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2012 Ram 1500 Crew Cab

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2012 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

Even though Chrysler has spun off Ram off as its own division, most people we know still regard the big Ram trucks as Dodges. You go to the Dodge dealer to buy a 2012 Ram 1500 pickup, most auto parts guys still file them under Dodge and the public in general doesn't seem to care much about the name change, including the Ram's loyal fan base. The 2012 Ram 1500 full-size pickup doesn't sell in nearly the numbers as its rivals from Chevy and Ford, but it does have its share of supporters, generally people attracted to the Ram's unique good looks, plush cabin, and impressive Hemi V8 engine. With better features and a strong push toward reducing the Ram 1500's base price, the 2012 Ram 1500 full-size pickup might not be able to catch up to the Chevy Silverado or Ford F-150, but it sure has a shot at containing the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a pickup truck that is as tough as the rugged image it portrays, but you'd also like something with a civilized ride and a nice interior to double as the family road-trip machine, the 2012 Ram 1500 pickup up makes a nice compromise. And, the Hemi badge on the side is sure to impress your buddies.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for best-in-class figures for resale, horsepower or fuel economy, the Ram's competitors take top honors in all these fields.

What's New for 2012

For 2012, Ram has made some minor changes to the Ram 1500. Among the highlights is a premium Surround Sound audio option, a number of bed storage devices – including an improved RamBox cargo management and bed extension system – RamBox bin storage units, heated rear seats and side-seat airbags.

Driving the 1500 Crew Cab
Driving Impressions

The 2012 Ram 1500's strong suit over comparably-equipped competitors can be found in the way it drives and rides. Thanks to an advanced coil-spring rear suspension and solid rear axle,...

... the Ram 1500 seems to absorb bumps and distortions that cause other trucks to hop about. Trucks with a traditional leaf-spring rear suspension setup tend to ride harshly and can even experience bounding motions over ruts and uneven pavement. This is not the case for the Ram 1500, which can quickly control bouncing motions and help smooth out the ride over harsh or uneven surfaces. Its pleasant ride aside, the Ram 1500 pickup is still a big, heavy vehicle with a high center of gravity and a light rear end, so you shouldn't be expecting it to accelerate, steer or brake like a smaller car-based crossover vehicle. While we found the Ram 1500's steering and brakes to be acceptable, there is still a substantial amount of pitching and lean when rounding tight curves.

RamBox
The RamBox storage system is offered on the Crew Cab. It includes 3.7 cubic feet of lockable, drainable storage space in each bed rail, as well as a cargo-bed divider that doubles as a bed extender. The RamBox also comes with a bed-rail system with sliding, adjustable cleats to tie down and secure various types of loads.

Uconnect GPS
The Uconnect GPS system's 30-gigabyte hard drive holds song and picture files, as well as navigation map information. Songs can be ripped from a CD or downloaded from a thumb drive via a USB port. The hard drive lets you keep your whole music collection in the vehicle without toting a lot of CDs.

2012 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Details
Interior

Some may argue that the 2012 Ram 1500 pickup's cabin is one the nicest in the industry, and we would be included in that group. While the Ram 1500's dash is still composed mostly of hard surfaces, areas that come in contact with finger tips or forearms are all covered in soft-touch materials. The seat fabrics, trim elements and color schemes for the Ram 1500 are tasteful without bordering on garish. Ram engineers put a lot of effort into sound-proofing the big truck's cabin and the results are impressive, especially at high speeds where wind and tire noise usually overtake normal levels of conversation. Despite the odd omission of a telescopic steering wheel, it's still easy to find a comfortable driving position in the 2012 Ram 1500 pickup. Front seat head and legroom is generally good on all cabs, but the rear seats in the Quad cab are a bit snug. If you need to carry rear passengers on a regular basis and you can live with the shorter bed, go with the Crew Cab. High-end options such as heated and cooled seats, a heated rear seat and steering wheel, and premium Surround Sound audio make the rough-and-ready 2012 Ram 1500 pickup truck feel almost limousine-like.

Exterior

Despite its gruff big-rig image, the 2012 Ram 1500 pickup is one of the most comfortable and refined trucks built today. And, while the Ram 1500's over-the-top styling may be as off-putting to some as it is attractive to others, it doesn't seem to hurt sales. It would be a near-sighted construction foreman who couldn't distinguish the 2012 Ram 1500's crosshair chrome grille, prominent hood bulge and colorful two-tone paint schemes (not to mention the massive alloy-wheel options) from a Silverado or F-150. As is expected in this segment, the 2012 Ram 1500 offers a number of bed and cabin configurations including 6-foot, 4-inch or 8-foot beds on the Regular Cab, a 6-foot, 4-inch bed on the Quad Cab, and a 5-foot, 7-inch bed on Crew Cab models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard safety features on the 2012 Ram 1500 pickup include side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control and Trailer Sway Control. The base ST model features air conditioning, AM/FM/CD stereo, vinyl floor covering, power locks and 17-inch steel wheels. The SLT adds carpeting, cruise control, power windows, heated mirrors, remote keyless entry and aluminum wheels. The Sport model has unique bucket seats, fog lamps and 20-inch wheels. Standard on the Laramie are dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, hard-drive radio, power and heated front seats and rear park assist.

