2015 Ram 1500: Consumer Reports, KBB, and Edmunds Review Roundup

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The 2015 Ram 1500 pickup truck might be a bit older, but it certainly has stood the test of time. Consumer Reports, Kelley Blue Book, and Edmunds all rated the 2015 Ram 1500 highly. What details did the critics find noteworthy about this full-size pickup truck?

Consumer Reports called the 2015 Ram 1500 “refined”

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Consumer Reports generally likes the Ram trucks, but the 2015 Ram 1500 has a few issues. It received two out of five score for reliability and three out of five for owner satisfaction. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the crash test ratings a score of “good” and “marginal,” which could be better. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the truck four stars for most crash ratings.

Consumer Reports praised the ride, seat comfort, and acceleration. One area the truck lacked was fuel economy, even for 2015. The overall fuel economy came in at 15 mpg. That was 21 mpg on the highway and 10 mpg in the city. The estimated fuel cost was $1,965. The Ram 1500 had anti-lock brakes and side airbags, which was an improvement implemented in 2013. Consumer Reports called it “surprisingly luxurious and refined.”

One major drawback is the 15 recalls. These range from an engine stalling to an open tailgate latch and even a runaway cruise control issue. There is also an issue with the side curtain airbags in the case of a rollover crash. These should all be checked before purchasing a used 2015 Ram 1500.

The 2015 Ram 1500 according to Edmunds

Edmunds had positive things to say about the 2015 Ram 1500. The comfortable ride and fuel-efficient diesel V6 were high on the list. The eight-speed transmission also impressed, along with a “refined and quiet cabin.” Even back in 2015, the Ram had useful tech features.

The cons listed by Edmunds were that the high upfront cost might not match the benefits down the line. However, it offered the best fuel economy in the light-duty full-size pickup truck category. It was also noted that the rotary shift dial was a bit confusing to use at first. Overall, Edmunds found the interior nice, and the infotainment system was easy to use. It satisfies the needs of those who need a basic work truck or a family vehicle.

Kelley Blue Book approved of the Ram truck

Kelley Blue Book gave the 2015 Ram 1500 an expert rating of 4.5 stars. Some of the pros listed for the truck are that it was a hard-working truck with best-in-class fuel economy. It also had impressive towing and payload and payload capacities. The maximum tow rating is 10,700 pounds.

As noted by some of the other experts, the full-size nature of the truck can make parking and maneuvering a headache sometimes. However, the eight-speed automatic and available bed and cab configurations are both a plus. KBB noted the three engine options as a plus. This includes a 3.6L V6 with 305 hp, a 3.0L turbodiesel V6 with 240 hp, and a 5.7L Hemi V8.

Overall, the 2015 Ram 1500 received fairly positive scores across the board. The recalls should be noted before purchasing a used truck, but getting an inspection is always a good idea. Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds and Consumer Reports all have used car prices and rating on the sites for research purposes.

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