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When buying a used truck, you need to find something powerful, reliable, and that will last you a while. Trucks are designed to be used on the hard jobs and the even harder adventure. If you are looking for a used truck that will take you the distance without running out of power quickly, you should be looking for a used Ram 1500. These trucks offer the best performance and advanced features. Plus, they are more affordable than a new model. Ram 1500 trucks are built to last no matter what model year they were manufactured in.

While a used Ram 1500 from any model year is going to get the job done, you are most likely going to find trucks from the 2010 to 2019 model years have the best prices and least amount of mileage on them. These models are also great to look for because they are going to contain some of the latest and greatest tech, safety, and convenience features that the line has to offer. Heavily integrated smart technology is fairly new in the auto industry, so we recommend finding a pre-owned Ram 1500 that is less than ten years old.

A black and a red 2019 used Ram 1500 are parked at a farm in front of mountains.

For the last six years, the Ram 1500 trucks have consistently scored four- or five-star crash-test ratings from the NHTSA. This is mainly due to the exceptional safety features that come standard on every used Ram 1500 from 2014 until now. These features include hill start assist, hill descent control, stability/traction control, anti-lock disc brakes, trailer sway control, and numerous protective airbags. Furthermore, most used Ram 1500 trucks from 2014 to 2019 also come with automatic emergency service notifications via the UConnect telematics service. This system will alert emergency service if your truck is stolen or in an accident.

Over the last decade, the Ram 1500 has made a name for itself for being reliable, durable, and capable of performing well under pressure. Overall, it’s a practical vehicle with plenty of intelligent features, including safety systems, towing packages, and premium entertainment. All this combined makes the Ram 1500 perfect for workers and families alike.

A black 2019 used Ram 1500 is driving on a rural dirt road with a dust trail.

How Much Horsepower Does the Ram 1500 Have?

The amount of horsepower that a used Ram 1500 can generate depends on which engine is equipped on that particular truck. Over the last 10 years, there have been some changes to the powertrain lineup, but every truck produced during this time belongs to the fourth generation of Ram 1500 models. We have put together a handy list for you to refer to if you are looking for specific performance stats.

  • 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine: Available on Used Ram 1500 trucks from 2013 to 2021, this motor pushes out a max 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.
  • 3.7-liter V6 engine: Equipped on used Ram 1500 trucks from 2009 to 2012, this powertrain produces 215 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque.
  • 4.7-liter V8 engine: Available on used Ram 1500 models from 2009 to 2013; this robust engine has 310 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque.
  • 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine: This motor is offered on used Ram 1500 trucks from 2009 to 2012 and then was given with an increase in power from 2013 to the current 2021 model. The first Hemi V8 pushes out 390 hp and 407 lb-ft of torque. The second production run of this engine generates 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque.
  • 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine: Offered on used Ram 1500 trucks from 2014 until 2018 then returned to the lineup in 2020, this diesel motor produces 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.

As you can see, there are a lot of available engines for the Ram 1500 across the years. So, make sure that you always ask your dealer what engine is under the hood of the used Ram 1500 you are considering. Furthermore, if you are looking for one of these powertrains specifically, you can narrow down your search considerably,

How Much Does the Ram 1500 Tow?

A black 2019 used Ram 1500 Classic is towing a boat away from a lake.

As with the horsepower and torque stats, the amount of weight a used Ram 1500 truck can tow depends on which engine it is equipped with. Different used models and trims may also feature different add-ons that can increase the towing capacity. Always ask your dealer what the max towing capacity is of the specific vehicle you are looking at, especially if you plan on towing a lot with it. As a general rule of thumb, these are the maximum towing capacities of each engine option.

  • 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine: This motor can typically pull up to 7,730 pounds.
  • 3.7-liter V6 engine: This powertrain can pull a bit more weight with a maximum towing limit of 8,500 pounds.
  • 4.7-liter V8 engine: As a more robust powertrain, this V8 engine can pull between 11,250 and 12,500 pounds depending on the axle ratio and model year.
  • 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine: This particular engine can pull anywhere between 12,000 and 15,500 pounds depending on the axle ratio and model year.
  • 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine: The maximum towing limit drops down to 9,210 for this diesel motor.

Keep in mind that other variables are involved in the actual towing limit for any particular used Ram 1500 truck. Even the cab style and bed length could play a role in how much weight the vehicle can pull. If you need to know exact towing measurements for work or conventional trailering purposes, make sure to ask your dealer for the specific ratings for the truck you are looking at. After all, you don't want to damage your new truck by trying to pull more than it can handle, and you don't want to buy a truck that can't keep up with you.

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