2012 Ram 1500  -  $23,565


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $23,565
Base Invoice: $22,075
Destination Charge: $995
Options: $0
Trim: 2WD Reg Cab 120.5" ST
Doors: 2
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 16 | City: 14 | Hwy: 20
Body Style: 2WD Regular Cab 6.3 Ft Box ST
Transmission: 4-speed VLP automatic transmission (REQ: EKG Engine)
Engine: 3.7L V6 engine (N/A w/NAS 50-State Emissions)

Pros

Strong Hemi V8; coil-spring rear suspension for a better ride; innovative RamBox bed-side storage; stylish, macho appearance; full luxury interior in upper trims


Model Highlights

The 2012 Ram 1500 lineup is now offered in eleven different models, in Regular Cab, Quad Cab, or Crew Cab configurations, with two bed lengths, to fit a very wide range of uses from daily commuting and weekend towing to luxurious ranch use, or regular towing or hauling work. Powertrains also range from an affordable base V6 up to a strong Hemi V8 and an R/T model that takes full advantage of it for the street.

Regular Cab models of the Ram 1500 have no back seat, while Quad Cab models have a bench seat in back and can accommodate up to six if needed. Crew Cab models have four full-size doors, along with a full-size back seat good enough for long trips, but unlike the other models, they're only available in the shorter bed size. Throughout the lineup otherwise, you have a choice between 6'-4" and 5'-7" bed sizes.

The Ram 1500's powertrain lineup includes three engines. Base Ram 1500 models include a 215-horsepower, 3.7L V6 engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission, while a 310-horsepower, 4.7L flex-fuel V8 is a good compromise between strong and economical. At the top of the lineup is the 5.7L Hemi V8, making 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque and paired with a 6-speed automatic. Depending on the model, you can get either part-time or full-time 4-wheel drive, as well as a choice of four different axle ratios ranging from 3.21 to 4.10. Payload ratings run up to 3,100 pounds, with trailer ratings up to 11,500.

ST, Tradesman and Express models are the most affordable trucks in the lineup, with equipment geared either to those who need the Ram for commercial or work use or are simply on a tight budget. Base ST models come with a 40/20/40-split vinyl bench seat, a CD sound system with auxiliary input, and air conditioning, but it lacks the power accessories of upper trims. The Hemi V8 is available as a low-cost option on Tradesman models, and it's standard on the Express.

SLT and Outdoorsman and Sport models are the models that will fit most personal use shoppers who are value conscious. They get cloth seats, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, an overhead console, upgraded sound and appearance upgrades throughout. Outdoorsman models come with features that fit the name, such as fender flares, bigger alloy wheels, off-road tires, quad-beam lamps, fog lamps, tow hooks and heavy-duty upgrades, but they also step up to a power driver's seat, leather trim, remote start, cruise control and a 115-volt AC outlet, among other extras. Sport models look the part in a different way, with a body-color grille, body-color front and rear treatments, an upgraded audio system with hard-drive music storage, a USB input and Bluetooth hands-free.

Premium features to be found on the models at the top of the lineup include heated and ventilated seats, heated sear seats, a navigation system, surround-sound audio and a DVD entertainment system for those in back. Those top trims also get soft-touch material the full width of the instrument panel, with contrast-stitching and their interiors are on par with luxury vehicles. Ride and roadholding is a bit better than in other full-size trucks, thanks to the multi-link front suspension and coil-spring rear setup. Across much of the lineup, the RamBox bins that are located alongside the bed lock and will hold work gear, or even beverages.

All Ram 1500 models get electronic stability control, front and rear side-curtain airbags, side seat airbags, and knee bolsters, while rear park assist and a rear back-up camera are available. A factory-option spray-in bedliner is available on all models.


Model News

For 2012, Dodge has given the 6-speed automatic transmission a new calibration, with Electronic Range Select, and there's a new steering wheel with integrated cruise-control buttons on most models. A new Mossy Oak Edition gives the Ram 1500 a camouflage look, while a new Tradesman HD model ups the Ram's trailer and payload ratings.

