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2022 Ram 1500: Choosing the Right Trim

The 2022 Ram 1500 may not be the best-selling full-size pickup in America (that honor goes to the Ford F-150), but it is a force with which to be reckoned. While the Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a standard cab or as many configurations as the F-150, there are plenty of choices and competitive pricing to make it a top contender.

Ram also takes its personalization a bit more seriously than the competition, with numerous trims, colors, and packages, not to mention one of the handsomest interiors of any full-size pickup.

With four engine choices and tow ratings ranging from 7,690 all the way up to 12,750, the Ram is up for any challenge.

2022 Ram 1500 Tradesman (Starting at $35,900)

The entry-level Tradesman comes in two cab configurations, both having four doors. The Quad Cab comes solely with a 6-foot 4-inch box, while the larger Crew Cab offers the same or the option for a smaller 5-foot 7-inch box.  The standard drivetrain is a 4×2 setup powered by a 3.6-liter V6 with a 48-volt eTorque mild-hybrid starter/generator for a total output of 305 horsepower.

Optional upgrades include 4-wheel drive, a 395-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with or without the hybrid system, and a fuel-efficient 260-hp 3.0-liter EcoDiesel rated at 26 mpg combined city/highway. Regardless of the engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission comes attached. The standard fuel tank is 23 gallons.

Standard equipment for the Tradesman includes 18-inch painted steel wheels, manually-folding power heated side mirrors with convex wide-angle insert, automatic headlights, and variable wipers. The pickup bed door is dampened and lockable for easy use, and the bed features a light above the rear window. A Class III bumper hitch is also included.

Standard amenities include air conditioning, power windows and door locks, plus a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with controls for cruise and Bluetooth. Also standard is a keyless entry system with push-button start and front bucket seats.

The Tradesman’s infotainment system is simple but gets the job done, with a 5-inch touch screen, six speakers, a rear backup camera, AM/FM stereo, two USB ports, and Sirius Guardian with connection to safety and security apps.

Standard safety and stability systems include electronic traction and stability control, electronic roll mitigation, hill start assist, and trailer sway control. Also includes is Electronic Range Select that allows the driver to limit the highest available drive gear. Rain Brake Support helps keep the brakes dry by periodically activating the brakes with light pressure. The Tradesman also comes with a tire pressure monitor and a system that alerts the driver when reaching the proper tire pressure.

There are numerous packages and upgrades for the Tradesman. More desirable options include a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic detection, and ParkSense front and rear parking sensors with reverse stop. Lane-departure warning is also available as part of the Level 1 Safety Group.

The Tradesman Level 1 Equipment Group adds a 40/20/40 cloth bench seat, carpet, a power sliding rear window, SiriusXM satellite radio, and front and rear floor mats.

The Chrome Appearance Group adds more chrome to the bumpers and grille, while the Sport Appearance package brings things like body-colored bumpers, black accents, and upgraded wheels.

The Ram 1500 offers various tow packages depending on engine choice, a 33-gallon fuel tank, 3.92 rear axle ratio, 20-inch wheels, and trailer brake control.

A Bed Utility Group adds a spray-on bedliner, deployable bed step, bed lighting, and upper adjustable tie-downs.  The Protection Group (4×4 only) adds tow hooks and skid plate protection for the steering, front suspension, transfer case, and fuel tank.

An Off-Road Group adds to the Protection Group off-road shocks, a locking rear axle, hill-descent control, and all-terrain tires.

4×4 models offer a four-corner air suspension and a Snow Plow Prep package with a 220-amp alternator, plow prep wiring harness, and a power sliding rear window with defroster.

With the $1,795 destination fee, the 2022 Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab 4×2 sells for $37,695. If putting no money down, the payment on a 60-month loan at 3% financing comes to about $677. See 2022 Ram 1500 Tradesman models for sale

2022 Ram 1500 Tradesman HFE includes:

  • 3.6-liter V6 engine – with a mild-hybrid 48-volt electric starter/generator, the standard V6 has a surprising amount of power and is tow rated at 7,690 pounds.
  • Heated side mirrors – help keep frost and snow from building up on the mirrors.
  • Power windows and door locks – seems like a minor thing, but some entry-level trucks still have manual controls.
  • Keyless entry with push-button start – no more fumbling for keys. Just jump in, push a button, and away you go.

