The Toyota Tundra offers similar features but the instrument panel is less integrated. Fuel economy is never a strength for full-size pickups, but the Ram scores well within the class, if not relative to small hatchbacks and sedans. Body roll is kept in check by stabilizer bars at both ends, yet a small amount is apparent as you turn the wheel just to keep you aware; too much roll stiffness increases ride harshness. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. Transmissions work as expected with modern, electronic-authority automatics.
Tall drivers certainly need to carefully check out car interior dimensions to derive pleasure from driving a 2011 Dodge Ram 3500, as lack of head room leads to unnatural positioning in the seat. In daily driving they deliver good feel and are easy to modulate, and although they handle the truck well we'd advise trailer brakes on any trailer more than 1500 pounds less if your state requires it, of course. From the outside the Ram looks neat and tidy. Even a base model, with a V6 engine never recognized for a quiet or smooth demeanor, does a fine job of minimizing distracting and fatiguing noise and vibrations. Enough shoulder room keeps the driver and his passenger from elbowing each other.
With longer wheelbase, on the other hand, your car gains in stability but at the same time you should be cautious while driving over the bumps. The RamBox Cargo Management System, available only on the Crew Cab, includes a cargo box with a rectangular interior and no wheel-well intrusions. On the Crew Cab, Chrysler claims 42 places to put things we got bored after counting up the first 18. The standard radio does an exceptional job in light of the budget-conscious price. Cooling systems appear up to the task, and towing mirrors are offered for pulling an eight-foot-wide travel or large box trailer.
Basic models skimp on the details but keep the core macho look, while top-end variants have all the luxury and style of a high-end sedan. We'd go for the 17-inch wheels because we use trucks for towing things. Performance is also a strong suit for the Ram, as long as you stay away from the anemic 3. The Ram felt smooth and quiet, even on the 20-inch wheels. This doesn't cost anything additional. It uses the same five-speed automatic as the Hemi.
People usually search for car length, width and height when they are curious to know if the vehicle fits into their garage. Unlike the Ford F-150, the Ram doesn't look robotic and edgy, and it's not as soft as the Chevy Silverado. Sport, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn models all come standard with the 5. We found the Ram suspension works well for towing. Interior Features The seats are finished in a durable fabric that you won't stick to you in summer heat or be crusty and chilly in a blizzard. Even the least expensive model has some chrome on the front rather than the complete industrial gray that typifies base models from some other manufacturers and there are plenty of paint choices. Leg and head room are abundant in back as well, though not in Quad Cab models.
Looking for details in the vast expanses of sheetmetal isn't easy, but dual exhaust pipes give the rear a powerful look, despite the somewhat plain tailgate. They offer good support and plenty of room. The illusion comes from the shape, which has a definite presence. Pickups no longer hold the must-have status they did as recently as three or four years ago, but despite the swing in attitudes, trucks like the 2011 Ram 1500 are as well-built and capable as ever--or even more so. A couple of things we didn't like: The tail gate is not damped. And while we didn't have a sand box handy we could not invoke any axle hop even from full-throttle standing starts in a field. Remember that the more options you add the less weight you can tow.
With six trim levels to choose from, plus a wide range of equipment groups and a la carte options, you won't have trouble configuring the Ram 1500 to your liking. Also, choosing those stylish 20-inch wheels will knock a significant amount off the tow rating. The side mirrors stand off from the door glass, the sides are fairly flat, and the tailgate spoiler and windshield are both rounded for improved aerodynamics. We also found we could sit in the back of a Quad Cab for 20-minute jaunts, but a six-foot passenger will be happier in a Crew Cab where rear dimensions are essentially the same as the front; only the Crew Cab has a center rear headrest. A Ram will never a racecar make but it benefits the same as a racecar when weight is removed from the suspension, axles, brakes and wheels. Hauling and driving are the strong suits of the Ram, with a stiff chassis and rear coil suspension providing a better, more controlled ride than its competitors--and better than any previous Dodge truck.
These commissions help support our ability to spend time providing additional content. With the new Laramie Longhorn Edition, luxury can be taken to the extreme for a pickup, with some of the best wood grain and contrast stitching available in a working vehicle. Summary The Ram 1500 has the bold and brash style for which it is well known, and it's a refined package with loads of amenities for the occupants. These boxes have locking lids, drains, lights and 90-degree opening lids; together the volume exceeds that of a 55-gallon drum. A 10,450-pound tow rating puts the Ram right near the front of the class, though new 2011 models from Ford and Chevy have taken things slightly farther.
Other 2011 Dodge models 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 specs 5. You can fill them with ice and beverages for tailgate parties and camping. Full side-curtain airbags for four-doors, back-up camera, and rear park sensors are optional. The doors spring back easily when opened, rather than remaining open as intended, which can be annoying when loading and unloading. Upper models may be ordered with bucket seats and a fixed center console that houses storage areas and a stubby T-bar shifter on the driver's side; the shifter has chrome bulges on either side that look suspiciously like buttons but aren't. Like other pickups, the Ram doesn't offer high-tech safety features like blind-spot detection though the optional rear-view camera is handy and welcome due to the Ram's high ride height reducing rearward visibility. This not only looks nice and clean, but it also helps reduce wind noise and improve efficiency.