2024 RAM 1500: A Deep Dive into Edmonton’s Ultimate Winter Vehicle

Edmonton is known for its picturesque winters, but navigating its icy roads and snow-covered streets can be a challenge. For the perfect vehicle to conquer the winter conditions in Canada’s Festival City, look no further than the 2024 RAM 1500. With its impressive 4×4 capabilities, outstanding ground clearance, and a range of trims to choose from, the 2024 RAM 1500 is your ideal winter companion. In this blog, we’ll delve into why this legendary pickup truck is the ultimate choice for Edmonton’s winter conditions.

A Winter Warrior: Is the 2024 RAM 1500 good for driving in the snow?

  1. 4×4 Dominance
    The harsh winter conditions in Edmonton require a vehicle that can handle snow-covered roads and icy terrains with ease. The RAM 1500’s 4×4 capability is a game-changer in this regard. With power sent to all four wheels, you’ll experience improved traction and stability, even in the slipperiest of conditions.

Whether you’re driving through a snowstorm or tackling icy hills, the RAM 1500‘s 4×4 system ensures you’re in control. This feature alone makes it a standout choice for winter driving in Edmonton.

4×4 vs AWD:
Both drivetrain systems are similar but have subtle differences that make them useful for less-than-ideal driving conditions. 4×4 (Four Wheel Drive) and AWD (All-Wheel Drive) are both drivetrain systems designed to improve traction and stability in various driving conditions, including snowy weather. The main difference between them lies in how they distribute power to the wheels. 4×4 typically refers to a part-time system found in trucks and SUVs, where power is sent to all four wheels simultaneously but can usually be manually or electronically engaged or disengaged. AWD, on the other hand, is a full-time system that continuously distributes power to all wheels as needed, automatically adjusting for changing road conditions. Opting for a RAM pickup with 4×4 provides you with the flexibility of selecting from four to five different modes, allowing you to optimize control based on your specific road conditions. These modes include:

  • 4-Wheel Drive Auto: This mode automatically sends power to the rear wheels and engages 4WD whenever the vehicle detects a loss of traction, providing enhanced stability.
  • 4-Wheel Drive High or Lock: When you need extra traction on loose or slippery surfaces, such as icy roads, this mode sends power to all four wheels, improving your vehicle’s grip and handling.
  • 4-Wheel Drive Low: For situations where maximum pulling power and traction are necessary, particularly on loose or slippery terrain at low speeds, this mode delivers the required torque and control.
  • Neutral: In this mode, the front and rear driveshafts are disengaged. It’s typically used when flat towing your vehicle behind another vehicle, ensuring safe and efficient towing.

Choosing a RAM pickup with 4WD ensures that you have the versatility and control you need to navigate challenging winter conditions anywhere you may drive in Alberta, making your daily commute safe and reliable.

  1. Adept Ground Clearance
    Edmonton’s winters bring heavy snowfall, creating large drifts and deep snow on the roads. With ground clearance ranging from approximately 21.8 to 29.9 centimeters, depending on tire selection, the 2024 Ram 1500 delivers remarkable performance on both urban roads and challenging off-road landscapes. With ample space between the vehicle’s undercarriage and the ground, you won’t have to worry about getting stuck or scraping the bottom on snowy terrain.

The 2024 RAM 1500’s substantial ground clearance allows you to confidently navigate through snowbanks, slushy streets, and uneven surfaces, ensuring a smooth and secure drive even in the harshest conditions.

  1. RAM 1500 Trims to Suit Every Need

Derrick Dodge offers a variety of 2023 RAM 1500 and 2024 RAM 1500 trims to cater to your specific requirements. Whether you prioritize comfort, capability, or luxury, there’s a trim for you. Here are a few popular options:

  • 2023 RAM 1500 Tradesman | Starting MSRP of $47,466.
  • 2024 RAM 1500 Tradesman | Starting MSRP of $51,320.
    This trim offers a no-nonsense approach to winter driving. With its rugged design and durability, it’s perfect for those who require a reliable workhorse during the winter months.
  • 2023 RAM 1500 Laramie | Starting MSRP of $69,785.
  • 2024 RAM 1500 Laramie | Starting MSRP of $75,650.
    If you’re looking for a touch of luxury combined with winter prowess, the Laramie trim is an excellent choice. With heated seats and advanced technology, you’ll stay comfortable and in control during your winter journeys.
  • 2023 RAM 1500 Limited | Starting MSRP of $78,256.
  • 2024 RAM 1500 Limited | Starting MSRP of $84,920.
    For those who want it all, the RAM 1500 Limited provides the ultimate winter driving experience. From premium leather seats to a state-of-the-art infotainment system, you’ll ride in style and comfort.

