Intro: In a world where the light duty pickup truck has to be both a workhorse and a family friendly hauler, the 2012 Ram 1500 full-size pickup fits the bill with power, utility and exceptional comfort. Available in either rear wheel or 4-wheel drive, the Ram 1500 is offered in ten trim levels ranging from the base model ST, up to the top of the line Laramie Longhorn.
Features: The RAM's undeniable versatility is exemplified by its spacious interior and features such as back seat storage compartments and the optional RamBox lockable exterior storage unit.
Performance: Engine choices on the RAM include a 210 horsepower 3.7-liter V6, a 310 horsepower 4.7-liter V8 and a 390 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 with a fuel saving, multiple displacement system that shuts off half the cylinders when cruising. The V6 sends power through a 4-speed automatic transmission, while V8's are mated to a 6-speed automatic.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2012 Ram 1500 is $21,475. A range-topping four-wheel-drive Laramie Longhorn starts at $43,125. The Ram is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With sharp styling, exceptionally outfitted cabins, and innovative storage solutions, the 2012 RAM 1500 offers old-time value and new-age versatility, in a world-class light-duty pickup.