2017 Ram 1500: Climbing The Ladder To Number Two Pickup

Full-size pickup trucks are the single biggest segment in the US market, and have been for a very long time. More than 2.2 million of them were sold in 2016. The Ford F-150 has traditionally been the best seller, year in and year out. Second place has also been long held by the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, followed by the Ram 1500 in third place. Until recently, that is.

In March 2017, the Ram 1500 Pickup beat out the Silverado for second place, and has repeated that performance for April 2017 and May 2017. This is quite an achievement and is likely due to two factors: The Ram 1500 is a very good pickup, and there is a ton of “money on the hood” in terms of Ram incentives to sweeten the deal. Let’s take a closer look at the Ram’s strengths in this hotly contested field.

What’s New On The 2017 Ram 1500
Every 2017 Ram 1500 comes with a new standard five-micron interior air filter. The big news is about the Ram 1500 Rebel, which has added automatic dual-zone temperature control, Uconnect 8.4, remote start, premium gauge cluster, anti-spin differential, security alarm, rear park assist, and rear backup camera as standard equipment. 

Additionally, the Ram 1500 Sport gets standard security alarm and remote start. The Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn has standard rain sensing wipers, Keyless Go, and SmartBeam. The Ram 1500 Bighorn now has Automatic Temperature Control standard.

Ram Comes In Nine Trims 
The 2017 Ram 1500 is available in nine different trim levels: Tradesman, Express, Big Horn, Rebel, Sport, Night, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. All of these can be had as either 4x2 or 4x4 versions, depending on your needs.

There are several different cab configurations. These are available in both 4x4 and 4x2 versions, depending on the specific model. Cab options are regular cab long bed, regular cab short bed, crew cab short bed, quad cab long bed, and crew cab long bed.

Powerful Engines For The Toughest Jobs
The 2017 Ram is available with several different engines, depending on which model and cab configuration you choose. Standard on many Ram 1500 models, the 3.6L 305-horsepower Pentastar V6 offers an EPA-estimated 25 MPG Highway.  

The powerful 5.7L 395-horsepower HEMI V8 gets up to 22 MPG Highway. It is an upgrade on some models and standard on others. The economical 3.0-Liter, 240 horsepower V6 EcoDiesel, with its 29 MPG Highway rating, can be specified as an option on some models.

A fuel-efficient 8-speed automatic transmission is standard with all Ram 1500 engines.

Comprehensive Safety Systems For Safe Driving
Each 2017 Ram 1500 comes with six airbags as standard: advanced multistage driver and front-passenger airbags, supplemental front-seat side-mounted air bags, and side-curtain air bags. Also standard is electronic stability control,, plus four-wheel ABS, brake assist, all-speed traction control, rain brake support, ready alert braking, electronic roll mitigation, hill-start assist and trailer sway damping.

Other safety-related technologies come either as options or standard equipment on certain higher trim levels. These include items like ParkSense park assist, ParkView rear backup camera, remote start system, remote keyless entry with All-Secure, and security alarm.

2017 Ram 1500 – Worth A Look When Shopping For A Pickup
If you are in the market for a pickup truck, the Ram 1500 should be on your shopping list. It has proven itself on and off the road, on the jobsite, and in the sales wars!

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Stephen Fogel

Stephen follows the global automotive industry on a daily basis, including new model announcements, new technologies, sales trends, and the latest in "green" cars.