Six new exterior hues are offered for 2012: Black Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red, Deep Molten Red, Sagebrush, Tequila Sunrise and True Blue Pearl.

Last year, Ram trucks no longer fit under the Dodge brand; rather, they're being sold and marketed under their own brand--Ram--to better distinguish them from the Dodge car and SUV lineups.


Value Writeup

The Ram stands out compared to other full-size pickups because of its well-engineered coil-spring rear suspension system, which allows a smoother ride compared to pickups with leaf springs, while permitting hauling and towing ratings comparable to those rival models. Its Hemi V8 engine is also one of the strongest options for half-ton truck shoppers, and it returns up to 20 mpg. Chrysler says that the Ram 1500 is the first truck in its segment to offer a solution known as the RamBox, that offers flexible storage bed-side--including a removable liner--and that it's the first truck in this class with available surround-sound audio.

R/T models, with their Hemi V8 and shorter axle ratio, are also among the quickest pickups, with 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Also, according to Chrysler, the new Ram 1500 Tradesman HD tops all other half-ton pickups with its trailer and payload ratings.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.6

Standard Weight - Front
0 lbs

Standard Weight - Rear
0 lbs

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front
3700 lbs

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear
3900 lbs

Curb Weight - Front
2500 lbs

Curb Weight - Rear
2019 lbs

Option Weight - Front
0.00 lbs

Option Weight - Rear
0.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity - Front
1200.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity - Rear
1881.00 lbs

As Spec'd Curb Weight
4519.00 lbs

As Spec'd Payload
1506.00 lbs

Maximum Payload Capacity
1506.00 lbs

Gross Combined Wt Rating
8500 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
3800 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
380 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
3800 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
570 lbs

Frame Type
Ladder type

Suspension Type - Front
Independent

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link coil

Axle Type - Rear
Solid

Axle Capacity - Front
3700 lbs

Axle Capacity - Rear
3900 lbs

Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.55

Front Tire Order Code
TTM

Rear Tire Order Code
TTM

Spare Tire Order Code
TBB

Front Tire Size
P265/70R17

Rear Tire Size
P265/70R17

Spare Tire Size
Full-Size

Front Wheel Size
17 x 7.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x 7.0 in

Spare Wheel Size
17 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material
Steel

Rear Wheel Material
Steel

Spare Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
Variable

Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
19.1

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
39.5 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.2 x 1.1 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.8 x 0.9 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
26.0 gal

Fuel Tank Location
Inboard Frame Rails

Gross Axle Weight Rating
7600.00 lbs

Curb Weight
4519.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity
3081.00 lbs

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Payload Weight Front
0 lbs

Payload Weight Rear
0 lbs

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
6025.00 lbs

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
20 MPG

Cruising Range - City
364.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
14 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
16 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
520.00 mi

Engine Order Code
EKG

Engine Type
Gas V6

Displacement
3.7L/226

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
215 @ 5200

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000

Trans Order Code
DGV

Trans Type
4

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic

First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
730

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160

Total Cooling System Capacity
11.3 qts

Passenger Capacity
3

Front Head Room
40.3 in

Front Leg Room
41.0 in

Front Shoulder Room
66.0 in

Front Hip Room
62.9 in

Wheelbase
120.5 in

Length, Overall w/o rear bumper
209.0 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
79.4 in

Height, Overall
74.6 in

Overhang, Front
40.0 in

Front Bumper to Back of Cab
123.7 in

Cab to Axle
36.9 in

Ground to Top of Load Floor
34.8 in

Ground Clearance, Front
9.7 in

Ground Clearance, Rear
9.0 in

Body Length
0.00 ft

Cargo Box Length @ Floor
76.3 in

Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear
66.4 in

Cargo Box Width @ Floor
66.4 in

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings
51.0 in

Cargo Box (Area) Height
20.1 in

Tailgate Width
60.4 in

Cargo Volume
57.5 ft³

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
100,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
100,000

