4 Things Consumer Reports Hates About the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic

Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram have been at the forefront of the pickup truck battle for decades. Vehicle owners regularly debate the virtues of their favorite manufacturer, with many people having undeniable brand loyalty. Many Ram owners were surprised to learn Consumer Reports rated the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic the worst in its class, giving it an overall score of 39 out of 100. The car reviewer cited the following four things as the top problems of the full-size pickup truck.

1. Awkward entry and access

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With the cab sitting so high off the ground, the optional running boards are essential in the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic. The high entry height makes for an awkward entry, especially for smaller passengers. Consumer Reports claims, “getting in practically requires a running leap.” 

While there is optional air suspension available that can lower the “access height” for easier entry into the cab, it is a feature that takes some getting used to and requires patience to operate due to its slow response time.

The 2022 Ram 2500 fixes the problem of awkward access by providing optional power side running boards that automatically drop down when the door opens to make getting in and out of the truck a lot easier.

2. No towing assist system with the Ram 1500 Classic

For drivers that want to tow a trailer, the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic has different rear axle ratios depending on the trim level, which can change the towing capacity by several thousand pounds.

Unlike the 2022 Ford F-150 pickup truck that offers incomparable towing features, the Ram 1500 Classic does not include a standard towing assist system. While an optional factory tow package is available for an additional $480, it is not all-inclusive.

The Ram Trailer Tow Group includes a trailer brake controller, folding trailer tow mirrors, and a Class IV receiver hitch. It does not come with a backup camera or trailer assist features, and the package is only available on the Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman and Express models.

Poor visibility is also a concern in the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic. According to Consumer Reports, “the long, tall bed makes backing up scary, because you can’t see directly behind the truck.” They explained, “The big rear head constraints also block some views out the rear window.”

3. No step-up assist

It is not just the cab that is difficult for passengers to access. It is also cumbersome to climb into the truck bed in the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic. While the 2022 Ford F-150 offers optional ladders, and the GM truck has a handy step on the rear bumper, the Ram 1500 Classic does not provide a step-up assist system.

The rear tailgate is also extremely heavy, and with no assist system in place, it is harder to close or stop it from falling open. A dampened power-release tailgate in the 2022 Ram 2500 model eliminates the issue.

The Ram 2500 also offers a bed step that deploys from under the rear bumper with a simple kick. Access to the bed is much easier in the upgraded truck.

4. Terrible fuel economy with the Ram 1500 Classic

While the 3.6-liter V6 can handle light towing, the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 offers better tow ratings. Unfortunately, the very thirsty V8 provides terrible fuel economy.

The subpar ratings from Consumer Reports correlate to its dismal fuel economy rating of only 15 combined mpg. With gas prices soaring across the country, owning a 2022 Ram 1500 Classic can quickly get pricy.

Despite the negative reviews from Consumer Reports, 68% of Ram 1500 Classic owners reported they would repurchase the truck, proving brand loyalty runs deep.

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