The Ram. It’s an iconic American brand that boasts the famous ram’s head and has a whirlwind history. So, if the question you’re asking yourself is “Where can I find a Ram dealer near me?” and “near me” is Williston, ND, and the surrounding area, look no further than Ryan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. You’ll be able to find your perfect Ram truck, new or used, right here.
As we’ve said, the Ram has a long, storied history. For over 40 years, this truck has been biting the heels of Ford and Chevrolet, making powerful, durable trucks that are more than up to the competition. Here at Ryan CDJR, we’re proud to carry the Ram brand on our lot. The brand has more than proven itself with numerous awards and high sales marks. It’s the currently envy of the truck world, and if you’re looking for one, we’ve got an excellent selection of them here.
Though Dodge had been in the truck and van game since the 1920s, Ram as we know it today first appeared on dealer lots in October 1980. Like nearly all trucks of the era, Ram’s design was square: square headlights, square grille, square box, etc. The most noticeable exterior feature was the iconic ram's head hood ornament, something that hadn’t been seen on a Dodge pickup since the 1940s.
At the time, Dodge was looking to gain back ground lost in the full-sized pickup world, which was then almost totally dominated by Ford and Chevrolet. But boy, have they had an impact. To see just how much, whenever you hear someone mention the “Big Three” when discussing pickup trucks, they’re referring to Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram. That’s a lot of ground gained in a short 40 years.
Like its colleagues, the early Rams came in 150, 250, and 350 configurations, indicating either a half-ton, three-quarter-ton, or one-ton payload capacity. Engines were basic but powerful. The choice was between a 3.7L slant-6 or a 5.2L V8. Each was mated to either a 4-5 speed manual or 3-4 speed automatic and could be had in 2WD, indicated with a “D,” or 4WD, indicated with a “W,” a throwback to the Dodge Power Wagons of the '40s.
No significant change came to the design during this first decade, but in 1988, Dodge introduced a new lineup of electronic, fuel-injected engines. First offered on the 5.2L V8 and later on the new 3.7L V6, the fuel-injected engines delivered a boost, upping horsepower and torque, allowing for better all-around performance.
1994 saw a complete redesign, with a much more rounded yet still tough-looking Ram for this new decade. Anyone who’s seen Twister will recognize this generation immediately. While the outside looked like a truck, the interior was much more refined, with more comfortable seating and entertainment amenities not commonly found in pickups. This generation was a best seller for Dodge, outdoing both Ford and Chevrolet in the mid-'90s. Engines were brand new, all fuel-injected V6s or V8s. While Cummins introduced a power tuned engine for the Ram in 1989, the 5.9L I-6 turbodiesel added to the second generation lineup was more powerful and more popular.
Ram started to see a decline in sales between 2000 and 2009, with the third and fourth generation trucks not selling nearly as well as competitors. Then, in 2009, Ram broke off from Dodge. There were whispers and shouts of concern that the trucks wouldn’t be the same, that the split would hurt both Dodge and the new Ram brand. However, Ram has been able to prove, through brilliant marketing and a redesigned product, that the split wasn’t their doom. Ram has become the envy of the truck world, and whether you’re buying new or used, you’re buying a comeback story.
We offer a range of used Rams within the 2016 to 2021 model years. This includes some of the fourth generation and the award-winning fifth generation, which we’ll get into in a moment. We offer financing and a range of lease and trade-in options. We’re dedicated to high-quality used vehicles, so you can feel confident finding your used Ram at Ryan CDJR.
The current fifth-generation is the truck that changed the game for Ram and turned the truck world on its head by winning the MotorTrend Truck of the Year Award three years in a row. The whirlwind started with the win of the 2019 Ram 1500. Awarded for its redesign and its platform, MotorTrend noted the new air-suspension system, the standard hybrid powertrain, and the interior that bordered on luxury. Plus, 2019 was the first time in a long time that Ram beat out Chevrolet for new sales.
2020 saw a win for the Ram Heavy Duty, a pickup that is no slouch when it comes to doing hard work. The overall platform of improved suspension and luxurious interior remained the same, but what makes the Heavy Duty different is the fact that it is a bonafide work truck. That’s a result of the Cummins Diesel engine, which produced an amazing towing and payload capacity.
Finally, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX took home the trifecta. This 700 hp, high-performance monster is the direct competitor of the Ford Raptor. It’s a beast off-road and will do a quarter-mile acceleration test in 12 seconds. It’s tuned up, upgraded, and ready to take on some pretty crazy trails.
This pickup truck has garnered more consecutive awards than any other truck in history. It’s this award-winning lineup that you’ll find when searching for your new Ram truck at Ryan CDJR.
The 2022 Ram lineup offers the full swath of personal and commercial vehicles. With both pickup trucks and vans on the docket, you can easily find a Ram that suits your needs. The top of the lineup is the bestselling Ram 1500s. There are three options available here: the 1500, the 1500 Classic (which is a throwback to earlier-generation Rams and has a more affordable price tag), and the high-performance 1500 TRX.
Next, we’re looking at our Heavy Duties, Ram 2500 and 3500. These two can be had as either personal or commercial vehicles. All personal pickups are configurable for cab and bed sizes, except the TRX, which is only offered as a four-door, short bed. The commercial Chassis Cab includes cabs for Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500. There are multiple configurations for the Ram Chassis Cab models, including Gooseneck, Landscaper, Notched, Contractor, Mechanics, or Service body upfits. There's also the option of no upfit if you’d prefer to configure your chassis cab yourself. Finally, we have the two vans. The Ram ProMaster is the larger van, catered more towards contractor or heavy delivery work, while the City is smaller and more nimble, meant for quick trips and light cargo.