Roadside Assistance Years
3

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
36,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
12V192000

Mfg's Report Date
MAY 01, 2012

Component
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS

Potential Number of Units Affected
129

Summary
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 RAM 1500 TRUCKS, MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 5, 2012 THROUGH JANUARY 6, 2012. THE AFFECTED VEHICLES HAVE A SPARE TIRE THAT DOES NOT MATCH THE SPECIFICATIONS LISTED ON THE TIRE PLACARD. THUS, THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, ?TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS.?

Consequence
IF INSTALLED, THE INCORRECTLY SIZED SPARE TIRE MAY UNEXPECTEDLY ACTIVATE THE ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC) SYSTEM, ALTERING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE ESC SYSTEM, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPAIR VEHICLES AS NECCESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL WILL BEGIN IN MAY 2012. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

CHRYSLER?S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS M14. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
15V459000

Mfg's Report Date
JUL 21, 2015

Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL

Potential Number of Units Affected
1060531

Summary
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks manufactured January 18, 2011, to October 7, 2014, and equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center option. The affected vehicles have a steering wheel wiring harness that may rub against the driver air bag module retainer spring.

Consequence
This abrasion may result in an electrical short that could cause driver's frontal air bag to unexpectedly deploy. Inadvertent deployment of the air bag may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect, repair as necessary, and secure the steering wheel wiring harness. Additionally, protective caps will be added to the air bag retainer spring ends. These repairs will be done free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 19, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R36.

Dates of Manufacture
JAN 17, 2011 to OCT 06, 2014

Manufacturer Recall No.
R36

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
13V038000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 06, 2013

Component
POWER TRAIN

Potential Number of Units Affected
278,229

Summary
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured from February 27, 2008, through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, through October 20, 2011; model year 2009-2011 Dodge Dakota trucks manufactured from February 27, 2007, through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011; model year 2009 Chrysler Aspen trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008, through December 18, 2008; and model year 2009 Dodge Durango trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008, through December 18, 2008. The rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to an undersized pinion spline that can allow relative motion between the nut and companion flange.

Consequence
If the rear axle pinion nut loosens, the axle can lock up and cause a loss of vehicle control and/or a vehicle crash with little warning.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a pinion nut retainer, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

This campaign is an expansion of a recall campaign 12V-474. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N08. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Not Rated

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
19.8%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Not Rated

Side Barrier Rating Note
Side Pole Barrier Note: Due to the intrusion of the driver door during the side impact pole test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the driver dummy, causing high resultant lower spine acceleration of 85 g's. High resultant lower spine accelerations, in excess of 82 g's, have a higher likelihood of thoracic injury. Note: Although not included in the star rating, the driver dummy's abdomen rib deflection and thoracic rib deflection readings were elevated.

3.7L V6 engine (N/A w/NAS 50-State Emissions)

4-speed VLP automatic transmission (REQ: EKG Engine)

