2012 RAM Cargo

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Key Specs

of the 2012 RAM Cargo. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Low load floor
  • 1,800-pound payload capacity

The Bad

  • Visibility restrictions
  • Side curtain airbags not offered

Notable Features of the 2012 RAM Cargo

  • 283-hp V-6
  • Six-speed automatic
  • 144.4 cubic feet of cargo room

2012 RAM Cargo Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Sharing the same platform and powertrain as the consumer-oriented Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, the two-seat Ram Cargo Van is designed for commercial use. The van has an aluminum rear load floor, and solid panels take the place of glass windows in many instances. Buyers can also choose an optional floor that provides access to storage bins below the surface. The van competes against the Ford Transit Connect.

Exterior
The 2012 Ram Cargo Van features Dodge's trademark crosshair grille and solid side panels, and it comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels with covers. Other exterior features include:

  • Standard dual manual-sliding side doors
  • Standard black-painted heated side mirrors
  • Standard LED taillamps
  • Optional rear window wiper
  • Variety of solid- or glass-panel combinations

Interior
The Cargo Van seats two in standard cloth bucket seats. A power driver's seat is optional. Power locks, mirrors and windows are also standard. There's 144.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and it's configured to handle 4-by-8 sheets of building material. Other interior features include:

  • Standard dual-zone manual air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard rear and front 12-volt power outlets
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional second-row power windows
  • Optional 6.5-inch touch-screen navigation system with 30-gigabyte hard drive

Under the Hood
The Cargo Van is powered by a 283-horsepower, 3.6-l...

Vehicle Overview

Sharing the same platform and powertrain as the consumer-oriented Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, the two-seat Ram Cargo Van is designed for commercial use. The van has an aluminum rear load floor, and solid panels take the place of glass windows in many instances. Buyers can also choose an optional floor that provides access to storage bins below the surface. The van competes against the Ford Transit Connect.

Exterior
The 2012 Ram Cargo Van features Dodge's trademark crosshair grille and solid side panels, and it comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels with covers. Other exterior features include:

  • Standard dual manual-sliding side doors
  • Standard black-painted heated side mirrors
  • Standard LED taillamps
  • Optional rear window wiper
  • Variety of solid- or glass-panel combinations

Interior
The Cargo Van seats two in standard cloth bucket seats. A power driver's seat is optional. Power locks, mirrors and windows are also standard. There's 144.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and it's configured to handle 4-by-8 sheets of building material. Other interior features include:

  • Standard dual-zone manual air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard rear and front 12-volt power outlets
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional second-row power windows
  • Optional 6.5-inch touch-screen navigation system with 30-gigabyte hard drive

Under the Hood
The Cargo Van is powered by a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 that teams with a six-speed automatic transmission. A driver-selectable fuel economizer modifies the transmission's shift program to increase gas mileage.

A heavy-duty suspension gives the Cargo Van a 1,800-pound payload rating while the van's maximum towing rating is 3,600 pounds. Mechanical features include:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Runs on regular gas
  • Standard engine oil cooler
  • Standard heavy-duty radiator
  • 160-amp alternator
  • All-season extra-capacity tires

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system with traction control
  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard active front head restraints

Latest 2012 Cargo Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(3.3)
Interior Design
(2.3)
Comfort
(3.7)
Reliability
(3.3)
Value For The Money
(3.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Work horse

by Painting contractor from Nj on April 9, 2018

Very good vehicle.It is a shame that production was discontinued after 2015.It is much better than Ford Transit Connect and Nissan 200 CV Less expensive than Mercedes Metris Cargo Read full review

(5.0)

Good vehicle for the money

by Flhc from Pgh on February 18, 2018

Good vehicle for driving and transporting tools. Comfortable goes well in the snow.alot of room for tools. Ladder wrack makes it as good as a truck. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 RAM Cargo currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 RAM Cargo has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    3 months/3,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    125-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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 Cargo 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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