Many Mopar fans loved the Ram 1500’s fifth-generation redesign for the 2019 model year. But the new half-ton truck did away with the old two-door Ram, the beloved crosshair grille, and started at a higher price than the Silverado and the F-150. Perhaps this is why Ram still offers the fourth generation of its 1500, badged as the Ram Classic. Here are the three trim levels of Ram Classic you can still buy in 2022.
2022 Ram Classic Tradesman ($29,515)
The most utilitarian half-ton Ram you can buy (and the most cost-effective) is the 2022 Ram Classic Tradesman.
You can build a Ram Classic Tradesman for any job: Ram offers the truck in 2WD or 4WD. You can also get it with a regular, quad, or crew cab. Finally, the Tradesman is available with beds ranging from 5’7″ long to 8′ long. The cheapest Tradesman configuration is the 2WD truck with the regular cab and 6’4″ bed.
The base engine for the Ram Classic Tradesmen is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic. The base-model drivetrain can only tow 4,610 pounds, but selecting a max towing package bumps that to 7,660 pounds. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is a $1,700 option. The V8 Tradesman’s maximum tow rating is 8,240 pounds.
Every Ram Classic Tradesman comes with a 5-inch touchscreen and Ram’s Uconnect 3 system. This truck has rear coil springs and heavy-duty shock absorbers too. Every Tradesman offers a backup camera and six airbags.
2022 Ram Classic Express ($31,015)
Since Dodge’s “Lil Red Express” muscle truck, Express has been a beloved Ram badge. The 2022 Ram Classic Express is the mid-market Ram Classic trim. Like the Tradesman, you can order an Express with 2WD or 4WD and with a two-door regular cab, four-door quad cab, or roomier crew cab. Each cab size comes with one available bed length: 6’4″, 6’4″, and 5’7″.
The Ram Classic Express enjoys some slight visual upgrades: instead of the Tradesman’s black plastic crosshair grille, the Express sports a body-colored crosshair grille and bumpers. In addition, it tosses the Tradesman’s steel rims in favor of 17-inch painted aluminum units. The Express even comes with fog lamps.
You can customize your 2022 Ram Classic Express with seven available colors or a black accent package.
2022 Ram Classic Warlock ($39,835)
The top trim 2022 Ram Classic is the Warlock. The Warlock is not available as a two-door truck, but you can choose between the quad cab/6’4″ bed or crew cab/5’7″ bed. You can also choose between 4WD and 2WD.
Unlike the Tradesman and Express, the Warlock does away with the crosshair grille for a more modern “Ram” lettering grille in black. The Warlock also features a blackout trim package complete with powder-coated bumpers, black semi-gloss 20-inch aluminum rims, blacked-out wheel flares, badges, headlamp bezels, and black exhaust tips.
The 2022 Ram Classic Warlock shares some safety features with the fifth-generation Ram 1500. These include Ram’s “ParkSense” rear parking assist system, bifunctional halogen projector headlamps, and LED fog lamps.
Ram also offers several packages for the Warlock. One is the all-terrain package which includes special rims, all-terrain tires, and floor mats. Another is the trailer-tow group with special mirrors and a trailer brake controller. You can upgrade the Warlock’s touchscreen to an 8.4-inch unit that rivals the Ram 1500 and dial the audio system up to a 9-speaker unit.