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Used RAM 1500 at Legacy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for La Grande, OR

If you are on the hunt for a used half-ton pickup, you'll want to consider a Ram 1500. The RAM 1500 is a refined truck that has a specialized coil-spring rear suspension, giving it an amazingly smooth unloaded ride, perfect for long drives on the highway. Yet, it can still tow like a champ with its Hemi gasoline V8 or its turbodiesel V6 engine. The RAM offers thoughtfully-designed cargo management options and a classy, comfortable cabin with modern technology. Continue reading to hear why buying a used RAM 1500 is a smart choice.

Under the 1500's Hood

There are typically three engine options in the RAM 1500, a 3.6-liter gasoline V6, a larger 5.7-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6. Numbers for horsepower and torque generation are as follows: 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque for the V6 engine, 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque for the V8, and 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque for the diesel. As for the transmission, there are two offered, an eight-speed automatic, which comes standard on most trims, and a six-speed automatic. The eight-speed automatic does not have a traditional shift lever but instead has a rotary "e-shift" knob on the instrument panel, which allows for more storage in the center console. Both two-wheel or four-wheel drive is available with the RAM 1500. The four-wheel drive 1500s will have either a traditional part-time four-wheel drive system or a deluxe system with an on-demand Auto 4WD mode. If you plan on towing, the maximum towing capacity on the RAM 1500 varies depending on the powertrain and if its properly equipped. The V6 ranges between 7,450-7,610 lbs., the diesel is at 9200 lbs., and the V8 ranges between 10,450-10,640 lbs. The fuel economy also varies depending on the powertrain. Most used V6 RAM 1500s get 19-20 mpg combined, while the V8 gets between 15-17 mpg combined. The most fuel-efficient option is the diesel engine, which gets 22-23 mpg combined.

Design of RAM 1500

While searching for a used RAM 1500, you will notice multiple body styles. There is a regular cab that seats three and will have either a 6-foot-4-inch or 8-foot bed. There is also an extended cab called the Quad Cab that can seat up to six and comes with the shorter 6-foot-4 bed. Then, there is a crew cab style, which increases rear-seat legroom, and will have either a 5-foot-7 or 6-foot-4 bed. A used RAM 1500 comes in multiple trim levels, each one progressively having more features and upgrades. The base Tradesman model typically comes with these features: vinyl seats and flooring, 17-inch steel wheels, black bumpers and grille, automatic headlights, a locking tailgate, A/C, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, cruise control and a six-speaker sound system with auxiliary and USB outlets. The Quad cab and crew cab models will also have power windows and a folding rear bench seat. The Tradesman might also be upgraded with a 5-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, cloth upholstery, carpeted flooring, and keyless entry. If you choose an SLT model, these features will be included: 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, and dual gloveboxes. It might also have additional added options such as power-folding outside mirrors, additional interior lighting, an overhead console, and a leather-coated steering wheel. Moving up the trim levels, the Sport, Laramie, and Longhorn, you will find a host of additional features. Examples of these are dual-zone climate control, an 8.4-inch touchscreen with the Uconnect infotainment system, an upgraded sound system, an air suspension, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, RAMBox cargo bins, an integrated trailer-brake controller, and so much more.

Can I get a used RAM 1500 with a diesel engine?

Yes! A recent pre-owned RAM 1500 can come with a diesel engine. Specify this in your used vehicle search with us, and we will help you find one!

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A recent pre-owned RAM 1500 has an array of safety features in all its trims. Some of these include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, hill start assist, trailer sway control, multiple airbags, and stability control. A rearview camera and front/rear parking sensors are either standard or optional on all Ram 1500s. A used RAM 1500 has so many options with its different powertrains, trim levels, and body styles. We would love to help you in your decision-making! Contact us or come down to our dealership today!

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