2018 1500 New Car Test Drive
The 2017 Ram 1500 is the last model year for the current generation, and an all-new version is expected for model year 2018.
2017 Ram 1500 pickups feature roomy cabs with comfortable, easy operation, big, intuitive screens, lots of cubby storage. The optional Ram Box bed is a compelling feature, while the optional adjustable suspension kneels for easier ingress.
The Ram 1500 competes with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Toyota Tundra, and Nissan Titan. All but Ram and Tundra have been redesigned within the past three years.
Ram compares well to the competition. Its styling is distinctive, and some of the Ram models ride relatively smoothly.
The 2017 Ram is the fourth generation, introduced as a 2009 model. A fifth-generation truck is expected in fall 2017.
The available turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel engine delivers 420 pound-feet of trailer-pulling torque, good for a maximum tow rating topping 9000 pound. Yet it rates an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg City/Highway.
A 3.6-liter V6 comes standard on all models. A 5.7-liter V8 Hemi is optional. All come with 8-speed automatic.
Crew Cab versions are the most popular for their roomy back seats. Bed lengths range from 6-feet, 4-inches or 5-feet, 7-inches on Crew Cab and Quad Cab models to the full 8 feet with Regular Cabs.
Interiors range widely by trim level. It's functional and comfortable on base models. Upper levels are outfitted in handsome fabrics and leathers with impressive attention to detail, making them very nice vehicles in which to spend time.
The Ram 1500 lineup includes the SLT, which comes with cloth upholstery. Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Outdoorsman, Sport and other models upgrade seats, cloth and features.