2017 Ram 1500 – Review

Going back 30 years ago or so, the definition and perspective for a full-size pickup truck was completely different. Now, new pickup trucks like Ram 1500 completely redefine the realm of brawny trucks. The 2017 Ram 1500 will be focused on excelling on almost all parameters with its increased comfort, intuitive features, beautiful interiors and powerful engines. This new Ram 1500 also brings a lot of options and packages right from basic workhorse model to top notch luxurious trims.

2017 ram 1500 front view

There are 11 trim levels for this new Ram 1500. Each of these trims presents unique styling and premium equipment. These trims are Limited, Laramie, Sport, Rebel, Express, Big Horn, HFE (High Fuel Economy), Laramie Longhorn, Lone Star, SLT and Tradesman.

This pickup truck arrives with 5 different body styles which are Quad Cab, Crew Cab Short Bed, Crew Cab Long Bed, Regular Cab Short Bed and Regular Cab Long Bed.

It also comes with various body color options. Some of them are Bright White, Pearl White, Brilliant Black, Maximum Steel Metallic, Granite Crystal Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, True Blue, Blue Streak, Black Forest Green, Luxury Brown, Flame Red and Red Pearl.

2017 Ram 1500 – Powertrain and MPG

A 3.6-liter V6 engine comes with the base model. It delivers 305 HP and 269 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, this engine maintains the balance and harmony between fuel economy and capability. This engine also delivers hauling power of up to 7,600 pounds. With rear-wheel drive, the mileage figures checks at 17 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the open road and 20 mpg combined. These figures drop down to 16/23/19 mpg respectively for all-wheel drive.

A 5.7 liter Hemi V8 engine comes standard on several trims. These are 2017 Ram 1500 Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited and Sport. This engine churns out a torque of 410 lb-ft and 395 HP. It also offers a towing capacity of 10,500 pounds. Mileage checks at 15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined.

A 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine comes as an option for additional $3,000. This engine is a full size, light duty oil burner. It cranks out 240 HP of power and 420 lb-ft of torque. This variant is also capable of adding up to 30 mpg on highways and delivers towing capacity of more than 9,000 pounds.

All of these engines are configured with an 8 speed automatic, although 6-speed automatic is also available in some configurations.

2017 RAM 1500 rear view

2017 Ram 1500 – Exterior and Interior

Both, the exterior body and interior cabin also vary with different cab configuration. Apart from the base model, most of the trim levels have some unique design cues to offer. The 2017 Ram 1500 Limited and Rebel incorporate a unique grille having large Ram nameplates. These models also include Ram billboard on the tailgate.

LED bed lighting has been featured on the Laramie Longhorn along with technological features like rain sensing wipers and push button start. This trim level also features leather covered handgrips with cross-stitching.

The Rebel trim has been presented with features like a limited-slip differential, premium gauge cluster, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, 7-inch center display, automatic temperature control and an 8.4-inch display synced with Uconnect infotainment system.

HFE trim gets a unique grille with automatic shutter, rear lip on the tailgate, and side steps that have been aerodynamically designed. Outdoorsman’s grille shares the body color. Additional features like an alarm, and a remote start will be available with the 2017 Ram 1500 Sport.

2017 RAM 1500 Interior

Safety Features

The company seems to be really concerned with safety. This is why all Ram 1500 come with features like airbags, stability control, traction control, anti-locking brakes, trailer sway control and hill start to assist. Although parking assist (both rear and front) are available, it doesn’t include blind spot monitoring.

2017 Ram 1500 – Price

The cost of this pickup truck varies according to the trim levels and body styles. The base model starts at $26,395. The Sport trim starts from $36,495 and reaches up to $45,995. Limited trim starts at $49,475 and tops at $53,375 while Laramie starts at $39,895 and reaches up to $47,495.


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