Diesel-Powered Ram Trucks Now Highest Tow Rated

The Ram pickup truck will become the first to adopt the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2807 standardized tow rating practices across all of its three fullsize pickup truck segments, including the Ram 1500, Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and Ram 3500 Heavy Duty.

Ram said it beats the competition in the two most sought-after titles in the pickup truck market, fuel economy and SAE towing capacity, offering the most capable and most fuel efficient trucks available, including two diesel engines.

“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,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand. “No other automaker can make that claim.”

On the heels of finalized SAE towing specifications that now include trucks up to 14,000 GVWR, Ram said it has validated its full pickup line with the SAE J2807 Towing Standard and added it now is the only truck maker to adopt the standard in all three pickup truck weight classes.

“Ram Truck has been preparing for integration of the SAE towing standard over the past few years and adding heavier 3/4 – and 1-ton trucks to the criteria gives it more teeth,” said Mike Cairns, Director – Ram Truck Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. “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.”

Ram explained the SAE J2807 towing standard outlines dynamic and performance criteria as it relates to a given vehicle. Examples within the standard include a number of tests while towing: 0-60 MPH time allowance, tackling the notorious Davis Dam Grade while maintaining no less than 40 MPH for single-rear-wheel trucks and 35 MPH for dual-rear-wheel trucks, a constant radius understeer test while increasing speed and a sway maneuver using aggressive steering input. The purpose is to put all trucks through the schedule of tests in which operators will likely see in the real world. SAE standards have existed in a number of other areas including engine torque and horsepower. Ram Truck said it is the first to adopt the official towing standard for 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton and 1-ton trucks.

Here are the official diesel-powered 2015 Ram SAE J2807 towing capacities:

  • Ram 1500 V-6 with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel – Best-in-class 9,200 pounds
  • Ram 2500 with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel – Best-in-class 17,970 pounds
  • Ram 3500 with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel – Best-in-class 30,000 pounds