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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Great acceleration"

Robert L., MA (2012 Ram 1500)

"5.7l. HEMI is awesome. Not for inexperienced driver. Never stumbles like my 1974 Dodge W150 did with its teething problems with the federally mandated emissions system."

Evan H., MN (2012 Ram 1500)

"great acceleration but will wonder on the road"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ram 1500)

"Its a wonderful driving and riding vehicle. We take is sometimes by choice for trips. However, there is that 17 mpg thing. We can afford it and its really not that much money, though."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ram 1500)

"Accelerates almost too very quickly when pulling out to pass"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ram 1500)

"The acceleration and handling has been super for a large vehicle. My only negative is that it takes a lot of pedal pressure to bring it to a stop. I do not often have to brake hard, but when I have, there is a feeling that it just may not stop."

Phillip G., TX (2012 Ram 1500)

"390 HP hemi, what more can i say. Only bad thing is the Variable Valve Timing, causes a significant delay in power availability, far worse than a turbocharger."

Thomas N., GA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Ride and comfort are great. Acceleration is greater."

Colin D., DE (2012 Ram 1500)

"Accelerates quickly for a truck and handles very well even with a heavy payload."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ram 1500)

"Wonderful, comfortable driving truck with comfortable cloth seats, powerful engine and pretty good mileage. 125,000 miles with no service at all."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ram 1500)

"This is a top end Laramie with the Hemi V-8 and it lacks nothing in power. The handling is exceptional for a 1/2 ton truck and the rear suspension is superior to all other makes. The steering is true and it is a fantastic over the road vehicle. I have driven it from Calif to Wisconsin and it was a great ride."

ADRIAN S., WI (2012 Ram 1500)

"Strong V-8, handles trailer hauling without complaint, though admittedly the mileage suffers."

GORDON P., WA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Great acceleration and excellent towing. Love the Hemi!"

COLIN D., DE (2012 Ram 1500)

"Accelerates wonderfully and handles well. Very comfortable on long drives"

LAURIE B., CA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Pulls our 18" travel trailer up long hills at speed limit. Eco transmission condition saves fuel while remaining at highway speed."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ram 1500)

"nice acceleration, but some issues with handling and transmission slippage"

JEFF M., AB (2012 Ram 1500)

"This truck has great acceleration making passing easy and safe."

Lorin R., ID (2012 Ram 1500)

"handles and acceleration is excellent."

Jesse M., GA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Lot’s of power for towing my boat."

Mary H., CA (2012 Ram 1500)

"What a beast! Love the power and the sound. One issue is keeping it under 45 mph. It wants to run fast. Good luck in the 30 mph zones!"

Joseph S., NH (2012 Ram 1500)

"Good handling with or without RV trailer. If you step on the gas hard, you had better hang on!"

Ethan A., NV (2012 Ram 1500)

"My Ram 1500 accelerates without hesitation and handles very well while driving on the highway, including mountain highways."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ram 1500)

"Drives well. Slow to accelerate but has power at top end. Handles well at normal speeds, a bit touchy around corners at high speed."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ram 1500)

"I drive mostly 2 lane highways and can safely pass vehicles if necessary because the acceleration is so good."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500)

"Excellent, responsive vehicle. A pleasure to drive."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ram 1500)

"I tow a 33 foot camper all over the US and never had a problem with the power and acceleration on all kinds of roads."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ram 1500)

"A Wonderful vehicle. Very comfortable for long trips"

Brian G., MI (2012 Ram 1500)

"Two recall notices for transmission issues. I keep getting lemon law lawyer advertising in the mail. I think this vehicle year was not good."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500)

"4.7 litre is very ppoor perfgvorming."

James T., AB (2012 Ram 1500)

"I get the 15 mpg around town and average 19 mpg on the open roads. that meas it getting over 23 mpg to get a 19 average."

Frank J., TN (2012 Ram 1500)

"The truck rides and corners smoothly. Acceleration and power are excellent. It is comfortable."

David L., WA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Very good when starting from stop or going up hills"

Joseph K., PA (2012 Ram 1500)

"The Hemi V8 provides good acceleration with responsive handling."

Clifford S., MO (2012 Ram 1500)

"Good power and acceleration. Also towing."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ram 1500)

"great acceleration and ride"

Larry B., NC (2012 Ram 1500)

"For me this vehicle is the perfect balance between power and fuel economy. The four cylinder engine cutout enables me to achieve better than advertised fuel economy while having strong acceleration immediately on tap. The handling is solid and tracks better than other brands that I sometimes rent while on vacation. I have a class 1 drivers licence and have driven many different trucks and other vehicles. This is the best highway vehicle I have owned."

John R., BC (2012 Ram 1500)

"The truck handles very well."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ram 1500)

"Smooth and strong acceleration. Handles well.Regularly have to use cruise control to avoid speeding on frequently used 50 mph highway."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ram 1500)

"My Ram handles extremely well and rides as well as many sedans. It provides superb towing ability and looks great, in my eye. Gas mileage is the only minus factor but after all, it is a truck and I didn't expect great mileage."

Adrian S., WI (2012 Ram 1500)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The truck is very comfortable, especially compared to our family member's Chevy Silverado. Long highway rides are no problem, the cabin is quiet, suspension is smooth, and seats are good."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ram 1500)

"The ride is awesome, a selling point at purchase. Very smooth over bumpy roads and not noisy at all. Also, I find getting in and out of the truck is easier for me at 81 years old than in almost all cars and SUV's I've ridden in the past few years. I have to duck down and twist around, which is painful for my back and legs, to get in and out of cars and SUV's. Stepping up and stepping down in the truck is so much better for me."

