2011 Ram Heavy Duty Interior
The auto press is smitten with the interior in the Ram Heavy Duty trucks. Writers agree that the Ram 2500 and 3500 offer best-in-class interior layout and quality, with the highest trims offering luxury-level materials, features, and fit and finish. Plus, reviewers love the cabin’s handy storage options like under-seat cargo bins and back seats that fold up to offer a flat load floor. The only reviewer complaint is that the interior may be almost too nice if you need a hardcore work truck. If you’re looking for a capable workhorse that’s not afraid to get dirty, you should check out the Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks. They come with Spartan interiors and don’t offer many standard features, but they’re easy to clean out after a dirty job.
- "The Ram 2500 takes a page out of the Ram 1500's playbook by offering the best interior among all pickups. On the higher trim levels, soft-touch materials and tasteful stitching are abundant throughout the cabin, while the plush seats and metallic accents are almost too nice for work truck status. “ -- Edmunds
- "Crew Cab models deliver lots of interior room, clever arrangements for utility stow space and even plenty of luxurious appointments. And the stretched Mega Cab creates so much space inside that backs of the rear seats can recline from 22 to 37 degrees for extra comfort.“ -- AutoGuide.com
- "Credit should go to the interior team, which not only paid the Ram HD the same sort of attention it paid to the 1500 in terms of sound insulation, but also gave it all of the upscale storage and comfort amenities as well, including an options list as long as a freight train." -- Car and Driver
Reviewers say that the seats in the Ram 2500 and 3500 are comfortable, and that the backseat offers enough leg- and headroom for adults – a rarity in pickup trucks. Ram Heavy Duty trucks can seat between two and six people, depending on the configuration. Regular Cab models seat either two or three, depending on whether buyers choose the bucket or bench seats. Crew and Mega Cabs include a back bench seat along with front bench or buckets, offering a seating capacity of five to six. Reviewers say that the Mega Cab has best-in-class back seat space.
- "Buyers who tow long distances will appreciate the Ram's seating improvements, which include better ergonomics and comfort. The seats can be equipped with heat and ventilation for the driver and front passenger. Rear-seat heating is also optional, as is a heated steering wheel.” -- PickupTruck.com
- "Most of all, the seats are comfortable. I found the seats in the previous-generation Ram heavy-duty trucks tough on my back. It's as if the lower back support was fabricated out of plywood. These new seats feel like La-Z-Boy designed them." -- Detroit News
- "Seats are comfortable with plenty of room, although the center floor hump eats into passenger foot room. Power-adjustable pedals improve comfort and help shorter drivers sit a safe distance from steering-wheel airbag. The 4WD models have an extremely high step-up. A high nose hides the view of nearby objects, hampering sense of control in tight spaces.” -- Consumer Guide
The Ram HD’s interior can range from pure work truck to sedan-like luxury. Its base model comes with only the most basic features and is full of drab but easy-to-clean plastics, but checking the options box or upgrading to higher trim levels can add features usually found in luxury cars. Ram offers as many as six trim levels on the 2500 Crew Cab, so most shoppers will be able to configure their truck to fit their needs.
The base 2500 ST comes standard with air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary audio jack, two 12-volt power outlets and manually-adjustable vinyl seats. Buyers can opt for a spray-in bedliner, a sliding rear window, and cloth seats, but not much else. Opting for higher trims can add navigation, heated leather front seats, and rear-seat entertainment. The $52,110 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab adds $24,267 to the base 2500 ST – but comes standard with tooled leather detailing on the front seatbacks, a rear park assist system, heated leather steering wheel, Uconnect with navigation, and remote start. Some reviewers feel that the Garmin-based navigation system looks cheesy, especially when surrounded by the high-class Laramie Longhorn interior.
Features like heated and ventilated leather seats are great for the recreational truck buyer, but if you need a heavy duty truck for your business, you might be better off with the Ford Super Duty, mainly because of Ford’s Work Solutions system. This in-truck computer system lets buyers track work progress, keep track of tools, and even print invoices. It comes with Wi-Fi hotspot capability, just like Ram's Uconnect system does, and the F-250’s starting price of $28,505 is only about $700 more than the Ram 2500.
- "The cabin decor ranges from rubber floor covering and vinyl seats to leather and wood grain trim. There are many soft-touch surfaces and Laramie's dash top is nicely stitched.” -- Consumer Guide
- "The controls are within easy reach and user-friendly, except for the audio system when it's paired with the optional navigation. In this configuration, the absence of hard buttons and knobs needlessly complicates some of the most basic functions. Fortunately, the steering-wheel-mounted controls help to alleviate this problem.” -- Edmunds
Reviewers are impressed with the amount of in-cabin storage options in Ram Heavy Duty trucks. Storage wells in Mega and Crew Cabs are waterproof and can be used as coolers or dry storage. The 2500 models have as much as 66.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seat after the rear seats are folded up against the back wall.
- "Plentiful storage cubbies, bins, and wells. Bucket-seat models enjoy a huge, deep center-console storage area. All models have a two-tiered glovebox, although neither tier is particularly spacious. Crew Cabs have floor wells that can be used as coolers.” -- Consumer Guide
- "Interior storage is generous, with plenty of bins and pockets to supplement the dual gloveboxes.” -- Edmunds
- "Even more useful for working types are the gabillions of storage cubbies found all over the huge cabin, including a two-tier glovebox and center console, and bins under the rear-seat floor." -- Car and Driver
- "There are even little cubbies under the floor mats in the second row -- like the ones found on minivans. These are the kind of features that can win truck buyers." -- Detroit News