When you’re looking for a solid, full-size, light-duty truck, it’s hard to go wrong with Ram. The Ram 1500 has been a major award winner for decades, and recent awards include Rocky Mountains Truck of the Year and Best Full-Size Pickup of Texas in 2016. Its 3-liter EcoDiesel was one of Ward Auto’s 10 best engines of the year.
Thanks to the 2017 Ram 1500’s nine trim levels, three cab sizes, three box sizes, three engines, and two drivetrains, you’ll be able to pick out the exact light-duty truck you’re looking for. The trim levels are Big Horn, Tradesman, Express, Lone Star, Sport, Laramie, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. The cab sizes are regular, quad, and crew, the box lengths are 8 feet, 6 feet 4 inches, and 5 feet 7 inches, the three engines are a 3.6-liter V6, a 5.7-liter V8, and a 3-liter diesel, and the two drivetrains are the usual 2×4 and 4×4 options.
For almost every trim, the standard engine on the 2017 Ram 1500 is the 3.6-liter V6. This gives the truck 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, or you can upgrade to the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine to get 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. For some configurations, you can also go with the 3-liter EcoDiesel V6, which provides 240 horsepower but an impressive 420 pound-feet of torque. With the right configuration and equipment, these engines give the Ram 1500 a towing capacity of 10,640 pounds and a payload capacity of 1,900 pounds.
The exact performance you can expect from a 2017 Ram 1500 depends on the kind of performance you want, but you’re sure to be impressed no matter what you’re looking for. In the first place, the Ram 1500 is the only half-ton truck on the market with a diesel engine option, and thanks to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, it’s also one of the most efficient. The Ram 1500 is also the only truck in its class to have an air suspension system, which makes it easy to keep the truck level no matter how heavy or light the load is.
The interior of the 2017 Ram 1500 has plenty of features that are worth a second glance. The available 8.4-inch touch screen with Uconnect can come with important extras like voice commands, hands-free calling, and navigation, all of which let you multitask safely while you’re on the road. Heated front and second-row seats are always a comfort on winter trips, and second-row storage bins provide easy access to tools.
You’ll be safe inside your 2017 Ram 1500 thanks to six standard air bags, Electronic Stability Control, and a tire pressure monitoring display. The Ram 1500 also features optional safety equipment, such as the ParkView rear backup camera that lets you see any kids or trailers that might be behind you. The available ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist System will also warn you if you’re about to bump into something.