It can be tough shopping for a new pickup truck, and those decisions aren’t made any easier when you ultimately decide to pursue any of Rams offerings. After all, the trio of pickup trucks are more than capable of providing drivers with whatever features and capabilities they may be seeking. For instance, customers may appreciate the technological features that are included in the understated 2017 Ram 1500, or maybe they’ll be enamored with the 2017 Ram 2500’s towing ability. Regardless of your reasons for pursuing a truck, you’ll surely be satisfied with any of Ram’s offerings.
Below, we’ve explored some of the standout numbers for each of Ram’s three pickup trucks, including the 1500, 2500, and 3500. When you’re finished reading, you’ll surely be itching to start pursuing a new Ram truck…
8.4 inches: 2017 Ram 1500
Sure, the 2017 Ram 1500 may be the brand’s “smallest” pickup offering. However, that doesn’t mean the truck isn’t chock full of notable technological features. Predictably, the most appreciated of those amenities would be the brand’s infotainment system.
The UConnect 8.4 system (which is accessible via the accompanying 8.4-inch Touchscreen) will prove to be the perfect companion during any commute, road trip, or a day on the worksite. Drivers can take advantage of the built-in GPS Navigation, which includes 3-D terrain maps and the SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. Thanks to this addition, drivers will never have any issues finding their destination. They can also appreciate all of their favorite tunes via the SiriusXM All Access Package. If you are looking to jam out, then you’ll surely appreciate the listening experience that will come via the Alpine Nine-Speaker Premium Audio System, which is accompanied by a subwoofer and 12-channel amp.
Perhaps best of all, this system also offers Voice Command capabilities, meaning you won’t have to take your eyes off the road as you’re looking to access your preferred application. Furthermore, the accompanying Hands-Free Calling lets you stay connected to your family and friends without compromising safety.
In addition to the infotainment system, the brand also included their Driver Information Digital Cluster, which drivers can access via the seven-inch color display. Located right in front of the operator, the unit will provide drivers with important information like fuel efficiency, speed, and vehicle diagnostics. Other innovative interior features include the in-floor storage area, which provides just another place that drivers can store their valuable cargo. There’s also a dashboard glove box, meaning drivers can place their phone and wallet without thinking twice.
As we said, the 2017 Ram 1500 may be considered the “smallest” of the brand’s pickups. However, with a simple look at the technological offerings, you can infer that this sentiment purely applies to the truck’s size.
16,320 pounds: 2017 Ram 2500
The 2017 Ram 2500 is one of the most impressive worksite companions in the entire industry, and this sentiment can be confirmed by taking one look at the vehicle’s incredible towing specs. Ultimately, drivers can anticipate the ability to haul a best-in-class 16,320 pounds when their truck is equipped with the gas engine, and those specs are upgraded to a 17,980-pound towing capacity via the diesel engine. Looking for even more towing advantages (as if the Ram 2500 doesn’t already provide enough)? Then you can rely on a number of accompanying features, including the available fifth-wheel/gooseneck prep package. There’s even a Hill Start Assist mode, Integrated Trailer Hitch, and Trailer Sway Control system, a trio of safety functions that will be especially useful while towing.
Of course, a big reason for those performance capabilities is the incredible engines that are included under the hood. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine is the “smallest” of the bunch, but that doesn’t mean that the system isn’t capable of delivering a whole lot of power. The unit cranks out an impressive 400 horsepower and 383 pounds-feet of torque. If customers are seeking, even more, power, they can opt for the Heavy-Duty 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, which pumps out a best-in-class 410 horsepower and 429 pounds-feet of torque (resulting in that previously-mentioned 16,320-pound towing capacity).
If you prefer a diesel engine, then the renowned 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 engine is the proper choice. This specific unit delivers an incredible 370 horsepower and an awe-inspiring 800 pounds-feet of torque. Plus, the system requires a best-in-class 15,000-mile oil change interval, so you won’t have to consistently visit a mechanic for maintenance checks.
All of Ram’s pickups are capable haulers, and they’re each muscular in their own way. However, if you’re looking for optimal performance without paying an arm and a leg, then the 2017 Ram 2500 is the perfect choice.
Zero inconveniences: 2017 Ram 3500
We might be cheating a bit here, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention all of the convenience features that are included in the 2017 Ram 3500. These various inclusions will make any commute or journey to the worksite a whole lot more bearable.
For starters, one of the most appreciated features is the RamBox Cargo Management System, which allows owners to keep all of their preferred tools organized and secured. Furthermore, the AllSecure Central Locking System assures that thieves won’t try stealing your more valuable tools, and the accompanying lights means you can access this cargo at any time of night. The cargo bed extender and divider will allow you to organize and separate any construction aggregates, or you can rely on the cargo bed rails (with four adjustable tie-down cleats) to keep those larger pieces of equipment completely secure. The storage area is even drainable, so you don’t have to worry about the bed compromising due to rain.
The accompanying Cargo-View Camera is another appreciated feature. Accessible via the 8.4-inch UConnect display, drivers can monitor everything that’s happening in the back of their truck. The ability to keep an eye on your cargo means you’ll never accidentally find that material or equipment has accidentally fallen out.