2022 Ram 1500 HFE ($37,537)

The HFE is a simplified version of the Tradesman, intended chiefly for fleet use. Available only in 2-wheel drive and with the 3.6-liter V6, the HFE offers cloth seats, a front license plate bracket, and little else. See 2022 Ram 1500 HFE models for sale

2022 Ram 1500 Big Horn/Lone Star ($40,955)

Bighorn/Lone Star isn’t all one name. These are two trucks with the same price, same equipment but different names. The Lone Star is just a trim package of the Big Horn meant exclusively for the Texas market. Cab and bed configurations are the same as the Tradesman HFE.

The Big Horn is the first step up to a properly equipped family pickup truck. It includes more features like front and rear stabilizer bars, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, 60/40 folding rear seats, heavy-duty shocks, fog lights, and bright bumper fascia.

Now, we know that might not seem like a lot of extra goodies, but remember, the Big Horn is only a few thousand more than the Tradesman. However, the Big Horn opens the door to some of Ram’s most delicious options.

The Big Horn Level 1 Equipment Group adds an auto-dimming mirror, power-folding mirrors, a Class IV hitch receiver, mirror courtesy lamps, an 8-way power driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar support, power-adjustable pedals, and a rear dome lamp. Also includes are SiriusXM, a remote CD player, rear window defroster, and an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch display.

Big Horn Level 2 Equipment builds off Level 1, adding remote start, two 115-volt outlets, a battery-fed 400-watt inverter, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Also in the group are heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a media hub with two USB charge ports, a power-sliding rear window, and ParkSense front and rear parking sensors with reverse stop.

The Advanced Technology Group includes a head-up display, digital rearview mirror, and LED cargo bed lights.

There are several Max Tow packages, as well as appearance packages like the Sport Appearance Package. The Night Edition is for people who think the best color on a pickup is black. It includes blacked-out trim, wheels, headlight bezels, bumpers, mirror caps, and tailpipe tips.

Other notable options include power-adjustable trailering mirrors, side steps, running boards, a multi-function tailgate, navigation, and a substantial 12-inch infotainment display screen. An Alpine nine-speaker audio upgrade with amplifier and subwoofer is also available, as is the choice of a standard sunroof or, on Crew Cab models, a dual-pane power roof.

With destination, the 2022 Ram 1500 Big Horn and Lone Star Quad Cab 4×2 sell for $39,755. With no money down, the monthly payment on a 60-month loan at 3% comes to about $768. See 2022 Ram 1500 Big Horn models for sale

2022 Ram 1500 Big Horn includes:

  • Steering wheel audio controls – allows the driver to change the station, select a different source and control the volume, all from buttons on the back of the steering wheel.
  • Fog lights – make it easier to see the road when driving in inclement weather.
  • Available 8.4-inch touch screen – the larger screen brings more features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
  • Available power-adjustable pedals – allow drivers of different heights to find the optimal driving position.

2022 Ram 1500 Rebel ($50,395)

The Rebel is the off-roader of the Ram line, offered only in 4×4 form when ordered with the Quad Cab and 6-foot 4-inch box, but available in two-wheel drive form on the larger Crew Cab with the 5-foot 7-inch box. The 3.6-liter V6 is still standard, and like the other trim before the Rebel, engine options include a HEMI V8 and 3.0-liter diesel.

Adding to the Rebel’s uniqueness is a sport performance hood, 33-inch wheels, black wheel flares, a locking rear axle, vinyl and cloth bucket seats featuring a 12-way power driver’s seat and 4-way power lumbar, and an off-road suspension.

The Rebel’s ride height sits at 8.3-inches, with an 18-degree approach angle, 19-degree breakover, and 25.1-degree departure. Additional skid plate protection and all-terrain tires are also part of the Rebel package.

