2017 Ram 1500 Limited

Pros: Available turbodiesel V6 engine; excellent 8-speed transmission; impressive ride, handling, and quietness for a large pickup truck

Cons: Maximum payload and towing capacities don’t match some rivals; fuel economy with 5.7-liter Hemi V8; high step-in complicates entry and exit

CG Says: All 2017 Ram 1500s now have an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 6-speed auto available with the Hemi V8 has been dropped. When Chrysler redesigned the Ram 1500 back in 2009, the company transformed its big rig from an also-ran to class leading. A steady stream of improvements in subsequent years has kept this pickup feeling fresh. The available Hemi V8 engine is potent, but the entry 3.6-liter V6 is no slouch either. The latter motor also delivers excellent fuel economy for a large pickup, and the optional turbodiesel V6 promises even better efficiency. Whether you want a workhorse in the Tradesman, an off-roader in the Rebel, or a luxury liner in the Limited, the Ram 1500 has something to satisfy most any recreational and/or commercial need. Even if you’re a die-hard loyalist to another brand, you still owe it to yourself to check out these outstanding trucks. They might well win you over.

The Facts
Class Large Pickup Truck
Body Style(s) pickup truck
Passenger Count 3 or 6
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ram
Nation of Manufacture USA, Mexico
Base Prices (only select models listed)
Tradesman Reg. Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $26,295
Express Reg. Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $27,695
Big Horn Reg. Cab, 8-ft bed: $33,595
Sport Quad Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $38,095
Rebel Crew Cab, 5.7-ft bed: $44,995
Laramie 4×4 Crew Cab, 5.7-ft bed: $45,395
Laramie Longhorn 4×4 Crew Cab, 5.7-ft bed: $52,695
Limited 4×4 Crew Cab, 5.7-ft bed: $55,895

Base Engine
3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
305
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16-17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-25

Optional Engine
5.7-liter V8
Horsepower
395
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21-22

Optional Engine
3.0-liter turbodiesel V6
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA