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2006 Dodge Ram BR2500 Chassis Cab Review

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You say you’re feelin’ a bit cramped and capacity limited in your full-size crew cab pickup lately? Well, Dodge may have the truck for you.

 

Obviously unsatisfied with bragging rights for the most available pickup power (with the 345-hp HEMI V-8) and torque (with the 610-lb-ft Cummins Turbo Diesel six), Dodge now boasts the longest, roomiest crew-cab cabin with the most people and cargo room. And just so no one misses the point, they’re callin’ it “Mega” Cab.

 

Dodge created this super-size showcase of pickup innovation by bolting its six-foot, three-inch bed onto its long-wheelbase heavy-duty 2500 chassis and extending the cab 20 inches beyond where it ends with the eight-foot bed. The resulting 111.1-in cab is a full foot longer than that on Ford’s F-150 Crew Cab, and that added length is apportioned into a clever combination of unprecedented rear passenger room and cargo space behind the seats.

 

Three models, two trims, multiple features

 

Available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 models and SLT and Laramie trim, Mega Cabs boast 44.2 limo-like inches of rear legroom and the first reclining rear seats ever offered in a pickup. Not only does each section of the 60/40 split rear bench recline from 22 to 37 degrees, it also slides forward and folds flat to provide a class-leading 72.2 cu ft of inside storage volume.

 

Mega Cab 1500 and 2500 come standard with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and a five-speed automatic, while the latter offers the muscular turbo diesel as an option with six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. The extra-brawny 3500 gets only the diesel.

 

The $32,760 base SLT is well-equipped with air conditioning, AM/FM/CD four-speaker stereo, speed control, power windows and locks, keyless entry, overhead console with “mini” trip computer/compass, and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. For roughly $5k more, the Laramie adds leather upholstery, six-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, power sliding rear window (because it’s too far back to reach), chromed aluminum wheels, security alarm, Sentry Key engine immobilizer, and upscale audio with a six-disc CD changer, Infiniti speakers, SIRIUS satellite radio, and steering wheel spoke-mounted controls. Major options include full-screen navigation (integrated into the radio), rear-seat DVD, power sunroof and adjustable pedals.

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