The RAM 1500 pickup truck, formerly known as the Dodge Ram, has always reflected the heart and soul of what is Americana. It is large, in charge and bigger than life. It is like the all you can eat buffet of the automobile world, offering more than you will probably ever need at a very affordable price. It is also big enough inside that if you regularly dine at all-you-can-eat establishments then it still has room for you and four extra-large passengers. Have we mentioned this is a big truck?
The 2011 Ram 1500 SLT Crew Cab 4x4 model tested here is a mid-range model that came equipped with the legendary 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. This engine emits an endearing rumble so notable that friends will know you have arrived at their house before you have to ring the doorbell. Trust us, if you drive a 2011 Ram 1500 with the Hemi V-8, you will always get noticed.
Beyond the 2011 Ram 1500’s appearance and its engine lies the heart of a very capable, comfortable and cleverly engineered work truck. It also, thanks to a cleverly designed rear suspension, banishes the term “it rides like a truck” to the history books. Seriously, the competition needs to follow Ram’s lead because this is one serious mother trucker that is as smooth and easy to drive as any car. Not that you could tell just by looking at it.