Trucks & SUVs

Is the 2017 Ram 1500 a Reliable Choice for a Pickup Truck?

The 2017 Ram 1500 might be a few years old at this point, but these trucks are still running strong. What are some of the characteristics that make the Ram 1500 a solid choice? On the contrary, some of the safety issues and recall notices from 2017 and onward are noted below.

How reliable is the 2017 Ram 1500?

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According to various reports from critics, the Ram 1500 was a favorite when it came out. Now that we are in 2021, many of these trucks remain favorable. According to U.S. News, the Ram 1500 was the number three choice in full-size pickup trucks for 2017.

What beat the Ram that year? The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 came in at number one. U.S. News gave the Silverado an 8.7 score. The 2017 Ford F-150 followed that. This truck received a score of 8.5

With the Ram 1500 coming in at 8.4, this truck was a solid choice. One thing to note is that this year and model has nine open recalls for it.

These vary from the cruise control not canceling to the tailgate opening unexpectedly. Another issue was with the truck rolling away due to shifting the transmission without a key in the ignition.

How many miles can a 2017 Ram 1500 last?

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The Ram 1500 has a fairly good reputation for lasting well past the 100,000-mile mark. Edmonds has many certified 2017 trucks for sale under $32,000.

According to Kelley Blue Book, the starting MSRP in 2017 was just under $30,000. For the price of the used models listed, these trucks have not depreciated very much.

A white 2017 1500 Sport with 22,000 miles is listed at $32,997. A 1500 Longhorn with almost 38,000 miles is for sale for just under $31,000. A similar 2017 with 137,000 is listed just under $25,000.

Based on the results on the used market, these trucks will run well past 100,000 miles.

What makes this truck a good choice?

The 2017 1500 has quite a roomy interior and a comfortable ride. It has two engine types available, both a V6 and a V8. One area where it lacks is advanced safety features. As we progress into 2021, the safety features on cars and trucks advance quickly.

The 2017 Ram 1500 ranks in the middle of a competitive class. It boasts a roomy interior, strong engine options, and refined handling. However, the Ram 1500 has below-average safety scores.

Both the Silverado and F-150 had higher safety scores for 2017. Also, both trucks had a higher towing capacity.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Ram 1500 four-stars overall for safety. The front, front passenger, and front driver side all received similar four-star scores. For this test, the company simulates a head-on collision with similar vehicles at 35 miles per hour.

The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph. The side crash rating received five stars, but the rollover received only three stars.

This is something to take into consideration. The Ram will likely last for many years, especially if the recalls were taken care of.