The 2017 Dodge RAM 1500 is a full-size pickup that promises to be top contender in its class thanks to its supple ride quality, useful technology features, an excellent eight-speed automatic transmission system, hush and refined cabin, optional fuel-efficient diesel powerplant, and a well-trimmed cabin. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of next year, at least for U.S consumers.
The new RAM 1500 intricately balances comfort, style, and performance with the result being a comfortable ride quality and top performance. Dodge has done a remarkable job evidenced in the well-trimmed cabin to the impressive fuel economy figures posted by the dizzying powerplants offered underneath the hoods.
With such a huge list of likable items on the RAM 1500, it is granted the RAM 1500 will offer its recently redesigned rivals a run for their money. True, it might have received its last redesign seven years ago, but the new model more than makes up for the lost time with its easy-to-use infotainment system, high-quality cabin, re-tweaked front and rear fascias, and a remarkable supple ride.
The RAM 1500 Rebel, for instance, comes with an intimating stance than before. It is now more powerful and boast of latest technological updates. Thanks to the coil-spring rear suspension system, the new model offers its occupants a smooth ride, which reduces the harshness that would otherwise be experienced in mundane road conditions.
The only notable downside to owning the RAM 1500 is its mediocre towing capacity. In overall, though, the new model is still a prime pick regardless of it being considered a grizzled veteran. Rivals you should consider include the Nissan Titan XD, the Chevrolet Silverado, the Ford F-150, and the Toyota Tundra.
2017 Dodge RAM 1500 Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
An eight-speed automatic transmission system is offered as the standard system, as is the rear-wheel drive. The base RAM 1500 is offered with a gasoline 3.6L V6 engine rated at 305 hp and 269 lbs. ft. of torque. The instrument panel offered with this model comes with a rotary knob which aids in controlling the transmission system. The 4×4 drive mode is offered as an option.
Under the hoods of the Sport, Longhorn, and Laramie is a 5.7L V8 engine behemoth hooked to a six-speed auto. It is able to crank out a whopping 395 hp and 410 pounds-feet of torque. You can also opt for the optional eight-speed automatic transmission system.
Zipping from 0-60 mph with the 1500 Sport crew cab needs 7.1 seconds, and 7.9 seconds for the RAM 1500 SLT quad cab.
When we come to the fuel economy ratings, expect the 2WD HFE model to check in with 23/16/19 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 21/15/17 mpg with the 4WD V8.
Dodge has also provided the Rebel, Express, and Sport trim models with the 3.0L turbocharged EcoDiesel V6 mill good for 240 hp and 420 pounds-feet of torque. EPA says we should expect the HFE EcoDiesel to return about 29/21/24 mpg.
Trim Options – 2017 Dodge RAM 1500
A whopping eleven trims are offered for the 2017 Dodge RAM 1500: Express, Tradesman, SLT, Outdoorsman, Big Horn/Lone Star, HFE, Sport, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Rebel, and Limited. These are offered in three cabs: regular cab, extended, and crew cab.
2017 Dodge RAM 1500 Exterior Changes & Interior Concept Review
Accessories and features to expect from the base RAM 1500 model include an auxiliary audio jack, automatic headlights, a seven-pin wiring harness, 17” steel wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, active grille shutters, black door handles and grille, a rear privacy glass, body-color bumpers, foglights, carpeted floor mats and floors, and cloth upholstery.
Premium features include black fender flares, full leather upholstery, 17” tires with all-terrain tires, unique vinyl-and-cloth upholstery, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, LED foglights, rear Bilstein shock absorbers, heated steering wheel, and a sunroof.
Exclusive options, and packages should be expected sometime before its release date.
2017 Dodge RAM 1500 Price & Release Date
The 1500 release date, according to my crystal ball and industry rumors, should be expected sometime in the first half of next year. Once available, the 1500 regular can will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $26,145, $30,380 for the quad cab, $37,685 for the 1500 Diesel, and $32,960 for the 1500 crew cab. The 2017 Rebel price is expected to remain unchanged at $43,270.