The Rebel’s interior builds off the Big Horn, meaning you’re stuck with manual air conditioning and the tiny 5-inch infotainment screen. The Rebel does have bucket seats, an 8-way power driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar, a 115-volt outlet, and automatic emergency braking.

The Rebel Level 1 Equipment Package adds power heated mirrors with power fold away, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8.4-inch touch screen, SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a CD player.

The Rebel Level 2 Equipment Package adds to Level 1 with remote start, 115-volt rear seat outlet, ParkSense front and rear parking sensors with reverse stop, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear under-seat storage compartments, and proximity keyless entry.

The Advanced Safety Group adds adaptive cruise control with stop, go and hold. Also included are automatic high-beam headlights, lane-keeping assist, a surround-view camera, blind-spot monitor with trailer coverage, a head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, pedestrian detection, and parallel and perpendicular parking assist.

The Comfort and Convenience Group brings driver’s seat memory, heated second-row seats, 4-way power lumbar for both driver and passenger seat, an 8-way power passenger seat, a power tailgate release, a wireless charging pad, a media hub with two USB charge ports, and proximity keyless entry.

Other notable optional equipment includes a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system or a nine-speaker Alpine unit with an amplifier and subwoofer. Buyers can opt for the Uconnect infotainment system with a 12-inch touch screen and navigation, leather seating, and the four-corner air suspension (4×4 Crew Cab with 5.7-liter V8 only).

There’s also a GT package for the Rebel Crew Cab with the 5-foot 7-inch box (see the Laramie trim for details).

With the $1,795 destination fee, the 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel Quad Cab 4×4 sells for $52,190. A 60-month loan at 3% financing comes to about $938 a month if putting no money down. See 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel models for sale

2022 Ram 1500 Rebel includes:

  • Off-road package – with a higher ride height, off-road shocks, and all-terrain tires, the Rebel is more than ready to tackle challenging off-road trails.
  • Automatic emergency braking – forward-collision warning detects and warns of a possible collision and can bring the truck to a complete stop if the driver fails to act.
  • Locking rear axle – necessary for towing, light off-roading, or plowing through snow-covered roads, the locking rear axle locks the rear axle shafts together, forcing the wheels to spin at an equal rate.
  • Available Harman Kardon audio – what better way to enjoy the drive than with your favorite music blasting from 19 Harman Kardon speakers.

2022 Ram 1500 Laramie  ($49,250)

The Laramie begins the Ram 1500’s move from workhorse to luxury truck, adding more features and options, as well as interior upgrades. The standard engine is the 5.7-liter V8, but buyers can opt for the same V8 without the mild-hybrid system or the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel.

Adding to the Big Horn’s standard equipment, the Laramie gains a power sliding rear window, premium power-folding power mirrors, 20/40/20 leather bench seats, 8-way heated power front seats with 4-way power lumbar support, driver’s seat memory, and a premium overhead console. Dual-zone automatic climate control makes the cabin more comfortable, while front and rear 115-volt power outlets make it easy to power a laptop or tablet.

Other standard features include a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, proximity key fob (allows unlocking of the doors by just touching a button on the handle), and rear-seat vents.

The Laramie’s Uconnect 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. It all plays through a premium amplified Alpine stereo with nine speakers and a powered subwoofer.

Additional driver-assists include full-speed forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

The Laramie Level 1 Equipment Group adds automatic high beam headlights, ParkSense front and rear parking sensors with reverse stop,  blind-spot monitor with trailer coverage, rain-sensing wipers, a power tailgate release, and a tailgate ajar warning light.

The Laramie Level 2 Equipment Group adds heated second-row seats, a Uconnect 8.4-inch touch screen with navigation, a wireless charging pad, and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

The Trailer Tow Group (also available on other trims) includes trailer brake control, trailer light check, trailer reverse steering control, trailer tire pressure monitor, and trailer tow mirrors (varies with configuration).

