Ram has seen such positive customer feedback from its 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and TorqueFlight eight-speed automatic transmission in the Ram 1500 that it's bringing the powertrain upmarket, and it's now going to be available in truck's Laramie trim level (Laramie Limited pictured above). The new choice means better fuel economy and lower pricing in one of the 1500's higher-end models.

A Ram 1500 Laramie Quad Cab 4x2 with the 3.6-liter Pentastar and eight-speed automatic will retail for $38,775, plus a $1,195 destination charge. It's a savings of over $1,000 over the trim's current starting price.

Ram says the decision to offer the V6 option was customer driven. "Today's V6 engine is a lot stronger than yesterday," said Nick Cappa of Ram Truck media relations to Autoblog. Cappa notes that dealers have reported buyers returning from test drives who can't believe there are only six cylinders operating underhood.

The Pentastar Laramie uses the same 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque as other trims. In rear-wheel drive configuration, it is rated at 17-miles-per-gallon city, 25-mpg highway and 20-mpg combined. With six-cylinder Laramie models not available yet, their popularity is probably too early to forecast, but Cappa says his company believes that "the demand is there."


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      PTC DAWG
      • 9 Months Ago
      10k off 4 door Rams MSRP, on the radio all the time in the ATL market... Why not price these things realistically in the first place? Nice though, neighbor just bought one...Hemi loaded version.
        billfrombuckhead
        • 9 Months Ago
        @PTC DAWG
        The ads lie, you can't get $10,000 potential savings off unless you are a Chrysler employee, are active military, trade a Ford, trade a lease, own a Case tractor and a New Holland, are a contractor and landed on the moon. GM and Ford do this so Chrysler had to play the same game.
          utekineir
          • 9 Months Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
          Msrp on trucks is a joke. 20-25% off isn't hard at all if you have any negotiating ability. Work truck is a 13' ram, stickers around 32-33, sold in the 25 range, found several dealers at similar pricing. That's without all those special qualifications you listed
          jtav2002
          • 9 Months Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
          I wouldn't say they lie. It really all depends on the dealers location, how much volume they do. There are plenty of dealers around the country that will sell full size trucks at 10k off all day every day. I mean I don't know why you question 10k off when you should be able to easily get 6k off of a new full size truck without much trouble, unless you're a terrible negotiator.
      Raymond
      • 9 Months Ago
      Finally Chrysler fixes the only issue I had with the Ram 1500 and that is you could not get it in a higher trim models. That just seemed dumb to me! Glad they are correcting the issue.
      barkeep
      • 9 Months Ago
      At least they're bringing an optional V6, which is great. Now, if they do this, why not bring back the Dakota? Perhaps it would justify its resurrection with the new Pentastar V6 engine, with the same transmission, yes?
      Free
      • 9 Months Ago
      The Rams both Hemi and V-6 have a stink in them from defective workmanship that smell like a Dead Rat inside after 2000 miles all over the internet and Ramzforum!!! I have 2014 Ram Hemi stinks like a dead RAT Chrysler will not fix it!!! DO NOT BUY A STINK TRUCK
        threefortyduster
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Free
        What in the hell are you talking about? Since I shower at least weekly, my 2011 Ram smells just fine...
        Joe Carter
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Free
        My 2014 has 2400 miles on it now, I have no idea what smell you're talking about.
        jtav2002
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Free
        Maybe you actually have a dead rodent or other animal in your truck. Or as mentioned above, perhaps you just need to shower.
      EvilTollMan
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's only a $1000 difference? I'm pretty sure most people would opt for the V8. Let's face it, V6 pickups and V8 pickups both get lousy gas mileage.
        Joe Carter
        • 9 Months Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        Eh, my 5.7 is capable of 20 on the highway, up 8 mpg from my old 2001 Durango 4x4 with a 4.7L, also with 160 less horsepower.
          F'nBrower
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Joe Carter
          @ptc, why are you comparing a 5000lb truck to a 3000lb sedan?
          PTC DAWG
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Joe Carter
          And this 6 is 25% better, face it, neither one is as fast as a base Honda Accord.
      Justin Campanale
      • 9 Months Ago
