2017 Ram 1500 Review

Fuel Type
City MPG
Highway MPG
  • Performance
    4.5 of 5.0
  • Cost of Ownership
    4.2 of 5.0
  • Interior
    4.4 of 5.0
  • Reliability
    3.5 of 5.0
30 Jan 2017

The Ram may not have been the first pick-up truck, but it certainly goes a long way. According to IHS Automotive Registration data, Dodge and RAM have the highest percentage of older pickup trucks still on the road today. The Ram appears to be a very tough vehicle, and it’s good to hear that it is. The 2017 Ram 1500 does everything possible to ensure the Ram brand’s longevity.

The engine updates are the best, with extra features to make the RAM’s off-road experience safer and more enjoyable, so take a look!

Exterior design

Let’s start with the 2017 Ram 1500’s most notable features. The pick-up truck is available in three different cab configurations: Crew Cab, Quad Cab, and Regular Cab. Both the Crew and Quad Cab have seating for up to six people and four doors, but the Quad Cab has slightly less rear leg room. Crew Cab has two lengths of pick-up beds to choose from. Finally, the Regular Cab seats up to three people and has two doors, as well as the option of a six-foot or eight-foot pickup bed.

Furthermore, the 2017 Ram 1500 is available in twelve different trim levels! That is, it is nearly impossible to go over every detail of every trim. Of course, the car’s overall outlook is the same.

The front grille is completely dark on the base trim, with only the chrome Dodge logo in the center. The top trim includes a fully chromed grille with the word RAM in the center. Both get blocky headlights that connect directly to the grille, with higher trims getting LED lights. Also, on lower trims, the front bumper is dark plastic with integrated air vents; on higher trims, this bumper is chromed.

Finally, the base model comes with a choice of thirty exterior colors!

Interior design

The standard base model interior is a grey vinyl designed to withstand heavy use. Different interior options are available depending on the trim, with dark leather as standard on higher trims.

The center stack is new for the 2017 Ram 1500. New buttons and a more comprehensive infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen have been added. All models now come standard with automatic dual-zone climate control and a five-micron cabin air filter.

A digital cluster with a 7-inch color display and customizable information is available.

In addition, with the exception of the driver’s seat, all models’ seats can be completely folded down for additional cargo space.

Other interior layouts are available in newly released special edition RAMs. Furthermore, at a premium, the entire cabin can be foreseen with eye-catching wood accents.

Engine specs

Of course, the best feature of the 2017 Ram 1500 is that it is currently the only pick-up vehicle in the United States to offer a diesel engine. This has been the vehicle’s prize specification for all of those years, and it clearly returns for 2017.

The base engine is a 3.6-liter Chrysler Pentastar V6 engine with 305 horsepower. The 3.0 liter EcoDiesel engine produces 240 horsepower, while the 5.7 liter V8 produces 395 horsepower. The eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all three engines.

The 2017 Ram 1500 is available in two-wheel or all-wheel drive trims.

Tech specs

The 2017 Ram 1500 does not come with many standard features in terms of technology. A rearview camera and front park assist are available as options. The remote keyless entry fob with All-Secure feature is also available on higher trims. We anticipate that the Ram 1500 will be refreshed again by 2020, with the tech department being one of the most heavily overhauled aspects of the vehicle.

Cruise Control is standard on the base model. Many SiriusXM subscriptions are available for addition to the car’s software in terms of infotainment. In addition, the operating infotainment system can be either UConnect 3.0 or UConnect 5.0, with the latter being an updated and improved version of the software.

Price, release and sale date

The base model 2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman starts at $26,495 for a regular cab, $30,595 for a quad cab, and $32,995 for a crew cab. The Ram 1500 Longhorn, the most expensive trim level, starts at $49,675 and only comes in a crew cab configuration. The good thing about this pickup is that it is available in a variety of price ranges, making it suitable for any budget.

The truck is already available for purchase throughout the United States.