2011 Ram 1500 Interior
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Reviewers rave about the Ram 1500’s updated interior and trim levels, citing features that are attractive to the traditional truck owner as well as the new class of multi-use buyers, who may also use their trucks for around-town errands and regularly transporting four or more people at a time. Many reviewers only have one gripe: They say it’s hard to enter the cab because it’s so high off the ground. However, keep in mind that this is to be expected on a full-size truck, especially on four-wheel-drive models, and is remedied by adding running boards to your options package. The new premium trim level, the Laramie Longhorn, offers luxurious interior materials, and even the base trims offer comfortable front seats and convenient cargo storage.
- "The Ram 1500's interior will still appeal to traditional owners, but it also offers many amenities -- including premium seating with soft-touch materials and a console-mounted shifter -- that will entice cosmopolitan owners, too." -- Cars.com
- "The Ram 1500's interior is as good as it gets in the pickup segment. The range-topping Laramie, with its wood-grain trim and leather upholstery, makes for a very posh pickup, but even the lower trim levels have an attractive design, intuitively placed controls and well-textured materials.” -- Edmunds
Reviewers praise the Ram 1500’s seat comfort and support, and say that even the rear seat of the Quad Cab is spacious. The Crew Cab offers even more room in the backseat, causing comparisons to the passenger space of a large sedan.
- "The front seats, while rather soft, strike an adequate balance between support and comfort. The crew cab's rear seat is very comfortable, offering loads of legroom and an agreeable seatback angle." -- Edmunds
- "The new Laramie Longhorn is ultra-luxurious. It receives full leather seating with laser-etched bolsters, and the front seatbacks have silver steer-logoed metal buckles with magnetic clasps, like a mailbag." -- Cars.com
- "A high step-in is about the only complaint one can muster. Large, firmly padded seats offer impressive long-drive comfort and back support. Visibility is very good all around." -- Consumer Guide
Reviewers love how easy the gauges and controls are easy to use. Most of the attention goes to the premium Laramie trim, but reviewers note that even the base trim levels are intuitive and offer acceptable fit and finish. The rear seats in the Quad and Crew Cab models in the SL include more hard plastic surfaces and uncomfortable middle bench seats, which reviewers did not care for.
On the premium Laramie trim, the Ram 1500 offers a long list of features unique to its class, such as satellite TV and the Uconnect system, a 3G Wi-Fi hotspot which incorporates a hard drive for storing music files with navigation, Bluetooth, a multimedia audio system, and SIRIUS satellite radio. The Ram 1500 also offers voice-controlled stereo and Bluetooth, as well as a Garmin navigation system that was updated for 2011. However, it is important to keep in mind that these additional features can take the Ram 1500 from its affordable base price of $20,810 to over $51,000 when fully optioned.
- "Huge gauges are boldly marked and easy to read at a glance. Major controls are mostly convenient to access, though audio and climate switchgear positioned towards the passenger side of the center console requires a long stretch to reach." -- Consumer Guide
- "Helping the Ram stand out from those competitors are heated and cooled front seats (a first-in-class feature), heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel--a must-have option for those cold winter mornings. Your construction crew will surely appreciate the available multimedia system, navigation, rear-seat DVD entertainment, Sirius Backseat TV (nothin' like a little SpongeBob to psych up a dude to hang some drywall!), and surround-sound audio." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Up-budget buyers can tick boxes for 10-speaker sound system, Sirius satellite radio, built-in Wi-Fi and a rear seat entertainment system. Among the tricks this pony can do: With the remote start feature, you can fire the truck up on a cold day and it will automatically turn on the heated seats and heated steering wheel. People have been elected governor of Minnesota for less." -- Los Angeles Times
Interior cargo space is where many reviewers say the 2011 Ram 1500 really shines. Reviewers consistently report upwards of 30 storage spaces on properly equipped Rams, and many think they’re very useful. The Ford F-150 also offers lots of available interior storage spaces, but the Chevrolet Silverado doesn't come close to offering the same number of interior storage cubbies.
- "There are lots of nooks and crannies (more than 40) to hold cell phones, gloves, tools, folders and just about anything else. There are even two floor storage bins (on the Quad Cab and Crew Cab models) that include removable containers for easy cleaning." -- Detroit News
- "Storage spaces abound: under the rear seats; in the doors, the center console, and the dual glove boxes; and within the new drainable, lockable "RamBox" bins in the bed walls." -- Car and Driver
- +"If you run out of room out back, you can store ten more twelve-ounce beverages in the in-floor compartments/coolers for rear-seat passengers. And if you need space for some snacks, the Ram's thirty-eight ‘storage locations’ should do the trick nicely." -- Automobile Magazine