The Ram 1500 keeps the forceful styling of its predecessors, yet it's a refined package with an ever-growing list of amenities for the occupants. It offers performance and ability on par for half-ton pickups, some unique features, and yes, you can get that Hemi in almost any of them.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent G.R. Whale filed this report after his test drive of various Ram models in California and Tennessee.
Model Line Overview
Ram ST regular cab short bed 2WD ($21,820); Tradesman regular cab long bed 4WD ($26,660); R/T ($31,685); Outdoorsman Quad Cab 4WD ($36,230); Sport Crew Cab 2WD ($37,035); Laramie Crew Cab 2WD ($40,220); Laramie Limited Crew Cab 4WD ($46,270)
dual front multi-stage airbags, side-curtain airbags for front and rear seats, three-point belts in all seating positions with constant-force retractors, LATCH child-seat anchors, child-protection rear door locks; electronic stability/traction control, four-wheel ABS
Safety equipment (optional):
rearview camera, rear park sensors
3 years/36,000 miles
Warren, Michigan; Saltillo, Mexico
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Ram Crew Cab 1500 Laramie 4WD ($43,365)
leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, heated front seats and steering wheel, driver memory system, power-adjustable pedals, rear park assist, security alarm, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Sentry Key engine immobilizer, overhead console, trip computer, cruise control, power windows and door locks, keyless entry, 20-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
RamBox ($1,295), limited-slip differential ($325)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
390 @ 5600
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
407 @ 4000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
independent, double A-arms, coil-over-shock springs, stabilizer bar
live axle, trailing links, coil springs, Panhard rod, stabilizer bar
P275/60R20 114T Goodyear Wrangler
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of February 01, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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