Summary, Prices, Specs

By March 5, 2012


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. correspondent G.R. Whale filed this report after his test drive of various Ram models in California and Tennessee.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup: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)
Engines:215-hp 3.7-liter sohc 12-valve V6; 310-hp 4.7-liter sohc 16-valve V8; 390-hp 5.7-liter ohv 16-valve V8
Transmissions:4-speed automatic; 5-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):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
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Warren, Michigan; Saltillo, Mexico
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Ram Crew Cab 1500 Laramie 4WD ($43,365)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):RamBox ($1,295), limited-slip differential ($325)
Destination charge:$995
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$45980
Layout:four-wheel drive
Engine:5.7-liter V8
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):390 @ 5600
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):407 @ 4000
Transmission:5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:13/19 mpg
Wheelbase:140.5 in.
Length/width/height:229.0/79.4/75.7 in.
Track, f/r:68.2/67.5 in.
Turning circle:45.5 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:41.0/63.2/41.0 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:39.9/63.2/40.3 in.
Cargo volume:N/A
Payload:1278 Lbs.
Towing capacity:8300 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, double A-arms, coil-over-shock springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:live axle, trailing links, coil springs, Panhard rod, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:8.6 in.
Curb weigth:5522 lbs.
Tires:P275/60R20 114T Goodyear Wrangler
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD
Fuel capacity:26.0 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of March 5, 2012.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-4A-DODGE -