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Chrysler 300 AWD, Chryslers in Snow

Chrysler demonstrates that snow days can be fun—even for adults.

Snow day.

Those were once magical words.

As kids, after peering out our bedroom windows to see that Mother Nature had blessed us with a fresh, thick blanket of white overnight, my sister and I would sit at the breakfast table eagerly waiting for the phone to ring. And on those all-too-rare occasions when it did, there would be a moment of anticipation followed by a rousing cheer: “Snow day!”

Ram EcoDiesel

Consumer Guide’s test Ram 1500 arrived in Laramie Limited trim, loaded with options. Including the EcoDiesel engine, our test truck came to an eye-opening $59,060.

2015 Audi Q52015 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited Crew Cab 4X4

Class: Large Pickup Truck

Dates tested: 2/10/2015 – 2/17/2015

Miles Driven: 185

Fuel Used: 7.8

New Ram Pickup Grille, New Ram Grille

Ram Laramie Limited grilles: before (above) and after (bottom). 

In 2011, Dodge pickup trucks became Ram pickup trucks, ending the Dodge brand’s 82-year tradition of truck sales. The split came as Dodge marketing types sought to separate its cars and SUVs from what would soon become a full line of commercial vehicles. Today the Ram brand includes light- and heavy-duty pickups, plus ProMaster and ProMaster City commercial vans and chassis cabs.

Nissan 370Z NISMO Concept

Nissan 370Z NISMO Concept

Nissan unveiled a “factory tuned” version of its 370Z Roadster at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept is only a one-off at this point, but it could easily be produced if favorable public reaction warrants.

2015 Ram Laramie Limited

2015 Ram Laramie Limited

Several years ago, a Ram truck rep told us, “We just can’t find the price ceiling that turns customers away.” Apparently that’s still the case—and it isn’t for lack of trying.

Ram Rebel, Ram Rebel Reveal

2015 Ram Rebel

It seems a bit of an oxymoron, but Ram claims its new Rebel—introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit—boasts an “off-road sport package” that makes it distinctive in the Ram lineup.

2015 Ram ProMaster City

Cargo versions of the ProMaster City start at $24,125 including destination. Ram says they have best-in-class payload and cargo capacity.

Consumer Guide For a class that didn’t even exist six years ago, compact cargo vans have witnessed an explosion in growth of late. And that applies not only to sales, but also to the number of entries.

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Chrysler is back in the small-van business thanks to the 2015 Ram ProMaster City (right). How does it stack up to the company’s first small van, the 1964 Dodge A100? We compared the two.

This is all the Ram marketing folks’ fault. At the reveal event for the ProMaster City last month, sitting there in a corner of the tent was a meticulously restored Dodge A100. Though the Ram folks made no direct comparison between the two vehicles, the seeds were planted. How do the two diminutive, scrappy vans compare?

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Consumer Guide’s test Ram Power Wagon arrived very well equipped. With options and destination charge, our “Wagon” came to $59,580.

2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Laramie Crew Cab

Miles Driven: 302

Fuel Used: 28.9 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 10.4 mpg

Ram ProMaster City SLT Wagon

The compact Ram ProMaster City goes on sale this fall. An SLT Wagon is shown here.

Again tapping Fiat’s European-market product lineup, Chrysler’s Ram brand will begin selling a small front-drive van beginning late this year.