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Dodge Ram lineup

Dodge makes some of the most well-known and beloved trucks on the road.  However, if you want to tow your boat or work equipment, you still have a lot of options, and you should think about them before heading to a dealership. These wants and needs should be based on how much you need to tow, what kind of fuel economy you hope to get and what else you plan to do with your Dodge Ram. Here are a few tips to select a Dodge Ram for your towing needs.

The most towing power: If you want to tow as much as possible, you should consider the Ram 3500. With the Ram 3500, you can tow up to 30,000 pounds, and the truck has a payload of up to 7,390 pounds. The 3500 comes with a best-in-class 900 lb-ft of torque, which is impressive.  With the legendary 6.4 liter V8 Hemi, you are going to have a lot of power, and you can use it to do everything imaginable.

The best fuel economy: Some don’t want to tow a lot, but they still want the capability. One of the best options that also gets solid fuel economy is the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE as it gives the owner the highest fuel economy among all full-size truck competitors. With 21 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway, you can get better fuel economy than many car owners. Since the truck comes with a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine, you will have more than enough power to tow up to 8,050 pounds, and you can see one in action at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

Best for everyday use: If you want a Dodge Ram that does it all and still allows you to comfortably commute or pick up your kids, you should consider the 1500. With a solid interior, plenty of options and a low price tag starting out at around 25k, you can see why this is a truck that most people can afford. Luckily, there are tons of options as you can get a four-wheel drive version or a two-wheel drive version, and you can get a V6 engine that sips gas or a larger V8 with more towing power. If you opt for the V8, you can tow up to 10,650 pounds, which is more than enough for most people.

If you are looking for a Dodge Ram and want to tow a lot of heavy things, you should look at the towing capacity. At the same time, you should think about your true needs as a lot of people overestimate how much they will tow. Also, when choosing a Dodge Ram based on towing, don’t forget about payload capacity. Simply put, if you are going to carry a lot of items in the bed of your truck, take a look at the towing capacity.

While shopping for a truck that can tow, remember to think about what you want. If you do so, you can find the best Dodge Ram for your long-term needs.

Dodge Ram

The Ram 1500 has been on a major sales streak lasting more than 60 months. This strong demand has only grown stronger, indicating that it is likely to offer high resale values in the future as a result. Of course, it all starts with the Ram’s competitive pricing.

Steady Increase in Sales
In 2014, the Ram 1500 sold 439,000, compared to 355,000, in 2013. That was a year-end increase of 23 percent. At the six-month mark in 2015, sales exceeded 212,715. This was a four-percent increase over the same period the year before, and it shows that Ram is on track to another record-breaking year. Making this more significant, Ram has held its own against the release of new models such as the aluminum Ford F150 and the midsized Chevy Colorado. Furthermore, NADA research indicates that the Ram should retain about 50 percent of its value at the five-year mark. During 2012 and 2013, the truck had the highest resale value among pickups, according to a study by CarGurus. If you want to get behind the wheel of any Dodge Ram, head to Chapman Dodge Las Vegas, and check one out.

Reputation
Ram reviews have been nearly 100 percent positive since the new generation arrived three years ago. It won Motor Trend’s top prize for a record two years running. Edmunds named it one of the tops for retained value in 2014. The Pentastar V6, which is still a favorite with consumers, has been named a Ward’s Best Engine for three years in a row. All of this praise adds up to a good reputation that protects and enhances resale values.

This Year’s Awards
Continuing that reputation, the 2015 edition earned the Best Truck for the Money Award from U.S. News and World Report. It is also the only truck to earn an A from Edmunds, taking the number one spot in its Buyers Guide. NADA rates the 2015 Ram 1500 as one of the least expensive to own. As reported by numerous reviewers, the Ram offers high quality materials in every trim level. This indicates that, like high-end luxury cars, the cabins will withstand the test of time. Even the dash tech has been declared the Editor’s Choice at PC Magazine.

One of a Kind
Cutting-edge tech also does its part in keeping a Ram truck competitive in the used car marketplace. The class-exclusive EcoDiesel is best in class for fuel economy. The EPA rates it at 28 mpg highway. The 1500 is also the only truck to offer the four-corner, auto-leveling suspension. The TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is another Ram exclusive that is hard to beat with the six-speed found in other models.

When you add up the strong sales, the great reputation, the awards, and the cutting edge technology, Ram buyers should enjoy strong resale values for years to come. The Ram 1500 already pays its owners back with hardworking capability, but it is reassuring to note that this is one investment that plans on paying dividends.