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Are Ram and Dodge the Same Thing?

We have had all three big trucks over the years: Ford, Chevy, and Dodge… Or is it Ram? Or is it Dodge Ram? This seems to be a confusing topic among truck users. But what is the real difference between Dodge vs Ram?

There is an ongoing debate among truck enthusiasts about whether Ram and Dodge are the same thing or two distinct entities. The historical connection and recent evolution of these brands can confuse some drivers. From the past to the present, let’s take a closer look at these unique truck brands.

We wanted to find out so we did a little digging!

Cummins 6.7 Bent Connecting Rod: Complete Ram 5500 Teardown And Rebuild Due To Hydrolock
We have done some extensive work on our ram trucks over the years!

The History of Dodge Ram

The story of the Dodge Ram is one that spans generations and reflects the dynamic evolution of American truck manufacturing. Dodge Ram was introduced in 1981 as a bold departure from conventional truck design. It was a response to the growing demand for more powerful trucks that could serve as workhorses and daily drivers. The name “Ram” was inspired by the hood design on some Dodge vehicles. They featured the head of a ram, symbolizing strength and power. Initially positioned as a trim level within the Dodge truck lineup, the Ram quickly gained an identity and a dedicated following.

They launched the iconic “big rig” styling of the Ram 1500 in 1993 with a bold front grille. The late ’90s saw the introduction of heavy-duty models like the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500, catering to commercial users and enthusiasts. In 2009, Ram Trucks became a separate brand, emphasizing its commitment to trucks. Over the years, Ram has continually innovated, introducing cutting-edge technologies, powerful engines, and class-leading features, solidifying its reputation as a leader in the truck market. 

Today, the Ram brand stands on its own. Ram has expanded with models like the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which can go an estimated 950 miles or more on one tank of gas. They also released the record-breaking Ram TRX, an off-road truck with 8 Drive modes and 702 horsepower.

1990s dodge ram truck
Ram Trucks are a new brand different from the previous Dodge Ram.

Is Ram Still Dodge?

While Dodge Ram trucks were initially marketed under the Dodge brand, a significant change occurred in 2009. Ram Trucks was established as a separate division within the Chrysler Group, which later became Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). This move aimed to distinguish the Ram brand from the passenger car offerings under the Dodge umbrella and create a more focused truck brand. Some may argue that the brands are similar since they’re both under the Chrysler Group, but Ram is technically a distinct brand as any other under the Chrysler name.

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Dodge Vs Ram What Is the Difference?

The primary difference between Dodge vs Ram lies in their focus and branding. Dodge remains primarily associated with passenger cars and SUVs, although they have also produced trucks in the past. 

Ram dedicates itself exclusively to manufacturing trucks and commercial vehicles. While both brands have a history of producing trucks, Ram has more of a connection to truck drivers vs Dodge. Ram has become the go-to nameplate for truck enthusiasts seeking rugged and dependable vehicles. Ram also caters to off-road drivers with models featuring designs that make it easier to navigate more challenging terrain.

Dodge Vs Ram truck for towing
While Ram makes powerhouse trucks, Dodge now focuses on passenger cars and SUVs.

Why Do People Still Call Trucks Dodge Ram?

Despite the official rebranding, many people still refer to Ram trucks as “Dodge Ram.” This is likely because the transition from Dodge to Ram as a standalone brand took time to permeate the public consciousness. Moreover, the decades-long association between Dodge and Ram trucks, coupled with the enduring popularity of the Dodge Ram name, has made it challenging for some to let go of the old name. This may change in time, but confusion remains despite Ram and Dodge being separate brands.

Who Owns Ram Now?

Dodge’s parent company, Chrysler, made Ram a brand in 2009. However, the Chrysler Group owns the Dodge and Ram brands. The Chrysler Group is a subsidiary of Stellantis. A merger formed Stellantis during an agreement between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the French PSA Group in early 2021. Some recognizable brands that fall under the Stellantis umbrella include Fiat, Maserati, and Jeep, among others.

2011 offroad ram truck
Our current truck is a 2011 ram… no dodge anywhere on it, but some references to Chrysler here and there.

Where Are Ram Trucks Made?

Ram has manufacturing facilities across the country, with some of the key production locations in Michigan, Kentucky, and Missouri. They typically make classic Ram trucks at the Warren Truck Plant in Warren Michigan. However, they also make some in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. The Ram brand typically produces new pickups in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

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Take a tour of our first ram truck

Is a Ram Truck Worth the Investment?

Investing in a Ram truck can be a wise choice for those looking for a robust and reliable vehicle, especially for heavy-duty tasks, towing, and off-road adventures. Ram trucks have consistently earned praise for their powerful engines, comfortable interiors, and advanced technology features. However, the choice between a Ram and a Dodge vehicle depends on your needs, budget, and preferences.

Two popular Ram truck models, the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500, stand out as excellent investments. The Ram 1500, a full-size pickup, offers a range of engine options, impressive towing and payload capacities, a comfortable interior, advanced technology, and strong resale value. However, their towing capacity isn’t as high as the Ram 2500. If you plan to use your Ram to tow an RV, you might need to factor the weight of your RV and gear before you make a decision.

On the other hand, the Ram 2500 is the choice for heavy-duty tasks. It has a robust performance, durable construction, comfort, advanced tech, and a solid resale value. While both models are durable, your lifestyle, how much gear you haul, and what kind of terrain you frequently travel on can influence your choice. The Ram 1500 suits versatile daily driving, while the Ram 2500 excels in heavy-duty applications, making both models worthwhile investments depending on your needs.

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Tuesday 17th of October 2023

We have 2 Ram trucks. 2005 1500 quad cab. And 2022 Ram1500 Bighorn. Great reliable thrucks


Monday 16th of October 2023

The “article” sounds like an advertisement.

Hondo sloan

Monday 16th of October 2023

While an Ace is also called a Spade. Ram is still a Dodge vehicle. I have both 2023 Dodge/Ram 3500 dually. And Ford super duty 2023 F250 and 2019 F350 trks too. Ford is a superior truck. Its what people prefer to drive or use for thier life style. I own a cattle ranch. I bought a Dodge/Ram. Because a F350, wasn't available. Fir me it was a bad choice. Even tho the Cummins motor is a great motor. Ford has also gained a great motor, which pulls just as good and gets better mileage. My personal take on a Dodge or RAM as you may call it. Both Dodge or Ford are way over priced.

James crump

Sunday 15th of October 2023

I'm wanting to buy a TRX am waiting on my settlement..have heard this is final year ..I don't need that much hp but I want it..if I get my settlement I will be able to pay cash money for it..hope I get it before its too late

Wayne Spiegel

Saturday 14th of October 2023

For me, the notion of a Ram as the brand name started in 1993 when the new style was released. The truck was a major departure from the past and changed my thinking