Optional Equipment

Optional features include the RamBox storage system, a spray-in bedliner, full-time four-wheel drive (4WD), sunroof, 10-speaker Alpine Surround Sound, Sirius Satellite Radio, navigation system, rear DVD entertainment with Sirius Backseat TV, heated and cooled seat, heated rear seat, and a heated steering wheel. The Garmin navigation system is easy to operate and voice commands can be used to program destinations while the vehicle is in motion. Sirius Backseat TV has three child-friendly channels that will keep the kids' attention on long vacation drives. Available trims include ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Outdoorsman, Tradesman, Express, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn, as well as the Big Horn and Lone Star Packages.

Under the Hood

The base 3.7-liter V6 is fine if you use your truck as basic transportation, but the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is the best choice if you plan to tow or haul a lot of cargo. The Hemi also delivers fuel economy comparable to that of the 4.7-liter V8, and it can tow a heavier load. Ram claims the Ram 1500 Sport Regular Cab with the Hemi is the fastest pickup in the class, with a zero-to-60-mph acceleration time under 6 seconds.

3.7-liter V6
215 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
235 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20

4.7-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5,650 rpm
330 lb-ft of torque @ 3,950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD, gasoline), 10/12 (2WD, E85), 14/19 (4WD, gasoline), 10/12 (4WD, E85)

5.7-liter Hemi V8
390 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
407 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/19 (4WD)

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2012 Ram 1500 Trucks Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 276 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

The flaws make a fabulous truck into an average on

By on Sunday, May 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,600

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"The Good: it is beautiful and fairly comfortable for a truck. The satellite radio is pretty good. The heating and cooling, front and back, with ventillated seats, is very good. The adjustable air suspension is great. Most of the interior features are well laid out and stearing wheel controls work well. The 25 mph average in mixed town/highway/interstate driving is excellent. The Bad: The windshield glare on a two lane road in the rain is literally blinding when on-coming cars come near. I have had to stop to avoid driving blind. The truck's own headlamps are horrible - the low beams on my car reach further than the high beams on the truck. The automatic high beams don't work consistently and often "get stuck" on low, which means only about 3 car lengths of light ahead. The AM/FM stereo doesn't work. I picked up only 1 FM station briefly an no AM stations on a 100 mile trip. My car picks up dozens of stations on the same route. Having to attach a grill cover in the winter due to poor engineering is a real disappointment. The front window defroster is virtually worthless when temps drop below -10. No CD player, in a $50k truck, really? If the problems were fixed, this truck would easily deserve a 9 out of 10."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Good Truck

By on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "reliable, great sound system, quiet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great truck. I first bought a jeep cherokee and had nothing but problems, so I traded that one in for this RAM. So far with the RAM I've had no problems and it's running like a dream. The only issue I have with it is the gas mileage, but that's to be expected with a truck. I'm averaging 14 city and can get up to 23 on the highway."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

MOST TRUCK FOR THE BUCK

By on Thursday, May 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Price and Fun to Drive"

Cons: "NONE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If you are looking for a truck that priced right and has all the power and performance you want the Ram is for you. Absolutely trouble free from day 1."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Glad I'm Back in a Ram - 2014 Ram 1500, 5.7L w/8sp

By on Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, efficiency, looks, comfort, drive-train."

Cons: "Nothing. It has it all. MT Truck of the Year 2014"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Vehicle: 2014 RAM 1500 Big Horn, 5.7L Hemi, 8spd Auto. -Handling: Quiet, drives great, comfortable ride, dual exhaust is buttery smooth. Sits high & stable on all surfaces. -Interior: Functional! Most trucks have a lot of tech now, but Ram actually uses it well. Features everywhere & they all function properly. I especially love the in-floor storage (crew-cab), the power rear slider, center console & touch-screen nav stack. -Drivetrain: The 5.7l hemi is solid. Smooth-efficient-powerful. 8spd auto shifts quickly & always in the right gear. I got 19.1MPG on my last tank (I figure actual based on usage). The computer estimate is usually 1-2MPG high. Power for days. Pulls around 12ft dump w/a kubota like it's not even there. (Back-up cam is awesome for hitching up) -Exterior: Big truck! Can be a bit cumbersome when trying to maneuver through tight lots or parking decks, but overall a handsome vehicle, w/ a staunch stance. Parking sensors/back-up cam recommended for first-time truck owners. Get the longer bed! Got the optional 32gal tank, so I can go well over 500mi. Great for: Road trips, commuting, taking the wife to dinner, towing/hauling, picking up your friends when their Chevy breaks down."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

couple small dings

By on Saturday, April 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is a gorgeous Longhorn edition Fully loaded heated and cool seats , onboard computer, navigation, clean and sharp"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Awesome Truck - 2014 Big Horn 5.7L - 8spd

By on Monday, April 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything."

Cons: "BIG vehicle, not for timid drivers."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This thing has it all!! Comfortable interior, great looks, smooth ride & power to pull. I get 17-18MPG easily out of a 400HP 5.7L V8 with the 8spd auto! Love all the extras; heated seats, power rear window, sunroof, heated steering wheel! I recommend the Crew Cab, it has plenty of room for anyone. Quad cab is a little tight for adults, Mega cab seems almost a waste. I was leaning toward the Fords because they are techy, but the more i got to know the Navigation/touch-screen tech features in the Rams the more i liked it. I even have it setup to warn me if I'm speeding! Alpine system sounds awesome. Has every modern convenience you might want while keeping what makes a truck a TRUCK. We have a 15' F150 and a 13' Silverado at work that we use...this truck blows them both away."

13 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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