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2012 RAM 1500

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$1,645 — $37,829 USED
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2-6 Seats
16-17 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Supple ride with empty bed
  • Excellent trailer towing mirrors
  • Stunning profile and stance
  • Interior design, comfort and quality of materials
  • Performance-oriented Sport R/T
  • Excellent storage options

The Bad

  • Insurance cost concerns with RamBox
  • Location of rear stabilizer bar
2012 RAM 1500 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 RAM 1500
  • Numerous versions including new Laramie Limited, Mossy Oak Edition and Tradesman HD
  • New calibration for six-speed automatic transmission
  • Factory spray-in bedliner available on all models
  • 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty

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Vehicle Overview

The Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck emphasizes aerodynamic styling with a unique grille-forward design; ride comfort with a segment-exclusive coil-spring rear suspension; and storage innovation with the RamBox. Ram also addresses the basics with power in the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and an excellent interior. Certain versions seat up to six people, and the Ram 1500 competes against the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra.

New for 2012
The Ram 1500 Tradesman HD is a new heavy-duty version of the regular Ram 1500 Tradesman. This truck is aimed at small-business owners, construction contractors and fleet operators. Offered only in two-wheel-drive regular cab form with a long bed, the 1500 Tradesman HD comes with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. Payload capacity is 3,100 pounds, and the 1500 Tradesman HD can tow up to 11,500 pounds when properly equipped.

In addition, the Ram 1500 Express trim is now available as a Quad Cab or crew-cab truck.

The Ram 1500 lineup gains a high-end Laramie Limited trim for 2012, too. The truck features full-leather seating, piano-black interior trim, 20-inch aluminum wheels and berber-carpeted floormats.

Exterior
The Ram 1500 is offered as a regular cab, Quad Cab or crew cab. Two unique features are the optional lockable RamBox storage boxes and the truck's standard coil-spring rear suspension. Exterior features include:

  • Aluminum power-bulge hood
  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 20- or 22-inch wheels ...
Vehicle Overview

The Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck emphasizes aerodynamic styling with a unique grille-forward design; ride comfort with a segment-exclusive coil-spring rear suspension; and storage innovation with the RamBox. Ram also addresses the basics with power in the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and an excellent interior. Certain versions seat up to six people, and the Ram 1500 competes against the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra.

New for 2012
The Ram 1500 Tradesman HD is a new heavy-duty version of the regular Ram 1500 Tradesman. This truck is aimed at small-business owners, construction contractors and fleet operators. Offered only in two-wheel-drive regular cab form with a long bed, the 1500 Tradesman HD comes with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. Payload capacity is 3,100 pounds, and the 1500 Tradesman HD can tow up to 11,500 pounds when properly equipped.

In addition, the Ram 1500 Express trim is now available as a Quad Cab or crew-cab truck.

The Ram 1500 lineup gains a high-end Laramie Limited trim for 2012, too. The truck features full-leather seating, piano-black interior trim, 20-inch aluminum wheels and berber-carpeted floormats.

Exterior
The Ram 1500 is offered as a regular cab, Quad Cab or crew cab. Two unique features are the optional lockable RamBox storage boxes and the truck's standard coil-spring rear suspension. Exterior features include:

  • Aluminum power-bulge hood
  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 20- or 22-inch wheels optional
  • Available dual chrome-tipped exhaust integrated into rear bumper
  • Available adjustable cargo-rail tie-down system
  • Available spray-in bedliner
  • Available pickup-bed divider and 2-foot bed extender
  • Available skid-plate package
  • Available Class IV trailer-hitch receiver

Interior
The Ram 1500's interior will appeal to traditional owners, but it also offers many amenities — including premium seating with soft-touch materials and a console-mounted shifter — that will entice cosmopolitan buyers, too. Stylish contrasting-color seat stitching comes on Sport and Laramie trims, and the crew cab features in-floor storage bins.

One of the Ram 1500's more luxurious trim levels is the Laramie Longhorn. It receives full leather seating with laser-etched bolsters, and the front seatbacks have silver steer-logoed metal buckles with magnetic clasps, like a mailbag. An exclusive instrument cluster has the appearance of hand-wrought jewelry with six chrome gauge rings set against a painted taupe silver background and a tooled-metal Laramie Longhorn edition badge. The Laramie Longhorn is equipped with all of the standard equipment found on the Ram Laramie plus navigation radio, remote start, backup camera, front ventilated seats and rear heated seats. Interior features include:

  • Rear seat heating available in Quad Cab, crew cab
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available power-adjustable pedals
  • Available surround-sound system
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system

Under the Hood
Several minor features help the Ram's fuel economy. The front chin spoiler's length is designed to improve aerodynamics, and the fuel system automatically stops sending gasoline to the engine when the truck decelerates. Models with the standard 3.7-liter V-6 have a fuel-saver light that lets the driver know when the truck is being driven efficiently.

A new six-speed automatic transmission, which replaces last year's five-speed automatic, is available. Mechanical features include:

  • 215-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6, iron block/aluminum cylinder heads, single overhead camshaft, two valves per cylinder, 235 pounds-feet of torque
  • 310-hp, 4.7-liter V-8, iron block/aluminum cylinder heads, single overhead camshaft, two valves per cylinder, 330 pounds-feet of torque
  • 383- or 390-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, iron block/aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder, 400 or 407 pounds-feet of torque
  • Four-speed automatic (standard with 3.7-liter)
  • Six-speed automatic (standard with 4.7-liter, 5.7-liter)

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system with hill start assist and trailer-sway control
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard brake assist applies maximum braking power in panic situations
  • Available rear park assist
  • Available backup camera

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
139 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(4.0)

Very reliable vehicle

by Big john from Ft wayne Indiana on December 11, 2018

Love the heated steering wheel and seats. Remote start was a great option. The truck averages 15 mpg overall city/ highway. Comfortable ride for a truck!! Read full review

(5.0)

Great truck

by Debuw1 from Warwick ny on December 5, 2018

Great power runs excellent 4 x4 goes through anything beautiful truck easy to drive would recommend the ram to everyone Price was right in my budget Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 RAM 1500 currently has 7 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 RAM 1500 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by RAM

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 1500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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