2017 Ram 1500 Review
Unlike most of its competitors, the Ram 1500 focuses on its duties as a work truck. Sure, it can get comfortable inside depending on the model, and setups like the Mopar Ram Rebel are heavy on flash. But the refined, heavy-duty chassis and unique for its class suspension options place the Ram 1500 firmly in lunch pail territory.
The 2017 Ram 1500 is the only medium-duty truck on the market to offer a diesel engine option, making one wonder why other trucks do not take their work as seriously. Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton truck lovers can read on to learn more about the powerful, capable Ram 1500, and then come to Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CJDR) 24 to take one on a trial run.
Ram 1500: Configurations
If you were to get specific, there are almost three dozen possible configurations on the Ram 1500 you could choose from. Powertrains can come in a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. These drive shafts are mated to a luxurious ZF 8-speed transmission, which can often be seen in upmarket European cars.
Gasoline engine choices are offered as a standard 305 horsepower 3.6L V6 rated at 269 lb-ft of torque or an optional 5.7L Hemi V8 putting out 395 horsepower and a whopping 410 lb-ft of torque. The diesel version is a great hauler rated at 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque stemming from the 3.0L 24-valve V6.
Truck beds can come in three sizes: 5 feet 7 inches, 6 feet 4 inches, and 8 feet. Cabs are arranged as a 62.5 cubic feet Regular Cab, a 116.6 cubic feet Quad Cab, and the roomy 125.3 cubic feet Crew Cab. The trims offered are incredibly diverse, from utilitarian Tradesman to the upscale Limited. You should study your possibilities carefully to select the options that best fit your needs.
2017 sees the standard equipment upgraded on many of the Ram models, such as the Sport trim getting a standard remote start and alarm, the Bighorn getting automatic temperature control, and the Laramie Longhorn getting LED bed lighting, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, and push-button start.
2017 Ram 1500: Performance
The Ram 1500 enjoys a positive reputation for its smooth, controlled handling and robust power curve that always seems to have more on tap. Speaking of power, the 2017 Ram 1500 can tow 4,150 pounds standard and up to 9,480 pounds with optional equipment.
Drivers can make their ride even more comfortable and capable by selecting the Four-Corner Air Suspension option, which changes the already complex rear coil suspension by adding four airbags that soften the ride and allow for height-adjustable convenience when hitching a trailer or loading a payload.
The available Hemi 5.7L V8 engine churns out massive fun and performance, especially when packaged with the Rebel Special Editions. Likewise, the available diesel engine provides the expected low-end torque to make major jobs or sticky situations fly by with ease.
Exterior of the Ram 1500
The 2017 Ram 1500’s exterior is rugged and unashamed of its simplicity. Classic Mopar design cues harkening back to the 1940’s trucks can be seen on the front end, while a simple and clean side and rear profile indicate that the truck just wants to get the job done, even if it looks a bit handsome while doing it.
Ram 1500: Interior
It’s ok to be pampered after working hard, and the Ram 1500 is more than willing to accommodate. Available luxuries can include stitched leather seats, real wood accents, advanced climate control, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect® dash system. You can find plenty of storage options inside the Ram 1500’s interior, but also a few surprising ones outside if you select the RamBox side well storage option.
Test Drive a 2017 Ram 1500 Today at CJDR 24
Stoughton, Brockton, and Randolph truck lovers can come see the Ram 1500 in all its majestic, powerful glory by searching the inventory at CJDR 24 and then scheduling a test drive today! Contact us online for more information. We look forward to seeing you.