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2012 Ram 1500 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Ram 1500 was new.


Interior: 8.8

Reviewers rave about the Ram 1500’s updated interior and trim levels, saying it’s the best in its class. No matter the trim level, the seats are comfortable and the controls and electronics are easy to use. Plus, the premium Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn might be the most luxurious full-size pickup on the market, according to reviewers. However, one test driver notes that back seat passengers don’t have the same upscale surroundings as front-seat occupants.

  • "Perception of Ram quality is a matter of where you sit. Front-seat occupants are treated to a cabin generally finished in high-grade and soft-touch materials, with Laramie models seeming especially nice. Though consistent in design, the rear seating area is fitted with lower-grade stuff, with hard-plastic door sills and generally less touch-friendly surfaces.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Ram 1500's interior will still appeal to traditional owners, but it also offers many amenities -- including premium seating with soft-touch materials and a console-mounted shifter -- that will entice cosmopolitan owners, too." -- Cars.com
  • "The Ram 1500's interior is as good as it gets in the pickup segment. The range-topping Laramie, with its wood-grain trim and leather upholstery, makes for a very posh pickup, but even the lower trim levels have an attractive design, intuitively placed controls and well-textured materials.” -- Edmunds


The Ram 1500 can seat between three and six people. Base Ram 1500s get manually-adjustable front bench seats with either vinyl or cloth upholstery, but top-of-the-line Laramie Longhorn models have luxurious leather-trimmed front bucket seats and heated second-row seats.

Reviewers praise the Ram’s front seats for being especially comfortable and supportive, and say that even the rear seat of the Quad Cab is spacious. However, test drivers note that the seats aren’t quite as nice as those up front.

  • "The front seats, while rather soft, strike an adequate balance between support and comfort. The crew cab's rear seat is very comfortable, offering loads of legroom and an agreeable seatback angle.” -- Edmunds
  • "As up front, though flatter seats seem less supportive (than the front seats). Headroom and legroom are large-sedan generous.” -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Reviewers love how easy the gauges and controls are to use, and note that even the base trim levels offer good fit and finish. Like other pickup trucks, the Ram 1500’s base trim is fairly short on standard features, offering only manual air conditioning, a tilt-adjustable steering column and an auxiliary audio input jack. The top-of-the-line Laramie Longhorn trim offers many features that are unique to its class, such as satellite TV, a heated steering wheel, Bluetooth, a multimedia audio system, and satellite radio.

  • "Huge gauges are boldly marked and easy to read at a glance. Major controls are mostly convenient to access, though audio and climate switchgear is positioned toward the passenger side of the center console, requiring a long stretch for drivers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The range-topping Laramie, with its wood-grain trim and leather upholstery, makes for a very posh pickup, but even the lower trim levels have an attractive design, intuitively placed controls and well-textured materials.” -- Edmunds


Interior cargo space is where many reviewers say the 2012 Ram 1500 really shines. Reviewers report upwards of 30 storage spaces in properly-equipped Rams, and test drivers say they’re very useful. The Ford F-150 also offers lots of available interior storage spaces, but the Chevrolet Silverado doesn't come close to offering the same number of interior storage cubbies. Plus, test drivers like the optional RamBox lockable storage compartments that are fitted into the bed walls. They can be used to store tools or hunting equipment, and even have drainage holes so they can be used as coolers.

  • "Dodge claims that there are nearly 50 separate storage cubbies, bins, and wells. Consumer Guide counted more like 30, but that's plenty for most folks." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Unique to this pickup is the optional RamBox feature, which places a pair of lockable compartments over the rear fenders inside the truck bed. It's a neat feature, though we've found the durability of the compartments isn't as sturdy as one might expect.” -- Edmunds

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