Last Year, Ram re-introduced the Tradesman trim level. The Tradesman is a value-priced package designed to meet the needs of small businessmen, construction jobsites and commercial fleets at an affordable price. Sales have been tremendous. Ram Tradesman offers fullsize work truck capability at a great price.
Ram’s 4.7-liter V-8 engine is rated at 310 horsepower, 330 lb.-ft. of torque and 20 mpg EPA highway. The 4.7-liter V-8 delivers more power and more trailer-towing capability (7,700 lbs.) than competing base engines. For even more power, the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with 390 hp / 407 lb.-ft. of torque is an available Tradesman option.
Tradesman models feature styled, full-face steel wheels, a fully warrantied factory-equipped spray-in bedliner and a 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition, Ram Tradesman 4.7-liter models now come with a no-cost RamBox cargo management system that includes lighted, lockable storage for tools and adjustable tie-downs – a $1,295 value.
Features include link-coil rear suspension for good ride and handling, heavy-duty cooling system, Class IV receiver hitch, 4 and 7-pin trailer connectors.
All Ram Truck engines, transmissions and axles are covered by a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Ram 1500 Tradesman regular cab prices have been lowered for 2012 to $22,370 (when equipped with 4.7-liter engine).
The Ram 1500 Tradesman HD has the heaviest towing (11,500 lbs.) and payload (3,125 lbs.) is offered at a base MSRP of $29,600, including destination.
Style: Half Ton No Nonsense Work Truck
Engine: 5.7 Hemi is the best option for economy, power, and MPG.
Transmission: 6 spd AT
Highest MPG City/MPG Highway: 14/20
Trim Designations: Regular, Quad, an Crew Cab.
Base Price: $22,370
What I Liked: Price and capability.
What I Would Change: Add a sliding rear glass.
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5