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Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 8.2
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2015 Ram 1500 Review

The 2015 Ram 1500 has a luxe interior, refined handling, and potent engine options. However, it ranks in the middle of the full-size pickup truck class because its rivals earn higher reliability ratings and safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular V6 and V8 engines
  • Upscale cabin
  • Comfortable ride
  • Few safety features
  • Lower towing capacity than rivals

2015 Ram 1500 Overview

Is the 2015 Ram 1500 a Good Used Truck?

The Ram 1500 is a very good used full-size pickup truck. The Ram rides smoothly over rough pavement and feels quite maneuverable for such a large pickup. Its gas and diesel engine options hustle it up to speed quickly. Inside, the Ram 1500 has quality materials and user-friendly tech features.

Ultimately, though, there are better options in this segment like the 2015 Ford F-150 and 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500, which offer more advanced safety features and higher towing capacities.

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We’ve analyzed 71 Ram 1500 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Ram 1500?

Based on listings for the 2015 Ram 1500 on our site, the average price is $28,000. Prices range from $20,600 to $35,900, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ram 1500 Cost to Own?

The Ram 1500’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $31,900 – or about $6,400 per year. That’s a bit more than average for a full-size truck.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 is fully redesigned for 2019. This new fifth-generation Ram is certainly more expensive than older models, with prices ranging from $32,000 to over $60,000. However, it’s also a far better pickup. The new Ram 1500 can also work harder than previous models – it has a max payload capacity of 2,300 pounds, and it can tow up to 12,750 pounds. Its interior is ritzier than before, and it boasts great tech features like a large 12-inch touch screen. The new 1500 also has more advanced safety features such as forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring. If you can afford it, you’ll likely be much happier with the new model.

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There aren’t many new full-size pickups that cost less than a used 2015 Ram 1500, but there are at least a few options if you consider a smaller compact pickup truck. The 2019 Chevy Colorado starts at just $21,300 and impresses with its comfy ride and well-trimmed cabin. The 2019 Ford Ranger retails for $24,000 and boasts a brawny turbocharged engine with strong pulling power. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma ($25,550) is another fine pick, and it has many standard safety features.

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Which Model Year of the Ram 1500 Is Best?

The fourth-generation Ram 1500 spans the 2009 through 2018 model years. The truck saw few major changes over this generation, but there are some minor updates to keep in mind. Opt for a 2014-or-newer model if you want a 1500 with the EcoDiesel engine, since this diesel V6 wasn’t available in earlier models. Additionally, if you want a Ram 1500 with the optional air suspension, you would need to limit your search to 2013-and-newer models. Want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto? Those popular tech features can only be found in 2018-and-newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ram 1500?

The 2015 Ram 1500 has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is about average for all used vehicles. However, most full-size pickup trucks earn better scores.

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2015 Ram 1500 Recalls

The Ram 1500 is affected by a dozen recalls. Ram is recalling certain models due to issues with the cruise control system, transmission shift interlock, power steering, rear axle, power tailgate, side air bags, battery wiring harness, and infotainment system software. Make sure these recalls are addressed by a Ram dealer before buying a used 1500 pickup.

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Which Used Ram 1500 Model Is Right for Me?

There are a lot of factors to consider when shopping for a used 2015 Ram 1500. The truck is available in three body styles (Regular Cab, Quad Cab, and Crew Cab), three bed lengths (8 feet, 6 feet 4 inches, and 5 feet 7 inches), and ten trim levels: Tradesman, Express, SLT, Big Horn, Rebel, Outdoorsman, Sport, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited.

The Tradesman trim is a good pick if you want a bare-bones work truck. Ram offers the 1500 Tradesman with each of its cab, bed, and engine configurations. Standard features include air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, power windows and keyless entry (in Quad and Crew Cabs), and a USB port. The SLT trim is a bit ritzier. It adds a 5-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, cloth upholstery, and alloy wheels. The Big Horn trim is similarly equipped, but it adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a power-adjustable driver seat.

The Ram 1500 Rebel trim boasts a standard air suspension (optional in all other trims) as well as larger off-road tires and revised exterior styling. The Outdoorsman trim adds an 8.4-inch touch screen, which is available in lower trims. The Laramie trim adds a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, as well as heated and ventilated front seats. The 1500 Longhorn and Limited trims add heated rear seats, a navigation system, and parking sensors.

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Certified Pre-Owned Ram 1500 Warranty

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for the added coverage and benefits it provides. Although Ran has a decent CPO program, rivals like Chevrolet, GMC, and Toyota have more comprehensive programs.

