One of the oldest competitors among the full-size light-duty pickup trucks, the 2017 Ram 1500 remains a very competitive, appealing choice even against newer designs from Ford and General Motors. The way the Ram 1500 drives is key to this—its coil-spring rear suspension, which might slightly hurt its towing ability, does wonders for its handling. The Ram 1500 rides with a sophistication that's more akin to a big SUV than a working truck. And when you add all the engine choices into the mix, it makes for a compelling, capable all-rounder.
There is plenty of variety to go with the Ram 1500's utility. The lineup offers three spacious cab and four cargo bed options (with some neat optional storage solutions), three powerful engines (a capable base gasoline 3.6-liter V6, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, or a range-topping 5.7-liter V8), rear- or four-wheel drive, a smooth automatic transmission, and an optional air suspension to improve the driving experience even more. The interior remains among the finest around for fit and finish as well as quality of materials, while the infotainment system is easy to use too. All of the 10 trim levels come with an appropriate level of standard equipment for their pricing, whether you're wanting a work-oriented truck or something luxurious to haul a boat or water toys. It all combines to make the Ram 1500 one of our favorite pickup trucks among 2017 models.