Ram may add a new utility bar to pickups

Ram pickup utility bar

Frederick Bender and Bryan Macek may have made it easier for future Ram pickup buyers to tie down—and lock down— their cargo. The FCA US employees patented a utility bar system which is attached to fittings which go into stake pockets in a pickup bed. The advantage of this system over conventional cross beams is aesthetic … Read more

Small set of Dodge Durangos, Jeep Grand Cherokee WKs recalled for binding steering

Recalled Jeep Grand Cherokee WK

A relatively small number of 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2021-22 Dodge Durangos are being recalled because the steering rack bar may not have been hardened enough, which can cause it to bind; that can make steering difficult or impossible. The fix is to replace the entire steering gear assembly on Stellantis’ dime. The recall … Read more

Rams, Dodges recalled for faulty ESC light

2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon axles

Incorrectly written software in the antilock brake control module in 370,437 Ram 2500s and Dodge Durangos can result in the ESC light failing to come on when the electronic stability control (ESC) does. This can increase the odds of a crash, as drivers will be less aware that they are approaching the vehicle’s road-adhesion limits. … Read more

Restyled 2023 Ram ProMaster raises the roof, adds features and volume

2023 Ram ProMaster

The 2023 Ram ProMaster, formally introduced today at the Work Truck Trade Show in Indianapolis, adds to the many 2022 model-year upgrades with a new front end design, superior headlights, and other features. While the headlights and grille are the most obvious changes, this hauling machine is more than just a prettier face. The new super … Read more

When will Compass, City drop the 2.4?

2.4-liter MultiAir Tigershark Engine

The 2022 Jeep Cherokee dropped all but one front wheel drive configuration, raised the specs of the base model, and eliminated the 2.4 liter four-cylinder. Why is there still one front drive version? Most likely to keep the 31 mpg advertised highway mileage, which is much tougher to achieve with four driven wheels. Dropping the … Read more

More electric-Ram teaser drawing; Ram 3500 EV

2024 BEV electric Ram 1500

Ram released two more sketches which may show the styling direction for the electric Ram 1500, which now has a projected release date of 2024. Future heavy duty Rams will, according to the strategy presentation, use hydrogen fuel cells rather than batteries to power their electric motors, though buyers can also expect Cummins diesels to … Read more

Two Mopars rated as Top Safety Picks

2022 Ram 1500 TRX

Two Mopars have been chosen as top safety picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The designation requires strong crash-test performance coupled with crash-avoidance capabilities and technologies. Vehicles are re-evaluated every year. For 2022, the Chrysler Pacifica reprised its 2021 performance as a Top Safety Pick+ (Plus). Unknown to most buyers, the Pacifica comes … Read more

2019-20 Ram drivers, tighten your nuts

2017 Ram 2500 with Cummins diesel

Some 2019-20 Ram trucks, including chassis cabs, may have been made with bad wiper arm head joints, because of a new wiper nut brought into production on April 27, 2019, and withdrawn on March 9, 2020. 107,864 trucks made during that period are subject to the recall (along with 29,830 trucks sold outside the United … Read more

Does GM’s BrightDrop threaten ProMaster BEV?

2021 Fiat e-Ducato

While most automakers are using existing brands for electric vehicles, GM has taken created not one but two new brands—Hummer, which was brought back from the dead, and BrightDrop. Chevrolet is still making battery-electrics, too, including a forthcoming pickup with impressive specs and a dull name. BrightDrop is GM’s new brand for electric light commercial … Read more