2011 Ram 1500

The 2011 Ram 1500 is available in Outdoorsman, Sport, SLT, Longhorn, Express, Laramie, ST, and Tradesman models.

Performance

The types of engine available for this full size pickup truck are a 3.7L V6 engine, a 4.7L SOHC V8, and a 5.7 L Hemi. The V6 engine offers a torque force of 235 pound-foot and a horsepower capacity of 210. Its fuel rail is constructed with stainless steel material. The V8 engine has 310 horsepower capacity and torque force of 330 pound-foot.

It has Flex Fuel capability which enables it to operate on unleaded gas and on the combination of 15 percent of gasoline and 85 percent of ethanol. This engine is practical because it has the benefit of using an alternative fuel. The HEMI V8 engine is capable of delivering a torque force of 407 pound-foot and a horsepower of 390. It has Fuel Saver technology which disables the cylinders if a small amount of engine performance is needed.

Exterior & Interior

The exterior body of this full size pickup truck is made from galvanized steel and aluminum material. The grille is constructed in chrome material. It is designed with dual exhaust system. The sidestep is furnished with Mopar chrome tubular. The diameters of the wheels are available in 17, 20, and 22 inches. The wheels are constructed in forged aluminum, chrome-clad aluminum, painted aluminum, and machined aluminum materials. The box rails are designed with lockable storage with water-resistant capability.

The seats are available in leather material which is designed to resist stains and odors. The steering wheel, rear seats, and front seats are capable of emitting heat during cold weather conditions. The seats are ergonomically designed to provide better support to the lumbar part of the body. The pedals can be adjusted to accommodate the height of the driver. The interior of this pickup truck is also capable of providing storage space. The storage sections are located under the rear seats and at the center console. A removable storage bin can also be located on the floor. The 2011 Ram 1500 has a passenger capacity for three people.

Safety & Reliability

The 2011 Ram 1500 offers protection with its side airbags, side-curtain front airbags, and advanced multistage airbags. This pickup truck is structured in hydroformed body frame capable of providing additional strength and protection. The hydroformed body frame protects the driver and the passengers by absorbing and dissipating the fatal force during crash impacts. The ParkView camera installed in this pickup truck allows it to display the objects behind it. It prevents the pickup truck from colliding with other vehicles or objects. The ParkSense Assist system enables the driver to park the pickup truck with ease.

The Competition

The Chevrolet Silverado (MSRP $21,945; 15 city / 20 hwy) and the Ford F-150 (MSRP $22,990; 17 city / 23 hwy) are comparable pick up trucks worth looking at in addition to the Ram 1500. The Silverado and the Ram 1500 have nearly identical features and capacities. The F-150 does prove to have better fuel economy over both the Ram 1500 and Silverado.

An advantage of this pickup truck is its availability in three engine types. These three engine types deliver durability, immense performance, and efficiency. This pickup truck also has the advantage of using the available space on the floor and under the rear seats for storage containers. Disadvantages for this pickup truck includes small torque force output, less payload capacity, and less towing capacity.

Overall Rating
75 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 wraps passengers in ample room, with enough build quality and flexibility for just about any truck owner.”Car Connection

“Ram is far too large and prone to cornering lean to be called nimble, but car-like is not a stretch. There's too little on-center steering response though, and Laramies, with their 20-inch wheels, seem prone to highway wander--requiring frequent correction. Brake response is excellent, with little nose plow in simulated panic stops.”Consumer Guide

“Weak base-model engine with poor fuel economy; five-speed (not six-speed) automatic transmission.”Edmunds

“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.”KBB

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Pick Up Truck Base Price: $20,810.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26.0 gallons (98 liters) MPG: 14 city / 20 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 209 in. (530 cm) Width: 79.4 in. (201.6 cm)
Height: 74.6 in. (189 cm) Wheel Base: 120.5 in. (306 cm)
Curb Weight: 4548 lbs (2063 kg) Ground Clearance: 9 in. (22.8 cm)
Payload Capacity: 1450 lbs Maximum Seating: 3 people
Performance
Engine: 3.7L V6 Displacement: 226 cu in
Horsepower: 215 HP Max RPM: 5200 RPM
Torque: 235 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
Max Towing Capacity: 9050 lbs (4105 kgs) Maximum Speed: NA
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Regular Cab SLT 4.7L V8 MSRP: $25,430; MPG: 14 city / 19 hwy
Option:Regular Cab OutdoorsMan 4.7L V8 FFV MSRP: $28,025; MPG: 14 city / 19 hwy
Option:Regular Cab Sport 5.7L V8 Hemi MSRP: $31,115; MPG: 14 city / 20 hwy
Option:Crew Cab 4.7L V8 FFV MSRP: $29,585; MPG: 14 city / 19 hwy
Option:Quad Cab 3.7L V6 MSRP: $25,290; MPG: 14 city / 20 hwy