driven wheels is off the table – again, for now. We’ll see if enough customers outside the snowbelt register their displeasure with Ram dealers. 

Rebel trims are only available with a 5.5-foot box while the likes of a Limited Longhorn can append an extra 12 inches to its rump and actually carry a Polaris Sportsman ATV in its cargo area without leaving its tailgate down. Options added to this Rebel include the G/T package which affords its interior a gear selector ripped from the old Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and mounted on the center console. This calms bleatings from certain demographics that a so-called Real Truck (TM) has no business shifting its gears with a dial.

Under that hood now lives a turbocharged straight-six engine (RIP, Hemi), though the Limited Longhorn is tuned to 540 horsepower/521 lb-ft while the Rebel makes do with a 420 hp/469 lb-ft configuration. Don’t expect it to remain that way for long, as customers in the Rebel demographic tend to like MOAR POWER, so this writer expects the high-output variant to appear as an option within the next 24 months. A new Rebel G/T will set ya back about $72,000 while a Limited Longhorn with extras is about 10 grand more. 

Knowing you lot are weird and like base trucks, we’d be remiss to mention the entry-level Tradesman is available with a $1,200 Sport Appearance, complete with 20-inch wheels and color-keyed addenda plus fog lamps and a slew of blacked-out accents. It’s actually a very decent look, particularly in an expressive shade like Delmonico Red shown here. It does require selection of the Level 1 Equipment group, padding the bottom line by $1,695 and bringing the likes of a power sliding rear window and satellite radio. MSRP including destination is under 50 large for a Quad Cab 4x4 with a 6.5-foot box. An off-road group with skid plates can be paired with all this for a further $1,895 if you’re so inclined.

Damn this series of posts. Now I’m eyeing trade-in values again.

[Images: Stellantis]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • RobbyG RobbyG on Feb 22, 2024

    RAM was smart to venture into their own brand. My uncle bought a brand new Hemi Ram in 2018 and I had the chance to drive it. It was my first experience dealing with a rotary knob shifter and although it was awkward at first, it grew on me quickly. Frees up a lot of space in the center console. His huge German shepherd had plenty of room in the back...with 2 other adults back there. Laz-Boy comfort front seats, serene ride, and quieter than my old MKZ. Sure, gas mileage sucked, but who cares? It's a V8 truck. Needless to say I was impressed.

    Myself being from New England and my uncle living in the sweltering heat of Florida I dunno why he opted for black on black leather. And, alas, no 4X4 for me to try out. His knowledge of vehicles is about the same as my knowledge of turbine engines (zero) and also test drove the F-150, Silverado, and Tundra. Only reason he bought the Ram? $10k less than any of the other comparatives, and got a 10 year 100K warranty thrown in.

    I have heard horror stories of some of the transmissions on the newer ones, so I would imagine any Stellantis buy is sort of a gamble.

    No V8 would also be a deal breaker for me if I were in this market. No way a turbocharged V6 is going to last as long as a natural V8. Same feelings for the newer Tundra.

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    • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Feb 23, 2024

      'Frees up space on the centre console'. How isn't the footprint of the dial not much larger than that of a simple shifter? And what if the shifter was placed where it belongs, on the steering column? Wouldn't that free up the maximum amount of space on the console?

  • Dartdude Dartdude on Feb 24, 2024

    I have a 17 Ram 1500, love the dial and took to it right a way. don't have a lever blocking the dash panel or taking up space on the console.

  • FreedMike This would be a good commuter module for someone with at-home charging ability. But if you just couldn't live without going Nissan for an EV, a base Ariya would be a far better bet, doesn't cost much more, and has way better charging capability (and is not limited to CHAdeMo). And, yes, Nissan dealers will deal like crazy on one.
  • ToolGuy Wave a flag in an American's face and all rational thought disappears. Same thing works with breasts.
  • SCE to AUX "Relevant metrics include how often you interact with your phone, how frequently you speed, how many times you have to stop quickly, how often you drive at night, and even the average distance you drive. Location data has also been rumored to play a role. For example, vehicles that frequently traverse high-crime areas may be subjected to higher rates."Those are very relevant metrics.I don't use these apps, I don't speed, I don't own expensive-to-insure cars, and my rates have not gone up. I've also been an Erie policy holder for 35 years, so I don't shop around every few months looking to save $100.
  • 2ACL Too much, but at least it can get out of its own way. One adjustment I don't think I'll ever make to the modern automobile is sub-160 hp beyond $25k.
  • MaintenanceCosts The black wheel arches and rocker trim are ghastly. Looks like to get them in body color you have to downgrade to the N Line. And you can't get a 360-degree camera on the N Line. Oh well, I'm not a compact CUV customer anyway.