No matter which trim you choose, you can count on the both the 2023 RAM 1500 and the 2024 RAM 1500’s winter-ready features and capabilities to keep you safe and comfortable during Edmonton’s long, snowy season.

Towing & Plowing

Bring everything you need
The RAM 1500 is not only a master of winter driving but also a towing powerhouse. With its impressive towing capabilities, it’s ready to handle a wide range of hauling tasks. Depending on the engine and configuration you choose, the 2024 RAM 1500 can tow up to an astounding 4,500 Kilograms, making it one of the most capable trucks in its class. Whether you need to tow a boat, trailer, or work equipment, the RAM 1500’s robust towing capacity ensures that you can tackle your towing needs with confidence and ease, despite the weather.

The Driveway is a snow-free zone

The RAM 1500 is a versatile truck and can even help you keep your driveway clear when the snowfall is even suited to plow through slush and light snow. The Snow Plow Prep package is available on RAM 1500 Tradesman, Big Horn and Laramie 4×4 trims, equipped with 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8, 5.7-liter HEMI eTorque V-8 or 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engines. This package includes:

  • 220-amp alternator
    Wiring for snow plow and rear power-sliding window with defroster

    The optional Snow Plow Prep package priced at $195. The plow, mounts and controller are all sold separately. While the RAM 1500 is a versatile and capable truck, it’s essential to note that it’s primarily designed for towing, hauling, and general off-road use. It is not typically equipped for professional snow plowing. For heavy-duty snow removal tasks, specialized plow trucks or vehicles with dedicated plowing equipment are recommended.

Comfortable Winter Driving
Driving in Edmonton’s winters can be a test of endurance, but the 2024 RAM 1500 goes the extra mile to ensure your comfort. Inside the cabin, you’ll find heated seats and a heated steering wheel, both of which are absolute blessings during chilly winter mornings. The dual-zone automatic climate control allows you and your passengers to set your preferred temperatures, keeping everyone cozy. The 2024 RAM 1500’s spacious interior provides ample legroom and storage, so you can layer up with winter gear without sacrificing passenger comfort. Plus, with its advanced infotainment system and connectivity features, you can enjoy your favorite winter playlists or stay informed about weather conditions while on the go. These thoughtful features make your winter journeys in the 2024 RAM 1500 as comfortable as they are capable.

Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires: The Crucial Difference

Even though the 2024 RAM 1500 is built to take on tough conditions, there are other important factors to keep in mind—and when it comes to winter driving, your choice of tires can make a world of difference. While all-season tires are versatile, they may not be the best option for Edmonton’s extreme winters. If you have yet to swap out your summer tires for the upcoming season, you can easily do that by booking an appointment here. Here’s why winter tires should be your top choice:

  1. Improved Traction and Handling
    Winter tires are specifically designed to excel in cold, icy, and snowy conditions. Their unique rubber compound remains flexible in low temperatures, providing better traction and handling when compared to all-season tires. This means you’ll have more control and stability when navigating the snowy roads.
  2. Shorter Braking Distances
    In winter conditions, stopping quickly and safely is crucial. Winter tires are engineered to reduce braking distances on icy and snow-covered surfaces, which can be a lifesaver in emergency situations. With winter tires on your RAM 1500, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can stop reliably when needed.
  3. Enhanced Stability
    Winter tires also contribute to improved stability. Whether you’re driving on icy highways or maneuvering through slushy intersections, winter tires provide the grip needed to keep your vehicle on the intended path. This added stability is essential for avoiding accidents in unpredictable winter conditions.
  4. Increased Safety
    Ultimately, winter tires enhance overall safety. They are designed to mitigate the risks associated with winter driving, such as sliding, skidding, and loss of control. By investing in winter tires for your RAM 1500, you’re making a responsible choice for yourself and others on the road.

At Derrick Dodge, we understand the importance of winter tires. That’s why we offer a wide selection of winter tire options to complement your 2024 RAM 1500 or 2023 RAM 1500, ensuring you’re well-prepared for the challenges of the season ahead.

Edmonton’s winter conditions can be demanding, but with the 2024 RAM 1500 you’ll have the ultimate winter companion. Its 4×4 capability, impressive ground clearance, and diverse range of trims ensure you’re well-equipped to handle whatever Mother Nature throws your way. When you’re ready to make the switch to the new 2024 RAM 1500, our handy trade-in tool is here to simplify the process, making your transition to the perfect winter vehicle seamless. Prepare yourself for a season of worry-free driving in Edmonton by choosing the 2024 RAM 1500 from Derrick Dodge. With the right vehicle and the right tires, you’ll be ready to conquer the winter roads and enjoy all that this beautiful city has to offer, even in the coldest months.