Ram trucks are known for their ability to handle practically any work site in Missouri, and the 2012 Ram 1500 is no exception. The 2012 design is the result of a years' long look at what pickup trucks need to do. The new design features an aggressive hood bulge and leaning front grille, wraparound chrome bumpers and integrated dual exhaust. The passenger cab can seat up to six and is protected from road noise by triple-sealed doors.
The 1500 is offered with three different cab styles, three bed sizes and multiple trim levels, making it a very versatile full-size pickup. With a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at $21,820, the Ram 1500 is also a very affordable option.
The Regular Cab can seat three people and is available with a bed length of 6-feet 4-inches or 8-feet. The Quad Cab is an extended body style and has two rows of seating for up to six people. The 6-feet 4-inch bed is standard for the Quad Cab. The Crew Cab model provides generous legroom for up to six passengers. Its bed length is slightly shorter at 5-feet 7-inches.
The entry-level trim package for the 2012 1500 is the ST trim, available on Regular, Quad and Crew Cab styles. The ST is available in rear-wheel and four-wheel drive. All bed lengths are also available. The 3.7-liter V6 engine produces 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard. Maximum towing capacity is 10,450 pounds, and the maximum payload is 1,909 pounds. The base price of $21,820 includes 17-inch steel wheels, a trailer wiring harness (seven pin), automatic headlamps, heavy-duty shocks in the front and rear, antilock disc brakes and caliper larches for the removable locking tailgate. Exterior details include black bumpers, a black insert on the bright grille surround and black door handles. The heated power black exterior mirrors fold away. The sound system features six speakers, a CD player and an MP3 jack. Standard safety features include side curtain airbags (multistage and supplemental) and electronic stability control.
The Tradesman trim level builds on the ST features and adds a spray-in bedliner, Class IV receiver hitch, and upgraded wheels. The Tradesman also boasts a maximum towing capacity of 10,450 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,909 pounds. The 4.7-liter V8 engine creates 310 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Tradesman is available in all three cab styles. The RamBox cargo system is not available on Regular Cab models with 8-foot beds. Pricing for the Tradesman starts at $21,925 for a Regular Cab with 6'4" box.
Starting at $28,605, the Tradesman Heavy Duty features a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that gives off 383 horsepower. It has a six-speed automatic transmission and 35-gallon fuel tank. Properly equipped, the Tradesman Heavy Duty can tow up to 11,500 pounds and has a 3,125-pound maximum payload. The Tradesman Heavy Duty is available in rear-wheel drive Regular Cab only.
Next in the 2012 Ram 1500 lineup is the Express trim level. Starting at $23,425, the Express combines all of the features of the Tradesman with 20-inch aluminum wheels and a full-size spare tire. Standard equipment includes locking lug nuts, fog lamps and a dual rear exhaust. Instead of black exterior details, the Express features body-color design features such as its grille, bumper and front fascia. The passenger cab floor is carpeted, and front floor mats are included. The Express has a maximum payload of just over 1,500 pounds and a towing capacity of up to 9,100 pounds when properly equipped. All cab styles and drive trains are available.
The SLT trim level also builds off the features of the ST. The SLT shares the 4.7-liter V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission of the Tradesman, but it has a maximum payload of 1,772 pounds and can tow up to 10,450 pounds. A power sliding window in the rear, satellite radio, chrome-accent shift knob and overhead console are key features of the SLT cab. 17-inch aluminum wheels, remote keyless entry and an electronic vehicle information center are standard on the SLT, which starts at $26,000 and is available in Regular Cab only.
Following the SLT, the Big Horn trim features a 5.7-liter V8 engine, 20-inch aluminum wheels, quad halogen headlamps and audio controls mounted on the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available in Crew and Quad Cab models, the Big Horn starts at about $32,365. The Lone Star trim adds distinctive Texas touch to the Big Horn.
All cab styles can be outfitted in Outdoorsman trim. Key features of the Outdoorsman package include tow hooks, painted bumpers, body-color grille, black door handles and accent fender flares. A ten-way power driver seat, 32-gallon fuel tank, supplemental turn signals on power heated exterior mirrors and auxiliary power outlet are also included. The Outdoorsman is comfortable in rugged Ozark areas and just as at home in St. Charles and St. Louis.
Starting at $34,605, the Ram 1500 Sport puts out 390 horsepower from its 5.7-liter V8 engine. Other standard features include 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, USB port, auto-dimming rearview and exterior mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, 6.5-inch touchscreen and dual rear exhaust. The Sport is available in all cab styles and in rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.
The R/T trim adds 22-inched forged aluminum wheels, bright exhaust tips, upgraded speakers and a sport performance hood to the standard features of the Sport Regular Cab.
At the top of the 2012 1500 trim line is the Laramie, which features all of the Sport's standard equipment plus accent fender flares and a bright grille. Leather trim on the heated ten-way power driver and six-way power front passenger seat, power adjustable pedals, rear parking assistance, dual-zone temperature control and heated chrome exterior mirrors with memory functions are also included in the starting price of $38,760. The Laramie Longhorn adds ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, spray-in bedliner, back-up camera, accent running boards and painted bumpers.
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