There’s been a lot of updating going on in the full-size truck ranks over the last year or two, but none more extensive than what we’ve recently gotten a taste of from Ram, as we’re just back from the Texas Hill Country and a Quick Spin in the 2025 Ram 1500.

There’s a new force churning up power under the hood, an inline-six in regular or extra strength forms. It’s the Hurricane twin-turbo 3.0-liter from Jeep’s body-on-frame Wagoneer. Standard output in this truck focused six is the same as in the Jeep at 420 horsepower, but the high output version sees an increase from 510 to 540 horsepower here in the Ram.

KYLE SCANLON: “So, here we are outside of Austin, Texas, driving on these beautiful country and ranch roads in this new Ram 1500, and one of the newest things about it is the straight-six twin-turbo. That’s right, you heard me: HEMI is out, straight-six is in; and let me tell you, I’m not mad about it. It has more power in the standard output than the outgoing HEMI, and then they have the high-output engine which pumps another 140 horsepower into it… this moves this truck; it is a powerhouse, and I’m honestly surprised.”

Also new for Ram is a range-topping Tungsten trim that takes the truck further upscale, looking more city slicker than TRX-inspired, with unique grillwork and lighting outside, along with plenty of leather and metal inside; plus, a 23-speaker sound system and 10-inch touchscreen for the front passenger. While not a hybrid or the soon to arrive REV EV, the new Ram does have 2 kilowatts of on-board power available for tailgating or for tools at the jobsite.

The 2025 Ram 1500 will be available this spring with prices starting just over $42,000, soon to be joined by a pair of plug-in Rams before year’s end.