This stellar pickup says to keep on truckin'! 1

2017 Ram 1500 Night Edition Crew Cab 4×2

Pickup trucks have become a lot more than just helpful vessels to haul constant loads of weighty cargo and rough it out in demanding work environments. To keep up with today’s automotive trends, accommodations and technology, the 2017 Ram 1500 successfully covers all the bases. With three different engines to choose from, the reviewed muscle-flexing 5.7-liter V8 HEMI will make every mile a heart-pumping adventure thanks to its 395 horses coupled with 410 pound-feet of torque for the extra surge of power; crowned by the intimidating sport performance hood. For the heavy loads, 1,880 pounds is the payload maximum and towing capacity brinks at 10,640 pounds. To balance out this Ram’s brawn, the suspension and eight-speed automatic transmission make the driving experience smoother than a Billy Dee Williams quote. Understandably, this amount of road authority would suggest a thirsty engine, so the 17 combined miles per gallon was not an eye-popping stat but not a deal breaker compared to the plethora of amenities this truck delivers.

The standard features are gracious, including the user-friendly UCONNECT 8.4 interface; seven-inch multi-view cluster; voice-command with Bluetooth; second-row storage bins embedded in the floor with cooler capabilities; heated seats throughout the cabin for five adults; remote keyless entry; and ParkView rear backup camera to name a few. However, the nine-speaker Alpine sound system with subwoofer, and ParkSense assist system were welcomed enhancements. Furthermore, the Night Edition Package boasting black, 20-inch aluminum wheels; dual rear exhaust with bright tips, and a painted honeycomb grille surely contributed to the head-turning captivation.

High safety ratings complete the long list of accolades this solid, impressive and exciting Ram boasts to ultimately set the bar in its class.

Base price: $40,395; $50,245 with all options as reviewed

Gas mileage: 15 city/22 highway/17 combined