Consumer Reviews Summary
52 of 63 (82%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 RAM 1500 Overview
For those who demand more from their pickup, the 2012 RAM 1500 is more than up to the task.
Any discussion of pickups starts in one place and that’s under the hood. The RAM 1500 offers a pair of V-8 engines that combine efficiency with great power output so you can have your cake and eat it too. First is the 310-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 that is flex fuel capable and outputs 330 pounds-feet of torque. For the best performance, opt for the available 390-horsepower, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that outputs 407 pounds-feet of torque. It also features “Fuel Saver Technology” which shuts down four of the cylinders when they’re not needed to increase fuel economy and lets you travel longer between fill-ups. A six-speed automatic is the standard transmission and four-wheel drive is available for those who need it.
When it comes to towing, the 2012 RAM 1500 comes with standard trailer sway control for safer hauling and a maximum towing capacity of 10,450 pounds when properly equipped. Maximum payload capacity checks in at 1,909 pounds. The RAM 1500 offers some very versatile exterior storage solutions, including the Ram Box system which adds a pair of storage areas over the wheel wells which can fit 240 cans of your favorite beverage. We’re just taking RAM’s word on that, but feel free to test it if you’re so inclined. Fuel economy ratings check in a 13-14 mpg in the city and 19-20 mpg on the highway.
Exterior styling is the same as it was in 2011; there’s still the large crosshair grille up front that you see on a lot of Dodge cars along with a bulging hood and soft curves over the front fenders.
Inside, pickup trucks as a whole have been increasing in comfort and available luxury features and the RAM 1500 is no exception. Available features include a heated steering wheel, 7.1 surround sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, navigation system, a backup camera, and remote start. Also available is the Uconnect multimedia system, which lets you store songs, connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth®, and can even act as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
When it comes to safety, the 2012 RAM 1500 offers electronic stability and trailer sway control, antilock brakes, and a full suite of airbags as standard equipment.
It might have a new brand name, but the 2012 RAM 1500 is as durable and useful as it ever was.