New for 2022 is a GT package. The package is added to the short bed Crew Cab platform and contains a sport performance hood, cold air intake and end exhaust, a black grille, and GT decals. The GT’s interior gains high-bolster bucket seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters, a performance floor shifter, metal pedal kit, and performance screens. This package is also available on the Rebel.

The Laramie also offers several two-tone paint schemes along with leather-trimmed bucket seats.

With the $1,795 destination fee, the 2022 Ram 1500 Laramie Quad Cab 4×2 comes to $51,000. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $916. See 2022 Ram 1500 Laramie models for sale

2022 Ram 1500 Laramie includes:

  • Power sliding rear window – allows the driver to open a built-in sliding rear window from the driver’s seat, improving airflow or just giving your pooch a place to stick its nose.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – comes standard with the 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen infotainment, allowing full access to your smartphone’s apps, maps, and messages.
  • Alpine audio – includes nine amplified speakers and a powered subwoofer.
  • Heated and ventilated front seats – keep you cool in the summer and warm in winter.

2022 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn ($56,980)

The Limited Longhorn builds off the Laramie with a standard V8 but only offers a Crew Cab configuration with two box lengths. The engine options are also the same.

The Longhorn’s standard equipment includes features optional on the Laramie, such as automatic high beam headlights, pickup bed LED lighting, a spray-on bedliner, heated rear seats, the Alpine nine-speaker audio system, and navigation.

Optional equipment includes the Advanced Safety Group that adds adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, lane-keeping assist, a surround-view camera, pedestrian detection, and parallel and perpendicular parking assist.

The Longhorn Level 1 Equipment group brings ventilated rear seats, Uconnect with a 12-inch touch screen, navigation, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio, power running boards, and a wireless charging pad.

Wheel options range from 20- to 22-inches. Other options include a dual-pane sunroof, premium leather bucket seats, and a delete option for the spray-on bedliner.

With destination, the 2022 Ram 1500 Longhorn Crew Cab 4×2 sells for $58,730. With zero down and a 60-month loan at 3%, the monthly payment works out to about 1,055. See 2022 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn models for sale

2022 Ram 1500 Longhorn includes:

  • Heated rear seats – now everyone in the cabin can stay warm at the touch of a button, not just those upfront.
  • Navigation – part of the 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment, built-in navigation uses satellites, not cell phone towers, to convey directions.
  • Automatic high-beam headlights – automatically dim when sensing approaching traffic.
  • Available adaptive cruise control – allows the Ram to maintain a safe distance from the traffic ahead when running on cruise control. The system can slow and speed up as needed.

2022 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn SouthFork ($61,620)

The new Longhorn SouthFork model replaces the Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary in the 2022 Ram 1500 lineup.

In addition to a multi-function tailgate, a spray-in bedliner, and all-terrain tires, the new SouthFork Ram 1500 gets adjustable tie-down hooks, a cargo divider, and LED box lighting.

Inside, the SouthFork is distinguished by a Mountain Brown interior with bucket seats and suede bolsters, plus leather inserts.

With destination, the 2022 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn SouthFork sells for $63,370. With zero down and a 60-month loan at 3%, the monthly payment works out to about $1,139. See 2022 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn SouthFork models for sale

2022 Ram Limited 1500 (RED) Edition ($63,250)

Sales of the Ram Limited 1500 (RED) Edition, available only as a Crew Cab, help Stellantis support a non-profit group fighting AIDs and COVID-19.

What differentiates the (RED) Edition? It’s available with the V8 or the diesel, and it comes with a red R-A-M grille and door badges. There also is a (RED) badge on the lid of the center console. On sale in the fourth quarter of 2021.  See 2022 Ram Limited 1500 (RED) Edition models for sale

2022 Ram 1500 TRX ($77,880)

The TRX is part pickup, part sports car.  It has a number of unique features not offered on other Ram 1500 trims, such as its 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI engine producing 702 horsepower.  4-wheel drive comes standard, and the only configuration is a Crew Cab with the short box.

