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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 7.6
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2012 Ram 1500 Review

When it was new, test drivers said the Ram 1500 was one of the best-riding trucks available, and appreciated its innovative storage compartments and high-quality cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent ride quality
  • Luxurious interior
  • Innovative RamBox storage bins
  • Less towing capacity than rivals
  • V6 model’s unimpressive fuel economy

2012 Ram 1500 Overview

The 2012 Ram 1500 has a standard V6 engine, or two available V8 engines that reviewers praised for their greater power and torque. They particularly liked models the 5.7-liter V8, which provides ample power in all situations. A four-speed automatic transmission comes with the V6-powered Ram 1500, while V8 models have a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg city/highway for a rear-wheel drive 2012 Ram 1500 regardless of the engine, which is OK for the class. The Ram 1500 has a coil spring rear suspension, and test drivers said that this gives the 1500 a distinct advantage over other trucks in terms of its ride quality and smoothness. The Ram 1500 can tow up to 10,450 pounds.

According to reviewers, the 2012 Ram 1500 has upscale cabin materials and an attractive design. When it was new, critics reported that the Ram 1500's front seats are comfortable for long hauls, and there is ample rear-seat space in crew cab models. Regular cab variants seat up to three and quad and crew cabs can seat up to six. A six-speaker audio system and auxiliary input are standard. Available features include power windows and door locks, satellite radio, a touch-screen media interface, a USB port, Bluetooth, navigation and a rearview camera. The Ram 1500 is also available with RamBox compartments, which are enclosed storage wells mounted alongside the bed, and reviewers appreciated the convenience and added lockable storage these boxes provide.

Other Trucks to Consider

The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 earned reviewer praise when it was new for its comfortable ride quality and potent 5.3-liter V8 engine. Critics were pleased with its spacious and comfortable seats.

Test drivers said the 2012 Toyota Tundra has quick acceleration and ample power for towing and hauling with its available 5.7-liter V8. Reviewers also liked the Tundra’s adult-sized back seat, which features especially generous legroom in CrewMax models.

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