2012 RAM 1500

MSRP $30,740 - $46,420

Ranked #2 in Pickup-truck

7.9

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2012 RAM 1500 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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A pickup truck is an American’s best friend. Pickup trucks are way more common than they should be because apparently, people like to buy one without really needing one. A pickup truck needs to be brawny, durable, and tough and the RAM 1500 fills all of that. It comes in a myriad of customizable options. Offering good handling characteristics and an even better array of features, the RAM also sports an upscale interior.

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Pros

Great ride quality

Upscale interior quality

Powerful engine options

Commodious cabin

Cons

Base engine lacks frugality

Towing capacity, not on par with rivals

Can confuse buyers with so many options

What's New?

Six-speed automatic transmission now standard 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$46420

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

345 cu.in.

horsepower

390 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

407 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic

capacity

towing capacity

9650 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/16/19 mpg

highway range

608 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

ST$30,740 onwards

SLT$33,220 onwards

Outdoorsman$33,220 onwards

Big Horn$33,220 onwards

Tradesman$33,960 onwards

Express$33,960 onwards

Sport$37,485 onwards

Laramie$40,370 onwards

Laramie Longhorn Limited Edition$43,275 onwards

Laramie Limited$43,275 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 RAM 1500 in Agate Black color
Agate Black

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The 2012 RAM 1500 Crew Cab is suitable for seating 6 people, quite easily, with lots of space. It vaunts premium quality materials and engaging ride quality. Starting at the price of $30,740; it will go up against the likes of its American compatriots, the Ford F-150, GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab.


9.9/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2012 RAM 1500 Features

9.9/10

The 2012 RAM 1500 Crew Cab is available in a total of 8 trims and a plethora of configurations. However, some of these trims are limited and amongst the primary and long-standing trims, you can access the ST, Express, SLT, Sport, and Laramie. Priced at $30,740 for the base variant and $43,515 for its top-tier trim, the truck is available both with a 2WD and 4WD option. You can choose from either of two engine options.

Trim

ST

Express

SLT

Sport

Laramie

MSRP (2WD)

$30,740

$30,740

$33,220

$37,485

$40,370

MSRP (4WD)

$33,960

$33,960

$36,440

$40,705

$43,515

Key Features

17” steel wheels

20” aluminum wheels

Adds/upgrades to the features of ST

Adds/upgrades to the features of SLT

Adds/upgrades to the features of the Sport

 

Automatic headlights

Fog lamps

17” alloy wheels

22” chrome wheels

Six-way power-adjustable passenger’s heated seat

 

Tilt steering wheel

Body-color grille surround with black inserts

Chrome exterior trim

Unique bucket seats

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Locking tailgate

Halogen headlamps

Power sliding rear window

Floor mounted shift lever

Premium

10-speaker Surround Sound audio system

 

Air conditioning

HD Vinyl bench seats with manual adjusters

Heated outside rearview mirrors

Body-colored grille

External chrome trim (additional)

 

Six-speaker sound system

 

8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support

 

Driver memory functions

These are not all, there are more trims available. The Outdoorsman package will add all-terrain tires, underbody skid plates, limited-slip rear differential, and other cool features. You can also opt for the Lone Star if you live in Texas since it is only available in Texas. The Big Horn is available everywhere except Texas.They consist of the SLT’s features with a few added extras. Besides that, there are ample optional packages that you can add to your truck. The level of customization is unreal.

Which trim should you buy?

You should go with the SLT trim. It is in a sweet spot compared to the other, about the fact that it does not cost too much and neither does it compromise too much on the features. It gets equipped with the more powerful V8 engine unit and is adorned with several first-grade features as standard. 

2012 RAM 1500 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Even though there is a 3.7L V6 available, it is only for the base trim in the Regular and Quad Cab options, the 2012 RAM 1500 Crew Cab has a 4.7L V8 at heart. The engine pumps out 310 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. This unit is mated to the newly introduced six-speed automatic transmission and can be had either as a 2WD or a 4WD. Available as an option on the SLT, but as standard on the Sport and Laramie; you will find a massive 5.7L V8 capable of churning out 390 horses and 407 lb-ft of torque. Here also, a six-speed automatic is used.

The 4.7L is an upgrade from the V6, but it still fails to deliver power close to the level of the 5.7L. Torque output is great, which results in 1500 having a maximum towing capacity of 10,150 lbs. Even though the competitors offer more, the 2012 RAM 1500 still will fulfill most people’s needs.

