For the 2012 Ram 1500 ranked 1 out of 10 Full-Size Pickup Truck. This ranking is based on our analysis of 36 published reviews and test drives Ram 1500, and our analysis of reliability and data security. Ram trucks will expand the range of the model by adding a new, top-of-the-line-Ram Laramie Limited. "Ram Trucks largest brand strength is our commitment to listening to customers and to understand what motivates them, 'said Fred Diaz, President and CEO of Ram Truck.
Reviewer best in class trips 2012 Ram 1500's, the choice of storage and cargo comfortably well-made interior, calling it one of the best full-size pickup in the classroom.
Test drivers say the 2012 Ram 1500 drives like a car, that outrageous for a full-size pickup truck. Although it does not mean agile, it's one fine truck-driving around, thanks to sophisticated suspension. Not only top-of-the-line Laramie trim Longhorn is almost the same class as that of a luxury car, but the interior trim lower even 'well-made and comfortable. Reviewers also said that most of the engine choices are more than capable for most tasks.
2012 Ram 1500 is available in 11 trim levels, with a choice of three engines, three cab choices, and three beds, as well as two-and four-wheel drive. For 2012, Ram 1500 gains new paint colors, Mossy Oak Edition models, and more taxis available and the configuration of beds available in the trim Express.
Reviewers praised the Ram 1500 V8 engine, and said that he has the best handling of any full-size pick-ups. Although most test drivers advised the buyer to avoid the 3.7-liter V6 engine standard, overall, the 1500 Ram, handling and towing capacity are both getting positive reviews across the board.
The 2012 Ram 1500 comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 215 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. Not only do reviewers think it’s underpowered, but the V6 gets no better gas mileage than the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, causing test drivers to strongly recommend the engine upgrade. The second engine option is a 4.7-liter V8 that makes 310 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. While that's fairly powerful, its fuel economy is also the same as the larger Hemi V8, which makes 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque.
The EPA rates all three engines at 14/20 mpg city/highway when paired with two-wheel drive. It hasn’t rated four-wheel drive V6 models yet, but four-wheel drive 4.7-liter models get 14/19 mpg city/highway, while the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 gets 13/19 mpg city/highway when paired with four-wheel drive.
Overall, test drivers say that if you can afford it, you might as well shell out the extra money for the Hemi V8. There’s no penalty in fuel economy in two-wheel drive models, and you get about a third more power than the base engine has. However, both V8 engines perform admirably. Though the Ram 1500 gets a six-speed transmission for the 2012 model year, no reviewers have tested the new transmission yet.
Reviewers agree that the Ram 1500’s handling and ride make it the best-driving pickup in the class. Because the 1500 has a different suspension than those found on all other full-size trucks, it’s smoother and more responsive. The suspension also helps to keep the ride smooth and less bouncy when the bed is empty. Two-wheel drive comes standard on all models, though all have available four-wheel drive.
When properly equipped, the 2012 Ram 1500 can tow up to 10,450 pounds, and can haul a maximum of 1,909 pounds. These numbers are in line with the towing and hauling capacities offered by competitors. The Ram 1500’s towing capability is only 800 pounds behind the class-leading Ford F-150, while beating the Nissan Titan, the weakest in the class, by nearly half a ton.
"Perhaps the only weak point is the base engine, a 215-horsepower V6 that has EPA fuel ratings no better than those of the top-dog engine, the 390-hp 5.7-liter V8. Provided you can swing the extra cost, the big V8's huge jump in performance and work capability without a fuel economy penalty is a no-brainer." edmunds
The 2012 Ram 1500 received acceptable safety ratings from the federal government, and received average-for-the-class safety ratings in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Ram 1500 gets top scores of “Good” in frontal offset and rear crash tests conducted by the IIHS, but receives the second-lowest score of “Marginal” in side impact and roof strength tests.
From the federal government, Crew and Quad Cab models of the 2012 Ram 1500 get five stars out of five in side crash tests. Trucks with two-wheel drive earn four out of five stars in rollover tests, while four-wheel drive Ram 1500s get three out of five stars. Regular cab models haven’t been tested.
The Ram 1500 comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes and front and side-curtain airbags. Trailer sway control and a rear back-up camera are available.