Used 2012 Ram 1500 Regular Cab

2012 Ram 1500
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2012 Ram 1500

Pros

  • Best-in-class ride quality
  • well-made interior
  • clever storage spaces
  • powerful V8
  • lots of interior space.

Cons

  • Weak base-model engine with poor fuel economy.

Used 2012 Ram 1500 Regular Cab for Sale

Ram 1500 2012 Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
54,950 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
Laramie
CarMax
3.1 mi away
List$28,998
Est.Loan: $528/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in VA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Ram 1500 2012 SLT 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 6A)
117,331 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
SLT
List$15,995
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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Ram 1500 2012 Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
218,089 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
Laramie
List$13,440
Est.Loan: $251/mo
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Ram 1500 2012 ST 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 6A)
62,366 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
ST
Smart Wheels
15 mi away
List$18,845
Est.Loan: $343/mo
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Ram 1500 2012 ST 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 6A)
63,670 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
ST
List$18,555
Est.Loan: $338/mo
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2012 Ram 1500 ST Steering Wheel Mounted Controls Automatic Transmission Amazing Low Miles Versatile 4X4 System 20' x 9' Chrome Clad Aluminum Wheels Body Color Front Fascia Body Color Grille Body Color Rear Bumper w/Step Pads Carpet Floor Covering Dual Rear Exhaust w/Bright Tips Front Rear Floor Mats Fully automatic headlights Instrument Cluster w/Display Screen Quick Order Package 25C Ram 1500 Express Ram 1500 Express Remote Keyless Entry SIRIUS Satellite Radio ST Popular Equipment Group Trailer Brake Control Group Vehicle Information Center 4WD HEMI 5.7L V8 Multi Displacement VVT Odometer is 35158 miles below market average! BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov
Ram 1500 2012 ST 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 6A)
247,882 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
ST
List$9,945
Est.Loan: $186/mo
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Ram 1500 2012 ST 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 6A)
112,766 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
ST
List$16,471
Est.Loan: $300/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Ram 1500 2012 ST 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 6A)
132,211 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
ST
List$16,900
Est.Loan: $308/mo
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Ram 1500 2012 Sport 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
37,681 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
Sport
List$26,995
Est.Loan: $492/mo
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Ram 1500 2012 ST 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)
155,376 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
ST
List$12,500
Est.Loan: $234/mo
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Ram 1500 2012 Sport 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
79,165 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
Sport
DARCARS Kia
33.3 mi away
List$24,995
Est.Loan: $455/mo
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Ram 1500 2012 Sport 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
145,502 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
Sport
Red Tag Center
34.9 mi away
List$15,999
Est.Loan: $292/mo
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Ram 1500 2012 ST 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 6A)
42,796 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
ST
CarMax
36.1 mi away
List$24,598
Est.Loan: $448/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Ram 1500 2012 SLT 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 6A)
95,766 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
SLT
Shenandoah Ford
37.9 mi away
List$19,793
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Ram 1500 2012 SLT 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 6A)
81,990 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
SLT
(2)
A-1 Auto Sales
38.6 mi away
List$18,495
Est.Loan: $337/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Ram 1500 2012 SLT 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.7L 8cyl 6A)
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Used 2012
Ram 1500
SLT
Opequon Cadillac
38.7 mi away
List$16,997
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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Ram 1500 2012 Sport 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
41,260 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
Sport
List$26,988
Est.Loan: $491/mo
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Ram 1500 2012 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 6A)
140,153 miles
Used 2012
Ram 1500
SLT
(3)
CarMart
38.8 mi away
List$16,995
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Ram 1500 is a top pick in the full-size pickup truck segment thanks to its winning combination of strong performance, smooth ride and a classy cabin.

vehicle overview

There are certainly basic requirements that you'd expect a pickup truck to meet. A truck has to be tough, both in practice and preferably in appearance as well. It has to tow and haul things that nothing else can. It has to have a robust V8 engine available along with four-wheel drive. The 2012 Ram 1500 satisfies all that, but then so do its competitors. Sure, one may be able to tow a little more or have a slightly tougher frame, but for the vast majority of jobs, any full-size pickup will get it done.

In order to stand out, trucks are built these days with unique conveniences and little luxuries, and in this respect the Ram definitely succeeds. The Ram features a unique rear suspension design for its tough solid axle that features coil springs, delivering a more carlike ride without compromising hauling or towing. The Ram also stands out with useful features like watertight storage compartments in the floor of the cabin and the lockable compartments that straddle the cargo bed.

