There’s something of a truck war happening right now with bigger and better trucks coming out each new model year. Next year is a big one for Ram as the all-new Ram 1500 hits the market, but this year, Ram added something to the existing lineup with the new Limited Tungsten Edition.
If you watch truck commercials, they generally have trucks barreling along dirt roads hauling a load of hay or towing a trailer of horses. That’s because trucks are serious work vehicles, but the Limited Tungsten Edition proves that sometimes a little luxury is a nice addition to a solid work truck.
The package runs $1,825 and adds a slew of appearance items, including Tungsten Chrome body-side molding, exterior badging, and Ram grille. It also adds body-color door handles, side mirrors, steel bumper, running boards, and Ram tailgate nameplate along with a sport performance hood. It’s all about making the truck look good, but it comes at a price. Our test model with all the options was $63,870.
Park next to a Ram 1500 without all the extras and there’s a noticeable difference between the two. The upgraded one looks slicker and tougher. Although the package doesn’t add to the truck’s capability, it does add to its presence. Inside, nothing special is added, but there’s still the upscale interior of the Limited trim to improve the look and feel.
This includes memory settings for the seats, mirrors, and power-adjustable foot pedals. There are leather high-back bucket seats that are heated and ventilated with a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and six-way power adjustable passenger seat. Rear passengers aren’t forgotten with a heated second row that split-folds 60/40. The steering wheel even has a leather-wrap with wood accents, and it’s heated to keep your fingers warm on cold days.
The Ram 1500 also features the Uconnect infotainment system with a big 8.4-inch color touchscreen display. It’s one of the most intuitive systems available. In the Limited, it includes standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Sirius XM, and navigation. Sound comes courtesy of a premium 10-speaker system with a subwoofer. This might be a truck ready to do some work, but it has a beautiful, comfortable, and fully-featured interior worthy of a luxury vehicle.
As good as it looks, this is a capable full-size truck. The Limited comes standard with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It has a maximum towing capacity of 10,170 pounds with a maximum payload of 1,520 pounds.
That’s a lot of power, and you feel it when you’re behind the wheel. Press the gas and that V8 roars to life, easily merging the Ram 1500 in to highway traffic. If you need an extra burst of speed for passing, then it’s not a problem. This is not a small vehicle, but it has more than enough power to avoid feeling ponderous or slow. It also sounds fantastic.
If you’re driving around in a truck with a V8, then you want it to sound like a truck with a V8. The Ram 1500 has a fantastic engine note, especially when you press on the gas. You hear that engine, but it’s not intrusive. It’s a welcome sound that lets you know this truck is ready to handle whatever you have planned for the day.
The ride itself is smooth and composed with minimal bounce and sway. Active four-corner air suspension ensures passengers are never jostled, even on bumpy road surfaces. Steering is responsive rather than tiring, making it easy to control the truck’s bulk. Trucks can be rough on passengers and on the driver, but the Ram 1500 is neither.
The Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten Edition is a truck at heart but with the welcome trappings of an upscale sedan. Starting price on the Ram 1500 is $26,495 for the base Tradesman model with the luxurious Limited Tungsten Edition starting at $52,875.