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2017 RAM 1500

$18,494 — $54,269 NEW and USED
Regular Cab Pickup
2-6 Seats
17-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior design, comfort and quality
  • Optional Uconnect 8.4 multimedia system
  • Storage options
  • Diesel engine performance
  • Diesel engine mileage
  • Value

The Bad

  • Air suspension's ride when towing
  • Towing, payload capacities not to par
  • No collision warning features
  • No Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Braking when loaded or towing
2017 RAM 1500 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 RAM 1500
  • Seats up to six
  • Turbo-diesel V-6 engine available
  • V-6 and V-8 gas engines also available
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-corner air suspension available
  • Locking RamBox box wall storage option

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Just in case you want your half-ton pickup truck to stand out from the crowd, we give you a quick walk-around of Ram’s latest 2017 special edition option package. Called the Ram 1500 Sublime Sport, we explain all the unique features and highlights.

What Is the 2017 Ram 1500?

The 2017 Ram 1500 is a light-duty, full-size pickup truck that competes against the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra. It comes in three body styles (regular cab, quad cab and crew cab) and with three cargo box lengths (from 5 feet 7 inches to 8 feet). Its trim levels are Tradesman, Tradesman/Express, SLT, Sport, HFE, Laramie, Rebel and Longhorn. Its engine choices include gas V-6 or V-8 engines or a turbo-diesel V-6.

What's New on the 2017 Ram 1500?

The 2017 Ram 1500 has more standard features on certain trim levels. The Ram 1500 Rebel trim adds the Uconnect 8.4 multimedia system, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, remote start, a backup camera and rear parking sensors. On the Sport trim levels, the Ram 1500 now gets remote start and a security alarm. Finally, the Ram 1500 Big Horn adds automatic air conditioning for 2017.

How Does the 2017 Ram 1500 Compare to Other Pickups?

The 2017 Ram 1500 lags behind competitors when it comes to the latest active safety features and towing capabilities. The 2017 Ram 1500 does stand out for its value on certain trims, such as the Laramie, which has some of the looks and features of a luxury truck at a midrange price.

What Features in the 2017 Ram 1500 Are Most Important?

The 2017 Ram 1500 comes standard with a 3.6-liter gas V-6 engine that delivers 305 horsepower. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The 2017 Ram 1500 also comes standard with air conditioning, cruise control, automatic headlights, a tilt steering column and active grille shutters. As is standard with every new vehicle, the 2017 Ram 1500 has front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Significant available features on the 2017 Ram 1500 include a 395-hp, 5.7-liter gas V-8 engine, a 240-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6, four-wheel drive, a four-corner air suspension, remote keyless entry, heated side mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, an 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system, a navigation system and a backup camera.

Should I Buy the 2017 Ram 1500?

If you opt for the diesel engine, you'll get good performance and mileage on the 2017 Ram 1500. Otherwise, its towing and payload capacities don't match up to modern truck capabilities. 

Those concerned about the most up-to-date safety features may be concerned by the Ram 1500's offerings. The braking feel when the Ram 1500 is loaded or towing is subpar, and the air suspension's handling when towing is not as smooth as other trucks. The 2017 Ram 1500 also lacks forward collision warning with automatic braking as a feature.

Its interior is well-designed and comfortable, and the available Uconnect 8.4 multimedia system is a nice enhancement. However, there's no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto available on the 2017 Ram 1500.

If value is a major factor in your truck decision, the 2017 Ram 1500 is worth a test drive. But if you care more about towing and related features, the 2017 Ram 1500 isn't as likely to deliver as some competitors.

Cars.com's Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

2017 RAM 1500 Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Ram 1500 competes against the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra in the light-duty, full-siz... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
381 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Great truck

by New Ram owner from SEMINOLE, florida on November 16, 2018

Great truck. 400hp hemi and has almost all the bells and whistles I needed. Huge back seat all leather and the center console is cavernous. The shifter knob takes some getting used to but no more ... Read full review

(5.0)

Very comfortable

by Jwitvoet from Ponoka AB on October 31, 2018

This truck is awesome, great on fuel, comfortable, love the heated steering wheel and seats. Has great style and very good performance. Very nice smooth plush suspension Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 RAM 1500 currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 RAM 1500 Tradesman

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by RAM

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    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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