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2012 Ram 1500
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2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" ST 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $21,345 $22,870
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $21,345 $22,870
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express 13 19 $24,743 $26,585
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" ST 14 19 $24,743 $26,585
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman 13 19 $24,743 $26,585
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $24,791 $26,650
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" SLT 14 20 $24,791 $26,650
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Express 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $25,008 $26,885
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $25,008 $26,885
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $25,056 $26,950
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $25,056 $26,950
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman HD 14 20 $26,686 $28,905
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $28,060 $30,220
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" SLT 14 19 $28,060 $30,220
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $28,325 $30,520
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $28,325 $30,520
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Express 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Big Horn 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Lone Star 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Express 13 19 $29,003 $31,105
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $29,003 $31,105
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $29,003 $31,105
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" R/T 14 20 $29,644 $32,135
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Big Horn 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Lone Star 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Express 13 19 $31,480 $33,960
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $31,480 $33,960
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $31,480 $33,960
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Big Horn 13 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Lone Star 13 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Sport 13 19 $32,339 $35,055
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Sport 14 20 $33,025 $35,630
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Big Horn 13 19 $33,774 $36,440
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Lone Star 13 19 $33,774 $36,440
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $33,774 $36,440
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $33,774 $36,440
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Sport 14 20 $34,619 $37,485
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Sport 13 19 $35,997 $38,850
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Laramie 14 20 $35,945 $38,910
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie 14 20 $37,173 $40,370
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Sport 13 19 $37,549 $40,705
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Laramie 13 19 $38,498 $41,660
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Limited Edition 14 20 $39,744 $43,275
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Longhorn Edition 14 20 $39,744 $43,275
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie 13 19 $40,036 $43,515
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Limited Edition 13 19 $42,607 $46,420
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Longhorn Edition 13 19 $42,607 $46,420
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2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck 15 20 $21,307 $22,195
2WD Reg Cab 133.0" Work Truck 15 20 $21,681 $22,585
4WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck 14 18 $24,609 $25,635
4WD Reg Cab 133.0" Work Truck 14 18 $24,897 $25,935
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" Work Truck 15 20 $25,023 $26,340
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" SLE 14 19 $26,007 $27,965
2WD Reg Cab 133.0" SLE 14 19 $26,119 $28,085
2WD Ext Cab 157.5" Work Truck 15 21 $26,961 $28,380
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SL 14 19 $28,016 $30,125
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Work Truck 14 19 $28,804 $30,320
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" Work Truck 13 18 $28,899 $30,420
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLE 14 19 $28,713 $30,875
4WD Reg Cab 119.0" SLE 13 18 $29,313 $31,520
4WD Ext Cab 157.5" Work Truck 15 21 $29,953 $31,530
4WD Reg Cab 133.0" SLE 13 18 $29,592 $31,820
2WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLE 15 21 $29,690 $31,925
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SL 14 19 $29,946 $32,200
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLE 14 19 $30,820 $33,140
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SL 13 18 $31,038 $33,375
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" Work Truck 13 18 $31,796 $33,470
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLE 13 18 $31,680 $34,065
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Xtra Fuel Economy 15 22 $32,452 $34,895
4WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLE 15 21 $32,712 $35,175
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SL 13 18 $32,898 $35,375
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLE 13 18 $33,833 $36,380
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $33,996 $36,555
2WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLT 15 21 $34,275 $36,855
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $36,925 $39,705
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $37,004 $39,790
4WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLT 15 21 $37,204 $40,005
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $39,934 $42,940
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali 13 18 $42,277 $45,460
AWD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali 12 18 $45,207 $48,610
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,080
$21,307
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,570
$22,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$376 / month
$370 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Ram 1500 is big and burly yet very detail-oriented; and for those who want a good ride and refined interior, it's one of the best bets. The 2012 GMC Sierra has one of the greenest pickup trucks in its lineup, but some of its early spec-sheet triumphs have been bested by the latest F-150 and Ram.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 20 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 41.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
66.0 65.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.0 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
62.9 62.5
Passenger Capacity
3 3
Exterior Dimensions
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
123.7 116.5
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
209.0 205.6
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
9.0 13.4
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
74.6 73.6
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- TBD - 47.2
Wheelbase (in)
120.5 119.0
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
9.7 7.7
Cab to Axle (in)
36.9 41.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
79.4 80.0
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
34.8 34.7
Overhang, Front (in)
40.0 39.4
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
20.1 21.0
Cargo Volume (ft³)
57.5 60.7
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
66.4 61.5
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
51.0 50.6
Tailgate Width (in)
60.4 61.5
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
76.3 78.7
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
66.4 62.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 11.6 x 2.4
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.2 x 1.1 13.0 x 1.2
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.8 x 0.9 NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.0 26
Fuel Tank Location
Inboard Frame Rails Driver Side
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.3 39.7
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
19.1 3
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
Variable 16.7
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P275/60R20 P245/70R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 2004
Rear Tire Order Code
TTJ QU1
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 2304
Front Tire Size
P275/60R20 P245/70R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - - TBD -
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size P245/70R17
Front Tire Order Code
TTJ QU1
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 2304
Spare Tire Order Code
TBS NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
9100 4800
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 480
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1365 720
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 4800
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
- 9100
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3900 3750
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
14000 10000
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1968 1784
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3900 3200
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2739 2676
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6200 6400
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 12.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 145
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
730 600
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
407 @ 4000 260 @ 2800
Engine Order Code
EZH LU3
Displacement
5.7L/345 4.3L/262
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
390 @ 5600 195 @ 4600
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 20
Transmission
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.00 3.06
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.50 1.00
Trans Type
6 4
Trans PTO Access
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.00 2.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.63
Trans Order Code
DG1 M30
Summary
Body Style
Regular Cab Pickup Reg Cab 6.5' Wideside
Vehicle Name
Ram 1500 GMC Sierra 1500
Body Code
120.5" WB E63
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - 3750
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 1.8
Axle Type - Rear
Solid Semi-Floating
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.4
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3900 3750
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - 3200
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.55 3.23
Axle Type - Front
NA Independent
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 1.4
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - 3200
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link coil 2-stage multi-leaf
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder type Hydroformed
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.6 10.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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