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Diesel V6 Engine No Longer Available For 2023 Dodge Ram 1500 Series

Ram will no longer sell the 1500 with a diesel V-6 engine this year. The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) limited-edition trim is brand-new for 2023. The EMS edition of Ram’s Built to Serve series pays tribute to first-responder heroes with specific design cues and decals of the American flag on the bedside.

The 1500 EMS comes with a blacked-out front fascia and grille, Technical Gray 20-inch aluminum wheels, and black exhaust tips. It is available in Hydro Blue or Bright White paint. The EMS edition’s interior features unique front-seat furnishings.

The 4×4 Off-Road Group equipment package, which includes tow hooks, many underbody skid plates, and an electronic-locking rear differential, is included as standard equipment with the Ram 1500 EMS.

Even though the 702-hp Ram 1500 TRX makes the Rebel less desirable, we still believe it to be the half-ton Ram to purchase. We would spend the extra money to get the V-8 instead of the regular V-6 and choose the crew cab with four-wheel drive. For its adjustable ride height, we’d also mention the optional air suspension.

As doing so needs either the Level 1 or Level 2 package, we believe the latter is the better option because it comes with features like passive hands-free entry, a 115-volt outlet, front and rear parking sensors, remote start, and power-adjustable pedals.

We would also get the 33-gallon gasoline tank, which should significantly increase the truck’s range. (a 26-gallon tank comes standard).

The only additional options we’d suggest are the Multifunction Tailgate, which also includes a spray-in bedliner, and the Safety and Convenience package, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlamps, and lane-keeping assistance.

Performance – Engine, Transmission

The Ram 1500 is available with gasoline V-6 and V-8 engines that are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly. A 48-volt hybrid system supports both engines, while the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is also offered without electric assistance.

A diesel engine is also offered for 2023, but Ram plans to discontinue making it in January of that year. Until then, the 1500 Tradesman, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Limited Longhorn, and Limited trims are equipped with the 260-hp diesel V-6. The tough Rebel model offers beefier appearance and true off-road prowess for those who like to explore.

Every Ram 1500 features an outstanding ride thanks to a rear suspension that, in contrast to the conventional leaf-spring configuration found on domestic rivals, uses basic coil springs or optional air springs. Even models with adjustable ride height are available, which improves off-road performance and fuel efficiency.

Capacity for Towing and Payload

The Ram 1500 has a payload capacity of up to 2320 pounds and a towing capacity of up to 12,750 pounds. Except for the Ford F-150, which presently tops 13,000 pounds, it can haul more than all other vehicles combined.

The Rebel model of Rams and other crew cab body styles cannot tow as much as extended cab models. However, the more accommodating 1500 crew cab can haul more than 11,500 pounds.

Fuel efficiency and actual MPG

The Ram 1500 series offers various fuel economy levels thanks to its hybridized V-6 and V-8 engines as well as a diesel alternative. According to the EPA, the Ram with the best fuel economy is the rear-drive diesel, which achieves a combined fuel economy rating of 26 mpg.

The combined maximum fuel economy for the gas V-6 and V-8 is 23 and 20, respectively. On our 75 mph real-world fuel-economy route, which is a part of our rigorous testing, a 1500 Rebel with the gas V-6 we tested returned 24 mpg.

This is 6 and 4 mpg more efficient than the V-8 Rebel and V-8 Laramie that we examined, which lacked electric-assist. Visit the EPA website to learn more about the Ram 1500’s fuel efficiency.

Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior

The Ram 1500’s interior features enormous passenger capacity and cubby storage that is incredibly functional. The Ram seems more like a luxury car than a pickup truck in higher trim levels thanks to the addition of expensive materials and creature comforts.

The most expensive variants have actual wood accents and premium leather surfaces, while the majority of models are available with luxury options like heated and ventilated seats and a panoramic sunroof. The crew cab of the Ram 1500 is incredibly roomy, as it is with most full-size pickup trucks.

Additionally, it boasts an unusual split-folding tailgate and a ton of inside storage. Although the extended cab body design is compatible with both the five-foot-seven-inch and six-foot-four-inch cargo beds, it only goes with the latter. Although it sells the 1500 Classic, a truck from the previous generation, with a standard cab, Ram does not offer the 1500 with one.

Connectivity and Information

For a while now, Ram pickups have had among the greatest connection and entertainment options in their class. That is maintained in the newest trucks, which all save the base Ram model come with a snappy 8.4-inch touchscreen or an optional 12.0-inch touchscreen.

It’s a shame that the large display had numerous issues during our 40,000-mile long-term test. Both systems are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and even the larger touchscreen has a few extraneous knobs and buttons.

Features for Driver Assistance and Safety

The Ram 1500 comes equipped with a variety of driver-assistance features, including as automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance. Visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for more details regarding the Ram 1500’s crash test results.

Important safety elements include:

  • available rear cross-traffic warning and blind-spot monitoring
  • Automatic high-beam headlights are optional.
  • adaptive cruise control is accessible

Coverage for Warranties and Maintenance

Ram’s limited and powertrain warranties are only surpassed by the longer coverage offered by the Nissan Titan. Additionally, free planned maintenance is available for the half-ton Toyota Tundra, Sierra, and Silverado.

  • Three years or 36,000 miles are covered by the limited warranty.
  • Five years or 50,000 miles are covered by the powertrain warranty.
  • There is no free scheduled maintenance