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The 'big rig' look is a long-time Ram styling cue
Kelley Blue Book
an all-American macho machine
the Dodge Ram's aggressive styling has stood out since 1994
Car and Driver
The 2008 Dodge Ram HD is still instantly recognizable with its big-rig look, and Heavy Duty models with duallies stick out like sore thumbs.
The Dodge Ram HD is available in three cab styles, which dominate its exterior styling. You have the regular cab, Quad Cab (also known as a crew cab), and Mega Cab (which is essentially a jumbo crew cab). Edmunds writes that with its "jumbo-sized Mega Cab" and "big-rig styling," the Dodge Ram HD 2008 is "the manliest of this most manly truck category." In various reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, "aggressive" is used to describe the 2008 Dodge Ram HD's look. Car and Driver informs us "the Dodge Ram [HD's] aggressive styling has stood out since 1994." Kelley Blue Book notes, "The Mega Cab's scale also requires mega-sized garages or parking spots." So no compact spaces at the local market--unless you plan on straddling two or four of them.
Dodge Ram HD 2008 ST trims are "pretty bare-bones, offering little more than 17-inch wheels [while] the SLT adds alloy wheels," says Edmunds. "A prominent 'gunsight' crossbar grille surrounded by bold brightwork (dark grey on the base ST) with squared-off fenders and wraparound headlamps" adorns the 2008 Dodge Ram HD, according to Kelley Blue Book, who comment, "Additional shiny bits and chrome wheels are part of higher trim levels." J.D. Power notes, "All Ram 2500 and short-box Quad Cab Ram 3500 models come with standard rear wheels, while all other Ram 3500s have duallie rear wheels."
Since the Dodge Ram 1500 receives a redesign in 2009, with the Dodge Ram HD models redesigned thereafter, the Dodge Ram HD 2008 interior carries over unchanged. However, as Edmunds reports, "An interior redesign a few years ago maintained the truck's freshness." They call it "a straightforward, user-friendly design," though "a slab of glossy, hopelessly fake wood placed front and center is the primary concession to cheesiness." Kelley Blue Book remarks, "Those who place a high importance on interior design and features may find more to admire in the Ram's heavy-duty competitors from Ford and GM."
The 2008 Dodge Ram HD maintains its signature style, though it's more dated than its contemporaries--a redesign in '09 promises an evolution of the big-rig aesthetic.