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2017 RAM 1500

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$26,495

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style

20

Combined MPG

3

Seating capacity

229” x 77.2”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

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

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2017 RAM 1500 trim comparison will help you decide.

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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 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7
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Most recent consumer reviews

1.0

Recycling at its best.

Worst truck I’ve ever owned. Motor went at 140,000, body rusted out on side panels, passenger seat is the most uncomfortable seat ever being that you have to sit awkward because of the uneven floor. Also have electrical issues, sensor issues, and let me tell you, try diagnosing them! I’m sure garages made billions off labour and parts. Now transmission is sticking in gear. This truck is made with recycled garbage we paid China to take off our hands and they resold us our garbage in the form of a dodge and all it’s parts. Recycle is xxxxxxxx. How about just make good quality items , instead of xxxxxxx every dollar out of the general public to play pass the garbage around.

1.0

Air suspension failure!

Air suspension fails in cooler climate. Ram refuses to help. Very common problem with this model. Absolute worst customer care out there. Run away from this vehicle. I will never buy a Ram truck again.

2.0

Not Reliable

I bought this 2017 Ram 1500 with 16000 miles on it. I had no problem with the truck until now. At 54000 miles on it a rod went in the engine requiring a engine replacement. The truck is 1 year out of warranty. The cost for replacement is 14000 dollars This is totally Unacceptable.

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Safety

Based on the 2017 RAM 1500 base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
19.8%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by RAM
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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