The 2017 Ram 1500 is a light-duty pickup with a diverse skill set, and it excels in many different areas. The Ram 1500 provides amenable ride quality, a handsome interior and a wealth of cargo management choices. There’s also generous towing capacity on deck from its selection of robust powertrains.
For 2017, all Ram trucks receive a new cabin air filter, and there is some shuffling of feature content among the various trims. The six-speed automatic transmission has been dropped, with the eight-speed automatic remaining as the sole transmission. Also, the Outdoorsman trim has been eliminated from the lineup.
Ram’s 1500 comes in regular cab, quad cab and crew cab configurations. Regular cabs are offered with either an 8-foot or a 6-foot-4-inch bed. Crew cabs come with a 6-foot-4-inch or 5-foot-7-inch bed, while a 6-foot-4-inch bed is the sole choice for quad cabs. The following trims are offered for the 2017 model year: Tradesman, Express, SLT, HFE, Big Horn, Lone Star, Sport, Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited.
With its broad-shouldered stance and blocky lines, the Ram 1500 has an assertive look that inspires confidence in its ability to tackle challenging chores. Standard halogen headlamps gaze from above a massive bumper, and the truck’s front fascia is dominated by a large, intimidating grille. A side view reveals an angular profile and the 17-inch wheels that are standard with base models. In back, the truck’s standard spray-in bedliner protects the bed from scratches and damage.
All models come with automatic headlights. Available features include fog lamps, a sunroof, LED running lights, LED tail lamps, running boards, side steps and skid plates. Twenty- and 22-inch wheels are available. One particularly useful option is the RamBox system, which adds integrated bins in the rear part of the truck bed. These bins are lockable and drainable.
The 1500’s cabin provides solid construction and high-quality materials. Regular cabs have two doors and seating for two or three, while quad cabs seat five or six and come with four doors. Crew cabs provide four doors and seating for up to six, but offer more rear legroom than quad cab models.
Base models come with vinyl upholstery and a 40/20/40-split front bench seat. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat, heated fronts seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and ventilated front seats.
The 2017 Ram 1500 offers ride quality that generously forgives bumps and rough road surfaces. Both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available, and gears are shifted by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Three engine choices are provided. Base models come with a 3.6-liter V6 good for 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, with fuel economy of up to 17/25 mpg city/highway. A 5.7-liter V8 is available, and it offers 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. The V8 has an EPA rating of up to 15/22 mpg city/highway. The third engine choice is a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6. This engine generates 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, and it gets up to 21/29 mpg city/highway.
With the V8, the Ram 1500 tows up to 10,690 pounds.
Base Ram 1500 models come with an auxiliary input jack, a USB port and a six-speaker sound system. Upgrades include a premium seven- or ten-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, a CD player, a navigation system and a Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen. The Ram 1500’s available driver assistance features include a rearview camera, automatic high beams and front and rear parking sensors.