Chrysler Announces 2012 Ram Pricing

Chrysler Announces 2012 Ram Pricing
By Dave Lee

Chrysler has announced pricing on the 2012 Ram lineup. Most of the 2012s don't feature significant changes from the 2011s, and prices have increased slightly. The 2012s are just starting to reach dealers as they try to clear out remaining 2011s. There are significant incentives on 2011s including cash back and 0% financing. You can find more on 2011 incentives here.

Among half-tons, the regular cab 1500 4x2 ST starts at $21,475, and the quad cab 4x2 starts at $25,600. Both are equipped with a 215-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine making 235 pounds-feet of torque; all crew-cab models (starting at $29,645) and four-wheel-drive models get a standard 310-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 making 330 pounds-feet of torque.

Optional on all regular, quad and crew cabs is the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that makes 390 hp and 407 pounds-feet of torque. That engine is standard on all higher trims, including the Express, Big Horn, Lone Star and Sport.

The 1500 Tradesman package includes a spray-in bedliner, Class IV trailer hitch receiver and 17-inch steel wheels. The regular and quad cab Outdoorsman models come with standard heated power mirrors with integrated turn signals, sliding rear window (regular cab only), 115-volt auxiliary power converter, power locks, keyless entry, 10-way power driver’s seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

The top-shelf Laramie Longhorn comes with standard remote start, rear park assist, power seats with memory function, heated/ventilated front seats, 10-speaker surround-sound stereo and Uconnect multimedia and navigation system, among other features. A 4x2 crew-cab 1500 Laramie Longhorn starts at $43,125.

The RamBox side storage is optional on all trims.

For heavy-duty models, the 4x2 regular cab 2500 ST starts at $28,430 and comes with the 5.7 Hemi V-8 making 383 hp and 400 pounds-feet of torque. The 6.7-liter High Output Cummins turbo-diesel six-cylinder with 350 hp and 800 pounds-feet of torque is standard on the 3500; a 4x2 regular cab 3500 ST starts at $36,150. Crew-cab 2500 models start at $31,915, with crew-cab 3500 models starting at $40,170.

For 2012, Ram trucks will get new six-speed transmissions. Read about them here.

All prices do not include a $995 destination charge. A full pricing breakdown is below.

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I'm a really disappointed that there's no significant changes in Ram 3500 for 2012. I'm hoping that maybe there will be 2012.5 models with the 8 spd tranny, replace leaf springs with full airbag suspension, and Ram Box. I guess Ram is holding off switching to Urea for 2013. Sure wish I had inside info. I'm holding out buying my new Ram 3500 DRW HO Max Tow until these changes come out.

Sad to see these changes at least they still have the dirty cheap express. And @Mike last paragraph it says Cummins turbo diesel V-6 not I-6 fyi

I thought the 2012's were going to have the 3.6 Penastar V6, It would be great in standard cab shortbed 4x4, maybe next year???

The half ton transmissions aren't new and they aren't true 6 speeds. Its all marketing. The 645RFE is the same transmission as it was last year when they called it the 545RFE. These transmissions are closer to a 4spd OD transmission than they are to any of the modern 6 speeds found in Ford, GM, and Toyota trucks.

Mike L., would you quit using that same 2010 Ram Power Wagon picture for all Ram news? It makes me want to trade in my 2005 Power Wagon for a brand new one. Ugh, my wife is right...I am never satisfied.


If the 645RFE, with six separate gear ratios, is not a true 6-speed transmission then the G56 manual is a 5-speed with a "granny low". Six gear ratios is six gear ratios.

I was wondering the same thing about the V6 why are they using the old one I thought it was going to have a pentastar?

Mike, are you going to test a new HD Hemi with 6 speed auto?

If you are, could you compair it to the stats from the last gas HD shootout?

I am also considering Ram 2500 HEMI with new 6 speed and would like to see the HD Gasser s shootout.

To Buy American...In normal auto mode, the 545RFE/645RFe uses 5 forward gears, 2 underdrive, a 1:1, and 2 overdrives. If you want to manually select the gears, you can progress through 6 gears including (2) second gears. My point being, a 4 spd OD trans has 2 underdrive, a 1:1, and an overdrive. The GM/Ford 6 speeds have 5 underdrives and a single overdrive. Whatever Dodge wants to call it, its lacking from a performance perspective. I say that as an owner of a Ram with a 545RFE.

@ Buy American

I agree with ADub. The kickdown second gear is just that, a kickdown gear only. It should be part of the UPshifting process.

Put the PentaStar V6 in the truck already! The 3.7 sucks!

@Buy American - your comment is funny, and bang on. I fell in love with a Power Wagon just like the one in the picture over a year ago. I didn't quite have the cash, and it was a Sunday when I spotted it on the lot.
I don't regret my current purchase, but it is like seeing an old flame - you can't help wondering "what if?"

@adub, GM and Ford 6 speed automatics, which I believe they developed jointly, have 4 under and 2 overdrives.

