Saturday, September 30, 2023


Consumer Reports’ full-size truck slam; Only 2022 Ram 1500 praised

Modern half-ton trucks were once called upon only as workhorses; now they’re also expected to be luxury vehicles. It’s a difficult task, which Consumer Reports believes is accomplished among new trucks only by the 2022 Ram 1500.

In the publication’s just-released yearly assessment, the Ram tallied 75 out of 100 in a multi-category system. It was by far the highest score among full-size trucks.

The 2022 Ram 1500 received Consumer Reports' top full-size pickup truck ratings.
The 2022 Ram 1500 received Consumer Reports’ top full-size pickup truck ratings.

The 2021 Ford F-150 was second in calculations, tallying 58 out of 100. No General Motors truck scored more than 50.

The Ram’s highest scores included its transmission (an eight-speed ZF unit), its rear seat comfort, and its cargo area. Owners ranked it highly in driving experience (88/100) and comfort (92/100).

Consumer Reports praised the Ram 1500’s interior design, including its storage space and the quality of in-cab drink holders, trays and compartments. The publication also likes the Ram’s “cargo management system” of bed-top toolboxes.

The Ram’s weakest area is fuel economy. It’s powered by a naturally-aspirated V6 or a 5.7L HEMI V8. A mild-hybrid eTorque system adds a couple of mpg, but competitors are tossing V8s in favor of turbocharged and fully-hybrid V6s.

Ram also offers the 1500 with the highly efficient EcoDiesel V6. Consumer Reports rated its city efficiency at 11 mpg. It received 24 mpg on the highway, with a combined 17 mpg.

Consumer Reports was also impressed with the Ram’s quiet ride, responsive steering and overall comfort.

A fully-equipped Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,750 pounds. Its maximum payload is 2,325 pounds, and it can be ordered with a 6’4″ bed. It also has advanced driver-aid software to use to back up trailers.

The Ram 1500 was marked down for a lack of visibility over the hood and through its thick windshield pillars. The truck counteracts the problem with blindspot detection, backup cameras and available parking assist.

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, He can be reached via email:


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1 year ago

Just rejoined CR received the 2022 buying guide and the Subaru Forester listed as best SUV $25,000-$35,000. Then Got the CR Jan 2022, listed under compact SUV’s Subaru Forester is in the #4 position behind #1 Ford Bronco, #2 Hyundai Tucson and 3rd place Honda CR-V. I think I wasted my money!

Thomas D
1 year ago

Sounds like an advertisement for Chrysler group rather than news. I’ve had Dodges (now Ram)
Biggest rust buckets I’ve ever seen

1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas D

You’ve never owned a Toyota or a Ford then

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

When I was truck shopping, luxury was not on top of my list. Engine and towing capacity WERE.

Jeff Arthur
1 year ago

2325 # payload
sorry I’m skeptical
having owned 2 That’s just hard to believe & with coil springs to boot

1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Arthur

Well it’s jato certified so…

1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Arthur

“2325 # payload”
Single cab tradesman (read no options) 2WD model no doubt.

1 year ago

I don’t necessarily agree with all Consumer reports reports! I stopped reading that when I found it very slanted towards the ones that grease their pockets! DO your own research and shop around.

Warren G
1 year ago
Reply to  Ran

Since CR doesn’t accept advertising and buys all products they test, how are their pockets being greased?

1 year ago
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