With a 3.6 Liter V6 FFV 24-Valve VVT Engine (with Torque Flite) eight speed automatic transmission, the SLT provides up to 305 hp and came with Flex Fuel capacity. The tested version included 4×4 with shift-on-the-fly transfer, trailer towing with 4-pin connector wiring and 7-pin wiring harness. The SLT Crew Cab included front tow hooks, provides a maximum towing capability of 10,100 lbs., 50.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity while offering a maximum payload of 1,610 lbs. The truck also included the manufacturer’s spray-in bedliner and extended/heated towing mirrors.
The Ram had everything one could need to provide interior room, and performance capability with every option included for comfort, convenience, and extreme capability allowing one to go from off-roard, to work truck trailering. The 1500 SLT includes an Electronic suspension system which allows one to raise the vehicle for off-road usage. There are two settings, Offroad Mode 1 raises the vehicle by 1”, while Offroad 2 (mode) raises it 2”. The Electronic range select (manual option) includes eight speeds offering the driver complete control of gear choice in the city, on highways, during uphill ascents, downhill descents and during towing or adverse weather, traffic, or road conditions.
Inside the Ram SLT 1500 included remote start (but not push button), The Uconnect infotainment system which included a large 8.4” easy to use LED touch screen but did not include a navigation system. Also in the entertainment realm Ram provided a wicked 506 Watt Alpine surround sound which featured nine speakers, USB, and Aux outlets, Bluetooth, XM and a 115V outlet on the console.
Although the truck technically seats five there are enough seatbelts for six to be seated quite comfortably with plenty of shoulder room. The back seats are a 60/40 split and provide 40.3” of leg room. Also on the infotainment console is the Ram’s Park View rear back-up camera which provided a clear and wide angled picture both during the day and at night. The truck also included ParkSense which is the manufacturer’s rear park assist system, Electronic stability control, Anti-spin differential, LATCH, Trailer brake control, and multistage airbags.
Besides safety, comfort was also on the minds of engineers as the 1500 SLT included heated steering wheel, 10-way powered driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats which featured in-floor storage bins. Passengers in the front and rear of the vehicle noted plenty of space but felt that the front passenger seat could use more cushion. Ram trucks are usually known for plentifully padded seating and so concluded the passenger had a valid point.
During testing, the Ram 1500 SLT drove extremely smoothly, was highly responsive in acceleration, steering, controlled serpentine testing, and braking The Ram’s offroad options and abilities worked well when used on gravel, dirt, and wet rock. The tested model included Ram’s Luxury package featuring auto dimming interior and exterior mirrors with illuminated vanity mirrors. Speaking of mirrors it would be neat if the manufacturer provided retractable and powered tow mirrors but the mirrors provided are more than adequate.
A couple of things are worth adding about the Ram that were noticeable and could use a little additional attention by designers is the need to slightly re-designing the instrument clusters digital mpg gauge. The gauge’s output is constantly changing depending upon driving conditions and is a very bright green which makes it even a little more of a distraction.
Another thought for Ram would be to remove the metal Ram emblem from the middle of the steering wheel’s horn and maybe replace it with an embroidered Ram emblem. On the rare occasions I hit the horn the contact was impeded by the metallic ram emblem and I did not enjoy my hand hitting the emblems metal. Other than that, the Ram is a perfect all-around vehicle, features 16 city mpg/ 23 hwy mpg, and costs $43,510 dollars. The brand also now features a really cool rotary gear shifter on the console similar to what can be found in Jaguar models.
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