Ranking the Top Five Best Ram Trucks

If you’re looking for Ram gas or diesel trucks for sale, there are some model years that provice excellent reliablity and performance to handle your workload.

Ram trucks are a fan favorite, but their history of reliability has not always been great.  Let’s take a look at five of the best Ram trucks that you can find on the used market.

5. 2023 Ram 1500 Classic 5.7-liter

The Ram 1500 Classic is a good deal on many levels. It starts under $40,000 for a 4WD truck and for just $2,500 additional, you can equip it with the 5.7-liter Hemi. This gives you nearly 400 horsepower and nearly 11,000 pounds of towing capacity for less than a new Ram 1500 with a V6 and RWD. The Classic is essentially a carryover of the fourth-generation Ram that’s being sold at the same time as the fifth-generation that came out in 2019. That means the Classic’s underpinnings date back to 2009 when the generation debuted. The Classic boasts an 88/100 reliability score from JD Power.

4. 2022 Ram 1500 3.6-liter

Rams from the 2020 to 2023 model years have ranked higher in reliability than many earlier models. This particular configuration gets a 4.5 out of 5 rating from Cars.com. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 appears to be a good engine and buyers report very few problems with it. With this setup, you’ll get 305 horsepower and 7,730 pounds of towing capacity. It might not be the ultimate choice for towing, but it still beats out many rivals with naturally aspirated V6 engines. This truck can also be equipped with an eight-foot bed.

3. 2017 Ram 2500 5.7-liter

The 2017 Ram 2500 represents a solid choice between the 1500 with a Hemi and the 2500 or 3500 trucks with a Cummins diesel. Equipped with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, the 2017 Ram 2500 offers solid towing ability at nearly 12,000 pounds. However, the increased payload to over 3,000 pounds is the real benefit thanks to the stronger 2500 chassis. This model also comes with a 4.6 out of 5 reliability score from Cars.com.

2. 2017 Ram 1500 5.7-liter

The Ram 1500 version of the 2017 model also scores a 4.6 out of 5 for reliability on Cars.com. It’s a great option if you don’t need the extra payload of the 2500 chassis. As one of the final model years for the fourth-generation Ram 1500, the 2017 model represents a sweet spot for modern accessories and reliability. Compared to the 2018 model, the 2017 model also shows fewer owner reports for electrical problems and issues with the fuel system.

1. 2023 Ram 1500 5.7-liter

At the top of the heap is the 2023 Ram 1500 with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. This truck sits on an impressive 4.8 out of 5 reliability score from Cars.com, and it offers 395 horsepower with a max towing capacity of 12,750 pounds. It’s still fairly new, but the most recent model has solved a lot of previous issues. The 2023 model year is almost the end of an era as the Ram 1500 will lose the 5.7-liter option after the 2024 model year.

If you’re looking for Ram diesel trucks for sale, the 2017 Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter Cummins just misses falling into the top five, but it’s a solid choice with a 4.2 out of 5 reliability score from Cars.com. It’s worth a look if you need serious towing power.

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