3.55 axle ratio

Aux transmission oil cooler

Rear wheel drive

730-amp maintenance-free battery

160-amp alternator

7-pin wiring harness

Trailer tow w/4-pin connector wiring

6'4" pickup box

HD front shock absorbers

HD rear shock absorbers

Front stabilizer bar

Rear stabilizer bar

Pwr rack & pinion steering

Anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes

17" x 7" argent steel wheels

P265/70R17 all-season BSW tires

17" steel spare wheel

Full-size spare tire

Tire carrier winch

Black front bumper

Front bumper sight shields

Black rear bumper

Gray upper front fascia

Front wheel spats

Rear wheel spats

Black grille

Auto headlamps

Halogen headlamps

Manual outside mirrors

Tinted windows

Fixed rear window

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Cargo lamp

Black door handles

Front license plate bracket

Locking tailgate

Body color fuel filler door

Uconnect 130 -inc: AM/FM stereo, CD/MP3 player

Audio jack input for mobile devices

(6) speakers

Fixed long mast antenna

HD vinyl 40/20/40 bench seat w/manual adjusters

Black vinyl floor covering

Floor tunnel insulation

Tilt steering column

Instrument cluster w/tachometer

Pwr accessory delay

Sentry Key theft deterrent system

Air conditioning

Black instrument panel bezel

12V aux pwr outlet

Base door trim

Day/night rearview mirror

Assist handles

Rear dome lamp

Column-mounted shifter

Behind the seat storage bin

Electronic stability control

Driver/front passenger multistage airbags

Front seat side-impact airbags

Front side curtain airbags

Front-passenger occupant-classification system

Front seat belt height adjusters

Tire pressure monitor w/warning lamp

Dual note horn

 
NATIONAL DELIVERY
$0

 
HAWAII DELIVERY
$50

 
FEDERAL EMISSIONS
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS
$0

 
50-STATE EMISSIONS
$0

 
EMISSION CONTROL WAIVER
$0

 
BORDER STATE EMISSIONS
$0

 
3.7L V6 ENGINE
$0

 
4.7L V8 FLEX-FUEL ENGINE
$985

 
5.7L V8 HEMI MULTI-DISPLACEMENT VVT ENGINE
$2,295

 
4-SPEED VLP AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
$0

 
6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
$75

 
22A ST CUSTOMER PREFERRED ORDER SELECTION PKG
$0

 
23A ST CUSTOMER PREFERRED ORDER SELECTION PKG
$0

 
25A ST CUSTOMER PREFERRED ORDER SELECTION PKG
$0

 
3.55 AXLE RATIO
$0

 
3.21 AXLE RATIO
$50

 
3.92 AXLE RATIO
$50

 
17" X 7" ARGENT STEEL WHEELS
$0

 
17" X 8" STEEL CHROME CLAD WHEELS
$0

 
P265/70R17 ALL-SEASON BSW TIRES
$0

 
LT265/70R17E ON/OFF ROAD OWL TIRES
$250

 
BLACK
$0

 
BRIGHT SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
BRIGHT WHITE
$0

 
DEEP CHERRY RED CRYSTAL PEARL
$0

 
DEEP MOLTEN RED PEARL
$0

 
FLAME RED
$0

 
MINERAL GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
SADDLE BROWN PEARL
$0

 
SAGEBRUSH PEARL
$0

 
TEQUILA SUNRISE PEARL
$0

 
TRUE BLUE PEARL
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
DARK SLATE/MEDIUM GRAYSTONE, HD VINYL 40/20/40 BENCH SEAT
$0

 
DARK SLATE/MEDIUM GRAYSTONE, CLOTH 40/20/40 BENCH SEAT
$0

 
TRAILER BRAKE CONTROL GROUP
$550

 
ST POPULAR EQUIPMENT GROUP
$750

 
CHROME APPEARANCE GROUP
$530

 
CHROME ACCENTS GROUP
$520

 
PWR & REMOTE ENTRY GROUP
$735

 
ENGINE BLOCK HEATER
$90

 
ANTI-SPIN DIFFERENTIAL REAR AXLE
$325

 
CLASS IV RECEIVER HITCH
$335

 
TOW HOOKS
$50

 
RAMBOX CARGO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
$1,295

 
MOPAR CHROME TUBULAR SIDE STEPS & CHROME STEEL BED RAIL
$895

 
MOPAR CHROME TUBULAR SIDE STEPS
$500

 
FOLDING TRAILER TOW MIRRORS
$100

 
MANUAL REAR SLIDING WINDOW
$140

 
SPRAY IN BEDLINER
$475

 
UCONNECT HANDS-FREE COMMUNICATION W/VOICE COMMAND
$360

 
CARPET DELETE
$0

 
FRONT RUBBER FLOOR MATS
$60

 
SPEED CONTROL
$250

 
SMOKERS GROUP
$60


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