A full-sized pickup has always had broad appeal, and the 2017 Ram is no exception, and nearly three dozen different configurations mean there’s something for everyone. Buyers can choose from rear- or four-wheel drive, regular, quad, or crew cab, three bed lengths, and a number of engine configurations that offer horsepower and torque to spare, including a powerful V8 Hemi. There is a number of comfort and convenience features available, packages galore, and every add-on you could ever need to customize your driving experience.
Whether you’re tearing up the back roads of Tulsa, Norman, or Edmond, or winding your way through the busy streets of Oklahoma City, the Ram is an ideal choice and up to whatever challenge comes its way. Let’s take a look at some of the 2017 models available in the OK region.
The Ram has earned some serious bragging rights as the longest lasting pickup in America. It’s got a best-in-class fuel economy of 29 mpg highway, a driving range of up to 754 miles on a fill-up, is the only half-ton pickup available with a diesel engine, and it’s the only vehicle in its class to use the exclusive Active Level Four Corner Air Suspension.
Critics have given the 1500 high marks for a cloudlike ride quality, outstanding fuel economy from the available turbodiesel engine, and the nicest cabin in its class. It proves great value thanks to one of the lowest selling prices in its class, averaging around $2,000 below chief competitors.
Three engine choices are available, including the 305 horsepower V6 that is standard and powerful enough for most needs. Other available engines include a V8 with nearly 400 horsepower, which is a great choice for towing heavier payloads or more dynamic acceleration, and the turbodiesel that achieves a fuel economy of 29 mpg while still offering plenty of power for towing. The standard V6 may not meet the needs of those looking to do heavy towing, but the fuel economy is 17 mpg city / 25 mpg highway – respectable enough for a full-sized pickup. The heavy towing ability of the V8 requires a sacrifice on fuel economy, dropping the numbers to 15 mpg city / 22 mpg highway. Keep in mind, however, this is competitive with other V8 powered rivals.
The ride quality of the Ram 1500 is second to none, thanks in part to highly accurate steering that lends stability on even the curviest of roads. The exclusive air suspension system used in the Ram further ups the comfort factor, even when hauling large loads, courtesy of the system’s automatic leveling feature. The suspension system also allows you to lower the Ram 1500 while parked, making it easy to get in and out of the cabin or bed.
While the towing and hauling capacity of the Ram 1500 falls shy of some of the competition, maximum capacities are still respectable – 10,700 pounds for towing, and nearly 2,000 pounds can be carried in the bed.
The interior benefits from high-quality materials throughout that create a greater sense of luxury than many of its rivals. The Regular cab has seating adequate for three, and the Quad and Crew cabs can comfortably seat up to six. The front seats provide good support, and rear seating offers plenty of legroom, even for adults. Front bucket seats are available, but reduce front seat capacity from three to two.
Three bed lengths are available. Cab models offer an 8-foot bed or a 6 foot 4-inch bed. Quad cab models have a 6 foot 4-inch bed, and Crew cab models offer a choice of 6 foot 4-inch bed or a 5 foot 7-inch bed. Storage space in the bed can be increased when you select the optional RamBox, which is a system of storage compartments built into the bed rails. These waterproof compartments are a great place for storing tools, work gear, or even the spoils of a shopping trip.
The Uconnect System with the standard 5 inch or optional 8.4-inch screen offers an easy way to control a number of in-vehicle functions. It has a built-in voice recognition system, large on-screen navigation buttons, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and gives you access to helpful apps. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to stream music from your smartphone, and an optional 10-speaker audio system with satellite radio will have your inner audiophile squealing with glee.
11 trim levels are available, beginning with the base Tradesman to the top-of-the-line Limited. The base Tradesman is equipped with a V6 engine, rear-wheel drive, vinyl upholstery, and a six-speaker audio system as standard.
The SLT trim upgrades to cloth upholstery, power windows, the 5-inch Uconnect System, satellite radio, and remote keyless entry. A Sport model features a powerful V8 engine, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, the 8.4-inch Uconnect system, and a rearview camera.
The ultra-luxurious Limited edition is available only as a Crew Cab, and is outfitted with a V8 engine, air suspension, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, onboard navigation system, 10-speaker audio system, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, and remote start.
Most trim levels can be upgraded to the V8 engine or the turbodiesel V6, and four-wheel drive. The exclusive auto leveling air suspension system is available only on Quad or Crew cab models. A number of appealing options and packages are available, including the Popular Equipment Group, which adds cloth upholstery, satellite radio and keyless entry to the Tradesman and Express models. Heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control are some of the most popular options.
