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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Regular cabs seat up to three passengers, the others up to six
All seats benefit from improved sculpting and attention to detail
Room doesn't always equal comfort, but in the 2010 Ram, a wide cabin gives real three-across seating on the standard bench seat. ConsumerGuide says "regular cabs seat up to three passengers" on the Dodge Ram 1500, while "the others seat up to six."
With two seats in front, a massive center console divides wide, flat chairs with decent adjustability. The Detroit News says the old seats "should have been banned by the Geneva Conventions," but the new ones are praised by reviewers. "Even the base Ram is no torture chamber," Car and Driver observes, and the same Detroit News finds "the seats have nice bolsters to hold you in place when driving off-road and are cushy on the highway." Autoblog calls them "seats fit for a king," while Edmunds states "all seats benefit from improved sculpting and attention to detail." In terms of legroom, headroom, and overall comfort up front, ConsumerGuide points out "a high step in is about the only complaint one can muster."
The rear seat on Crew Cab models is nicely canted back, and leg- and headroom abound. ConsumerGuide says the rear seats are just as spacious as in front, "though flatter seats seem less supportive." And Edmunds explains that while the "Mega Cab" from the previous generation is gone, "the current Crew Cab still provides almost 40 inches of rear legroom."
Wisely, Dodge transfers the clever use of previously untapped storage space pioneered on its minivans to the new Ram's interior. The under-floor (second-row Crew Cab) storage bins are handy, as are the optional Ram Box in-fender weatherproof and lockable storage areas. The Detroit News finds "lots of nooks and crannies (more than 40) to hold cell phones, gloves, tools, folders and just about anything else." ConsumerGuide reports "all models have a two-tiered glove box, with the top compartment chilled for beverage cooling," while Autoblog describes the RamBox feature as a "lockable, weather-proof and large enough to fit a set of golf clubs"-though "it won't be as popular as we originally thought," because of its nearly $2,000 price and the room it steals from the truck bed. On Crew Cab models, Edmunds notes "the rear seat bottoms flip up to reveal storage compartments and there are two lined wells beneath the rear floor mats sized to hold a six-pack and ice," while out back, "twelve vertical slots are stamped into the inner bed walls, into which a bed divider can be clamped to keep items fenced in."
The variety of truck beds available is important to commercial buyers. ConsumerGuide sums up the options briefly: "the regular cab offers 6.4- and 8-foot cargo beds," while "the Quad Cab comes with a 6.4-foot bed" and "the Crew Cab uses a 5.7-foot bed."
The quality level and design of the interior are among the best in any pickup truck sold today-better than the Tundra and Nissan Titan, as well-made as any of the GM trucks, and with a bit more truck panache than the F-150, which blurs the luxury line a bit much for hardcore truck folks. The Detroit News finds that "every piece fits together nicely" on the Dodge Ram 1500, while "there's stitched material across the front of the dash that makes you feel like you're sitting in a top-end vehicle" on the Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie. Jalopnik proclaims that "fit and finish are quite good and all the gadgetry mechanisms feel like they'll stand up to years of abuse." Even the more conservative reviewers at ConsumerGuide remark that "front seat occupants are treated to a cabin generally finished in high-grade and soft-touch materials, with Laramie models seeming especially nice." Autoblog says what most reviewers seem to think: "Could this interior possibly come from the same company that also gave us the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Caliber?"
Noise suppression is admirable on the 2010 Dodge Ram 1500, according to reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Although Edmunds claims that their "pre-production Laramie Crew Cab 4x2 sample vehicle sounded a tad gusty when cruising at 60 mph," reviewers at ConsumerGuide contend that on their full production version "Dodge claims to have paid special attention to wind and road noise, and it shows." The result, according to ConsumerGuide, is that "the cabin is...impressively serene."
The 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 wraps passengers in ample room, with enough flexibility for just about any truck owner.