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2012 Ram 1500 Quad Cab

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2012 Ram 1500 Quad 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 Quad 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 Quad 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
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 244 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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

Love this truck

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great truck! 4wd works great. Comfortable"

Cons: "No bluetooth or Nav. Tires expensive"

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

"I love my Dodge Ram PU! I put chrome deflector shield, along with chrome window deflectors, Chrome step bars, tonneau cover, and a bedliner. Bedliner went in before anything was ever hauled in the truck, so the bed is like brand new! Has the center console with shift lever for auto or manual shifting. Hemi engine, 20" tires & wheels, dual exhaust, power everything. I bought the truck after the lease, and added the extended warranty to it, so it's covered for 50,000 miles or 5 years from November 2014. Not a scratch on the truck. Oil changed every 3,000 miles at dealership."

9 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Great riding truck tows my 5800# boat with ease!

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
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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: "Fuel milage best ride & best looks IMO"

Cons: "Back seat middle is not the same depth all the way"

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

"I went from a 2500 Ram Cummins to this truck and have to say I have not regretted it one bit! This thing pulls down 27.8 mpg empty driving 77 mph. Towing my 24' boat that scales in @ 5,820# it makes 17 mpg @ 65 mph. Ordered it with the light beige leather interior with two tone brown ext. just drop dead sexy!"

15 people out of 24 found this review helpful

This is the best vehicle ever owned.

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great driving/looking vehicle."

Cons: "CD player is inconvenient to use."

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

"This has been the best vehicle we have ever owned. The ride is great, the fuel mileage is great for a 400 horsepower engine. We have averaged over 18 miles per gallon overall. We have never had one minutes trouble with the pickup in 40K plus miles. It has many convenience features which make driving it a pleasure."

19 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Mixed feelings, Brand Loyality is hard to brake

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "safety, comfort, quality, brand loyality"

Cons: "low torque in V6, hard to get in, high."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"RAM as a stand alone brand happened in 2013. Fiat has improved much about all of Chrysler made brands and RAM is no exception. The 8 speed ZF transmission is a huge advancement in improving MPG along with the Pentastar 3.6 V-6 engine. True mpg are 19 to 23 depending on the time of year. Typical city driving is 19 and open road 23 and on occasion with good wind conditions 24 to 25 mpg. That's not bad for a truck with honest real mpg. Measuring mpg is strange how different truck brands come up with such high unachievable mpg for the average buyer. I think to advertise the RAM 3.6 for 25 mpg consistantly is very unrealistic. The RAM we have is overall a good decent truck. Fit and finish along with the quality of materials is a better quality than most cars. Everything works as it should. The only exception is the cheap Goodyear Wrangler passenger tires. They are made only for paved city roads and passenger cars NOT trucks. The UConnect audio system is excellent. The Hands Free Phone is very good and works even better than the phone by it's self. The CD player is tucked under the center folding seat at the bottom and is VERY difficult to reach and being a single disc it is not worth $ 150. The remote start is worth every penny, In summer and winter is a wonderful addition. The plane SLT truck has very cheap seats and few electronic additions, so the BIG HORM is well worth the extra cost for creature comforts as well a better truck all around. One thing to keep in mind the 2016 RAM comes with only a 60,000 mile powertrain warranty. 2015 is the last for the 100,000 powertrain warranty not only for the RAM but for most all light duty 1500 trucks. Is the RAM the best truck? here are some facts I found out. Fords cost less to insure and have a excellent safety record. But the turbos may have issues. Chevy and GMC hold their value better, have good safety ratings, weigh more, mpg is less than RAM or Ford. RAM looses resale value faster than the Ford or Chevy or GMC. RAM cost the most to insure. RAM has the smoothest ride, the better base 8 speed Automatic transmission. The best MPG, but that's the diesel engine which cost more than $ 4,200. over the Hemi V-8. To recup that extra cost may take more than 200,000 miles. I think it's unfair to allow RAM to compete in mpg with other truck brands gasoline engines. It's not apples to apples. Diesels cost much more to maintain, but do generally last longer. RAM puts the V 6 diesel in 20% of the 1500 trucks to meet the CAFE requirements. Finally most all truck buyers are brand loyal, and know before they even go out to look for a truck what brand they want to buy, just like me."

Best truck on the road

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "power, ride, features, look"

Cons: "i don't own two"

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

"I bought my 2013 Ram 1500 in November 2013. From the test drive I fell in love with the power, comfort, and look of this truck. I had a 2008 Ram, which I loved, but boy what a difference. Ram for life!!!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Hard to find anything:

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,200

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Engine, great looking and a heck of a lot more"

Cons: "Gas, Brake, and Parking Brake pedals to little"

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

"I've had this RAM for about six months. (And, "YES" the mileage is correct. I may not be the best person to rate a vehicle after driving it so few miles but, there's something about this truck that gives me the distinct that Six Years will feel just like Six month, if I take care of the vehicle. OH, by the way, I'm 70 years young, I've owned (Leased) around 20+ vehicles (I was in sales, traded off about every 2-3 yrs. and I was one of "those" car salesmen for about 4-5 yrs. I tell you all this because, I want to qualify my statement."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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