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2012 Ram 1500 Short Bed Regular Cab Truck

2012 Ram 1500 Review

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Overview
Although it's now three years since the Ram 1500's last redesign, the big pickup has kept current thanks to continual updates. Take the truck's automatic transmission, for instance. Mechanically speaking, the five-speed automatic previously used in the Ram really featured six forward gears (second gear actually consisted of two gears--one accessed during upshifting, and another used during downshifts). The "new" six-speed transmission is virtually identical to the five-speed, but it has been recalibrated so that both of those "second gears" are now individual gears. A revised torque converter is also bundled with the transmission, which allegedly improves fuel economy. The Ram's segment-exclusive coil-spring, multilink rear suspension helps it stand out, as do other practical innovations, such as the lockable RamBox storage bins in the fenders. Like most pickups, the Ram is available in numerous configurations, with three cab styles, three bed lengths, three engines, and numerous trim levels. Electronic and infotainment choices include a media center with a 30-gigabyte hard drive, a navigation system, a surround-sound audio system, and an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The Ram 1500 is far from a show truck, though. Its available 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 produces 390 hp and 407 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for some serious hauling.

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2012 1500 Base Short Bed Regular Cab Pickup Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.7L V 6 OHC
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 14 MPG city, 20 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 416 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
26.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 215 hp @ 5,200 rpm; 235 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

'12 Ram Short Bed Regular Cab Truck Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Drive  
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Electronic Transfer Case
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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DVD Entertainment
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
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Wheel Locks
  Trucks and Towing  
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Engine Oil Cooler
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Tow Hooks
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Trailer Harness
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Trailer Hitch
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Transmission Oil Cooler
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