Our Trucks Report Part 4: Dodge Ram
April 27, 2012 by Robert Koci
The 2012 Ram 1500 comes in regular cab, Quad Cab and Crew Cab models, with three box lengths: 8-ft. (regular cab), 6-ft.-4-in. (regular cab and Quad Cab), and 5-ft.-7-in. (Ram 1500 Crew Cab). In all, there are 11 Ram 1500 models, including Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn. The Ram Express line expands this year to include Crew Cab and Quad Cab versions.
The line’s RamBox cargo management system, which includes weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into bed rails, is now available for Quad and Crew Cab models, and the short bed Regular Cab.
Regarding the powertrain, there’s a new six-speed automatic transmission calibration with Electronic Range Select.
Other additions for 2012 include a new steering wheel with cruise control buttons, and six new colours. Inside, there are “store in the floor” storage bins with removable liners. The Ram 1500 provides more than 30 safety features, including Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control.
This year, the truck’s 5.7-litre HEMI V8 gets more horsepower (390 hp) and torque (407 lb.-ft.). Also available is a flex-fuel-capable 4.7-litre V8 providing 310 hp and 330 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 3.7-litre V6 generating 215 hp and 235 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 2012 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty lineup gets a new six-speed automatic transmission that can be mated to a choice of diesel- and gasoline-fueled powerplants. The HD models are available in eight trim levels. Ram Truck and Cummins have developed an enhanced High Output Turbo Diesel offering 800 lb.-ft. of torque. Additionally, there is a Max Tow option for the Ram 3500 with a 22,750-lb. maximum trailer weight and up to 30,000 lb. Gross Combined Weight Rating.
The 2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 Mega Cab models offer best-in-class interior room in the segment, including the largest, longest cab (143.2 cu. ft., 111.1 in. long), the largest interior cargo volume (72.2 cu. ft.), the largest cargo volume behind the rear seat (7.7 cu. ft.) and the largest flat-floor load area (16.8 sq. ft.).