The latest version of the Ram 1500 is one of the top-rated trucks in the market. You might think it would be hard to find reasons you might not want to buy this Ram, but there are a few things you should know. There’s no denying the Ram 1500 offers impressive power, an upscale cabin, several powertrain options, and the versatility you need. Still, there are a few items that might make you take a second look.
1. The 2022 Ram 1500 does not offer a regular cab version
Of the Big Three truck names in the market, the Ram 1500 is the only one that does not have a regular cab. Both Ford and GM offer regular cab trucks for the F-150, GMC Sierra 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trucks. This means you’re paying a little more for the longer cab, and you don’t have the option of an 8-foot bed, which both rivals offer with the regular cab trucks.
2. Braking could be troublesome with this Ram truck
According to Car Buying Strategies, some testers of the Ram 1500 report brakes being squishy. While not a technical term, most of us understand this to mean this truck doesn’t stop as quickly as you might expect. Imagine adding a trailer to the mix and trying to stop this truck with brakes that don’t operate as expected.
3. You can’t tow as much with this Ram truck
The Ford F-150 and GM pair (Sierra/Silverado) offer better tow ratings than the Ram 1500. The rival trucks tow 14,000 pounds and 13,300 pounds, respectively. The Ram tops out at 12,750 pounds of towing. You might not ever need more towing capacity than what this Ram truck offers, but wouldn’t it be good to have more towing capacity in case you do need it?
4. There’s a Ram truck that costs nearly $100,000
The absurdity of adding more stuff to trucks and thinking consumers want to take these vehicles out for adventures has gotten out of hand. According to Kelley Blue Book, the Ram TRX Ignition Edition starts at $99,070. Think about that for a second; this is a Ram 1500 that starts at nearly $100,000. We expect this price for a novelty like the GMC Hummer EV, but not for a workhorse like this Ram.
5. Ram hasn’t done much to improve the bed of this truck
Its been several years since Chevrolet introduced the rear bumper step in the Silverado. You might expect other brands to offer something similar by this time, but Ram does not. The Ram 1500 doesn’t have a bed step, and it doesn’t come with a composite bed liner, an included item on some rivals. What’s keeping Ram from improving the bed area of this half-ton truck?
6. A brand issue is part of the trouble for the Ram 1500
We know a midsize Ram is on the way, but this is a problem for the 2022 version of the Ram 1500. You can’t get a regular cab, and you can’t find a midsize Ram truck. If you live in a city and have tight areas, you’ll have a truck that’s hard to maneuver in tight spaces. This might send you looking at other brands and their smaller trucks.
Are these drawbacks enough for you to avoid this 2022 pickup truck?
Can you get past some of the drawbacks of the Ram 1500? If you’re looking for an extended or crew cab truck and know which trim you want, this Ram might be right for you. The braking issues should worry you and might send you looking at the Ford F-150 or Chevy Silverado 1500 instead.
Looking at the other side of the coin, the next article offers you some reasons you’ll want to buy this Ram truck.