The 2012 Ram 1500 stands out because it makes an owner's life easier, and this means that the higher trim levels of this truck that incorporate such features are probably more appealing relative to the Chevy Silverado, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra. This is especially true when you consider that the standard V6 and midgrade V8 do no better in fuel economy than the top-dog 390-horsepower V8. Really, it's hard to go wrong with any full-size truck these days, but if you want a really nice one, we think the Ram 1500 is a little nicer than the rest.

Trim levels & features

The 2012 Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup available in multiple cab styles and bed lengths. The regular cab seats a maximum of three people on its standard 40/20/40 bench seat, and it can be had with either a 6-foot-4 bed or an 8-foot version. The extended cab ("Quad Cab") can seat up to six in two bench rows and comes only with the 6-foot-4 bed. The crew cab model expands rear-seat legroom even farther, but is only available with a 5-foot-7 bed. There are four trim levels.

The base ST model (available in regular and extended cabs) comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, a locking tailgate, vinyl floor covering, air-conditioning, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, vinyl upholstery, a folding rear bench seat (extended-cab only), a tilt-only steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player with an auxiliary audio jack. The Power and Remote Entry Group adds keyless entry and power locks, mirrors and windows. The ST Popular Equipment Group adds cruise control, carpeted flooring, cloth upholstery and satellite radio.

Both of these equipment groups are standard on the SLT (available in all cab styles), which also adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a standard V8, chrome exterior trim, a power-sliding rear window and a trip computer. The Power Equipment Group adds 20-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, a rear stabilizer bar and an eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment. The Media Center 430 package adds a touchscreen interface, digital music storage, an iPod/USB audio interface, Bluetooth and an auto-dimming mirror. Also optional are a leather-wrapped steering wheel and power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors.

The Sport (available in all cab styles) adds the above optional equipment along with a body-colored grille, 22-inch chrome wheels, unique bucket seats and console, and a floor-mounted shifter lever.

The top-of-the-line Laramie trim level (available in extended and crew cabs only) comes standard with virtually all of the Sport's features, with a few differences (such as 20-inch wheels, a front split bench seat and two-tone paint) and added luxuries in the form of rear parking sensors, additional exterior chrome trim, remote ignition, fender flares, power-adjustable pedals, driver memory functions, leather upholstery, a six-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, wood-grain/chrome interior trim and an upgraded sound system with a subwoofer.

Many of the above features can be had on the SLT and Sport. Other notable options (depending on trim level) include an integrated trailer brake controller, a spray-in bedliner, a sunroof, "RamBox" storage bins mounted on the sides of the bed, a rear parking camera and a navigation system with real-time traffic. A rear-seat entertainment system is also available on Crew Cab models.

There are also a variety of packages available as well. The Outdoorsman (only available on four-wheel-drive trucks) includes highlights such as the 5.7-liter V8 (already standard on the Sport), all-terrain tires, underbody skid plates, limited-slip rear differential, bucket seats with console, two-tone paint and fender flares. The Lone Star (available in Texas only) and Big Horn (available everywhere but Texas) are similar in that they bundle together a bunch of the SLT's optional equipment along with special badging and trim.

2012 Highlights

For 2012, the Ram gets a new six-speed automatic transmission and as a result, a fuel economy increase.

Performance & mpg

The standard engine for the rear-wheel-drive Ram 1500 ST regular and quad cabs is a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 215 hp and 235 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic is standard. Fuel economy is underwhelming for a V6, 14 mpg city/20 highway and 16 mpg combined.

The standard engine on the four-wheel-drive Ram ST and all SLT and Laramie models is a 4.7-liter V8 good for 310 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Fuel economy with RWD is 14/20/16 mpg and 4WD drops the highway estimate to 19 mpg.

Standard on the Sport and optional on the SLT and Laramie trims is a 5.7-liter V8 good for 390 hp and 407 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed auto is standard. In Edmunds performance testing, a Crew Cab Sport went from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. Fuel economy with 2WD is also 14/20/16 mpg, but 4WD is 13/19/15.

Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped is 10,450 pounds -- this is less than its competitors, but not by much.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2012 Ram 1500 includes four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, hill-start assist, trailer-sway control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.

In government crash testing, the Ram 1500 received an overall rating of three stars (out of five), with two stars for overall frontal crash protection. The Crew and Quad cabs received an overall side crash rating of five stars. Oddly, the results were different in crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Here the Ram received the top score of "Good" in the institute's frontal-offset test, but the second-worst score of "Marginal" in the side-impact and roof strength tests.

In Edmunds brake testing, the Ram 1500 Laramie compared favorably with competing trucks, requiring 130 feet to come to a stop from 60 mph. However, a lesser-equipped Sport did it in a short 122 feet.

