Modern Ram Truck Features
Ram trucks have come a long way since they were first introduced. FCA, Ram and Dodge’s parent company, split the two brands several years ago and Ram has proven that they can hold their own. Over the last few years, Ram has added the newest truck tech into their truck models, and with Ram’s pickup sales doing well, we think people are pretty happy. Check out some of the Ram truck tech and convenience highlights.
Automatic Adjustment for Height
Adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension is a piece of technology that’s been popping up on many vehicles. Be it for off-roading, harsh driving conditions, or just better driver control, automatic suspension adjustment has become the norm.
One of Ram’s well-known suspension systems is the Active-Level Four-Corner Air Suspension. This system not only offers automatic leveling to help improve and maintain performance, but also allows the driver to manually adjust the ground clearance to one of five height settings if required. The truck’s smart sensors can also automatically lower truck clearance at highway speeds to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency.
If your Ram truck doesn’t have a cargo-view camera, then it’s time to upgrade, my friend. Cargo-view cameras make keeping an eye on your cargo a lot easier without having to turn around or look in the rearview mirror. Nowadays, all it takes is a tap on the touchscreen and drivers can make sure that slight bump was just the road and not their trailer becoming unhitched. This feature used to be only available on Ram 1500 models, but recently Ram’s heavy-duty trucks also received a cargo-view camera option.
Not so new, touchscreens have been around for a couple years now. Still, it’s a nice “touch” added to the inside of vehicles, especially trucks. The cabin of a truck used to be pretty boring and not so flashy. Touchscreens that come with systems like Uconnect have helped to change that, as well as make things easier.
Available with Uconnect 8.4, Ram trucks can now double as a mobile office or entertainment center, complete with voice command, hands-free calling, navigation, apps, and of course, playing music.
Hidden Storage – Truck Cab and Truck Bed
Many Ram trucks come with hidden and convenient cargo storage in the cab and integrated on the truck bed. In crew cab and mega cab models, built-in storage systems are located under the seats and in the floor. Not only does it keep things handy and within reach, but it also keeps valuables out-of-sight.
The outside of the truck is not without its own cargo storage, thanks to the RamBox Cargo Management System. This lit, secure, durable, and drainable storage system can keep essential tools and resources somewhere safe, and can double as an ice chest to keep drinks cool. There is also a cargo bed divider and extender available on the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 to help keep everything organized, especially the longer items.
Electronic Side Steps
We all know getting into some of these trucks, especially ones with high ground clearance, can be a bit of a pain. Some time ago, Ram trucks started making side steps an add-on, and sometimes as a standard feature for their trucks. They are known as wheel-to-wheel side steps, because they stretch between the two wheels so someone can get into the front or back of the cab, or access the front of the truck bed with ease. Some Ram truck models come with electric side-steps that extend when the door is opened and then retract when closed.
These are more of the new features popping up on Ram trucks and other vehicles. ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist is the most notable system drivers will find in Ram trucks today. Trucks can be difficult to park, especially in tight spots, but with ParkSense, if the vehicle gets too close to another vehicle when parking, a loud beep will go off, letting the driver know to adjust the vehicle. If coupled with a ParkSense Rearview Backup Camera, parking is an even easier task to complete.
Active Grille Shutters
This is a new feature on some Ram models and trucks. An active grille shutter opens and closes the grille of the truck to control airflow to promote cooling. It’s an automatic feature, and the shutters open when extra cooling is needed. When cooling is not needed, the shutters will close and re-route air around the vehicle to improve its aerodynamics, decreasing drag and increasing fuel efficiency.
Improved Fuel Economy (Ram 1500 HFE)
Yep, the big one that Ram trucks are boasting about. The new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, available on the Ram 1500 HFE gets 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. It’s the best-in class fuel economy for a full-size pickup based on the current standard pickup class mileage. It also generates 240-horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, lending to a max towing capacity of 7,920 pounds.
As you can see, Ram has come a long way and has been sporting new features that make the truck life much more comfortable and efficient.