Beginning with the new model year, the 2015 RAM 1500—as well as the entire roster of Ram pickups—will showcase tow ratings based on the latest standards set by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
The new "J2807" standards were developed by the SAE to create a common, industry-wide method of comparing trucks' towing abilities that would be backed by the credibility of a recognized third-party expert. As explained by Mike Cairns, director Ram Truck Engineering for the Chrysler Group: “For too long, an uneven playing field existed and towing capacities went unchecked. We’re happy to be the only pickup truck manufacturer to align with the SAE J2807 towing standard across our pickup truck lineup.”
However, folks should know that Ford and GM have committed to using the J2807 criteria for their latest light-duty pickups, and will almost certainly do the same for their HD trucks now that Ram has set the pace.
The official tale of the towing tape for the Ram herd:
- 2015 Ram 1500 with 3.6-liter V6—7,600 lbs. (best in class)
- 2015 Ram 1500 with 3.0-liter diesel V6—9,200 lbs. (best in class)
- 2015 Ram 1500 with 5.7-liter V8—10,650 lbs.
- 2015 Ram 2500 with 6.4-liter V8—16,300 lbs.
- 2015 Ram 2500 with 6.7-liter diesel V8—17,970 lbs. (best in class)
- 2015 Ram 3500 with 6.4-liter V8—16,420 lbs.
- 2015 Ram 3500 with 6.7-liter diesel V8—30,000 lbs. (best in class)
Added Reid Bigland, president and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand: “Because our customers asked for it, every single 2015 model year pickup truck Ram sells will come with a trailer-tow rating achieved using SAE’s J2807 testing protocols. No other automaker can make that claim.”