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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 New for 2011

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
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 281 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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

Great, Tough, Reliable. Guts, Glory, RAM.

By on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,400

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "HEMI, Low price, Full Crew Cab, seats 6, + bed."

Cons: "OEM Goodyear tires are garbage"

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

"I have own a 2013 RAM 1500 Red Express edition Crew Cab with the HEMI. I have never received as many compliments on a stock truck as i have with this chick magnet. I bought slightly used (Certified) and had a few mods put on, this truck is the best value since Little Ceasers, hands down. The HEMI is torqy yet smooth and sips fuel. I have this beast set up loud and still achieve 25+ MPG Highway. The 8 speed transmission is the answer, i however, have the 6-ish speed transmission. Great truck, great buy ."

2014 RAM - EXPRESS QUAD CAB

By on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, best tow vehicle I've owned."

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

"5.7 Hemi - 4X4 with oversized tires and 20" wheels. Sirius XM Satalite Radio with wireless blue tooth and navigation. Black tube steps, Tow package with rear air bags and bend cover"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great truck, great power when needed

By on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Lots of power, comfortable"

Cons: "gas mileage"

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

My beast!

"This truck is a beast. With the 5.7 Hemi, you get all the power to what needs to be done, whether towing or hauling. Down side is the gas mileage. If you tow anything over 5 or 6k, the mileage drops big time. I am talking down to about 12 mpg. now if you are using 4WD, your mileage towing will be in the single digits. The truck rides great and is very comfortable. I am a big guy (6'4", 250 lb) and I have lots of room. Overall, I would recommend this beast if you don't mind the mpg's."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

My beast!

The flaws make a fabulous truck into an average on

By on Sunday, May 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,600

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"The Good: it is beautiful and fairly comfortable for a truck. The satellite radio is pretty good. The heating and cooling, front and back, with ventillated seats, is very good. The adjustable air suspension is great. Most of the interior features are well laid out and stearing wheel controls work well. The 25 mph average in mixed town/highway/interstate driving is excellent. The Bad: The windshield glare on a two lane road in the rain is literally blinding when on-coming cars come near. I have had to stop to avoid driving blind. The truck's own headlamps are horrible - the low beams on my car reach further than the high beams on the truck. The automatic high beams don't work consistently and often "get stuck" on low, which means only about 3 car lengths of light ahead. The AM/FM stereo doesn't work. I picked up only 1 FM station briefly an no AM stations on a 100 mile trip. My car picks up dozens of stations on the same route. Having to attach a grill cover in the winter due to poor engineering is a real disappointment. The front window defroster is virtually worthless when temps drop below -10. No CD player, in a $50k truck, really? If the problems were fixed, this truck would easily deserve a 9 out of 10."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Good Truck

By on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable, great sound system, quiet"

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

"This is a great truck. I first bought a jeep cherokee and had nothing but problems, so I traded that one in for this RAM. So far with the RAM I've had no problems and it's running like a dream. The only issue I have with it is the gas mileage, but that's to be expected with a truck. I'm averaging 14 city and can get up to 23 on the highway."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

MOST TRUCK FOR THE BUCK

By on Thursday, May 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Great Price and Fun to Drive"

Cons: "NONE"

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

"If you are looking for a truck that priced right and has all the power and performance you want the Ram is for you. Absolutely trouble free from day 1."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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