Ram offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles that are five years old or less. Eligibility is determined by the car’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ram extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Ram warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the 1500?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Ram 1500 five out of five stars for the side crash test and four stars for the frontal crash test. Rear-wheel-drive models earned four stars for the rollover test, but four-wheel-drive models received just three stars in this category.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Ram 1500 the second-lowest rating of Marginal for the roof strength and small overlap front crash tests, and a top rating of Good in all other areas tested.

The Ram 1500 is available with front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. Most class rivals offer more advanced safety features.

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2015 Ram 1500 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Ram 1500 or 2015 Ford F-150?

The 2015 Ford F-150 sits at the top of the full-size pickup truck class, and for good reason. Its maximum tow rating is 1,550 pounds higher than the Ram’s, and its cargo capacity is also great. The Ford offers more active safety features like blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning, and it has better reliability and safety ratings. There are a few areas where the Ram 1500 has an edge, including its smoother ride and higher-quality cabin materials. Overall, the F-150 is still a better truck.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ram 1500 or 2015 Toyota Tundra?

The 2015 Toyota Tundra certainly has its perks. Compared to the Ram, the Toyota rates higher for crash safety, offers more advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring, and boasts superior off-road abilities with its TRD Pro trim. On the other hand, the Ram 1500 is more refined. It sports nicer cabin materials, a softer ride, and better fuel economy than the Tundra – all while providing comparable towing and payload ratings. Both have similar reliability ratings. Opt for the model that best suits your needs.

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2015 1500 Performance

How Does the 2015 Ram 1500 Drive?

The Ram 1500 has three engine options: a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, a 395-horsepower 5.7-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 that produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are available.

The standard Pentastar V6 is the best choice for most shoppers. It delivers more than enough power for everyday driving and zips the truck up to highway speeds without fuss, thanks in part to the smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. This V6 can also handle most light-duty towing. For heavy-duty work, choose the Hemi V8 or EcoDiesel V6. These engines provide the Ram with the extra muscle required to pull heavy loads.

The Ram 1500 has refined handling. This is largely due to the pickup’s signature coil-spring rear suspension. This setup helps the Ram soak up bumps and potholes in the road better than any other full-size truck, and it also contributes to the pickup’s stability when rounding corners. An available four-corner air suspension improves this ride quality even further. It can also adjust to provide more ground clearance for off-road driving or level the truck when carrying heavy cargo in the truck bed.

Does the 2015 Ram 1500 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Ram 1500 gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway when paired with its Pentastar gas V6 engine (18/25 mpg for HFE models). That’s efficient for a full-size truck. The Hemi V8 returns ratings of 15/22 mpg city/highway.

We are currently unable to provide fuel economy ratings for the diesel-powered Ram 1500 models because these vehicles failed to meet EPA emission standards.

2015 Ram 1500 Towing Capacity

The Ram 1500 is rated to tow up to 10,650 pounds when properly equipped. All models can tow a minimum of 4,190 pounds.

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2015 1500 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Ram 1500 Seat?

The Ram 1500 seats up to three occupants in Regular Cab models and up to six in the four-door Quad Cab and Crew Cab models. The front seats are soft and supportive regardless of cab style, and there’s enough head- and legroom even for tall drivers and passengers. The Quad and Crew Cabs have generous rear seating space, but adult passengers may prefer the Crew Cab’s additional 5.6 inches of rear legroom and more relaxed seating position.

The Ram 1500 earns praise for its quality interior materials and handsome design, even in lower trim levels. The cabin also mostly stays insulated from road and wind noise. The base model 1500 comes with vinyl upholstery. Cloth and leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ram 1500?

Depending on how it's equipped, Ram 1500 models with rear seats have two to three full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system a Marginal rating. Some of the seat anchors are hard to find and can be mistaken for other hardware.

2015 Ram 1500 Features

The Ram 1500 comes standard with a USB port, air conditioning, as well as power windows and keyless entry (in Quad and Crew Cabs). Available features include 5- and 8.4-inch touch screens, a navigation system, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Ram’s Uconnect system is among the easiest to use on the market, thanks to its simple menus and big virtual buttons. The touch screen is complemented by user-friendly knobs for the audio and climate controls, so you don’t have to rely on the touch screens for every function.

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2015 Ram 1500 Dimensions

Ram 1500 Cargo Space

The Ram 1500 is available with 8-foot, 6-foot-4-inch, and 5-foot-7-inch bed lengths. Payload ratings range from 1,270 to 1,900 pounds, depending on the model. Available upgrades include a spray-in bedliner and lockable storage bins (RamBox), which provides extra cargo space within the truck’s bedsides.

2015 1500 Length and Weight

The Ram 1500’s length and weight vary depending on the truck’s cab and bed configurations. The pickup measures between 17.4 and 19.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,509 to 5,675 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Ram 1500 Built?

Ram built the 1500 pickup in Michigan and Mexico.

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