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5 Reasons to Buy a 2017 RAM 1500… Without Waiting for the New Model

Maybe more than any other category of automotive consumers, truck owners have their favourite brand, and getting them to change can be a monumental challenge. Still, if you’re hesitating between a Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and RAM 1500, say, we’ve explored each of those models at length in a number of reviews and technical specifications that should help you in your decision-making.

Here we look at the RAM truck. As you may already know, the all-new 2019 RAM 1500 will be unveiled next January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and is set to hit the market a few months after that. Should you wait? Are you getting a good deal by picking up a 2017 model now? We give you five solid reasons to consider the current 2017 RAM 1500 truck:
 
1. Bold styling and colours
The RAM 1500 is a truck that makes its statement loud and clear through its styling and the available colour schemes. For 2017, Fiat-Chrysler added more of the latter with the Mojave Sand and Sport Orange versions, then Sublime Green and Blue Streak editions and a Copper Sport version, in addition to offering buyers other customization possibilities.

2. A suspension meeting the height of expectations
The rear multi-link suspension with coiled springs (standard in the RAM 1500) and the 4-wheel Active Level air suspension (standard with the Rebel and Laramie Limited models) are both exclusive in the category. The latter maintains the truck bed at a stable height and can be adjusted depending on towing, transportation or off-roading needs, with five different settings to choose from.

3. A standard V8
Instead of the 3.6L Pentastar V6, buyers of the 2017 RAM 1500 get as a standard engine the legendary 5.7L V8 HEMI, which is frankly pretty awesome. You get 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain produces enormous power to transport and tow heavy cargo, and thanks to the multi-displacement system, reasonable fuel consumption (11.5L/100 km on the highway with the 8-speed automatic gearbox).

4. Canada’s most fuel-efficient truck
When fitted with the 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel (the only diesel engine currently offered on a light-duty full-size pickup), the RAM 1500 burns as little as 8.0L/100 km (highway) and 11.3L/100 km (city), which is unprecedented in the segment. All the while, it generates more torque (420 lb-ft) than the aforementioned V8 HEMI.
 
5. It’s a champion!
For the third consecutive year, the RAM 1500 took home top honours during the Canadian Truck King Challenge. A group of experts placed it ahead of 10 competitors at the end of a series of grueling evaluations carried out over nearly 4,000 km.