Friday, April 29, 2011
2011 Dodge Ram is Rugged and Comfortable
The 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck is tough yet refined, allowing you to handle all of your blue-collar duties in executive comfort.
This full-size truck offers three engines: a 215-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6, a 310-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8, or an unmatched 390-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi. Three transmissions are also offered: a four-speed automatic with a manual mode, a five-speed automatic with manual mode and a regular five-speed automatic.
Dodge says the Ram can haul up to 1,900 pounds of payload and tows a hearty 10,450 pounds.
The Ram is available with four-wheel drive, and Dodge says it uses a standard coil-spring rear suspension to make for a smoother ride.
The Ram's fuel economy is rated at 13-14 mpg in the city and 18-20 on the highway.
There are a number of nice standard features on the Ram, including cruise control, Sirius Satellite Radio and a CD player, for those who still use them. And the SLT trim level offers options such as a sunroof, heated and adjustable front seats, backup camera and navigation.
The top-line Laramie trim level offers dual-zone climate control and an optional satellite TV with DVD entertainment system.
But possibly the best feature is the optional RamBox, which is an integrated, lockable storage box on either side of the bed and around the wheels. You can store things inside or use them as coolers by putting some ice in there along with your favorite beverages and food. Dodge said it designed the boxes to fill the space around the wheel wells, giving the bed a rectangular appearance.
Also offered is a new factory spray-in bedliner, available on all models.
The Ram's technology offerings feature the Uconnect multimedia system, which gives real-time traffic and navigation, phone connectivity and multiple ways to connect and store music files. New for this model year is the optional Garmin navigation system.
For your comfort and convenience, you may select among three bed lengths (five-foot-seven, six-foot-four, and eight feet) and three cab sizes (two door, Quad Cab and crew cab).
A pair of new trim levels add to the packages previously offered. The Ram Outdoorsman (which the test drive model was) and Laramie Longhorn let you experience nature from a little more of an up-close perspective. The Outdoorsman replaces the TRX model and is good for hunters, fishermen and campers. There is an optional fishing rod and rifle rack, trailer-towing upgrades, a giant fuel tank, an enhanced lighting package, all-terrain tires, underbody protection, and super comfortable seats. Dodge says the Laramie Longhorn is its most luxurious Ram to date. On the inside, there is a classic western look with stitched leather saddle-bag upholstery, walnut trim and all-weather rubber mats with removable Berber inserts.
With its many offerings and trim levels, the Ram ranges in price from around $21,000 to $46,000.
The Ram is rugged and versatile, while also being luxurious, making it a comfortable and capable work truck.