M F., ON (2012 Ram 1500)

"They are nice and wide and comfortable. I would like to have the electronic sea adjustment, but I am okay with them as they are"

Marshall B., OK (2012 Ram 1500)

"Rides like a large luxury vehicle, not a truck"

Robert L., MA (2012 Ram 1500)

"ride very quite. handling not good"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ram 1500)

"Very comfortable seats with lots of leg room in both front and rear seats. Very good ride for a pickup."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Seat does not adjust up or down. Have to sit on a cushion. Good climate control. Relatively quiet ride."

JANET M., ON (2012 Ram 1500)

"It does not have seat setting memory,it should"

K A., MD (2012 Ram 1500)

"This vehicle rides very comfortably, especially since it is a truck."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ram 1500)

"Driver's seat very uncomfortable. Although it is a power seat, there is not much range for adjustment."

GUSTAVO M., FL (2012 Ram 1500)

"The ventilated and heated seats are greatly appreciated. The ventilated feature is just as appreciated during the summer time as the heating elements are during the winter. The climate controls quickly bring the interior of the truck to comfort levels. The overall ride is as smooth as silk with easy torque to move along through traffic."

PAUL E., VA (2012 Ram 1500)

"For a truck this vehicle has a very pleasant ride with a good cabinet environment."

Clifford S., MO (2012 Ram 1500)

"The seats are really comfortable. Road noise is at a minimum and ride is smooth."

Jean P., TX (2012 Ram 1500)

"Seats offer great support, exceptional leg room."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Most comfortable ride of any vehicle I’ve ridden in lately"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500)

"Very strong and quiet. cabin is carpeted, roomy, and environmental controls are very excellent"

Gordon P., WA (2012 Ram 1500)

"It does not feel like you are in a truck"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ram 1500)

"The seats are very comfortable. The ride is very smooth."

Lorin R., ID (2012 Ram 1500)

"seats are very comfortable.ride is very smooth and quite"

Jesse M., GA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Very comfortable cab."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Seats are very comfortable, able to drive all day without discomfort. Vehicle is quiet with little road noise, able to listen to talk shows at freeway speeds at normal, safe volume. Ride is superior to Ford, GM trucks."

John R., BC (2012 Ram 1500)

"Nice looking, smooth ride, dependable performance!"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ram 1500)

"Seats are roomy and have good back support."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500)

"These seats are plush and comfortable! Road noise is pretty good. On our 2nd recall though, makes me want to get rid of it!"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"The day I bought this new was the first time I had purchase a new truck in 15 years, I guess sticker shock!!! HA! But I feel when I bought it that it was in line of price as others."

Ben T., TN (2012 Ram 1500)

"Fantastic bang for the buck, it's like driving a sports car with four wheel drive. Smooth ride, great handling and excellent reliability."

Thomas N., GA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Got the RAM from a regional dealer at an end of model year price, fully equipped for a price our local dealers were offering on a basic "stripper". Better in so many ways, will stay with the truck for many, many years to come."

GORDON P., WA (2012 Ram 1500)

"RAM and all the other truck manufacturers set an MSRP that is ludicrous for what you get. Manufacturer and dealer "incentives" are the only way that it can make even marginal economic sense to buy a truck. Even then, it comes down to a personal choice to pay more for a truck than for many other vehicles. In reality, it is lousy value for money, especially in Canada where manufacturers/dealers feel free to charge far more than warranted in a free trade environment."

MERVIN S., ON (2012 Ram 1500)

"Ram had 1800 miles on it when bought used in 2014. Truck was like new inside and out. Paid considerably less than expected."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ram 1500)

"Paid to much for tono cover and side step up rails. My own fault,did not research before I bought."

JANET M., ON (2012 Ram 1500)

"The price of the vehicle is too high."

Anonymous, NE (2012 Ram 1500)

"truck was a demo with few miles so I paid a great price for this truck. I've driven from Texas to CA twice no problems. Easy to drive and manuver.. Comfortable ride.And easy to haul trailers."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Most comfortable seats I have ever drive in! I do not know about resale value but when we bought ours, the dealer was offering deep discounts in the fall to move out the years models. Far more for our money than other brands."

LAURIE B., CA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Manufacturer rebates/discounts"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500)

"We pull an RV Trailer. plenty of power, good handling, 13 mpg with trailer, no maintenance problems, good looking, cherry red."

Ethan A., NV (2012 Ram 1500)

"I have owned this truck 6 years now and for what I got in this truck wasn't a bad valve at all. I didn't spend more than I wanted and even tho I purchased it new off the dealers lot I didn't take a big hit when I drove off the lot. The truck is still valued more than others."

Ben T., TN (2012 Ram 1500)

"Fair price compared to other similar trucks. Excellent value."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ram 1500)

"This was an end of model year find, a standard cab which seems to be very RARE but exactly what I wanted (one row of seats and a full-size bed). It was very well priced as I had mostly been seeing stripped utility versions of this arrangement."

Gordon P., WA (2012 Ram 1500)

"I bought at year end and got a big discount."

Mary H., CA (2012 Ram 1500)

"Best ride with lots of power. Trouble fee"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ram 1500)

"It is bought and paid for"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ram 1500)

"My Ram is the Laramie model which was the top of the line in 2012 and it was loaded with almost all options except rear seat entertainment. I got a $10K discount off of MSRP so I consider this an outstanding value and in over 6 years this has been a trouble free vehicle."

Adrian S., WI (2012 Ram 1500)

"This vehicle has proven to be reliable and a pleasure to drive. It is powerful enough for towing and quick acceleration. The Ram is comfortable and well equipped. For these reasons I have not sought a new truck yet!"

David L., WA (2012 Ram 1500)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The styling of the truck is appealing. It looks good."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ram 1500)

"Styling is great."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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