The Ram 1500 is one of the most popular and versatile full-size pickup trucks in the market, offering a range of powertrain options, trim levels, and features to suit different needs and preferences. For the 2025 model year, the Ram 1500 is getting a major update that includes a new engine family, a new top-of-the-line trim, and more advanced technology and safety systems. Here are some of the highlights of the new 2025 Ram 1500.
The Hurricane Engine Family: More Power and Efficiency
The biggest change for the 2025 Ram 1500 is the introduction of the Hurricane engine family, which replaces the Hemi V8 engines that have been a staple of the Ram lineup for years. The Hurricane engines are twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engines that deliver more power and torque than the outgoing V8s, while also improving fuel efficiency and emissions.
The base Hurricane engine produces 420 horsepower and 469 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 12 horsepower and 29 pound-feet over the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. The high-output (H/O) version of the Hurricane engine boosts the output to 540 horsepower and 521 pound-feet of torque, which is a whopping 132 horsepower and 71 pound-feet more than the 6.4-liter Hemi V8. Both Hurricane engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and are available with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
The Hurricane engines use many advanced technologies to achieve their impressive performance and efficiency, such as variable valve timing, direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and an electrically driven turbocharger. The Hurricane engines also feature a mild-hybrid system that uses a belt-driven motor generator to provide additional torque and improve start-stop functionality.
According to Ram, the Hurricane engines offer best-in-class fuel economy ratings for gas-powered full-size trucks, although the exact numbers have not been released yet. The Hurricane engines also have lower emissions than the Hemi V8s, thanks to a new exhaust gas recirculation system and a selective catalytic reduction system.
The Tungsten Trim: The Ultimate Luxury Truck
Another notable addition to the 2025 Ram 1500 lineup is the Tungsten trim, which sits atop the range and offers the most luxurious and refined features and amenities. The Tungsten trim is based on the Limited trim but adds exclusive exterior and interior details that set it apart.
The Tungsten trim features a unique grille design with a chrome surround and a black mesh insert, as well as chrome accents on the bumpers, mirrors, door handles, and side steps. The Tungsten trim also comes with 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, LED headlights and taillights, and a power tailgate with obstacle detection. The Tungsten trim is available in eight exterior colors, including a new shade called Tungsten Gray.
Inside, the Tungsten trim offers a premium leather interior with quilted stitching, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a suede headliner. The Tungsten trim also has a 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the Uconnect 5 software, a 10.25-inch passenger screen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a digital rearview mirror, and a head-up display. Other features include a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a wireless charging pad, and a smartphone as a key technology.
The Tungsten trim also offers the most advanced safety and driver assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a 360-degree camera. The Tungsten trim also features a hands-free driving assist system that provides level 2+ automated driving capability on highways, using cameras, radar, and lidar sensors to steer, accelerate, and brake the truck.
The Ram 1500 RHO: The Ultimate Performance Truck
The 2025 Ram 1500 lineup also includes the Ram 1500 RHO, which is the high-performance variant of the truck that competes with the likes of the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2. The Ram 1500 RHO is based on the Rebel trim, but adds a number of enhancements to improve its off-road and on-road capabilities.
The Ram 1500 RHO is powered by the Hurricane H/O engine, which makes it the most powerful production pickup truck in its class, with 540 horsepower and 521 pound-feet of torque. The Ram 1500 RHO also features a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks, an electronic locking rear differential, a performance exhaust system, and a launch control system. The Ram 1500 RHO rides on 18-inch black aluminum wheels with 35-inch all-terrain tires and has a unique hood scoop, skid plates, tow hooks, and graphics.
The Ram 1500 RHO also has a sporty interior with cloth and vinyl seats, red accents, and a flat-bottom steering wheel. The Ram 1500 RHO comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the Uconnect 4 software, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, and a performance pages app that displays various metrics and settings. The Ram 1500 RHO also has a number of safety and driver assistance systems, such as hill descent control, hill start assist, trailer sway control, and a rearview camera.
The Ram 1500 RHO is expected to join the lineup in the third quarter of 2024, and will be available in six exterior colors, including a new shade called RHO Red.
How the Ram 1500 Compares to Its Competitors
The Ram 1500 is one of the best-selling and most awarded pickup trucks in the market, and the 2025 model year brings even more reasons to choose it over its competitors. Here is a comparison table that shows how the Ram 1500 stacks up against some of its main rivals in terms of power, torque, fuel economy, towing capacity, and payload capacity.
|Model||Engine||Power||Torque||Fuel Economy||Towing Capacity||Payload Capacity|
|2025 Ram 1500 Hurricane||3.0L twin-turbo I6||420 hp||469 lb-ft||N/A||11,580 lbs||2,300 lbs|
|2025 Ram 1500 Hurricane H/O||3.0L twin-turbo I6||540 hp||521 lb-ft||N/A||11,580 lbs||2,300 lbs|
|Ford F-150 PowerBoost||3.5L twin-turbo V6 + electric motor||430 hp||570 lb-ft||24 mpg combined||12,700 lbs||2,120 lbs|
|Ford F-150 Raptor||3.5L twin-turbo V6||450 hp||510 lb-ft||16 mpg combined||8,200 lbs||1,400 lbs|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax||3.0L turbodiesel I6||277 hp||460 lb-ft||27 mpg combined||9,300 lbs||1,870 lbs|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2||6.2L V8||420 hp||460 lb-ft||17 mpg combined||8,900 lbs||1,440 lbs|
|Toyota Tundra||5.7L V8||381 hp||401 lb-ft||15 mpg combined||10,200 lbs||1,730 lbs|
As the table shows, the Ram 1500 offers the most power and torque among its competitors, as well as the best payload capacity. The Ram 1500 also has a competitive towing capacity, although the Ford F-150 PowerBoost has a slight edge. The Ram 1500 also has the most advanced technology and safety features, as well as the most luxurious and refined interior. The Ram 1500 is expected to have the best fuel economy ratings among gas-powered full-size trucks, although the exact numbers have not been revealed yet. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax has the best fuel economy ratings among diesel-powered full-size trucks, while the Ford F-150 PowerBoost has the best fuel economy ratings among hybrid-powered full-size trucks.
The 2025 Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup truck that offers a new level of power, performance, efficiency, luxury, and technology. The Ram 1500 features a new engine family, the Hurricane, which replaces the Hemi V8s and delivers more power and torque than any other six-cylinder engine in the segment. The Ram 1500 also features a new top-of-the-line trim, the Tungsten, which offers the most luxurious and refined features and amenities. The Ram 1500 also features a high-performance variant, the RHO, which competes with the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2. The Ram 1500 also offers the most advanced technology and safety systems, such as a hands-free driving assist system, a 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a head-up display.