2011 Dodge Ram 1500

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2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Review

Great truck with luxurious touches.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 is very similar to those of the last few years and still retains that imposing and iconic design which makes it so very popular with truck drivers. When it first underwent redesign in 2009, it incorporated several features which hadn't been seen on such a large pickup before. This latest model still offers the same impressive V-6 and V-8 engines and the same ground breaking adaptations, which include a rear coil-spring suspension designed to give a smoother ride.

Overall, this big pickup truck goes above and beyond most people's requirements, especially if you choose a model outfitted with the 390-hp, 5.7-liter V-8. This seems like a particularly good idea if you intend to tow heavy loads. The extra cost gets justified by the improved performance and it proves just as economical as smaller engines, so it's difficult to see the benefits of choosing the smaller engine (other than the extra initial outlay). The main difference with this model compared to previous years concerns a slight change in trim packages.

It makes a great vehicle for anyone who doesn’t need a heavy duty pickup, but who does need the option to tow heavy loads when necessary. The Dodge Ram 1500 seems ideal for anyone who likes to work and play hard and who loves to spend free time outdoors.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size pickup truck
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: automatic
Models: Dodge Ram 1500 ST, Dodge Ram 1500 SLT, Dodge Ram 1500 Sport, Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie, Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition

What's New

The main difference for the 2011 edition concerns the introduction of the Outdoorsman package, which aims to meet the needs of hunting and fishing enthusiasts and those who like to go boating and camping. This new package replaces the TRX package and incorporates two-tone paint, giving it a unique appearance and further enhancing its good looks.

Exterior

Big and brash, the Dodge Ram looks distinctive and eye-catching and remains a real favorite amongst red-blooded truck enthusiasts. This truck offers much to like, with its four-inch chrome exhaust tips built in to its wraparound rear bumper, and upgrades make it even more of a head turner.

Interior

Although a fully functional pickup truck, driving a Dodge Ram pickup ensures you have a comfortable and even luxurious ride, which you should take into consideration if you spend a lot of hours on the road. The front seats strike a balance between comfort and support, although some people may find them a little too soft.

Even the standard trims come attractively designed with textured materials. The interior design feels very intuitive as the controls sit exactly where they should be, adding to the comfort of the ride. The top of the range interior comes complete with wood grain trim and leather upholstery. With a choice of three cab styles and three wheelbases, Dodge makes it easy to find the correct model for the job.

Performance & Handling

Due to its construction, the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 does have a tendency to move around over the bumps, but generally it offers an extremely smooth ride, similar to most cars, due to the rear coil-spring suspension. For such a big vehicle the V-6 engine can seem a little underpowered and also offers negligible fuel economy when compared to the more powerful V-8 engines available for this pickup.

The best engine for the job remains the 5.7-liter V-8, especially for owners with trailers. Unfortunately this model only comes with a five-speed automatic transmission, and the addition of another gear could help optimize towing ability while increasing fuel economy. The steering feels super light, but this also makes it difficult to have any sort of feel for how the truck drives.

Safety

The standard safety equipment includes anti-lock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, stability control, trailer-sway control, and hill start assist. The Government’s crash test procedure gives the Ram three stars out of five, but it receives full marks for side crash protection.

It earns high scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in frontal-offset crash protection, but doesn’t do so well for side-impact protection due to the likelihood of injuries to the torso area. Its stopping distance compares favorably with other trucks in its class.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 3.7-liter V-6: 14/20 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 4.7-liter V-8: 9-14/13-19 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 5.7-liter V-8: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Brutal good looks
  • Refined interior
  • Smooth ride

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lack of six-speed transmission

Sum Up

Great truck with luxurious touches.

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