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The RAM pickup truck is one of America's best-selling vehicles this year, and for 2022, RAM 1500 aims to keep up the trend with even more features, performance, and styling options.

At a glance, RAM 1500 offers up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability alongside 2,300 pounds of payload capacity. It achieves this while enhancing fuel efficiency thanks to a mild hybrid system for its V6 and V8 engine configurations. And with the diesel configuration, it becomes the country's most powerful half-ton diesel pickup and long-hauler, offering up to 1,000 miles of range on a full tank of fuel. 

Let's take a closer look at all of the different options and specs for the 2022 RAM 1500 so you can find one that's the perfect match for your lifestyle and specific performance needs. 

2022 RAM 1500 Trims and Pricing

For the 2022 model year, RAM 1500 will be available in eight models:

  • Tradesman
  • Tradesman HFE
  • Big Horn/Lone Star
  • Rebel
  • Laramie
  • Longhorn SouthFork
  • Limited 10th Anniversary Edition
  • TRX
The Limited 10th Anniversary Edition is new for 2022 and is painted in an exclusive Blue Shade color. On the inside, this anniversary edition features Indigo and Sea Salt quilted leather seats as well as other styling upgrades that are unique for the model.

On the luxury spectrum, the new Longhorn SouthFork model features a multi-function tailgate, deployable bed step, and Bed Utility Group. This model also has the most stylish interior of the lineup, featuring an exclusive Mountain Brown theme with suede door bolsters and laser-cut filigree detailing.  

Performance enthusiasts are sure to appreciate the enhancements of the new Laramie G/T, and Rebel G/T models, which include a sport performance hood, cold air intake and cold end exhaust. In the cabin, you'll find race car inspired details in the form of high bolster bucket seats, a new flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminum paddle shifters, and a performance floor shifter. 

Each of the eight models provides an excellent starting point to further personalize your RAM 1500 with a wide selection of packages and option parts. From the dependable Tradesman to the 702-horsepower TRX, there's a RAM 1500 for just about every taste and budget. 

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2022 RAM 1500 Exterior

The 2022 RAM 1500 comes in three main form factors, available in 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains:

  • Quad Cab with 6' 4" bed
  • Crew Cab with 5' 7" bed
  • Crew Cab with 6' 4" bed
For exterior paint colors, there are a total of 15 vibrant choices for the new model year. Monotone paint themes include: 

  • Delmonico Red Pearl
  • Flame Red
  • Harvest Sunrise 
  • Olive Green
  • Patriot Blue Pearl
  • Hydro Blue
  • Maximum Steel Metallic
  • Granite Crystal Metallic
  • Billet Silver Metallic
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearl
  • Ivory Tri-Coat
  • Bright White
  • Blue Shade (Limited 10th Anniversary)
For a tu-tone treatment, there's Billet Silver Metallic or Diamond Black Crystal Pearl. 

Depending on your starting model, there are also additional packages that can enhance the exterior's visual styling even further. For example, the BackCountry package -- available on Big Horn and Lone Star models -- adds a body-color grille surround, blacked out body elements, a tonneau cover, and various skid plates to protect the underbody when off-roading. 

Other notable exterior features are the available multifunction tailgate with 60/40 split swing away doors and class-exclusive RAMBox Cargo Management System which utilizes the space above the rear fenders for additional secure storage and electrical power. 

And of course, there's an entire catalog of MOPAR accessories that you can ask your AutoNation dealer to install to really amp up the truck's looks and capability. 

2022 RAM 1500 Interior

While the exterior is primed to take on the toughest jobs or adventures, the interior of RAM 1500 is all about luxury and comfort.

Based on your model choice, the front bucket seats can be optioned in cloth or with leather trim, while the matching second row offers eight degrees of slide recline. Rear passengers will also have access to heated and cooled seats, a flat-load floor with integrated RAMBins, and expandable under-seat storage. 

For entertainment and connectivity needs, the all-new Uconnect 5 system is standard on RAM 1500 Big Horn models and above. This tech hub is faster, has more storage, and features a gorgeous 12-inch touchscreen with built-in Alexa. With its Wi-Fi capability, RAM plans to continuously offer new content, features and services through Uconnect 5. 

One of my favorite updates is the ability to simultaneously connect two Bluetooth-enabled phones, making the passing of music DJ-ing duties to your passenger seamless and easy. 

The spacious cabin also offers tons of personal storage options as well as easy to clean surfaces, making it suitable for a remote office or a convenient home away from home. 

2022 RAM 1500 Performance

The 2022 RAM 1500 lineup breaks many records -- it's the quickest, fastest, most powerful and most fuel-efficient offering from the brand thanks to five engine options:

  • 3.6-liter eTorque Pentastar V-6 engine, delivering 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, delivering 260 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 5.7-liter eTorque HEMI V-8 with 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 with 702 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. or torque
Covering the full gamut of fuel economy to all-out power, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine is rated for up to 33 mpg, while the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 makes the RAM 1500 the most powerful mass-produced pickup truck in the world. 

The RAM 1500 can also be equipped with a class-exclusive Active-Level four corner air suspension system. Active-Level will automatically lower the vehicle height at highway speeds for improved aerodynamic efficiency, and it can be manually lowered for better accessibility to the bed and cab. It's also helpful when entering low parking garages or hitching a trailer.

2022 RAM 1500 Safety

As an IIHS Top Safety Pick three years in a row (2019 - 2021), RAM 1500 offers a number of advanced active and passive safety features for normal driving as well as towing and parking.

For added awareness when trailering, RAM 1500 provides blind spot monitoring with rear cross path and trailer detection, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, and hill start assist. Forward collision warning with active braking is also available to assist in emergency situations. 

To make commutes easier, available adaptive cruise control with stop and go maintains a set distance, and will come to a complete stop in traffic jams. In conjunction, available LaneSense technology helps prevent unwanted drifting with a visual alert and active steering guidance.

When you've arrived at your destination, an available 360-degree surround view camera gives you a complete picture of the immediate vicinity, while available parallel and perpendicular park assist takes over the steering duties to perfectly place you into a parking spot. 

And at its core, RAM 1500 is made of a high-strength steel fRAMe for a confident, durable foundation. 

2022 RAM 1500 Overall

It's apparent why the RAM 1500 is always at the top when it comes to best-selling vehicles in America. There's so much utility, versatility, and technology packed into this half-ton pickup. It's part workhorse, part luxury vehicle, and all ruggedness. 

Explore RAM 1500's capabilities for yourself and then build one for your specific needs by visiting your local AutoNation RAM dealership.
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