Ram 1500 Trim Levels and Terms Made Simple

RAM 1500 2015

There are 3 trim levels with several subcategories of trim. The 3 main trim levels are ST, SLT, and Laramie.

Here they are with their associated subclass trims:

TRIM LEVELS

RAM 1500 ST (Available in: Regular Cab/Quad Cab/Crew Cab)

  • RAM 1500 SXT (Available in: Regular Cab/Quad Cab/Crew Cab)

RAM 1500 SLT (Available in: Regular Cab/Quad Cab/Crew Cab)

  • RAM 1500 Outdoorsman (Available in: Quad Cab/Crew Cab)
  • RAM 1500 Big Horn (Available in: Quad Cab/Crew Cab)
  • RAM 1500 Sport (Available in: Quad Cab/Crew Cab)

RAM 1500 Laramie (Available in: Quad Cab/Crew Cab)

  • RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn (Available in: Crew Cab)
  • RAM 1500 Laramie Limited (Available in: Crew Cab)

 

CAB SIZES

What’s the difference between Regular Cab, Quad Cab, and Crew Cab?

Regular Cab:

  • No backseats – a typical pickup truck
  • Least expensive of cab sizes

Quad Cab

  • Back seats
  • Less legroom than Crew Cab
  • Smaller doors than Crew Cab
  • More expensive than Regular Cab and less expensive than Crew Cab typically

Crew Cab

  • Back seats
  • More legroom than Quad Cab
  • Larger doors than Quad Cab
  • More expensive than Quad Cab and Crew Cab

 

AXLE RATIO

What is Axle Ratio?

First, you have to know what a driveshaft is. So what is a driveshaft?

Driveshaft: It is the shaft that transmits power from the engine to the axles.

Ok now that we got that down, the axle ratio is simply how many times the driveshaft has to rotate to rotate the axle once. This is usually written as a ratio like 4.1:1 meaning the driveshaft rotates 4.1 times to turn the driveshaft once.

So why is the axle ratio important? 

Riding a bike is a good example here. Having a low axle ratio (less driveshaft revolutions per axle revolution) is like riding a bike in high gear; it is easy to stay fast in high gear but you wouldn’t have much power (think riding up a steep hill or trying be the only person peddling at the front of a quadracycle). Having a high axle ratio (many driveshaft revolutions per axle revolution) is like riding in low gear on a bicycle; it is hard to stay fast in low gear but you would have much more power (again, think riding up a steep hill or trying be the only person peddling at the front of a quadracycle).  Thus, axle ratio tells you how much power and fuel economy the truck will give you. The axle ratio will be different depending on the gear you are in (similar to bicycle gears).

 

LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL 

What is Limited Slip Differential (LSD – not the drug)? 

So you probably don’t think about this in your spare time but if you think about it now, when you turn your car the wheels on one side of the car have to travel further than the wheels on the other. They actually used to build cars (in ancient times) that had only one wheel connected to the engine. Obviously there would be some problems with this so nowadays both wheels are connected to the engine but they don’t rotate at the same rate. They rotate according to the friction placed against them (think, one wheel hits a puddle and it will rotate much faster than the other wheel). The limited slip differential adjusts the wheel to not do this so much so that when you hit a puddle or mud with one wheel, it won’t just spin out. The Limited Slip Differential helps you not get stuck in a tough terrain or heavy towing situation. 

 

TRUCK BOX SIZES

Regular Cab & Quad Cab

  • Available in 6-ft. 4- in. and 8-ft.

Crew Cab

  • Available in 5-ft. 7-in. and 6-ft. 4-in.

 

TOWING

Important terms:

What is payload? 

Answer: How much the truck can carry in the box.

What is towing capacity?

Answer: How much can be attached to the hitch.

 

Here is a chart to make towing capacity really simple:

RAM 1500 – Truck Towing Capacity Chart


 

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