2012 Ram 1500 vs. Its Competition

2011 Ram 1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are now the most dated trucks in this group; while their interiors no longer stand out the way they did a few years ago, they're quiet-riding, well-balanced machined with good performance and towing capacity.

The Ford F-150 is the closest rival to the Ram 1500; it's also improved immensely in ride quality and refinement over the past couple of years, though we tend to think that the Ram rides a bit better with an empty load because of its coil-spring rear setup.

The Toyota Tundra struggles with an awkward, chunky style inside, as well as a less proportionally on-the-mark interpretation of the big-rig look, and its interior appointments feel a little more cost-cut.

The Nissan Titan isn't offered in base work-truck form; instead it's geared toward recreational users who tow a boat on the weekends; but the Titan doesn't ride all that well and gets by far the worst mileage among full-size trucks.

2011 Ram 1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Angular Front Exterior View2012 Ram 1500
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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Ext Cab 157.5" LT Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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2012 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCab 163" XL Side Exterior View2012 Ford F-150
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2012 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali Angular Front Exterior View2012 GMC Sierra 1500
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2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Platinum 2012 Toyota Tundra
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Quick Specs
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.
It counts a savvy Hybrid model in its ranks, but mostly, the 2012 Chevy Silverado appeals to the prosaic truck buyer that doesn't need as much in the way of infotainment.
Efficient and burly, the 2012 Ford F-150 shares the lead in full-size trucks thanks to extreme capability and extreme high-tech features.
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.
Just as tough as the competition, the 2012 Toyota Tundra isn't quite as rugged-looking, as fuel-efficient, or as strong in the towing department.
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13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6
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2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work TruckReg Cab 4.0L V6 5-Speed AT (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Body Style    
Regular Cab PickupReg Cab 6.5' WidesideRegular Cab PickupReg Cab 6.5' WidesideReg Cab
Detailed Spec Comparison
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