      They should make the Pentastar, Hemi, and EcoDiesel available on all trim levels. In the future, they should work on making a 4.0 diesel V8 with 320 hp/520 torque out of he 2.0 MultiAir diesel which Fiat makes, and it should be available on all trim levels as well. A turbocharged Pentastar with 380 hp/400 torque should also be developed and eventually replace the 5.7 Hemi. While they're at it, they might as well make the 6.4 Hemi and 6.7 Cummins available on the higher trim levels.
        threefortyduster
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        They are now. The Diesel is available on every trim level and cab configuration except Regular Cab 6'4" ft bed. 3 engines is enough, 4 would be a bit on the high side, 5 would be ridiculous. 7 is just stupid and will never happen. The 6.7 Cummins weighs so damn much that they would have to raise the GVWR just to have a 0 pound payload on the half ton. Half tons are half tons. If you want the 6.4 or 6.7 Cummins, get a 3/4 ton.
          PTC DAWG
          • 9 Months Ago
          @threefortyduster
          Different diesel he is speaking of.
          Justin Campanale
          • 9 Months Ago
          @threefortyduster
          Let's see how many engines the F-150 has. 3.7 DOHC V6 2.7T Nano V6 3.5 T EB V6 5.0 Coyote V8 6.2 Boss V8 It wouldn't be unreasonable to speculate that Ford is considering putting the 3.2 Powerstroke diesel in the F150 to compete against the Ram EcoDiesel. Ford's 4.4 diesel V8 was supposed to be in the 2009 F150, but was DOA (a version of this engine is fitted the the Euro-spec Range Rover). With the Cummins 5.0 V8 diesel being confirmed for the next-gen Tundra and Titan, and with GM developing a 4.5 Duramax V8 for possible use in the Silverado and Tagoe, it isn't unreasonable to infer that Ford is reconsidering the 4.4 diesel. That leaves us with 5 actual engines for the F-150, with two more engines possible. My plan, on the other hand, has 6 engines, because the turbo Pentastar would replace the 5.7 Hemi. I don't see why they can't put a 6.4 Hemi for the top-trim Rams, because at that point the buyer is looking less and less for a work truck and more and more for a traditional American luxury car:BOF, RWD, huge V8, comfy ride. As the buying patterns with the F150 showed, the majority of work truck buyers were more than satisfied with the EB. Most of the buyers who wanted the V8 were not shopping for a work truck A 6.4 Hemi would be a better fit for such a vehicle, and the high output 470 hp version could be used in a Ram R/T to compete with the F150 Tremor.As for the 6.7 Cummins, if they were to make a production Ram Runner, that would be the ideal engine. Quite a few shoppers buy the 2500 for just the available Cummins, which is not offered on the current Ram I'm sure that some of these customers would appreciate close to 3/4 ton capability in a 1500.
        Neez
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        They do offer the ecodiesel on most trim levels, including the lowest tradesman edition for under $30k.
      Nick
      • 9 Months Ago
      Yes, now offer the EcoDiesel on the lower-end trim levels !
        Neez
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Nick
        they do, you can buy it in the lowest tradesman edition for under $30k.
      ndcart
      • 9 Months Ago
      Maybe I'm old school, but I prefer my Hemi. Maybe I should test drive the V6 with 8 speed. Just knowing that I can get a Hemi with that 8 speed would be tempting though. Still rocking the 6 speed.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ndcart
        I rented a hemi from DC to NYC and back and they are rather nice but if you aren't towing a P-star 6 would be more than enough truck.
        PTC DAWG
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ndcart
        Neither one is fast, unless you tow heavy and often, 6 may be the way to go.
          RamSport
          • 9 Months Ago
          @PTC DAWG
          so, you've never driven a HEMI Ram then??? I have...they're fast SOBs!!!
      charles
      • 9 Months Ago
      The only good thing to come out of this will be a loaded Laramie with everything but a Hemi for less than $30,000.
        F'nBrower
        • 9 Months Ago
        @charles
        I don't think they'll take ten grand off these anytime soon.
      Douglas
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'll keep my hemi for the 3mpg.
      Jeff Gilleran
      • 9 Months Ago
      Not bad at all. I agree with Nick though.. EcoDiesel for lower trim levels should be available. Make the "Eco" moniker more valuable that way to more people.
        threefortyduster
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jeff Gilleran
        Why do you guys not get this? The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel can be had on ALL TRIM LEVELS. This was always the case. The only configuration it is not available on is Regular Cab/6'4" Bed.
      rnovate4u
      • 9 Months Ago
      what about the power to weight ratio ? the cars this engine is in weigh about 35oo pounds give or take but the trucks can weigh up to 7000 pounds . How much life expectancy is lost by super loading this motor ?
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