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2011 Dodge Ram 3500 Review

Delivers what it promises, with a touch of luxury.

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Dodge is well renowned for being top of its class for heavy-duty trucks. This stems from its comfortable ride quality, classy and well-appointed interior, and impressive towing and hauling abilities. The 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 makes no exception, and this brutally good-looking truck has wide appeal.

The range was updated in 2010 to incorporate high-quality design, making it top of the list for anyone looking for a new truck. It makes an impressive machine for anyone who needs heavy-duty towing capacity, and it has an amazing maximum payload capacity. With its bold but beautiful styling and well-finished interior, it should satisfy the most discerning buyers in search of a real workhorse. This truck really earns its keep. As well as being big and beefy, the Dodge Ram comes with a choice of three different cab styles and four different wheelbases, so you will be able to find the perfect configuration for your needs.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 6.7-liter turbo diesel
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 3500 ST, Dodge Ram 3500 SLT, Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie, Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn

What's New

The 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 has a new Outdoorsman package designed to appeal to those who like to hunt, fish, and camp in their spare time. One particular feature, the exterior lighting options, proves particularly handy when camping, and the Outdoorsman package certainly seems great for those who take their recreation seriously. A number of features now come standard, including an electronic brake controller for all but the entry-level models, an updated navigation system, and an electronic display of vehicle information. Halfway through this model year, the 6.7-liter, turbo diesel engine gains a power boost, giving it 800 lb-ft of torque.


This head-turning truck comes with steel wheels or chrome wheels, depending on the model. Some models have chrome tubular sidesteps and chrome accents, and a spray-in bed liner. It makes the perfect model for anyone who wants to get noticed on the road.


Although the exterior may look beastly, the interior looks highly finished. One of the most noticeable features concerns the comfortable ride due to the well-balanced suspension and hydraulic cab-to-frame mounts. The interior remains very quiet with low levels of wind and road noise. This makes it easier to hear the six-speaker stereo, or nine speakers in the Laramie model. The Laramie seems truly luxurious, with dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, polished alloy wheels, and a power driver’s seat with memory. Many of the features available in the premium trim packages also remain available in the lower trims. Additional luxurious extras include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Performance & Handling

This particular model offers both four-wheel drive and rear drive, but only comes with one standard engine: the 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel inline-six. If you choose to go for the standard six-speed manual transmission this engine produces 350 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Choosing the six-speed automatic version increases the torque to 800 lb-ft.

The Dodge Ram 3500 seems quite unusual in that it comes with a large exhaust brake. This marks a particularly good feature as it provides extra braking power and stability essential for towing heavy loads. The Ram can tow up to 14,050 pounds with the manual transmission, but this increases to 22,750 pounds with the optional automatic transmission.


This heavy-duty truck comes with the kind of standard safety equipment you'd expect, which includes anti-lock disc brakes and side curtain airbags. Rear parking sensors and a rear back-up camera also remain available. One of the optional extras on the more luxurious models is power-adjustable pedals. Braking tests for this truck find it takes 154 feet to come to a complete stop from 60 mph. For such a heavy vehicle this should be expected.

EPA Fuel Economy

The EPA does not require fuel economy figures for heavy-duty trucks.

You'll Like

  • Massive towing ability and torque
  • High-quality finish in the cabin
  • Smooth and comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • Lack of engine choice
  • Complicated controls for navigation system

Sum Up

Delivers what it promises, with a touch of luxury.

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