The 5.7L V8 can do a sprint from 0-60 MPH in around 7.1 seconds. It can go past the quarter-mile in around 15.5 seconds. Not a very quick result, but more than enough for a pickup truck.

Models

2012 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2012 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

MSRP

$30,740

$30,980

$30,320

$30,320

Engine

4.7L V8

3.7L V6

4.8L V8

4.8L V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

4-speed automatic

4-speed automatic

Power

310 hp @ 5,650 RPM

302 hp @ 6,500 RPM

302 hp @ 5,600 RPM

302 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

330 lb-ft @ 3,950 RPM

278 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

305 lb-ft @ 4,600 RPM

305 lb-ft @ 4,600 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.1

7.1

8.0

7.6

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.5

15.1

N/A

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The 2012 Ford F-150 SuperCrew is the only truck in the segment that makes use of a V6 engine, yet it manages to produce similar power of 302hp, however, its torque output of 278lb.-ft is the lowest in the segment but does not cause a bearing on its performance. Both the GM siblings, the GMC and Chevrolet are adequately powerful, however, are slower than their competitors taking 8 and 7.6 seconds, respectively, to reach the 60mph mark. Each truck is channeled as an RWD variant, but all of them also offer an option to upgrade to the 4WD setup for more robust performance. 

2012 RAM 1500 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Fuel economy differs according to the configuration you have chosen. The 4.7L V8 in its 2WD guise will deliver 14/20/16 MPG for city/highway/combined driving. The 4WD trim level also offers the same figures, but the highway figures drop down to 19 MPG. With the larger 5.7L V8, you also get the same economy of 14/20/16 MPG for city/highway/combined driving for 2WD. For 4WD, you are greeted with 13/19/15 MPG.

With a gas tank of 26 gallons, you can expect to go for 364/520/416 miles without needing a refuel. If you choose the 5.7L V8, the range equates to 338/494/390 miles. As expected, the fuel economy is pretty taxing on your wallet.

Models

2012 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2012 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

MPG (City)

14

17

14

14

MPG (Highway)

20

23

19

19

MPG (Combined)

16

19

16

16

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

26.0

26.0

26.0

26.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

364/520/416

442/598/494

364/494/416

364/494/416

The F-150 is the winner when it comes to fuel economy averaging 19 MPG. All the trucks have similar size of gas tanks that can hold 26-gallons, and yet, the Ford easily offers the best range. Both, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 have the lowest efficiency on the highway averaging 19 MPG, Yet they offer similar combined efficiency and have a range of 416 miles as the RAM.

2012 RAM 1500 Interior

9.0/10

The RAM 1500 sports an upscale interior that will attract you right from the moment you step inside. The design has been made to impress. Quality materials are abundant. The Laramie trim has the best high-quality materials inside, with wood trim and leather upholstery. The boxy design of the truck is given a modern edge with curved edges. The interior is pretty beautiful, even though the base trims only come with vinyl and cloth trims.

The front seats are pretty comfortable and from the SLT trim onwards, the driver gets an 8-way power-adjustable seat with lumbar support. The Laramie also includes heated front seats and a six-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat. The lower trims come with a 40/20/40 bench seating configuration. The seats offer good support and are quite comfy. The rear row can also seat three people and is very spacious and roomy.

Where the RAM shines are the storage options. Other than a large center console storage bin, they also offer an optional feature called the “RamBox”. These RamBoxes can be found over the rear fenders inside the bed and they can also be locked for storing essential items. The rear seats can also move up and allow for storage underneath them. As for the bed, you get a bed length of 67.4 inches, a width of 51” (between wheel housings), 20” height. A total of 50.3 cubic feet of cargo storage is available. The max payload is 1717 lbs.

Models

2012 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2012 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Seating Capacity

6

6

6

6

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

41.0/66.0/41.0

41.0/65.9/41.4

41.2/65.2/41.3

41.2/65.2/41.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.9/65.7/40.3

40.3/65.5/43.5

40.5/65.1/38.7

40.5/65.1/38.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

50.3

55.4

53.2

53.2

Each truck in the segment has ample space to seat six passengers comfortably. While the front seats are equally commodious, the 2012 Ford F-150 SuperCrew has maximum space for rear-seat passengers. Additionally, it also sports the highest cargo capacity of 55.4 cu.-ft. The RAM comes with the smallest cargo capacity, but it also comes with neat features such as the RamBoxes. 

