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2011 Ram 1500 Crew Cab

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2011 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Review

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Although in the past Dodge did not own a substantial portion of the full-size truck market, its Ram pickups retained a fiercely loyal fan base and offered some of the most outlandish full-size models on the market (think Ram SRT10). The Ram brand is now its own division, although the trucks are still sold and serviced through Dodge dealers. With clever marketing tools, distinctive styling and innovative features, Ram hopes its 1500 line will continue chipping away at rivals Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the rugged image of a tough-as-nails working truck, but not the harsh ride or crude interior that accompanies it, check out the 2011 Ram 1500. Its "big-rig" inspired styling is mighty impressive, as is its available Hemi V8 engine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're the type that likes a pickup that can be beaten, dented and scratched, the 2011 Ram 1500's highly stylized exterior may be too pretty for you to risk ruining at the job site.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2011, Ram introduces a new 1500 Tradesman series. Aimed at small-business owners, the Tradesman is packed with commonly-requested features but at a price that easily fits today's tight budgets. Also new are the Laramie Longhorn and Outdoorsman editions. New features for the Ram 1500 include power folding mirrors, a factory spray-in bedliner and a new Garmin navigation radio.

Driving the 1500 Crew Cab

Driving Impressions In the area of overall driving comfort the 2011 Ram 1500 has a distinct advantage over its competitors, thanks in part to its coil-spring rear suspension. Because most pickup trucks...

employ a leaf-spring rear setup, they tend to ride more harshly and can develop bounding motions over bumps. This is not the case for the Ram 1500, which can quickly control bouncing motions and help smooth out the ride over harsh or uneven surfaces. Beyond its smoother ride, however, the Ram 1500 still behaves very much like a full-size body-on-frame vehicle, so don't expect this big truck to drive, stop or steer like a standard sedan. Although the Ram 1500's steering is reasonably direct and the brakes are easy to modulate and control, the body still suffers from noticeable lean when rounding sharp curves.

RamBox
The RamBox storage system is offered on the Crew Cab. It includes 3.7 cubic feet of lockable, drainable storage space in each bed rail, as well as a cargo-bed divider that doubles as a bed extender. The RamBox also comes with a bed-rail system with sliding, adjustable cleats to tie down and secure various types of loads.

Uconnect GPS
The Uconnect GPS system's 30-gigabyte hard drive holds song and picture files, as well as navigation map information. Songs can be ripped from a CD or downloaded from a thumb drive via a USB port. The hard drive lets you keep your whole music collection in the vehicle without toting a lot of CDs.

2011 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Details
Interior

Having been bitten in the past by reports of poor-grade plastics and dull interior colors, Ram has stepped up to meet its critics. The 1500's dash is still mostly made up of hard plastics, but areas frequently touched (such as the armrest and door edges) are now covered in soft-touch material and extra padding. Ram has given the 2011 Ram 1500 extensive sound deadening material, creating a cabin that is surprisingly quiet at highway speeds. All cabs offer good front-seat leg and head room, although a telescoping steering wheel would definitely improve the driver's comfort. Rear-seat accommodations vary, with tight quarters in the Quad Cab but plenty of space in the roomy Crew Cab. High-end options such as heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel and rear-seat DVD entertainment make the rough and ready Ram 1500 feel almost limousine-like.

Exterior

The 2011 Ram 1500 is one of the most refined and car-like trucks on the road. The Ram 1500's styling, on the other hand, remains polarizing. With its cantilever front end, large cross-hair chrome grille and massive chrome wheel options, no one will ever mistake a Ram for a Chevy. Like its rivals, the Ram 1500 features a variety of cab and bed configurations. The Regular Cab is offered with 6-foot, 4-inch or 8-foot beds, the Quad Cab has the 6-foot, 4-inch bed and the Crew Cab has a 5-foot, 7-inch bed.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard safety features include side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and Trailer Sway Control. The base ST model features air conditioning, AM/FM/CD stereo, vinyl floors, power locks and 17-inch steel wheels. The SLT adds carpeting, cruise control, power windows, heated mirrors, remote keyless entry and aluminum wheels. The Sport model has unique bucket seats, fog lamps and 20-inch wheels. Standard on the Laramie are dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, hard-drive radio, power heated front seats and rear park assist.

Optional Equipment

Optional features include the RamBox storage system, spray-in bedliner, full-time four-wheel drive, sunroof, 10-speaker Alpine Surround Sound, Sirius Satellite Radio, navigation system, rear DVD entertainment with Sirius Backseat TV, heated and cooled seats and a heated steering wheel. The Garmin navigation system is easy to operate and voice commands can be used to program destinations while the vehicle is in motion. Sirius Backseat TV has three child-friendly channels that will keep the kids' attention on long vacation drives. Available trims include ST, SLT, Sport, Outdoorsman, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn, as well as the Big Horn and Lone Star packages.

Under the Hood

The base 3.7-liter V6 is fine if you use your truck as basic transportation, but the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is the best choice if you plan to tow or haul a lot of cargo. The Hemi also delivers fuel economy comparable to that of the 4.7-liter V8, and it can tow a heavier load. Ram claims the Ram 1500 Sport Regular Cab with the Hemi is the fastest pickup in the class, with a zero-to-60-mph acceleration time under six seconds.

