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The 2022 Ram 1500 brings a number of new expansions to its newest model year line-up, consisting of a brand new special edition for specific trims and customized performance for some of Ram's most popular trims. The base trim line-up for 2022 continues to range from the no-frills Tradesman all the way up to the monstrous TRX. The 2022 Ram 1500 maintains the tradition of being the top luxury-performance pickup on the market. It features some of the most powerful engine options available for a half-ton truck, encased in a masculine exterior that exudes bravado.
New for the 2022 model year is the Ram BackCountry Edition, made available for the Ram 1500 Big Horn trim. The BackCountry features standard off-road calibrated shocks, undercarriage skid plate protection, an electronic-locking rear differential, and hill descent control. The Ram BackCountry is topped off with all-terrain tires, perfect for off-road expeditions. The BackCountry is joined by several other new additions, including the Laramie G/T and Rebel G/T, which come with a factory cat-back exhaust and cold-air intake, along with paddle shifters and a performance floor shifter. You also have access to exclusive infotainment performance pages to get the most out of the G/T trims for the Ram 1500.
The 2022 Ram 1500 is defined by its powertrain selection, which includes five different engine options. These range from a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 all the way up to a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8. There's an engine available for every type of driver, whether you are looking for a pure performance powertrain or a turbo-diesel designed to handle heavy loads and serious work. The 2022 Ram 1500 ensures that there is an engine for every serious trucker out there.
There is the 3.6-liter 24-valve Pentastar V6 with eTorque technology that comes standard on most trims. The Pentastar features 305 horsepower and delivers 269 pound-feet of torque. If that's just not enough power for what you want out of a half-ton pickup, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with variable valve technology produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. The 5.7-liter HEMI is a popular choice for Ram fans and has been a reliable addition to the line-up for a while.
If low-end torque, high-end towing capabilities, incredible reliability, and great fuel economy are what you're after, the Ram 1500's turbocharged Ecodiesel option is a great fit. The 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel has been updated over the years for increased efficiency, from improved intake ports to higher quality fuel injector nozzles. The 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel provides 260 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque to help the Ram 1500 achieve its best-in-class diesel tow rating.
At the very top-end of the engine options is the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 for the Ram 1500 TRX. This one-of-a-kind engine is designed to achieve high levels of performance for those who need a truck that can achieve maximum top-end speed. The 6.2-liter HEMI, affectionately known as the Hellcat, delivers an uncompromising 702 horsepower to the road while generating 650 pound-feet of torque. If you need the absolute most powerful light-duty truck on the market, you won't find a more powerful production motor than the engine in the Ram 1500 TRX.
But it's not all just about power. It's also about efficiency. This is one area where Ram has veered away from the competition. While others are more concerned with raising fuel economy ratings, Ram has focused on increasing the efficiency of the Ram 1500's performance. This is best exemplified with the eTorque technology available for both the Pentastar and 5.7-liter HEMI. This essentially helps deliver up to 130 pound-feet of supplemental torque at low revs, thanks to a small electric motor. The extra boost is great for off-the-line performance as well as helping with towing, uphill travel, and other torque-demanding tasks.
Most light-duty pickups are renowned for being great at towing and hauling cargo. The ability to trailer large loads with a 5th-wheel trailer or gooseneck has become a culture all its own for full-size pickups. Given the available powertrains, it's easy to see why the Ram 1500 is one of the class leaders when it comes to reliable towing metrics. This truck is renowned for achieving towing capabilities well above the 10,000-pound mark.
For maximum towing capacity, the Ram 1500 with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with eTorque in rear-wheel drive can top out at 12,750 pounds worth of towing. Even the four-wheel drive iterations of the Ram 1500 still nets you some impressive towing capabilities, hauling trailers weighing up to 11,430 pounds. This makes the Ram 1500 an excellent option for truckers looking for a light-duty pickup that can handle over 10,000 pounds worth of towing.
But towing and trailering is just part of the equation when it comes to needing a full-size pickup for work-related tasks. A lot of people also need a pickup that can haul cargo in the bed. This is another area where the Ram 1500 excels because it exceeds the standards of most pickups its size. The 3.6-liter V6 and 3.0-liter turbo-diesel are capable of impressive payload feats. If you have a 3.6-liter V6 paired with the Ram 1500 Tradesman in rear-wheel drive and a standard bed, you can haul up to 2,320 pounds in the truck. The 3.0-liter turbo-diesel also earns you equally impressive marks with a payload capacity of 2,060 pounds.
Whether for towing, trailering, or hauling cargo, the 2022 Ram 1500 is still one of the most reliable picks for dependable workloads. The choice of a quality turbo-diesel, the highly reliable Pentastar, or the incomparable HEMI means you are guaranteed a quality engine under the hood. This is one truck that is ready for work with some very capable performance and towing capabilities.
If you plan on using the Ram 1500 for day-to-day work tasks, everyday errands, cruising around town, or off-road adventure, every Ram trim comes decked out with the latest in technology. On the outside, the Ram has useful tech such as automatic dimming exterior driver mirrors with power-folding options, as well as available trailer-tow mirrors for those who are into towing and trailering.
Automatic high-beam control, available pedestrian emergency braking, and ready alert braking, all help with aiding drivers while on the road. These accompany features such as standard advanced brake assistance and rain-brake support in every trim. Inside, you have available 8-way power driver and passenger seats with driver-seat memory, along with available heated and ventilated front and rear seats for extra seating comfort.
The infotainment suite is built around the popular Uconnect system with up to a 12-inch touchscreen display. This system comes with all the modern tech features you could ask for within the cabin, including 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot support, GPS navigation, HD radio, and the always-popular Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Thanks to the Bluetooth wireless support and the SiriusXM technology suite, you have access to voice-integrated commands, Traffic Plus and Travel Link services, as well as the on-road support via SiriusXM Guardian.
The added media hub featuring two USB ports and an auxiliary output along with a remote USB charging port means you can always keep your devices charged when on hand. You can also make the most of your streaming media, apps, and playlists, thanks to the 6-speaker audio system that comes standard with most trims. However, you can get even more out of the audio with the best-in-class 19-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Surround Sound system available for those who want it. With the added 115-volt auxiliary power outlets, 12-volt power outlet, and all manner of active, passive, and custom safety systems available, the 2022 Ram 1500 is stacked full of all the useful tech needed for a safe, enjoyable, and entertaining ride.