Sure, you were the first one to have a 2017 Ram 1500 in your garage. In fact, you’re a Dodge fan from way-back-when. But how much do you really know about the brand you profess to adore?
Even if you think you’ve heard it all, you might be surprised by a few of these Ram facts that make for great trivia with truck enthusiasts.
See that Steel? That’s the Sign of a Ram
Other vehicle manufacturers have gone a bit soft on using steel for the structures of their trucks. Not Ram. They’re still making Rams out of steel bodies. Yes, this makes their trucks heavier, but they’re still racking up kudos for fuel efficiency thanks to leading-edge engineering.
If you’re not so sure you want to haul your cargo in aluminum, put your trust fairly and squarely in steel.
Old-Fashioned Engineering Isn’t Weighed Down by Old-Fashioned Thinking
Just to put the record straight, even though the Ram is still made from the same material as its first generation model doesn’t mean it’s outdated. In fact, Ram offers infotainment galore in the form of its very own Uconnect system.
Of course, driving a Ram is entertaining enough as it is, but passengers don’t always get the enjoyment. For them, the Uconnect package is a lifesaver, allowing them to stay connected while you put the pedal to the (steel) metal.
Ram Nation Delivers on Its Promise to Care for Others
Does a healthy dose of altruism make your day? You’ll appreciate the way that Ram gives back through its partnership with preferred Ram Nation charities. Not only do they highlight the work of First Response Team of America and Team Rubicon, but they also support the mission of the Gary Sinise Foundation.
While this type of charity isn’t unique to corporations the size of Ram, it’s a fascinating look at what drives the company. The thread through all its partner organizations is a strong appreciation of those who keep everyone healthy and safe.
The Ram Truck Came Out With the Birth of the Millennials
Surprise! A bouncing baby truck was delivered in 1981 to the world. As the first official Ram, it took the scene immediately and captured lots of champions. Ironically, this was the time the first Millennials were taking their breaths.
Who knew that you might share a generation with your truck if you’re a 2017 Ram 1500 owner born between 1980 and the late 1990s?
Ram Has a Resume Seriously Filled With Awards
Looking for a truck manufacturer with a lineage that includes tons of official kudos and accolades? You’ll be amazed when you read through Ram’s line-up of honors.
Not only did the Ram 1500 truck get Best Full-Sized Truck for the Money from “U.S. News and World Report” in 2014, but it won it again in 2015. The list doesn’t stop there. “Motor Trend” designated the Ram as its preferred half-ton of-class vehicle in 2015, too. Are there more awards? You bet — but you don’t have all day to sit around looking at the equivalent of Santa’s “nice” list!
The 2017 Ram 1500 Snagged Another Model Honor
Okay — we lied. You have room for one more award. Texas loves Ram, as evidenced by a special honor from the Texas Auto Writers Association. They’ve named the 2017 Ram 1500 “Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas,” a nod to the way that the Lone Star State feels about the Consumers Digest Best Buy.
As you already know, these aren’t the first awards that the Ram’s received. In fact, it has a long history of earning bragging rights, as discussed above.
You’re Living in One of the Areas Where Ram Is Sold
The United States. Canada. Peru. Brazil. The Middle East. Mexico.
Question: What do those six places have in common? Answer: They’re the only locations where Ram trucks are sold. Doesn’t that make you feel lucky to know that you’re residing in a part of the world where you can easily shop for any of the Ram line-up of trucks?
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Gets High Fuel Economy Marks
You want to go green. At the same time, you don’t want to give up owning a truck. So what is a savvy consumer to do?
Obviously, you opt for a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. It’s incredibly high in the fuel efficiency department, meaning it will take far fewer Washingtons each month to keep your truck humming along. How much better is it than other comparable eco-friendly truck models? Try 28 MPG’s worth! In fact, that’s better than some cars, which is saying something about Ram’s commitment to modern engineering.
Ram’s Uconnect Infotainment Acquires Critical Thumbs-Up Across the Board
Let’s be honest: It’s tough to get all the truck critics to agree on anything. But critics and consumers all seem to appreciate the way that Ram has developed its highly intuitive Uconnect infotainment system.
What’s so interesting about the Uconnect is the way it’s laid out. You get the feeling that you can do exactly what you want when you want it. Let your fingers do the walking (a la those old-time Yellow Book advertisements!) and stay connected on the road.
The Ram’s Parental Birthplace Was — Not Surprisingly — Detroit
This might not shock you, but Motor City was the birthplace of Ram trucks. At the turn of the 20th century, Ram came alive and not only put its mark on the automobile manufacturing industry, but set in motion a promise of quality for generations to come.
Sure, Ram has come a long way since its Detroit roots. But never let it be said that it’s forgotten where it came from One of the heartlands of American industry and innovation.
Feel like taking a spin in a 1500 model after reading more about the history of the Ram truck? Stop by a Chevy Dealership and head out on the highway to see what all the fuss is about.