The 2017 Ram 2500 offers an optional 6.4-liter Hemi, standard 5.7-liter V8, or a Cummins diesel engine. While the diesel option is a great choice for those who depend on their truck’s ability to handle a large payload, that sort of upgrade runs into serious cash. The good news is the powerful 6.4-liter Hemi offers 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque – boosting horsepower by 40 over the diesel but falling way shy of the diesel’s 800 lb-ft of torque. However, the 6.4-liter Hemi is adequate for most jobs and will set you back approximately $6,000 less than the diesel. The 6.4-liter Hemi engine achieves 0-60 mph in about 7.9 seconds and its decisive power is hard to argue with, however, the diesel gets props for never breaking a sweat no matter how hard it’s worked.
The Ram 2500 Big Horn Crew cab 4x4 with V8 Hemi and 4.10:1 rear axle manages a towing capacity of around 15,500 pounds; 12,500 with the standard axle configuration. The standard 5.7-liter Hemi gas engine manages 11,060 pounds with the standard axle configuration; 13,060 pounds with the 4.10:1 axle. When configured with the Cummins diesel and 6-speed automatic transmission, the Big Horn 4x4 Crew cab manages 17,120 pounds. For those not towing on a daily basis, or regularly towing loads within the Hemi’s capacity, it just makes sense to think twice about shelling out the extra money for diesel.
Most three-quarter ton trucks have employed rear leaf springs – reliable, but often resulting in poor ride quality. Ram’s new auto leveling rear air suspension delivers a whole new and unexpected ride quality. The impact harshness of previous models stays with the previous models. This $600 upgrade is well worth the benefits it offers, paying dividends via a smooth, comfortable ride even with a heavy payload attached. Hydraulic power steering helps to reduce driver fatigue and increase ease of maneuvering. No brake fade is detected in repeated stops, and from 70 mph to a full stop takes about 202 feet.
10 trim levels are available for the Ram 2500, including the popular Big Horn, Laramie, Limited and perennial workhorse, the Tradesman.
The Tradesman is available in Regular or Crew cab and includes 40/20/40 split bench vinyl seats, 12-volt aux power outlet, halogen quad headlamps, 5.7-liter Hemi engine, 17-inch steel wheels, and an 18,000-pound class-V trailer tow hitch as standard. The Uconnect infotainment system is optional.
The Big Horn is available in Crew or Mega cab and includes an 115-volt aux power outlet, fog lamps, 5.7-liter Hemi engine, anti-spin rear differential, and an 18,000-pound class-V trailer tow hitch as standard. Available options include the upgraded Uconnect system with navigation and 8.4-inch screen and premium cloth 60/40 split folding rear seat.
The Laramie is available in Crew or Mega cab and includes dual-zone automatic climate control, Parkview rear backup camera, nine Alpine speaker audio system, bi-functional projector headlamps, 5.7 liter Hemi engine, heated leather-trimmed front and rear seats and LED interior lighting as standard. The Hemi V8 engine is optional.
The Limited is available in Crew or Mega cab and includes remote keyless entry, wheel-to-wheel side steps, nine Alpine speaker audio system, automatic high-beam headlamps, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, heated leather front and rear seats, and rain-sensitive windshield wipers.
When you need the utility of a heavy-duty track, the Ram 3500 brings it, but gently, with the dynamics of a car. It easy to handle, smooth to ride, well-equipped, features a spacious cabin with leather interior, and the powerful 5.7-liter Hemi engine as standard. A Cummins diesel engine and 6.4-liter V8 Hemi are available options.
The Ram 3500 is built upon a 50 KSI hydroformed steel frame reinforced with additional crossmembers for strength and efficiency. A wide frame, a large stabilizer bar, and front suspension ensure a cushioned, comfortable ride, even when towing a heavy payload. Included features speak to the heavy duty working nature of the Ram 3500, such as a heavy duty electrical trailer harness connector, heavy duty hooks, active air-intake system, tow/haul mode feature that includes an aggressive downshift schedule for heavy demands, and upfitter interface module that allows the driver to easily connect external tools such as plows and tow lights to the electrical system and control center.
The Bighorn includes premium cloth 40/20/40 split-bench front seats, 10-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar adjustment, seating for 6, fold-flat load floor (Crew cab only), and available Uconnect infotainment system with 8.4-inch touchscreen and Parkview rear backup camera.
The SLT includes premium cloth 40/20/40 split-bench front seats, seating for up to 6, SiriusXM satellite radio with one-year subscription included, temperature and compass display, travel/mini-trip computer, and chrome front and rear bumpers.
The Laramie Long Horn includes premium heated and ventilated leather front bucket seats with laser etching, double stacked center console with leather lid and badging, and wood tambour door, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in navigation, and available cargo view camera.
The 5.7-liter Hemi engine and 6-speed automatic transmission are standard on all Ram 3500 models. The 6.4-liter V8 heavy duty Hemi engine and 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine is optional on all models.