2017 RAM 1500

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2017 RAM 1500
2017 RAM 1500

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

14 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • 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

2017 RAM 1500 review: Our expert's take

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.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

2017 RAM 1500 Bighorn 5.7 Hemi

I purchased 2017 Ram 1500 Bighorn 5.7 Hemi in February 2020 with 12,000 miles. I mostly use this truck highway miles 60 mi round trip daily to and from work. End of March of 2022 heard a noise and a jerk and the truck started to overheat on the way home from work. Now having 63,000 on it and came out the head gasket cracked where the bolt is which shocked my mechanic and local shop that resurfaced the cylinder head since they its unheard of a Hemi engine with a blown head gasket. First time for everything, I’m wondering if in the future there will be a recall on this engine, as there were cooling ones for other ones. Outside regular maintenance oil change, tires, brake pads the major work: head gasket, resurfaced cylinder head, water pump, thermostat, radiator cap, spark plugs, oil change, Mopar coolant, also replaced exhaust manifold bolts which solved the hemi ticking. The backup camera sometimes gets messed up due to lose wire after using the bed. All I normally do is slam close the bed and it will resolve itself, no big deal. I’m a bit concerned with transmission after reading a little, but it appears most newer trucks have similar issues. I’m hoping this will let me last until over 200,000 mi . As of now at 70,000 mi.

5.0

Exceptional truck

I've owned close to 100 vehicles, and this will be my 5th truck. Honestly, the value this truck brings is off the charts. It does everything a truck needs to do when it comes to towing or hauling (we easily towed a 12,000 loaded horse trailer multiple times). Mine is a Laramie with Air Ride suspension. I don't understand this articles stating that the ride is not good when towing. This is by far the best riding Truck I've owned, and the Air Ride? I used it to pull up a 3' x 20' culvert full of mud an dirt straight up out of the ground enough to pull it forward. Saved so much time from having to dig it out. MPG...well...it's a truck, and I average 16-17MPG. 50K miles and not a single issue with it so far. Heated/cooled seats, Leather, Nav, Air Ride, great stereo, Lights everywhere and unbelievable amount of storage. I'll be keeping this one for a long time.

4.7

Ram is the best!!!

I have owned Dodge, Ram, Ford, and Chevy trucks. Chrysler always gets a bad reputation for no apparent reason. I have a 2017 Ram 1500 SLT with 200000 miles and not one issue!!! Try that with a Ford or Chevy!! Value, looks, comfort, reliability are what make this truck awesome. I tow 5000 lbs once a week as well. Buy a Ram and you’ll thank me after miles of hassle free ownership!! Facts not opinions!!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by RAM
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/less than 70,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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