The 2022 Ram 1500 Classic Is the Worst Full-Size Pickup Truck From Consumer Reports

Say it isn’t so! Consumer Reports slammed the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic with an overall score of 39. What made this brand-new truck so bad? The Classic version of this truck is essentially the base model Ram 1500, which makes it more affordable. However, it sacrifices a lot in the meantime.

The 2022 Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t live up to Consumer Reports expectations

The 2022 Ram 1500 Classic didn't score well with Consumer Reports
The 2022 Ram 1500 Classic didn’t score well with Consumer Reports | Ram

Consumer Reports ranked all of the full-size pickup trucks available this year, including the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic. While the 2022 Ram Classic came in seventh out of 20 other full-size pickup trucks, only seven of the trucks are scored. That means this Ram truck is last on the Consumer Reports list.

On the road test, the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic scored a 74 out of 100. The predicted reliability score was a three out of five, which is average. Unfortunately, the predicted reliability score was only one out of five. As far as fuel economy goes, the Ram only gets 15 mpg overall. That’s 10 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. The Ram 1500 Classic has room for six passengers and comes in an extended or crew cab option.

“We expect the 2022 1500 Classic will be much less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 models,” Consumer Reports noted.

What are some of the other drawbacks mentioned of the Ram 1500 Classic?

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Consumer Reports says the Ram Classic is pretty tall. Similar trucks have an easier climb. The rear tailgate is notoriously heavy without any assist system in place. It is also a full-size pickup truck that some might find hard to park. That isn’t going to come as a surprise to anyone looking at a large truck through. The fuel economy remains a drawback.

When it comes to safety features, the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic is pretty bare. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning are missing. Antilock brakes and a rearview camera were included, though. Scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) vary between three and five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Classic two scores of “good” and one “marginal” rating.

The Ram 1500 Classic comes with a variety of powertrains. The coil spring rear suspension offers a comfortable ride, as does the roomy crew cab. The cabin is quiet, and a new 8.4-inch infotainment system is easy to use.

It might be worth it to get a higher-level trim

It is worth noting that the regular 2022 Ram 1500 isn’t the same truck. That one is recommended by Consumer Reports and scored a 75 out of 100 overall. It is number one on the same list of full-size pickup trucks. So while the Ram 1500 Classic is more affordable, it might not be worth the headache.

The 2022 Ford F-150 and 2022 Ford F-250 got fairly average scores below the regular Ram 1500. There aren’t too many ratings for full-size pickup trucks yet, which means more testing is probably being done at the moment. Keep an eye on Consumer Reports list for more information as it becomes available.

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