Surprisingly luxurious and refined, the Ram remains fully capable of doing dirty work when duty calls. A unique coil-spring rear suspension gives it a smooth ride and the interior is whisper-quiet. Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice. You can also get a diesel. All Ram 1500s now come with an efficient, slick-shifting eight-speed automatic, a pickup-truck exclusive.
Alerts
There are 9 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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.

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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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.
Road Test

Surprisingly luxurious and refined, the Ram remains fully capable of doing dirty work when duty calls. A unique coil-spring rear suspension gives it a smooth ride and the interior is whisper-quiet. Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice. You can also get a diesel.

All Ram 1500s now come with an efficient, slick-shifting eight-speed automatic, a pickup-truck exclusive. Most get a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that delivers seamless power and still returns a class-average 15 mpg overall. A 3.6-liter V6 engine is standard, aiding fuel economy and a significant savings over the Hemi. It does an admirable job motivating this big truck, as long as your towing needs are modest.

Seating
2 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
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (240 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Ram 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Drivers door must be slammed to close properly. Two dealers said it was normal. One said: It's a Dodge - just slam it!"

David B., SC (2017 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
Locks and latches

"The driver's side door handle started to separate so it was replaced under warranty"

David M., CA (2017 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The bed seams are coming apart, and there is no solution to fix it."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Tailgate rattling. Repaired at dealer"

Anonymous, AL (2017 Ram 1500 Express 3.6-L V6)

"Bubbles inside front right door. Recall on tailgate latch"

John R., VA (2017 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Bubbles inside front right door Recall on tailgate latch"

John R., VA (2017 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"recall problem with tailgate staying up, has fallen down twice and hit trailer in tow"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)

"had a recall done for an issue where the tailgate would fall open while driving,"

Anonymous, MO (2017 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

"tailgate factory recall"

Anonymous, NH (2017 Ram 1500 3.6-L V6)

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

Display screen goes blank

"A couple of mos ago, my screen just went blank...after trying a few of the usual steps to address this, including a complete reboot by shutting down, it persisted and I brought it in...the dealership did the latest update and the problem was corrected...BUT, why didn't RAM send me a recall on it?"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Would not connect Bluetooth"

Winthrop K., KY (2017 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"new one Great service very happy ."

Wendy B., ON (2017 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Would not connect with Bluetooth"

Winthrop K., KY (2017 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
Radio

"Sirius/XM radio constantly cuts out, phone does not sync to the radio, volume adjusts to high when a text message comes in. Radio unit was replaced and problems continue. Dealer says they are waiting for a software update, but it has been over a year and they have not been able to fix it."

Lawrence C., AZ (2017 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

"Am/fm stopped working"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Software update fixes

"Tailgate lock recall"

Anonymous, (2017 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

"Auto park had to be reprogrammed several times, tail gate auto lock reprogrammed,"

Anonymous, MN (2017 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

"pulls left, according to several dealers it did not need alignment but they could not explain why it pulls left."

Robert A., VA (2017 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
Ball joints

"Pulsing in the front wheels. Believe one of the rotors is out-of-round; discovered ball joints needed replacing as well."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"It had to be towed twice and the 2nd time new compressor installed."

Gordon K., AB (2017 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"truck springs are too weak for towing a house trailer on a major trip over 1000k return"

Anonymous, BC (2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman 5.7-L V8)
Steering wheel vibration

"Vibration has happened since truck was first purchased. Dealer has replaced tires one by one and vibration still happens at highway speeds."

Lawrence C., AZ (2017 Ram 1500 Express 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

Premature brake wear

"Left Front rotor and brake wore out creating excessive brake dust ruined the finish on the wheel."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"I am guessing a warped rotor causing a pulsation through the brake pedal. I am not surprised. I have had Chrysler vans in the past and they were brutal on brakes. Can only guess that the material is cheap used to manufacture these rotors."

