2017 Ram 1500 Trim Levels and Options
Few full-size pickup trucks offer the wealth of options, features, body styles, powertrain choices and trim levels that the 2017 Ram 1500 does.
For starters, you can choose a 6-foot-4 bed or an 8-foot bed. Sitting on top of this can be a standard cab (for three passengers), a quad cab (six passengers), or a crew cab (six passengers with four doors and more room for rear-seat passengers). Not every option of bed and cab are available together.
From there, you have the option of no less than 10 trim levels:
2017 Ram 1500 Sport
The Sport has a powerful engine, 20-inch wheels, power-adjustable pedals, projector headlights and LED taillights, and a bonus USB port for charging.
An R/T package for the Sport is worth mentioning as it includes a lot of the additional features that buyers crave. It has larger wheels, a special hood and grille with distinct badging, rear-wheel drive, an upgraded audio system, a limited-slip differential, performance gearing, and a 6-foot bed.
2017 Ram 1500 Express
The Express has a locking tailgate, tilt steering wheel, bumpers and grille that match the paint color, 20-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, fog lights, carpeted floors and mats, automatic headlights, a seven-pin wiring harness, and a six-speaker audio system with USB support. You can opt for a spray-in bedliner and a Class IV receiver hitch.
2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman
The Tradesman is like the Express but with 17-inch steel wheels and the bedliner and receiver hitch come as standard. The upholstery is vinyl, and many of the exterior features have been blackened.
2017 Ram 1500 Rebel
The Rebel is built to go off-road, with a 5-foot-7 bed and a crew cab setup. It's similar to the Sport (with R/T optional package) in styling, but includes some more off-road oriented features. There's keyless entry, LED fog lights, front and rear Bilstein shocks, black fender flares, two hooks, and the tires are all-terrain 17-inchers. Inside, there's cloth-and-vinyl upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seats.
2017 Ram 1500 Laramie, Longhorn and Limited
Styling is similar on the Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited.
The Laramie starts with a chrome exterior trim and a bench seat in the front, 20-inch chrome-accented wheels, wood trim, heated steering wheel and front seats, driver memory settings for the power seats, a ten-speaker surround-sound audio system, and leather upholstery.
The Longhorn (crew cab only) adds upgraded leather upholstery, leather trim on the rear seats, a spray-in bedliner, accented steering wheel, tow hooks, keyless entry and ignition, a bigger tank, a navigation system, and wood interior trim.
The Limited then adds monotone paint, the finest leather upholstery available, automatic windshield wipers and high beams, self-leveling air suspension, and side-step bars.
2017 Ram 1500 HFE
The HFE (High Fuel Economy) comes with a six-cylinder diesel. It also gets an automatic engine start-stop, 17-inch wheels, a tonneau cover, and heated mirrors.
2017 Ram 1500 SLT
The SLT offers an upgraded exterior chrome trim and a number of luxury interior features like an overhead console, 5-inch touchscreen interface with satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity, remote keyless entry, two glove boxes, a power rear window, and power accessories.
2017 Ram 1500 Big Horn and Lone Star
The Big Horn and Lone Star add a power driver seat that adjusts ten ways including lumbar, remote start, upgraded cloth upholstery, a power outlet, a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen, a leather steering wheel, a backup camera, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
2017 Ram 1500 Performance
Across the board, the 1500 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission that is controlled by a new shift lever found on the dashboard panel.
The 2017 Ram 1500 starts with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that throws out 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. It gets 20 miles to the gallon combined, and when paired with a 4WD this inevitably drops 1 MPG.
Spring for the Laramie, Limited, Sport or Longhorn and you'll upgrade to a 5.7-liter V8 offering 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is on par with the V6, making it an interesting choice.
The HFE trim comes with an Ecodiesel that will get an average of 24 miles to the gallon. It's also able to pull the heaviest trailer - up to 9,210 lbs., so consider that in your choice if you're going to be towing. Note that for sheer payload the base V6 will be your best bet - it can carry around 1,900 lbs., the V8 can carry around 1,800 lbs., and the diesel can carry 1,600 lbs.
Although most of the models have rear-wheel drive, you actually have two options for four-wheel drive. Both of these models have a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing options. Where the two four-wheel drives differ is that one comes with manual switching and the other offers automatic switching between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive when the need arises.
2017 Ram 1500 Exterior
There's little argument that the Ram 1500 looks great in 2017. It's also one of the most personalizable options out there, and with the huge list of trim levels with different styles, it may take you a day or two to decide on how best to kit out your own 2017 Ram 1500.
The Rebel and Limited trims are interesting as they come with a special front grille. The HFE too looks different, as the grille, side steps, and tailgate have all been modified to increase aerodynamics. This is designed to get the Ram better fuel economy.
The Outdoorsman and Sport models are perhaps the more sedate options - they've certainly got a lot of design flair but they haven't gone over the top into flashy territory.
For those looking for a bit of bling in their truck, then the higher end trims can bring it. Chrome grilles, dual exhausts, and LED tail lights bring out the more upscale side of the 2017 Ram 1500, and it looks good on the streets of Kansas City.
2017 Ram 1500 Interior
Choose any of the above trim levels and you'll be getting a finely trimmed interior. Especially delightful is the optional leather upholstery and wood trim. Seats are comfortable and support the back in all the right places. Choose the Crew Cab, and this comfort extends to the rear seats.
Two Uconnect infotainment options are available - a 5-inch screen and an 8.4-inch screen. The 8.4-inch version is also faster. Rest assured that all of the main settings you'd want to change in the cab are accessed by tactile physical buttons.
The Ram 1500 is a modern vehicle, with smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth support, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can control functions with your voice, and you have options for remote start, keyless entry, and even power-adjustable pedals.
With three cab options, you've got every chance to get the space you need. Extended cabs have 60/40 split seats in the rear, and crew cabs have a back seat that flips up to reveal storage bins. There's a compartment under the rear floor that is waterproof - a great place to store a cooler. You can even opt for RamBox storage - secure storage for your most prized valuables.
2017 Ram 1500 Safety Features
Safety features abound on the 2017 Ram 1500 for sale in Lawrence, KS, near Kansas City and Gardner. There are four-wheel antilock disc brakes, front side airbags, and front full-length curtain airbags. Handling a trailer is easy with trailer sway controls and there is a hill start assist feature. Options include a rearview camera, parking sensors, and a trailer brake controller.
When you choose a model with Uconnect Access, the emergency telematics system tracks the vehicle if it has been stolen, and allows you to connect with 911 at the touch of a button.
Government crash testing was performed on all cab lengths, and the 2015 Ram 1500 got four out of five stars overall for each. Side crash testing got a 5-star rating.
The IIHS concurred, giving the 2017 Ram 1500 the highest possible rating for front impacts, side impacts, whiplash protection and head restraints.
A solid contender for 2017 truck of the year, the 2017 Ram 1500 should be on your shopping list if you're looking for a rugged and powerful ride that won't need to shirk any duty.