Pickups have always been an integral part of the American experience – alongside Sloppy Joe’s and cowboys and truck drivers, they have always been an integral part of the American experience. In that vein, Dodge trucks, now sold under the Ram brand, have always been part of that conversation.
Over the years, Ram has given the auto industry some of the best trucks on the market, going head to toe with Ford and GM. It’s been over a century since its founding in 1900 and Ram didn’t become an independent brand until 2010.
Here are the best Ram trucks ever made.
8 Ram Dakota
The Ram Dakota was hard not to gush over. It rose in the 1990s, looked beautiful and drove like a muscle car. It certainly did its part in cementing Dodge’s name as the road kings.
The second generation of the Dakota was particularly impressive, surpassing the first and third in reliability and fuel economy. This was also the time when the Dakota was sold en masse for its towing capacity and name recognition.
7 Dodge Ram Daytona
A legend from the beginning, the Daytona raised the bar and raised the Dodge name as well. Its ridiculous 5.7-liter engine put out an impressive 345 horsepower with 375 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed transmission.
Introduced in 2005, the Daytona was stunningly beautiful, and the rear spoiler called back to the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. It remains one of the company’s most powerful trucks.
6 Dodge Power Wagon
The Dodge Power Wagon needs no introduction. A market-ready production version of the military truck that Dodge supplied to the US military in World War II, the Power Wagon is heralded by many as the foundation for the modern 4×4 powertrain trend.
Originally called the WDX truck, the Power Wagon had the honor of being the first 4×4 medium duty truck marketed to civilians, and that too by a major manufacturer.
5 Ram SRT 10
Easily the ultimate performance pickup of all time, the Ram SRT 10 housed a massive 8.3-liter V10 engine under the hood, borrowed directly from the Dodge Viper.
A 500 hp truck was a powerful monstrosity in itself. However, Ram went one step further and lowered the truck to improve aerodynamics and increase sportiness. In addition, the luxurious and plush interior also made it the perfect companion for the long road.
4 Dodge Ram 2500
With the 2500, Ram combined sheer pulling power with interior luxury never seen before in pickup trucks. With all its bells and whistles, the Ram 2500 remains a perfectly capable beast on the tarmac, with a 6-cylinder diesel engine delivering 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque.
An extremely spacious and versatile center console is also one of the highlights of the 2500, not to mention the highly customizable interiors with options that would leave the pickiest of customers spoiled for choice.
3 Aries 1500
How can the Ram 1500 not be on the list when it is everyone’s favorite truck and may be synonymous with the Dodge Ram line of trucks? It has it all: attitude, presence on the road and adaptability.
The 1500’s V8, which produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, makes it a rival to take on the Ford F-150, the best-selling pickup truck in the country. The truck has a lot of space, with plush interiors that are regularly updated, making it a very successful truck over the years.
2 Aries 3500
The Ram 3500, put very simply, is purely a beast on four wheels. Its 6.7-liter Cummins diesel inline-6 engine produces 400 horsepower and a whopping 1000 lb-ft of torque.
With unparalleled towing capacity, this heavy-duty truck makes towing dramatically easier with additional features such as camera setup and trailer air pressure monitoring system! Plus, it doesn’t skimp on the luxury side of things either, with plenty of customizable luxury options available on the inside.
1 Dodge D100
The Dodge D Series was and always will be a truly all-American icon. The D100 then came standard with a V8 engine and was always updated and redesigned.
Unfortunately, its production ceased in the year 1993. The D100 became more masculine and stylish with each iteration over its 30-year stint, offering even more than 365 horsepower at the time!