This 2012 Ram 1500 video review goes over price, safety, fuel economy, interior, towing capacity and features like the RamBox storage bins. We also compare it to other full-size pickups.
All the current full-size pickups are tough, capable of towing large trailers and have all-wheel drive and V8 engines available. So what separates the Ram 1500 from the pack? A unique rear suspension that gives it a more carlike ride, a best-in-class interior and features like the optional RamBox storage bins.
Pricing starts at just over $30,000 for the base ST model with the Laramie starting at about $41,000. Our fully loaded Sport Crew Cab 4X4 topped $51,000. The Crew Cab is the largest of the Ram's body styles, with generous rear legroom and a comfortable seatback angle.
The Ram's interior is as good as it gets in the pickup segment. It's an attractive design with intuitively placed controls and plenty of storage compartments. The front seats are plush for long days in the saddle.
Even the base ST model comes with air-conditioning, a six-speaker CD sound system with an auxiliary audio jack, and optional Bluetooth. Our Sport model has the optional Media Center with GPS navigation and a 40-gigabyte hard drive. Unfortunately the touchscreen's audio interface isn't as user-friendly as the system found in Ford's F-150.
In government crash testing the Ram 1500 received an overall rating of three stars out of five. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Ram a top score of "Good" in frontal offset, but the second-worst score of "Marginal" in side-impact and roof strength.
The base Ram engine is a V6 paired with a four-speed automatic. Fuel mileage is fairly pathetic at just 14 city/20 highway mpg. If you can afford it, we recommend opting for one of the two available V8s, both of which get the same mileage as the six. The Sport model's Hemi is good for 390 horsepower, and never feels overwhelmed. Maximum towing capacity is 10,450 pounds, a bit less than competitors.
Handling isn't a Ram strong suit. The light-effort steering lacks any sort of feel, which can be unnerving on a narrow back road.
But the Ram 1500 offers a winning combination with its superior ride quality, well-made interior, clever storage spaces and powerful V8 engines. Of course, be sure to check out the Chevy Silverado, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra. For more information on the Ram and its rivals, go to Edmunds.com.