Some of the standout interior features include the following:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 8-way power-adjustable heated driver’s seat
  • 6-way power-adjustable heated passenger’s seat
  • Driver seat memory
  • Leather upholstery

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The base trim comes with a UConnect 130 system with AM/FM stereo. There is nothing fancy about it at all. However, as you move up, you are greeted with the UConnect 730N, which includes a 6.5” screen. The screen is decent, but it is not very responsive and also not the most intuitive to use.

Talking about features, you are greeted with CD/DVD/MP3 player, USB ports, a 40 GB hard drive w/ 20 GB available. You also get navigation in-built and SiriusXM traffic and SiriusXM travel link. SIRIUS satellite radio is also available. The base trim features a measly 6-speaker sound system, but the Laramie features a 9-speaker sound system w/ subwoofer. Bluetooth is optional. To top it all off, there are also UConnect voice commands.

Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 6.5” UConnect 730N
  • SiriusXM Traffic
  • SiriusXM travel link
  • SIRIUS satellite radio
  • 9-speaker sound system
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation

2012 RAM 1500 Exterior

8.0/10

From the very first moment you lay your eyes on it, the American truck strikes a confident pose. It has a very aggressive stance. Being a RAM truck, it looks pretty stylish and ready to take on any job you throw at it. The front fascia features rectangular halogen headlights with curved edges towards the top. The grille rises above them and completes the aggressive look. 

The ST and Express have body-colored grille, but the higher trims all feature a chrome-finished grille. In fact, the higher you go, the more chrome you get on the exterior. The ST and SLT ride on 17” wheels, but the Sport rides on 22” wheels. The Express also features 20” wheels. The hood is long and muscular and hides the glorious V8 underneath. The bumper is also chromed out on the higher trims. 

From the side, it looks like any regular pickup truck with running boards. The higher trims also feature chrome power heated outside mirrors. The rear also tries to be very grandeur, with a chrome rear bumper and dual exhausts. The taillights are also surrounded by chrome. Overall, 1500 will surely impress you once you lay your eyes on it.

Models

2012 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2012 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,083

5,128

5,099

5,099

Length (inches)

229.0

231.9

230.2

230.2

Width (inches)

79.4

79.2

80.0

80.0

Height (inches)

75.7

75.0

73.8

73.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.0

8.3

9.0

9.0

Wheelbase (inches)

140.5

144.4

143.5

143.5

The RAM has the shortest wheelbase of 140.5 inches, but it is the tallest at 75.7 inches. The dimensions are more or less the same, but the RAM gives all of its competitors a run for their money if you look at the aesthetics. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 have similar clearances from the ground as the RAM of 9 inches and are also the widest measuring 80 inches. On the other hand, the 2012 Ford F-150 SuperCrew is the heaviest weighing 5,128 lbs. 

Some of the standout exterior features include the following:

  • 20” aluminum wheels
  • Quad-beam halogen headlamps
  • Chrome power heated outside mirrors
  • Power sliding rear window
  • Running Boards

2012 RAM 1500 Safety

6.0/10

The 2012 RAM 1500 scored a 3-star safety rating overall in the NHTSA tests. It got an overall front star rating of 4; while the overall side star rating is 3. The overall side pole star rating was 1 star, which is pretty horrible. 

The IIHS tests were a little kinder, although only four categories were tested. It scored “Good” in three and got “Marginal” in roof strength. Judging by these ratings, we can conclude that the American truck is perhaps not the most secure and safe ride you can have. However, it is not completely shambolic. 

It comes with only the very basic safety features including:

  • Electronic stability control
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Hill-start assist
  • Trailer sway control
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Multistage airbags

2012 RAM 1500 Final Verdict

RAM did an excellent job with 2012 1500 and it certainly is worth considering. The performance is good, the interior spacing is good and lots of quirks such as RamBoxes certainly help elevate the utility. With the suspension setup offering a smooth and comfortable ride, the 2012 RAM 1500 Crew Cab scores a point in almost every department. Also, extremely customizable, it has a bit for everybody. Perhaps not the safest and not the most fuel-efficient, the F-150 is an option worth considering.

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