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Even in base ST trim, the Ram looks brawny and almost downright mean.
The Ram's headlamps are stamped into sheetmetal that flows into the bulging front wheel wells, adding to an already athletic appearance.
Big Horn and Laramie models get coated in chrome and can be had with chromed 20-inch wheels.
...even the lower trim levels have an attractive design, intuitively placed controls and well-textured materials
Dual chrome-tipped exhaust integrated into rear bumper
The 2011 Ram 1500 shares its heritage with the previous generation of Dodge trucks, but gains a pair of new trim levels: the luxury-focused Laramie Longhorn Edition; and the off-road capable, adventurous Outdoorsman. New colors and a handful of new features add to the updates for 2011.
At first glance, the new Ram looks much like last year's model, and that's because it is. The strong fenders, tall chrome crosshair grille, smooth sides, and large wheels remain as part of the formula for the best-looking full-size truck on the market. A range of new colors add to the customization of the Ram 1500's look.
The Ram's proportions, from hood to cab to the ratio of glass to sheetmetal, accentuate the two-tone treatment available on some models. Unlike the Ford F-150, the Ram doesn't look robotic and edgy, and it's not as soft as the Chevy Silverado. The Toyota Tundra's oddball shape is an outlier among the group. Looking for details in the vast expanses of sheetmetal isn't easy, but dual exhaust pipes give the rear a powerful look, despite the somewhat plain tailgate.
Interior styling for the Ram carries forward from previous years, but its high quality and upscale flavor remain attractive and desirable. With the new Laramie Longhorn Edition, luxury can be taken to the extreme for a pickup, with some of the best wood grain and contrast stitching available in a working vehicle. Those with simpler tastes have plenty of options in the Ram 1500 range as well.
Carrying forward the current generation's redesign, the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 continues to set the styling pace among full-size trucks.