Key Specs

of the 2017 RAM 1500 base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

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-size pickup truck market and offers unique features such as an available RamBox cargo management system and a four-corner air suspension. The heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

The 1500 is available 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). It's offered with a choice of gas V-6 or V-8 power or a turbo-diesel V-6.

New for 2017
Certain Ram trim levels gain more standard features: The Rebel gets the Uconnect 8.4 multimedia system, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, remote start, a backup camera and rear parking sensors. The Sport model adds remote start and a security alarm, and the Big Horn gains automatic air conditioning. 
Significant Standard Features

  • 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter gas V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic headlights
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt steering column
  • Active grille shutters
  • Required in every new vehicle: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 395-hp, 5.7-liter gas V-8
  • 240-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Four-corner air suspension
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated ...
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Ram 1500 competes against the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra in the light-duty, full-size pickup truck market and offers unique features such as an available RamBox cargo management system and a four-corner air suspension. The heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

The 1500 is available 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). It's offered with a choice of gas V-6 or V-8 power or a turbo-diesel V-6.

New for 2017
Certain Ram trim levels gain more standard features: The Rebel gets the Uconnect 8.4 multimedia system, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, remote start, a backup camera and rear parking sensors. The Sport model adds remote start and a security alarm, and the Big Horn gains automatic air conditioning. 
Significant Standard Features

  • 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter gas V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic headlights
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt steering column
  • Active grille shutters
  • Required in every new vehicle: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 395-hp, 5.7-liter gas V-8
  • 240-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Four-corner air suspension
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 8.4-inch touch-screen multimedia system
  • Navigation system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Backup camera

2017 1500 Video

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.

Latest 2017 1500 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Very comfortable & good looking

by Ram Guy from LaSalle on April 15, 2018

Exterior styling is nice, interior is comfortable & looks good. Hemi has plenty of power & is very fuel efficient for a V8. Would recommend this truck to anyone. Read full review

(5.0)

BEST TRUCK EVER

by Elvis Gratton from Québec on April 15, 2018

Just bought the 2015 ram laramie ecodiesel. BEST TRUCK EVER!!!! BY FAR The power is perfect, motor/tranny combination very well tuned, I do alot of idling and city driving, I'm used to all other ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 RAM 1500 currently has 2 recalls

NHTSA 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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by RAM

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker