Everything You Need To Know About RAM Trim Packages

May 26, 2022

If you've ever been shopping for a truck or seeing people talking about different interior swaps, chances are you've encountered different trim or package levels. Nowadays, there are more than a few different options and it can get pretty wild trying to figure out which one is right for you.

So, we want to help - today we'll be diving into the Dodge and RAM trim levels and what you can expect from them, from the early 2000s (when trim packages started to become relevant) up to the present day.

Now, as a quick disclaimer, we can't go through every single option on each RAM trim level, and there are a ton of variables that each one brings to the table. This discussion is meant to be a baseline for each trim to let you know what you can expect, so with that in mind, let's jump right in.

2006 Dodge Ram 1500 with Moto Metal MO962 wheels

Features and Specs of 3rd Gen Dodge Ram Trim Levels

We're starting with the third generation of Ram trucks, which don't have the most desirable body style or interiors, but we have to start with them for history's sake. Third-gen Rams only had a handful of trim levels, and it's pretty easy to see the differences here.

At the very bottom of the Ram pile is the base ST. This, like most base models, isn't more than a work truck. The ST models have very few comforts, they're rear-wheel-drive only, and you've got only the basics on here, including a vinyl bench seat, stereo, rubber floors, pretty good AC, and 17-inch steelies.

The SXT is the next trim up the ladder from an ST and it gets a much more normal look as far as trucks go. You have carpet and cloth seats on these, as well as power windows, power locks, power mirrors, and other electrical upgrades.

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If you want what we consider to be the standard of a typical truck tier, the SLT is up next. It has all the same stuff that the SXT does, plus a standard V8 engine option, chrome accents, aluminum 17s, heated mirrors, and an upgraded stereo. You get things like fog lights and steering wheel controls as well.

If that's still not enough for you and you just want the best of the best that 2008 had to offer, you need a Ram Laramie trim. It offered everything the SLT had, but with much more on top of it, and only available in Crew Cab configuration. This trim level had leather seats, dual climate control, and aluminum 20s, which were huge back in the day.

There's one more Ram trim to talk about from the third-gen era, in the Sport package. This is an add-on to the SLT and Laramie trims, and though it doesn't have giant racing stripes and a spoiler, it's got painted-to-match grilles and bumpers, as well as a lower bumper valence. HEMI Sport trims also had a hood scoop.

2012 Dodge Ram 1500 with Motiv Offroad Magnus wheels

Features and Specs of 4th Gen Dodge Ram Trim Levels

A lot has happened and technology has evolved considerably since 2008 when the third-gen Rams went out of style. Fourth-gens expanded on what the third-gens introduced, and began giving everybody an option for comforts and tech. These trucks ranged from $22,000 brand new, all the way up to $46,000 in 2012 for a half-ton.

Ram kept with their ST base model for your fleet pickup workhorse with the basics. Next up on the list is the new Tradesman trim, which is a work truck, but a bit nicer for independent contractors who don't need a super nice vehicle because it'll be used and abused, but still want a bit more than what the ST can provide.

The Express trim is up next, and it's more or less a new version of the SXT trim, with upgrades to the ST including 20-inch aluminum wheels and carpet. The SLT had cloth seats, Sirius radio, cruise controls, keyless entry, and a ton of add-on options like navigation, updated seats, a rear camera, an Alpine sound system, towing upgrades, and more.

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Next up is the Outdoorsman, a truck built to be used, with a 32-gallon gas tank, rubber floor mats, and a bunch of other stuff to make it ready to get down to business on the job site. The Ram Big Horn and Lone Star special editions are next, which came only in crew cabs, have 20-inch wheels, and offer unique badging.

Like the third-gens, the fourth-gen Ram Sport is an appearance upgrade for the SLT, offering a 5.7-liter HEMI and some fancy gray seats with contrasting stitching to get them looking pretty.

Nearing the end of the list is the Ram Laramie trim, offering a lot of the same features that the third-gens had. This is one of the nicest trim levels that Ram offered, but it was amplified with the availability of the Laramie Limited. It was a crew cab truck offered with everything the Laramie had, but better - this included custom piping on the French-stitched leather seats, leather dashboard, and leather everything. Heated leather seats were included too, which made you feel like you were driving a quality truck with time and effort put into every detail.

2022 Ram 1500 with Hardrock Painkiller wheels

Features and Specs of 5th Gen RAM Trim Levels

As you get into the upper tiers of the fourth-gen Ram trucks, you can see how they've evolved into what they are today. On the fifth generation of these trucks, Dodge went away from its own badging and now RAM is the official make - they took the ST away and now the Tradesman is the base model. In the present day, you have to love base model trucks because even they come with a five-inch touchscreen and rear camera - that's because of legal reasons, but base RAM models today also have Bluetooth and remote keyless entry.

After the Tradesman is the RAM Big Horn, coming standard with chrome grilles, bumpers, and wheels. It has seats that feature a mixture of cloth and vinyl to feel a bit more high-end, as well as an 8.4-inch touchscreen - it reminds us of the SLT trim that you'd have on previous generations.

The next highest trim on the new RAM models is the Laramie - no longer the top trim in the lineup, the Laramie is just an introduction to the luxury that you can expect with a new RAM truck. You already know that you get a 12-inch touchscreen, complete with 10-speaker audio systems and 20-inch wheels. The Sport appearance package makes an appearance on the Laramie as well, with leather accented seats, black interior accents, plenty of paint to match body panels like previous generations, and the classic sport decal.

Moving up from the Laramie, it just keeps getting better. The Ram Rebel was introduced in 2015 with a significant overhaul to the Ram face to give people a more aggressive option for their trucks. With a unique grill and performance hood, this truck is designed for off-road driving - it is equipped with Goodyear Duratracs to help with just that. There's a smaller touchscreen on the Rebel, but with an electronic-locking rear dif, you can see that this trim is meant for serious off-roading, which prices it a few thousand bucks above a standard Laramie. Even though you have fewer luxury features, you have more usability features, so keep that in mind in your search.

The second to highest trim tier, the Laramie Longhorn brings more visuals than the Laramie had with two-tone color options and loud chrome accents. This truck is all about the small details and materials - real Barnwood, premium leather, you get the idea.

Saving the best for last is the RAM 1500 Limited trim, which has everything that the other trims' best options have, with some significant differences to make it stand out. Ram likes to talk about the real wood accents and all the leather, but we're more focused on the all-around air suspension these models have. Having every corner of your truck on an air ride introduces so many chances to do pretty much anything you'd want with a truck.

The Limited trims also have a 12-inch touchscreen and a 900-watt, 19-speaker sound system. Not to mention that they look really good, and they're probably our favorite Ram body style as of now.

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Well, that was a lot. It's crazy to see just how far RAM has come in the last 20 years - new trims have been introduced, some have gone away, and others have been relegated to other tiers in the lineup. Across the board, no quality has ever been lost, though, and that's why RAM remains one of our favorite truck manufacturers.

We've got so many top-tier parts and accessories that you can add to your RAM right now, so head on over to our store and find the one that you've been looking for. Of course, if you need any help finding the right wheels, tires, suspension kits, performance parts, or anything else you need, feel free to reach out - we're always happy to help you get it.

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