Driving

With its body-on-frame construction, the 2012 Ram 1500 exhibits the sort of ride quality you expect from a truck designed to carry a payload of a half ton, but the coil springs in the rear suspension do much to maintain a comfortable ride on the highway when the cargo bed is empty.

We would steer potential owners away from the Ram's base V6, which is not only underpowered for the pickup's heft, but also offers no advantage in fuel economy. The 4.7-liter V8 is adequately powerful, but given that it also gets the same gas mileage as the 5.7-liter V8, it seems like a no-brainer to step up to the biggest engine available -- if you have the extra money, that is.

The new six-speed automatic found in the V8 models helps optimize both fuel economy and towing ability, allowing the Ram to better compete with the Ford, GM and Toyota pickups. Still, one of the several optional axle ratios might be in order if you need to tow something, but keep in mind that this will come at the cost of fuel economy. The Ram's light-effort steering also lacks any sort of feel, which can be unnerving on a narrow country road.

Interior

The Ram 1500's interior is as good as it gets in the pickup segment. The range-topping Laramie, with its wood-grain trim and leather upholstery, makes for a very posh pickup, but even the lower trim levels have an attractive design, well-textured materials and intuitively placed controls. The front seats, while rather soft, strike an adequate balance between support and comfort. The crew cab's rear seat is very comfortable, offering loads of legroom and an agreeable seatback angle. If there is an interior quibble, it's that the available touchscreen audio interface isn't as user-friendly as the higher-tech electronics systems found in the Ford F-150.

The Ram provides plenty of standard and optional storage spaces. The center console bin is quite large, while the crew cab features watertight storage compartments under the rear floor as well as shallow bins under the flip-up backseat. Unique to this pickup is the optional RamBox feature, which places a pair of lockable compartments over the rear fenders inside the truck bed. It's a neat feature, though we've found the durability of the compartments isn't as sturdy as one might expect.


Consumer reviews

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ramilia2012,03/19/2012
I purchased a 2012 Dodge Ram Express in October of 2012. I fell in love at first sight, or maybe at that point it was lust. Nonetheless, within the first mile of the test drive I was in love. This truck is exceptionally smooth and POWERFULL! It is not a truck, this thing is a Race Truck! If you like having plenty of power readily accessible you will be well pleased. I have installed an aftermarket intake on my Ram and imagine it has well over 400 horsepower. The ride and overall smoothness of the truck are incredible. People comment on how smooth it is. I would highly recommend the Ram to anyone. I have gotten 19mpg on a trip to and from the mountains in NC.
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bonham5,09/18/2012
The Ram Hemi Express... What a deal! Purchased my deep cherry red Express during Dodge Truck Month. I wanted a sripped down version but when I spotted this loaded jewel on the lot I took it. $21,400 out the door! Best bang and performance for the buck one can find in a new vehicle. Blistering performance with the very potent Hemi. Most comfortable vehicle I've ever owned. Flawless operation in 7 months and 7000 miles since purchase.
Like it but...
tylerg4,01/27/2015
I bought this truck in October (I live in maine), I think the truck is good but I really do use it as a family truck and a work truck. It's is the best family truck but let's see what you get when you take it off road. Make sure to see pros and cons.
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express74,01/21/2012
I just picked up this 2012 ram 1500 with express package last week. Power windows, locks, st package with cloth 3.55 gears. I am completely impressed with this truck. My last 3 cars a 2004 mustang gt, 2005 mustang gt and 2009 vw gti. in comparison this truck is FASTER than the 04 gt and the gti while getting similar mileage. mds works great, i would never notice the switch between 8 and 4 if not for the little eco light on the dash. the ride and handling are excellent as is the refinement. interior design is well thought out and materials are high quality nearly equal to the gti(they are known for interior quality) the sound system is amazing for a "basic" truck, good sound quality and volume, low distortion. there are lots of cubbies and storage areas that my last cars lacked. 7 cup holders up front! the styling is very aggressive and handsome. I have modified most of my past cars but i cant think of anything i would change. the 20" wheels look great but may be hard to keep clean. I am blown away at the value of this truck. its amazing you can purchase this combination for such a low price. a few years ago a ford lighting offered similar performance, power to weight ratio for literally double the price or more, yet lacked the comfort and refinement available in this ram. if you haven't driven one GO NOW TO THE DEALER! every other truck on the market rides like a horse and carriage and none of them have the HEMI.
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Features & Specs

MPG
14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 3
4-speed automatic
Gas
215 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
14 city / 19 hwy
Seats 3
6-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
310 hp @ 5650 rpm
MPG
14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 3
4-speed automatic
Gas
215 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
14 city / 19 hwy
Seats 3
6-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
310 hp @ 5650 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Marginal
  • Roof Strength Test
    Marginal
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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