Power. Efficiency. Capability. These are words that are often evoked in the hotly contested light duty truck category. While not every truck can live up to them, the new Dodge RAM does without question. The truth is, the 2017 RAM 1500 not only favorably matches with its competitors in such criteria, but offers several class exclusive features that clearly define it in the segment.
The RAM lineup has been a major success since the truck underwent a major redesign for the 1994 model year. Gone was the boxy, pedestrian look of the old D-Series truck. To better compete with other offerings, RAM went for a sleeker design reminiscent of big-rigs, and catered directly to consumers looking for a comfortable, user friendly large truck. The spirit of this look has carried on into the newest generation of RAM trucks, with more features to suit you for recreation or business.
Introduced in the fall of 2008, the current generation RAM 1500 (the RAM brand was spun-off from Dodge in 2009) has undergone continual changes.
The 2017 RAM 1500 offers a trident-punch between a small V-6, a large V-8, and, introduced in 2014, a small diesel V-6. By offering three distinct engines, Chrysler group focused on quality, durability, and narrowing each engine choice to a specific niche.
The base engine in the 2017 RAM 1500 is a 3.6 Liter Pentastar V-6. If you are looking for a truck to use everyday and occasionally tow, the V-6 may be for you. The V-6 engine in the RAM 1500 provides a class leading 25 miles per gallon on the highway, coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Smooth with commendable performance, the V-6 is also easy to work on with plenty of space in the engine bay.
No changes come to the 5.7 Liter HEMI V-8 for 2017. This engine has been a venerable staple of RAM’s truck group since its introduction in 2002. Capable of towing up to 10,700 pounds with an optional 3.92:1 axle ratio, the large V-8 covers most anything you will find in the recreational market. With the ability to shut down multiple cylinders under light loads, and variable valve timing, the 5.7L is a sophisticated engine.
Older RAM trucks used a four-wheel drive system that kept the front axle engaged at all times. Major improvements came to the new RAM 1500, with axles that are not constantly locked to the wheels, greatly increasing fuel economy and longevity.
The cheapest four-wheel drive RAM starts at just over $30,000. To improve off-road capability and durability, four-wheel drive models lose their independent rear suspension for a rugged axle and heavy duty leaf springs, similar to what competitors offer.