2012 Ram 1500 4WD Crew Cab 5.7 Ft Box SLTNew Search Select Other Trims
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- Fuel Economy:
14 MPG city / 19 MPG hwy
Gas/Ethanol V8, 4.7L/287
315 hp @ 5650 rpm
2012 Ram 1500 4WD Crew Cab 5.7 Ft Box SLT User Reviews
Initial ReportBy Rodney Harrison (I am an Owner), Sep. 21, 2012This truck has a great ride, good power (4.7) and excellent fuel economy (19.1, 20.3 and 20.1 for the first three tanks) on the highway. Interior on this basic model is more upscale than Ford or Chevy... more
My next truck!By Rick Swanson (I am an Owner), Mar. 28, 2012After 10 years of driving the Dodge Dakota,(and its recent demise) I will be switching back to a full size truck. I have done many hours of on-line research,built and priced all brands with only one c... more
2012 Ram 1500 OverviewThe 2012 Ram 1500 lineup is now offered in eleven different models, in Regular Cab, Quad Cab, or Crew Cab configurations, with two bed lengths, to fit a very wide range of uses from daily commuting and weekend towing to luxurious ranch use, or regular towing or hauling work. Powertrains also range from an affordable base V6 up to a strong Hemi V8 and an R/T model that takes full advantage of it for the street.
Regular Cab models of the Ram 1500 have no back seat, while Quad Cab models have a bench seat in back and can accommodate up to six if needed. Crew Cab models have four full-size doors, along with a full-size back seat good enough for long trips, but unlike the other models, they're only available in the shorter bed size. Throughout the lineup otherwise, you have a choice between 6'-4" and 5'-7" bed sizes.
The Ram 1500's powertrain lineup includes three engines. Base Ram 1500 models include a 215-horsepower, 3.7L V6 engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission, while a 310-horsepower, 4.7L flex-fuel V8 is a good compromise between strong and economical. At the top of the lineup is the 5.7L Hemi V8, making 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque and paired with a 6-speed automatic. Depending on the model, you can get either part-time or full-time 4-wheel drive, as well as a choice of four different axle ratios ranging from 3.21 to 4.10. Payload ratings run up to 3,100 pounds, with trailer ratings up to 11,500.
ST, Tradesman and Express models are the most affordable trucks in the lineup, with equipment geared either to those who need the Ram for commercial or work use or are simply on a tight budget. Base ST models come with a 40/20/40-split vinyl bench seat, a CD sound system with auxiliary input, and air conditioning, but it lacks the power accessories of upper trims. The Hemi V8 is available as a low-cost option on Tradesman models, and it's standard on the Express.
SLT and Outdoorsman and Sport models are the models that will fit most personal use shoppers who are value conscious. They get cloth seats, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, an overhead console, upgraded sound and appearance upgrades throughout. Outdoorsman models come with features that fit the name, such as fender flares, bigger alloy wheels, off-road tires, quad-beam lamps, fog lamps, tow hooks and heavy-duty upgrades, but they also step up to a power driver's seat, leather trim, remote start, cruise control and a 115-volt AC outlet, among other extras. Sport models look the part in a different way, with a body-color grille, body-color front and rear treatments, an upgraded audio system with hard-drive music storage, a USB input and Bluetooth hands-free.
Premium features to be found on the models at the top of the lineup include heated and ventilated seats, heated sear seats, a navigation system, surround-sound audio and a DVD entertainment system for those in back. Those top trims also get soft-touch material the full width of the instrument panel, with contrast-stitching and their interiors are on par with luxury vehicles. Ride and roadholding is a bit better than in other full-size trucks, thanks to the multi-link front suspension and coil-spring rear setup. Across much of the lineup, the RamBox bins that are located alongside the bed lock and will hold work gear, or even beverages.
All Ram 1500 models get electronic stability control, front and rear side-curtain airbags, side seat airbags, and knee bolsters, while rear park assist and a rear back-up camera are available. A factory-option spray-in bedliner is available on all models.
2012 Ram 1500 Model Changes
For 2012, Dodge has given the 6-speed automatic transmission a new calibration, with Electronic Range Select, and there's a new steering wheel with integrated cruise-control buttons on most models. A new Mossy Oak Edition gives the Ram 1500 a camouflage look, while a new Tradesman HD model ups the Ram's trailer and payload ratings.
Six new exterior hues are offered for 2012: Black Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red, Deep Molten Red, Sagebrush, Tequila Sunrise and True Blue Pearl.
Last year, Ram trucks no longer fit under the Dodge brand; rather, they're being sold and marketed under their own brand--Ram--to better distinguish them from the Dodge car and SUV lineups.
2012 Ram 1500 Value
The Ram stands out compared to other full-size pickups because of its well-engineered coil-spring rear suspension system, which allows a smoother ride compared to pickups with leaf springs, while permitting hauling and towing ratings comparable to those rival models. Its Hemi V8 engine is also one of the strongest options for half-ton truck shoppers, and it returns up to 20 mpg. Chrysler says that the Ram 1500 is the first truck in its segment to offer a solution known as the RamBox, that offers flexible storage bed-side--including a removable liner--and that it's the first truck in this class with available surround-sound audio.
R/T models, with their Hemi V8 and shorter axle ratio, are also among the quickest pickups, with 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Also, according to Chrysler, the new Ram 1500 Tradesman HD tops all other half-ton pickups with its trailer and payload ratings.
2012 Ram 1500 Strengths
Strong Hemi V8; coil-spring rear suspension for a better ride; innovative RamBox bed-side storage; stylish, macho appearance; full luxury interior in upper trims
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