The TRX’s suspension is dialed in for performance, although this two-ton truck will not handle the curves like a Challenger Hellcat. The Bilstein shocks include active dampers with a Baja drive mode specifically designed to move the TRX through sand at high speeds. There are six other modes: Rock, Mud/Sand, Custom, Snow, and Sport.

Standard features include the 12-inch Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system, Alpine audio system, launch control, a customizable dash for tracking various performance parameters, and a floor shifter in place of the rotary selector found on the other Ram 1500 trims.

The TRX rides on 18-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch all-terrain tires. A high-performance exhaust includes wide 5-inch matt-black tips. The standard fuel tank measures 33 gallons.

Optional packages for the TRX include the Advanced Safety Group, Advanced Technology Group, and the Bed Utility Group.

Unique to the TRX is the TR Level 1 Equipment Group that brings 8-way power leather bucket seats for driver and passenger, both with 4-way power lumbar. Also included are heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a surround-view camera, power-adjustable pedals, rear defroster, and rain-sensing wipers.

The TR Level 2 Equipment Group adds ventilated outboard seats, remote start, Keyless Enter ‘n Go, ParkSense front and rear parking sensors (with reverse stop), and integrated electronic trailer brake control. A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic detection includes trailer coverage. Also included are a memory feature for the seats, mirrors and power-adjustable pedals, a power tailgate release, a wireless charging pad, and screens for performance and off-road monitoring.

With destination, the 2022 Ram 1500 TRX costs $79,675. On a zero-down loan at 3% for 60 months, the payment comes to about $1,432. See 2022 Ram 1500 TRX models for sale

2022 RAM 1500 TRX includes:

  • 702 horsepower engine – lifted from the Dodge Hellcat series, this supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI engine is the last word in half-ton pickup performance.
  • Bilstein shocks – with automatic dampers, these shocks adjust to conditions both on and off-road, helping maximize performance, control, and comfort.
  • 12-inch touchscreen – the massive portrait-style screen hosts all the navigation, infotainment, and performance screens. It looks fantastic, responds quickly, and is relatively easy to use.
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel –includes shift paddles for rapid-fire shifting without having to take your hands off the wheel.

2022 Ram 1500 TRX Ignition Edition ($99,070)

The new Ram 1500 TRX Ignition Edition is limited to only 785 units. This limited-edition model, painted an exclusive Ignition Orange color, offers more content and visual pizzazz than the standard TRX.

This includes the TRX Level 2 Equipment Group, unique graphics, 18-inch machined-face black wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a cab-mounted LED brake light, and a bed that features a spray-in liner, cargo tie-downs, and a step.

Inside, Copper Orange stitching draws the eye, as do seats with an embroidered TRX logo. Other niceties include copper carbon-fiber trim pieces, an orange badge on the center console, a head-up display, and weatherproof floormats featuring an orange Ram’s head logo.

Look for the new 2022 Ram 1500 TRX Ignition Edition — powered by the same mighty supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the standard TRX — to go on sale in late 2021. With destination, the 2022 Ram 1500 TRX Ignition Edition costs $100,865. On a zero-down loan at 3% for 60 months, the payment comes to about $1,812. See 2022 Ram 1500 TRX Ignition Edition models for sale


What is the best 2022 Ram 1500 trim?

The Big Horn (Lone Star in Texas) trim is the best value for most shoppers. However, the Laramie trim adds some extra luxury without the price going crazy.

How many mpg does the 2022 Ram 1500 get?

The available EcoDiesel V6 achieves up to 23 city/33 highway mpg. The gas V6 gets up to 20 city/26 highway mpg and the Hemi V8 gets up to 18 city/23 highway mpg when equipped with the eTorque mild hybrid system. The supercharged TRX model only gets 10 city/14 highway mpg.

Which 2022 Ram 1500 trim level offers the most safety?

The Ram 1500 crew cab gets an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating, but the quad cab does not. Similarly, the crew cab gets a 5-star NHTSA safety rating, but the quad cab gets 4 stars. The Ram 1500 gets better safety scores when equipped with the Advanced Safety Group and LED headlights.

Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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