Richard P., ON (2017 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Rotors

"Rotors warpred after 19000 miles. Had to replace both rotors and pads. Find that completely unacceptable for a new vehicle. Dodge standard warranty only for 12/12000 whichever came first and would not cover anything. All highway miles, never towed anything."

Robert M., CO (2017 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

"Premature wear for one rotor."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Squeaking

"The truck is brand new and the brakes have squealed since we bought it. The brakes work fine, but nobody seems to be able to explain why they squeak. It is very irritating, especially since the truck is new with less than 10K miles. We shouldn't be having this problem"

Valerie R., CA (2017 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

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

"Noise around driver door."

Patrick H., WV (2017 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"water leaked through the weather stripping on the roof on the drivers side the dealer replaced the weather stripping and the problem was solved"

Rick G., ON (2017 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Wind noise

"Reported it to RAM. They said they replaced the bad part, but the wind noise still remains"

Wayne K., TX (2017 Ram 1500 Lone Star 5.7-L V8)

"A lot of wind noise compared to our new CHEVROLET Tahoe."

Jeffery A., NC (2017 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"had a recall preformed that puts car in park automatically if a door is opened while in drive"

Anonymous, MO (2017 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

"Vehicle found a neutral when attempting to shift into gear."

Roy C., PA (2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman 5.7-L V8)
Transmission computer

"recall"

Anonymous, NM (2017 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

"The transmission was placed under a Recall and was forced to goto Dealership for needed repairs."

Patrick H., PA (2017 Ram 1500 Express 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Trim over top of cab keeps coming loose."

Anonymous, AL (2017 Ram 1500 Express 3.6-L V6)

"The ram boxes of the vehicle are warped and painted trim on them is loose and buckled"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint coating on driver door bubbled and cracked. it was similar to a plastic coating"

Robert A., VA (2017 Ram 1500 5.7-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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"the light went on, my wife took the truck to the dealer , they said it wasn't covered by warranty and charged about $260 to fix"

Edward E., FL (2017 Ram 1500 SLT 3.6-L V6)
Cruise control

"At least three different times dealership had to replace cruise control switch."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Ram 1500)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Right rear signal light failed. Repaired under warranted. Failed a second time. Harness replaced under warranted."

A S., NY (2017 Ram 1500 Big Horn 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

A/C compressor

"Even though a brand new vehicle purchase of two weeks ago, the air conditioning does not work. Appointment set up for this week to have it looked at."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"The climate control blows cold are constantly after the heated temperature is reached, only turning it to max heat produces any heat at that point"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Heater system

"VEHICLE DID NOT HEAT COMFORTABLY ON VERY COLD WINTER DAYS"

Anonymous, QC (2017 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Dodge sells a lot of these vehicles. I had the same exact problem with my 2013 Ram. You would think that they would want to fix the exhaust manifold issues with the V8 trucks. My fault for purchasing another one but I won't bite again. I will never own another Ram."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Other/unsure

"factory recall"

Anonymous, NH (2017 Ram 1500 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Had engine oil leak in rear of engine. Dealer had 3 times before finally fixing. Changed rear main oil seal first. Then pan gasket. Finally a plug in the back side of the engine."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"The engine appears to suddenly be burning more oil than the previous 2 years of operation."

John G., MA (2017 Ram 1500 SLT 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Exhaust filter plugged up and vehicle reverted to limit mode - barely enough power to make it up the driveway dangerous to drive - especially on the freeway. As soon as warranty is up I intend to remove this stupid junk. Problem with environment is too many people -can't be fixed by expensive junk stuck under the hood."

Jim D., WI (2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The O2 sensor was improperly installed at the manufacturer. The dealer had to install a new one properly"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"After driving it to about 12,000 miles, it began to take up to 10 miles to heat to operating temperature. I took it to the dealer to have it replaced under warranty. They claimed it worked as hit should, and refused to replace it. I took it home to my own garage, replaced the thermostat, and it works perfectly now. The dealer wasn't willing to do anything further on my truck, so I ended up fixing it myself."

Paul T., WI (2017 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Engine Major

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

Drive System

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

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

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