3.7-liter V6
215 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20

4.7-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5650 rpm
330 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD, gasoline), 9/13 (2WD, E85), 13/18 (4WD, gasoline), 9/12 (4WD, E85)

5.7-liter Hemi V8
390 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
407 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/19 (4WD)

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2011 Ram 1500 Trucks Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 241 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

This is the best vehicle ever owned.

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great driving/looking vehicle."

Cons: "CD player is inconvenient to use."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This has been the best vehicle we have ever owned. The ride is great, the fuel mileage is great for a 400 horsepower engine. We have averaged over 18 miles per gallon overall. We have never had one minutes trouble with the pickup in 40K plus miles. It has many convenience features which make driving it a pleasure."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Mixed feelings, Brand Loyality is hard to brake

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "safety, comfort, quality, brand loyality"

Cons: "low torque in V6, hard to get in, high."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"RAM as a stand alone brand happened in 2013. Fiat has improved much about all of Chrysler made brands and RAM is no exception. The 8 speed ZF transmission is a huge advancement in improving MPG along with the Pentastar 3.6 V-6 engine. True mpg are 19 to 23 depending on the time of year. Typical city driving is 19 and open road 23 and on occasion with good wind conditions 24 to 25 mpg. That's not bad for a truck with honest real mpg. Measuring mpg is strange how different truck brands come up with such high unachievable mpg for the average buyer. I think to advertise the RAM 3.6 for 25 mpg consistantly is very unrealistic. The RAM we have is overall a good decent truck. Fit and finish along with the quality of materials is a better quality than most cars. Everything works as it should. The only exception is the cheap Goodyear Wrangler passenger tires. They are made only for paved city roads and passenger cars NOT trucks. The UConnect audio system is excellent. The Hands Free Phone is very good and works even better than the phone by it's self. The CD player is tucked under the center folding seat at the bottom and is VERY difficult to reach and being a single disc it is not worth $ 150. The remote start is worth every penny, In summer and winter is a wonderful addition. The plane SLT truck has very cheap seats and few electronic additions, so the BIG HORM is well worth the extra cost for creature comforts as well a better truck all around. One thing to keep in mind the 2016 RAM comes with only a 60,000 mile powertrain warranty. 2015 is the last for the 100,000 powertrain warranty not only for the RAM but for most all light duty 1500 trucks. Is the RAM the best truck? here are some facts I found out. Fords cost less to insure and have a excellent safety record. But the turbos may have issues. Chevy and GMC hold their value better, have good safety ratings, weigh more, mpg is less than RAM or Ford. RAM looses resale value faster than the Ford or Chevy or GMC. RAM cost the most to insure. RAM has the smoothest ride, the better base 8 speed Automatic transmission. The best MPG, but that's the diesel engine which cost more than $ 4,200. over the Hemi V-8. To recup that extra cost may take more than 200,000 miles. I think it's unfair to allow RAM to compete in mpg with other truck brands gasoline engines. It's not apples to apples. Diesels cost much more to maintain, but do generally last longer. RAM puts the V 6 diesel in 20% of the 1500 trucks to meet the CAFE requirements. Finally most all truck buyers are brand loyal, and know before they even go out to look for a truck what brand they want to buy, just like me."

Best truck on the road

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "power, ride, features, look"

Cons: "i don't own two"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2013 Ram 1500 in November 2013. From the test drive I fell in love with the power, comfort, and look of this truck. I had a 2008 Ram, which I loved, but boy what a difference. Ram for life!!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Hard to find anything:

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Engine, great looking and a heck of a lot more"

Cons: "Gas, Brake, and Parking Brake pedals to little"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had this RAM for about six months. (And, "YES" the mileage is correct. I may not be the best person to rate a vehicle after driving it so few miles but, there's something about this truck that gives me the distinct that Six Years will feel just like Six month, if I take care of the vehicle. OH, by the way, I'm 70 years young, I've owned (Leased) around 20+ vehicles (I was in sales, traded off about every 2-3 yrs. and I was one of "those" car salesmen for about 4-5 yrs. I tell you all this because, I want to qualify my statement."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Truck Saved Our Lives BOUGHT ANOTHER ONE

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 842

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Safety, performance, comfortable, upgrades"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had a 2011 Ram 1500 CC but on 4/25/2015 was in a bad crashed luckily we've all walked away with minor injuries my father, friend, grandfather and 22 year old nephew. Driving on the main highway a guy driving a 18 wheeler wasn't paying attention crashed into the rear of my truck pushing me 100 degree into a tree walked away with bruises and scraps as my nephew wore neck brace. I liked my truck so much never had trouble decided buy another this time got the 1500 Laramie this time it has lots of new upgrades even handles and rides better. Gets 25.4 mpg love the new technology so much standard in class its more like a luxurious car Uconnect LCD screen is amazing wish Chrysler made free On star/XM Services but know this is a safe truck to drive love every bit of my RAM 1500 Laramie."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

great truck with a great ride quality!

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I am the original owner of my 2012 Ram 1500, I love my truck and have been driving it for about 3 years now. No mechanical breakdowns. The ride is smooth and comfortable and with the Hemi the power is always there. I live out in the woods and gather firewood and can be hard on my truck at times, it takes a beating but still runs great. Only thing is I think these trucks would do great with a LSD standard. I plan install one soon hopefully, other than that 4 wheel drive works great ac blows cold and the truck runs great. Gas mileage can be rough. I can average anywhere between 14 to 17 mpg depending on where and how I drive. Driving long distances is does even better though, I usually average about 21 going long distance. Hauling heavy loads I'm in the 10 to 12 range."

10 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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