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With its freshening, the Ram emerges as perhaps the most civilized full-sized pickup to date. Its coil-spring rear suspension helps lend a cushioned ride and handling is competent for such a big vehicle. Our Big Horn Crew Cab, with its smooth, effortless 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and slick eight-speed automatic, averaged 15 mpg.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard from 2013.
Model Summary
With its freshening, the Ram emerges as perhaps the most civilized full-sized pickup to date. Its coil-spring rear suspension helps lend a cushioned ride and handling is competent for such a big vehicle. Our Big Horn Crew Cab, with its smooth, effortless 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and slick eight-speed automatic, averaged 15 mpg. The base 4.7-liter V8, mated to a six-speed automatic, is underwhelming and gets no better mpg than the 5.7-liter V8. An available V6 is plenty capable. The spacious cab is luxury-car quiet and the Uconnect Infotainment system, with its eight-inch touch screen, is easy to use.
Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.7-liter V6 (215 hp)
  • 4.7-liter V8 (310 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (390 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Ram 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Stop light in roof leaked”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“The third brake light leaked during a rain storm causing water to enter into the back of my seats”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“drain hoses for the sunroof came loose or plugged and water leaked through the headliner into the cab. I understand that this is a "common" problem with the Ram trucks with sun roofs”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“The leaks have been terrible. Leaks around the backup lights, the headlights, door trip, cabin trim. It has been one thing after another. Get one fixed and then the next thing fails”

Mary C., TX (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

“There's a rattle under the top dash exactly in the center of the dash. The dealer looked at it and fixed it a bit but it's still there”

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“There's a rattle in the top/center of the dash board. The dealer tried fixing it twice. It's better but still there”

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Wind noise

“The seals are not very good. There are much better seals in j.c.whitney that are much better”

John L., WI (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“Seized belt tensioner pulley caused squealing”

Rob M., SK (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

“Engine knocks at cold start. As the outside temperatures drop, the knocking gets louder. Too loud!”

Colin D., DE (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“Loud engine noise on start up. Sounds like a diesel. Goes away when engine warms up. Dealer says it is piston slap and they all do it. I did hear others brand new do it. Still not pleasant”

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Engine has a knock and the valve lifters tick when engine is running. The dealer where I purchased the truck tells me that its normal. No other trucks i've checked or listened to do it as loud as mine. Still have warrenty left for now.When its gone,”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Stud cracked due to weak bolts and the exhaust manifold warped. This is a common problem with the Hemi engine”

Rob M., SK (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Oil leaks

“The oil leaks come after oil changes. I have to crawl under truck and tighten oil filter and some bolts. There torque specs are not very good. I can go another 10 to 18 ft lbs”

John L., WI (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Engine mounts

“This is the second time I had to replace the mounts. There is excessive shaking and noise and each time the dealer says it is the mounts. They get replaced and 6 months later the same problem”

Mary C., TX (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Left front caliper froze up, and was replaced”

Gary R., IA (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

“Caliper froze up causing brake pad wear and grooves on rotor”

Rodney A., WI (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)
Parking brake

“Parking brake cable on drivers side went loose. Dealer stated that the part at the drum location has seized and not let shoe to release. resulting as to the loose cable”

Ronald H., ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Right front caliper partially stuck occasionally causing premature wear on pads and rotor. Replaced satisfactorily under warranty”

Kevin H., ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 4.7-L V8)

“Pad wear because of caliper froze up”

Rodney A., WI (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)
Rotors

“the rear brake pads were hard on the rotors”

Usda, NY (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Totally worn out at 120000”

Pat R., BC (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Tire pressure readings in correct”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ram 1500 Unsure 5.7-L V8)

“I get no picture while backing up”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.7-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

“The entire system freezes up, and locks everything, including radio, nav. sys, phone, etc. Even when system replaced, problem still exists”

Daniel F., GA (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“AM band has a horrendous buzz even when you have a strong signal. if you step on the brake pedal it goes away. taken it to the dealer multiple times ever time same answer. Chrysler knows about it but has no fix”

Anonymous, NV (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“the Radio/Gps/phone would forget my presets, phone numbers and where my home is... Dodge fixed this under warranty”

Mark K., TX (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Display screen difficult to see

“screen really darkened, replaced but the same results”

Anonymous, MB (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“decal on doors”

Edward S., MD (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“clear coat flaking off along top edge of tailgate”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)

“Truck had paint stains on the hood of the truck. They could not be buffed out. The hood needed to be repainted”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Rust

“side step bars chrome peeling off”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Our front bumper is rusting in the the rock chip spots. Have to be careful with this to clean and fill properly each spring”

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

“Left front tire was noisy, didn't run smoothly and was very noisy. Alignment was out, resulting in tire being "chopped" (very uneven wear). Aligned under warranty; tires rotated. Three weeks later, noisy and rough again. Alignment was out again; al”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Totally worn out at 120000km”

Pat R., BC (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Shocks or struts

“NEEDED TO BE REPLACED”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ram 1500 Unsure 5.7-L V8)

“I had a persistent fluid leak at the front end of the truck. Took it to the dealer who changed the oil and filter and assured me that there was no leak. The leak continued. Took it back to the dealer, who did a more thorough inspection and found t”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“front left strut leaking”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Error code displayed Gas mileage went south right away”

Fred W., FL (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Leak from filler neck, won't pass emissions. Dealer says it's not covered under warranty, I am disputing this with Chrysler”

Ronald H., GA (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Check Engine light alerted that there was a problem. Our auto mechanic found an EGR problem and replaced the EGR”

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 4.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“The headlights are very poor, and changing them to a better quality bulb is extremely difficult. It is bizarre that they require the whole front end of the truck to be taken apart just to replace headlight bulbs. Serious problem”

Jeff M., AB (2012 Ram 1500 Unsure 5.7-L V8)

“Factory installed headlight bulbs had become darkened and did not produce the necessary light for night driving. Both bulbs were replaced with new, higher intensity bulbs. (This Ram has one bulb in each headlight for both high and low beams.)”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

“this monitor gives constant false issues when the truck has been driven in cold and icey conditions. It seems to reset once the vehicle has been warmed up for a few hours in a building”

Jeff M., AB (2012 Ram 1500 Unsure 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

“both exhaust manifolds have cracked and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NV (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Two broken studs in exhaust manifold that was covered by warranty”

Craig F., CA (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Condenser

“Leaked. Fixed under warranty. But took two days”

Steve F., ON (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“AC blowing warm”

Robert H., FL (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Twice in 2 years battery failed. Towed to dealership. First time nothing detected, second time replaced battery”

Anonymous, AR (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

“rear diff began making noise when checked diff was failing and had to be rebuilt”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Replace sensor”

Michael F., AL (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission stuck in 4th gear”

Robert H., FL (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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