Visit any construction site, rodeo ground or farm and you’re bound to see at least one Dodge Ram. The Ram is the vehicle of choice for hard working Americans everywhere. The Ram is a full-sized pickup truck available in many different configurations from a half-ton 2wd with a V6 engine, to a one-ton dually 4wd with a HEMI V8.
First Generation (1981-1994)
The first generation ram is boxy, utilitarian and all truck. There isn’t much in the way of creature comforts, but it’s a rig that can get the job done – every time. Body configurations include a 2-door, 2-door extended can and a four-door dually. The engine lineup consists of a 225 cu in. I-6, 239 cu in. V6, 318 cu in. V8, 360 cu in. V8 and a 360 cu in. I-6 Cummins diesel. Transmission options include a 3 or 4-speed automatic and a 4 or 5-speed manual.
Second Generation (1992-2001)
In 1992, the Ram lost its boxy form in exchange for a more aerodynamic, rounded exterior. The makeover was a success and sales figures went through the roof. Under the hood, a new addition can be found in the form of an 8.0L V10. The rest of the engine lineup is unchanged, from the first generation. Transmission choices include a 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual or 6-speed manual.
Third Generation (2002-2008)
Once again, the Ram received some major updates with the introduction of the third generation model in 2002. One of the most significant changes is that the Ram ditched its solid front axle in exchange for an independent front suspension set up, which allows for better ride quality and handling. The exterior was also completely redesigned, with a front end meant to resemble that of a big rig. In addition, a 4-door quad cab and mega cab were also made available. Engine choices include a 3.7L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.7L HEMI V8, 5.9L Cummins diesel, 6.7L Cummings diesel, 8.0L Magnum V10 or 8.3L Viper V10. Power gets routed through a 4-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic, 5-speed manual or 6-speed manual.
Fourth Generation (2009-present)
The most recent incarnation of the ram was introduced in 2009 with a new nomenclature. Instead of being referred to as a Dodge Ram, parent company Chrysler decided to make Ram Truck its own brand. The exterior of the Ram was revised with a more angular front grille and fresh sheet metal throughout. New engine options include a 3.6L Pentastar V6, 3.0L Eco-Diesel V6 and a 6.4L HEMI. Transmissions during this generation include a 4, 5, 6 and 8-speed automatic, as well as a class exclusive 6-speed manual.
In 2012, the Ram was virtually unchanged except for the upgrade from a 5-speed to a 6-speed automatic. On the surface, the 2013 Ram looked much the same as the 2012. Under the skin however, were many improvements such as a new Pentastar V6 engine, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, a multi-mode air suspension, next-generation Uconnect infotainment system and much more.
For 2014, the RAM received a few minor trim level tweaks, as well as the addition of a turbocharged V6 diesel engine – the only diesel engine available in a light duty truck.
If you’ve got a stump to pull, cargo to tow or any other job that requires American muscle, look no further than the Dodge Ram. There’s nothing this rig can’t handle. That’s why it’s been around for decades, and will continue to be around for many more.