2012 Ram 1500

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Ram 1500 highlights

Customer rating


  • Top-level ride quality
  • Powerful V8 engine is as economical as the V6


  • V6 engine is weak and delivers poor fuel economy
  • Maximum towing capacity lags some rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

13 city, 19 highway, 15 combined

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The 2012 Ram 1500 is a top choice for a full-size pickup

The 2012 Ram 1500 shows that even the most capable full-size pickup truck can offer more than utility. The Ram 1500's interior is so nice it wouldn't disgrace an SUV, while equipment levels mean you can enjoy convenience and comfort even while working. As with all its rivals, this truck's usefulness depends on what you need it for, and Ram offers a number of cab options and bed lengths to suit your needs. The Ram 1500's biggest cab offering can seat as many as six, or if truck bed size is more important, you can get one up to 8 feet long.

It can't quite match top rivals in outright towing capacity, but it's so close you won't notice. Ram's fitting of coil springs on the rear axle—most rivals use leaf springs—means when you're not towing or hauling a full load, the ride remains car-like. There's a choice of engines and either rear- or all-wheel drive to match the cabs and beds. The entry-level, and somewhat underwhelming, 3.7-liter V6 has 215 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque and it's mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The next-level 4.7-liter V8 gains 95 hp and 77 lb-ft, but the range-topping 390-hp 5.7-liter V8 is so close in its EPA-estimated fuel economy that, if you can afford the extra cost, it's worth having. Both V8s have a six-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels start with ST and climb through the SLT, Sport, and the top-of-the-line Laramie. There's plenty of opportunity to mix and match options, but we'd pick an SLT because it offers all the essentials and more and comes standard with an appealing V8.

All Ram 1500 years

What is new for the 2012 Ram 1500?

  • The 1500 is available in a variety of new trims, including the Bighorn, Express, Laramie Limited, Lonestar, Outdoorsman, R/T, and Tradesman.
  • 1500 trims have been upgraded with Bluetooth Technology and SiriusXM Trial Available as standard equipment this year.
  • Leatherette & Cloth and Leatherette Seats features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Laramie trim now comes with Rear View Camera, Navigation System, and Alpine Sound System as standard equipment.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Ram 1500 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ram 1500 3rd out of 19 among Fullsize Trucks.

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Ram 1500 features and specs

Tradesman 2WD 2D Regular Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bed Liner
  • CD Audio
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Side Airbags
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Vinyl Seats
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bed Cover
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Long Bed
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Vinyl Seats

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


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Overall length






Leg room

F 41"

Head room

F 40.3"

Front tires


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Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

1365/9100 lbs.



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