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Overview (Final Score: B+)
The half-ton, full-size pickup truck market is booming in the US and the Ram brand is gaining ground quickly. There is no shortage of options in this market. When stacked against the competition, Ram is excellent but not always the best choice. What it does offer is excellent fuel efficiency, a comfortable drive and solid general capability.
There wasn’t much changed for the Ram 1500’s 2017 model year, with only the dropping of the Outdoorsman trim and a slight reshuffling of some trim package options being done as a result. The venerable Tradesman and the popular Big Horn packages are largely the same and the powertrain lineup is identical.
The 2017 Ram 1500 is offered in three cab configurations, three bed lengths (depending on cab choice) and with three drivetrain choices. The V6 and V8 gasoline engines are still excellent go-to powertrain drivers and the popular V6 EcoDiesel with its phenomenal fuel economy remains available as well.
For strengths, the 2017 Ram 1500 offers a great interior at all trim levels, the best infotainment system in the business and a smooth ride. We dinged the Ram on safety and reliability, and encourage buyers to consider other pickup truck options, including the best-sellingand the all-new Nissan Titan. For many, the Ram 1500 will still come out as the best choice for their needs thanks to its solid value proposition.
What We Love About the 2017 Ram 1500:
- Excellent, quiet and well-done interior
- Top-shelf infotainment with oodles of options and ease of use
- Smooth highway ride when empty or under light loads
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Ram 1500:
- Diesel premium is high for EcoDiesel option
- Competitors have more driver aid and safety technology options
- Some trailer sway under heavy towing conditions
Pricing and Value (9/10)
The 2017 Ram 1500 has a good base level pricing structure and solid value proposition throughout its trim points for those needing a good, working pickup truck. Fleet sales of the Ram 1500, especially in its Tradesman package, are robust, making it an easy entry-level option for low-end buyers and making the truck plentiful on the used vehicle market.
Most consumers will buy the Ram 1500 in the Big Horn package, which has a great mix of technology, infotainment, safety and comfort at around $35k with delivery. This compares very well with competitors in that price range. The most common bed configuration for the Ram 1500 is the 6-foot, 4-inch box rather than the longer option.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (70/80, 88%)
There is plenty of competition in the full-size pickup truck market and the Ram 1500, while faring well in the segment, is not always the best choice. The Ford F-150 is the best-seller in the segment with a lot of engine options and trim choices, often matching or bettering the Ram 1500 in both towing and fuel economy. The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are also solid choices, aiming more for luxurious interiors and power under the hood. The half-ton Nissan Titan is all-new this year with a much-improved drivetrain and a full suite of cab and bed options, while its larger XD heavy-duty half-ton counterpart offers a very muscular V8 diesel engine for those needing to tow big loads.
The choice of the 2017 Ram 1500 will come down to style preference, brand loyalty and pickup truck expectations. The Ram 1500 has a good mix of value and capability, and is the most comfortable highway drive you can find in the segment.
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