@Moparman: Doh! Sorry about that. Thanks for the catch. Fixed. :-)

I will say as a die hard mopar fan the biggest thing hurting all ram truck right now in the performance category compared to gm/ford are the rfe trans' they are power robbers and although it is a 6sp it was built off a 4sp just like my 5sp in my 05 half ton Ram so it will never have the same performance as a purpose built 5 or 6 sp my thinking is that Chrysler just sees how very reliable the rfe series is and is waiting for something epic to replace (the ZF) all this waiting for a pentastar v6 w/ a ZF is killing me when we get a cummins w/ a better trans behind it or a pentastar w/ a ZF 8sp is when I will have to decide on what to replace my 05

They still have the manual trans on the 650 torque cummins right?

Speaking of which, why does nobody ever review the manual transmission? I would choose the Ram over Ford and GM just for its manual transmission, and yet nobody has anything to say about how it drives...


I totally agree with you about the 545RFE transmission, "lacking from a performance perspective". I would be happy with my 2005 if it had the ability to lock out both overdrives (as on 2006 and later) and not just the top overdrive.


Yes, you can still get the manual transmission. Just not with a gas motor or with the H.O. diesel.

I would have loved to have seen, on The Hurt Locker Test, the manual equipped Ram. I am just curious as to how it would compare with the "chick transmission" pickups. It would be lacking the torque of the others but it would make up for it with a more direct transfer of power by not having the torque converter losses.


Are you planning on testing the new 6 speed behind the Hemi 2500s?

@PF Expo: Yes.

@Jason- 2 reasons-
1. often media reviews have to use whatever they're given, and MT trucks rarely come up.
2. Since thethe Ram/Cummins is the only full size left with a 3rd pedal, you can't compare it real well with the competition. The rated tow capacity is much lower than the auto, so to keep things fair, a much smaller trailer would have to be used in a test like the Hurt Locker.
@ADub- the GM 6L80/90 and Ford 6R140 have 4 under/2 overdrives, the Allison has 3 under/2overdrives.
While 6 ratios ARE 6 ratios, 1.50 and 1.62 are just awefully close together.
@Tim- While better transmissions are coming sooner than later, don't hold your breath for airbags. While they may work fine on big trucks, there will always be more to break (more warrany claims) and they can lead to over loading (warranty/liability claims) when users load until it sags.

Thanks, Mrknowitall. I'm just really sad that people/carmakers don't care about manuals anymore. This is one thing that sets the Ram apart from the rest, they should give some out to be reviewed.

It really annoys me that in 2012 the Ram Cummins will be the ONLY truck left with a manny tranny (what with the ranger ending production and all). At least it's the best-looking one that keeps it :) I don't see why Ram doesn't market this more. Cummins is a big name to enthusiasts, and we enthusiasts love manuals. This is especially true for the Powerwagon. It's supposed to be an off-roader/rock-crawler and yet doesn't have a manual! Chrysler keeps the Wrangler manual, why not the Powerwagon? They already have a manual for the Hemi in the Challenger, it seems to me like an easy transplant.

That is sure a nice Dodge Power Wagon....

@Jason - I agree with you about the manual tranny. For many "old school" guys the manual tranny is the only way to go. The company my brother works for used to let its guys order any truck they wanted as long as it met the fleet price point. He always ordered a manual. He loved it because he spends most of his time off highway. They don't buy diesels so he was forced to go with an auto tranny.
My current truck is the first truck I've ever owned with an auto trans. I occasionally miss the stick. I am impressed with how well the new auto trans work. I would of chose an auto trans anyway even though my wife loves manual transmissions. An auto is safer with kids playing around in the cab with the truck parked, and pulling a trailer would be easier for my wife (and my wallet) with the auto.

Where is the 6.4 Hemi that is going in the Cherokee? 465 hp.

Buy American: I agree with Jason on this one, I too would buy the 2500 oil burner w/ man. trans. for the $$$ over the P.W., I know you get some special equip. in the PW, but not 650ftlbs! and better mileage to boot! you could allways put a lift kit w/air bags, and frt&rr lockers, sway bar disc. (man also), I have always liked man. trans. my Dakota has one,w/4.7 V-8, my little hot rod. But low, I needed to be able to buy 2 new trucks, so there was no 45-50k trucks in my driveway garage. DAM! I am toying with the idea of putting a 5.9 or ohno 5.3 LS engine in the Dakota! the 5.9 would almost just bolt-up! if I were to go with the LS (Chevy), I would probably have to go with an automatic. NOT as much fun!


Sure you can add all the special pieces to a diesel powered Ram 2500/3500, that a Power Wagon has, but there is one slight problem. You can not subtract the extra close to 1,000 pounds, to an already heavy 2500/3500, that comes with the diesel. That is a lot of extra weight that I can do without.

If you need a serious towing machine, that is limited to mild off-roading, get the diesel.

If you need (want) a serious off-road machine, that can do moderate towing, a 2500 Power Wagon is king.

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