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  • Writer's pictureJeff McCarty

2017 Ram 1500 Review: Oldie but Goodie in the Pickup World

The 2017 Ram 1500 remains a favorite choice at Auto Solutions Motor Company for those in Fairview Heights, Belleville, and surrounding areas who appreciate a reliable full-size pickup truck. Despite its age, this model continues to deliver exceptional performance, versatility, and comfort. Let’s dive into what makes the 2017 Ram 1500 a viable option amidst newer competitors.


2017 Ram 1500 at Auto Solutions

Engine, Transmission, and Performance: A Diverse Lineup


Broad Choices for Every Driver


Auto Solutions Motor Company knows that our Fairview Heights customers value variety and the 2017 Ram 1500 delivers just that. With multiple engine choices, it caters to a wide range of needs:


  • 3.6-liter V-6: This engine is a workhorse, offering 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque—perfect for everyday tasks.

  • 5.7-liter V-8: If you need more grunt, this engine’s 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque are ideal for heavier towing and hauling.

  • 3.0-liter V-6 Turbo-Diesel: For those prioritizing fuel efficiency and a quieter ride, this engine provides 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, making it great for long commutes from Granite City to Collinsville.


Each engine pairs with a seamless eight-speed automatic transmission. Choose between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive to match your driving needs, whether in snowy East St. Louis or rainy Swansea.


Interior, Comfort, and Cargo: Classic Comfort with Practical Touches


Though it might not boast the latest designs, the 2017 Ram 1500's cabin offers ample comfort. Premium trims feature upscale materials like genuine leather and fine wood, enhancing the driving experience for our Columbia and Smithton clients.


Comfort Meets Utility in the 2017 Ram 1500


The front bucket seats are designed for long-distance comfort, making them perfect for drives across Illinois. While the rear seats may be snug compared to newer rivals, they are more than adequate for short trips around Fairview Heights. Cargo space is sufficient for most practical needs, ensuring you can carry your gear without hassle.


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Enhancing Your Vehicle Buying Experience

When you're in the market for a new vehicle, your buying experience should be as smooth and transparent as possible. At Auto Solutions Motor Company, we pride ourselves on providing detailed information to ensure you make an informed decision that perfectly fits your needs and lifestyle.

Understand Vehicle Pricing and Payment Details

Before diving into the specifics, it's essential to have a clear understanding of vehicle pricing and payment details. Knowing the monthly payment estimates upfront can help you plan your budget effectively. At Auto Solutions, we provide clear pricing on all our vehicles, including any additional options that might enhance your driving experience.

Explore Engine Options and Towing Estimate Ratings

If you’re looking for plenty of power, exploring various engine options is crucial. Each engine offers different benefits, whether it's fuel efficiency or the ability to handle hefty towing tasks. Speaking of towing, always check the towing estimate ratings to ensure your choice can comfortably handle your typical loads, especially if you're considering trucks with various bed lengths.

Choose the Right Configuration: Crew Cab and Safety Ratings

For those needing extra space and comfort, a Crew Cab configuration offers ample room for passengers and cargo alike, making it an excellent choice for families and professionals. Additionally, always consider the safety rating of the vehicle. A high safety rating not only ensures peace of mind but can also affect insurance rates and overall long-term satisfaction with your vehicle.

Consider Additional Options and Monthly Payment Estimates

When customizing your vehicle, additional options can significantly enhance your driving experience. Whether it's upgraded interiors, advanced technological features, or exterior modifications, these additions should align with your expected monthly payment estimates to maintain affordability without compromising on what’s important to you.

By keeping these key points in mind, your vehicle buying experience at Auto Solutions will be both enjoyable and rewarding. We're here to help you navigate the details, from engine options to payment plans, so you drive away confident and happy with your purchase.


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Infotainment and Connectivity: User-Friendly, with Room for Improvement


The Uconnect system is a highlight, known for its user-friendliness and quick responses. Featuring an 8.4-inch touchscreen, it’s a robust tool for staying connected. However, the absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto might be a dealbreaker for tech enthusiasts in Caseyville and Cahokia.


Safety Features and Reliability: Sturdy and Secure


Safety is paramount at Auto Solutions Motor Company, and the 2017 Ram 1500 doesn’t disappoint. While specific crash test ratings can be verified through NHTSA and IIHS, the model’s safety features are designed to protect you and your passengers.


FAQ Section about 2017 Ram 1500

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How does the Ram 1500's fuel economy stack up?

A: The diesel option is excellent for fuel efficiency in the full-size pickup segment, while the V-6 and V-8 engines offer reasonable efficiency for their power.

Q: Can the 2017 Ram 1500 handle off-road driving?

Q: Is the infotainment system up-to-date?


The 2017 Ram 1500, available at Auto Solutions Motor Company in Fairview Heights, continues to be a strong choice for those who value a balance of power, comfort, and reliability. Visit us to see why many in the Belleville and Granite City areas still prefer this enduring model.


Financing Solutions for Everyone


At Auto Solutions Motor Company in Fairview Heights, we understand that financing can be a concern for many. That's why we proudly offer financing options for all credit situations. Whether you have excellent credit, or you're working to improve it, our team is committed to finding a financing solution that suits your needs.


Looking for a Specific Vehicle?


Don’t worry if you don’t see the vehicle you’re looking for in our current inventory. Auto Solutions has established strong relationships with dealers and auctions across the country. No matter the make or model you desire, we go the extra mile to locate the perfect vehicle for you.


Inside 2017 Ram 1500 at Auto Solutions

Visit Us Online


Ready to find your next vehicle or just curious about what we have in stock? Visit the Auto Solutions Motor Company website to browse our current inventory. Our selection is constantly updating, and we are here to help you find your dream car with the right financing. Don't miss out—your next vehicle is just a click away!


About The Author


Kevin Schingeck, born and raised in the heart of Missouri, has established himself as a trusted authority in automotive sales and financing over an illustrious 13-year career. As the General Manager of several dealerships throughout the years, Kevin's extensive knowledge extends beyond just sales, excelling in connecting customers with ideal financing solutions tailored to their needs. His knack for pairing clients with the right lenders stems from a rich blend of local insights and industry expertise. For anyone seeking comprehensive guidance in the realm of vehicle sales and financing, Kevin's unparalleled experience and leadership at our dual locations stand as a testament to his dedication and proficiency.

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