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2015 Ram 1500 Tradesman: Overview

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author photo by Doug DeMuro May 2015

What's New For 2015?

The 2015 Ram 1500 Tradesman is unchanged compared to last year's model.

What We Like

Competitive pricing; tons of capability; muscular looks; tough as nails

What We Don't

Sparsely equipped; options are a must; doesn't ride as well as rivals

Overview

The full-size Ram 1500 is a tough, capable large pickup truck that faces off against the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ford F-150, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra. While the Ram 1500 comes in many body styles and configurations, this overview focuses on the base-level Ram 1500 Tradesman, which is primarily aimed at commercial shoppers interested in a no-frills work truck.

The Tradesman is offered in three body styles. Shoppers can choose from a Regular Cab, an extended 4-door Quad Cab and a full-size 4-door Crew Cab. Regular Cab models come with a 6-foot, 4-inch bed or an 8-foot bed; Quad Cab models come with only a 6-foot, 4-in bed; and Crew Cab variants offer a 5-foot, 7-in bed or a 6-foot, 4-in bed.

Under the hood, the Tradesman offers several engine choices that are all paired to automatic transmissions. Standard on all models is a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower -- though drivers seeking more grunt can opt for a 395-hp 5.7-liter V8. Those who choose Quad Cab or Crew Cab models can also opt for a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, which makes just 240 hp but returns a whopping 420 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while 4-wheel drive is optional.

If you're after amenities and equipment, the 2015 Ram 1500 Tradesman may not be the truck for you. It's sparsely equipped, offering only basics such as air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, an auxiliary plug for music and intermittent wipers. You have to pay extra for a CD player, a backup camera, floor mats and even remote keyless entry. You can also pay extra for air suspension, which improves the truck's ride and levels the body under heavy loads.

But the lack of standard features makes sense when you consider the truck's price. It starts around $26,000 with shipping for a Regular Cab, $30,500 for a Quad Cab and $33,200 for a Crew Cab, making it one of the least expensive full-size trucks you can buy.

No, the Ram 1500 Tradesman isn't a luxury vehicle. If you want the latest amenities and gadgets in your truck, you'll want to look elsewhere such as higher up the Ram 1500's tall ladder of trim levels. But as a no-frills commercial workhorse, the Tradesman is a good vehicle to add to your shopping list.

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