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2017 RAM 1500 at Bodwell Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM

Those in the market for a lighter-duty pickup still capable of plenty of work should turn their eye to the 2017 RAM 1500. With classic RAM dependability and the added bonus of excellent engine choices (including a V6 EcoDiesel), the 1500 is a serious contender in the segment and scores big points for fuel economy, trim level options, and equipped interior.

Engine Performance

  • Three available engine options
  • 29 mpg highway fuel economy (with EcoDiesel engine)
  • Towing capability up to 10,640 lbs

Safety Features

  • Trailer-sway control
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Available rearview camera

Vehicle Design

  • 10 available trim levels
  • 5 or 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect display
  • Available leather upholstery

What are my powertrain options for the 2017 RAM 1500?

In 2017, the RAM 1500 comes standard with a 3.6-liter gasoline-powered V6 engine, with options to upgrade to a 5.7-liter V8 (standard on the Sport, Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims) or a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel (standard on the HFE). The diesel engine optimizes the 1500's fuel economy, reaching 29 miles per gallon on the highway, making it the most fuel-efficient full-sized pickup in America. The V8, meanwhile, maximizes the vehicles towing capacity, able to tow up to 10,640 pounds.Standard on all 1500's is an eight-speed automatic transmission.

What features does the RAM 1500 interior have?

Soft, comfortable seating with excellent lumbar support is a distinctive mark of all 1500 trim levels, whether you opt for the standard vinyl or upgraded leather upholstery. The comfortable ride makes the 1500 a welcoming option for longer road-trips or just the drive home at the end of a long day. In addition to superior front-row seating, the crew cab offers similar seats and ample leg room for backseat passengers. An impressive 10 available trim levels allow buyers to choose from features and packages including a 5 or 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect display, keyless entry and ignition with remote start, Bluetooth, voice control and a 6 or 10-speaker audio system. Some of the more specified trims include the off-road oriented Rebel, with all-terrain tires and front and rear Bilstein shock absorbers, and the HFE (high fuel economy), which comes standard with the mpg-optimizing EcoDiesel engine and an automatic engine start-stop system to reduce idling.

What kind of safety features are available with the RAM 1500?

The 2017 1500 comes with many safety and security features standard on all models, including stability and trailer-sway control, front-seat and full-length side airbags, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. In addition to the standard safety measures, rearview camera and rear parking sensors are available to add on, and all models with the Uconnect system have an emergency communication system and stolen-vehicle tracking. The 2017 RAM 1500 earned an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars for crash protection.

Final Thoughts on the 2017 RAM 1500

As one of the longest-running designs still offered in its segment, the RAM 1500 has built on generations of excellence to deliver a vehicle that is capable, versatile and modern. The 2017 1500 doesn't sacrifice form or function, prioritizing interior comfort, towing and hauling power, and fuel efficiency to create a well-rounded contender in the lighter-duty pickup class. From the off-road-ready Rebel to the fuel-economy-optimizing HFE, this year's RAM 1500 family is one to watch.

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