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Sure, this rig is pricey, but we’re constantly amazed when we drive similarly priced luxury cars that don’t have heated steering wheels or backup cameras.
The crew cab also features in-floor storage near the second-row seats.
The RamBox also takes up the usable bed space underneath the rails. That may not be a big deal for the Ram owner that doesn't use his or her truck for work, but many use every square inch of their truck bed.
A booming 506-watt, 10-speaker stereo is offered, along with a rear-seat entertainment system.
Honestly, all of the big pickups have more capabilities than most folks will ever need, as well as the option to outfit them like luxury sedans. But the one that goes the extra yard is the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500.
Luxury cars may get the nod for standard features, but pickup trucks get our respect for their versatility. You can buy a stripped Ram 1500 for the toughest kind of work duty, or a fully loaded one with connectivity and entertainment features superior to those in some exclusive $100,000 four-doors we've driven.
Base Ram 1500 pickups don't have much on the features list: roll-up windows and an AM radio are standard. Some eleven different models bring in bundles of features and options from there -- from Tradesman trucks that highlight exceptional towing capacity of 11,500 pounds, to Sport R/T trucks with standard HEMI power and the best truck acceleration in the class, to Laramie Longhorn and Laramie Limited trucks with heated leather seats, power features, remote start, a rearview camera, even a Bluetooth-enabled, hard-drive-based music system and voice-activated navigation system.
Chrysler's uConnect package of multimedia and connectivity features is the best in trucks. Not only does it offer Bluetooth, it also has a USB port for 3G dongles that turn it into a rolling wireless Internet hotspot, and Sirius Backseat TV as an option brings three channels of kid-friendly programming on board.
Other available options include a DVD player for both front and rear seat passengers; steering-wheel-mounted radio controls; Sirius Satellite Radio; and in Laramie versions, finely detailed interiors with a range of exterior color options. An available R/T package adds 22-inch wheels and tires and a restyled front air dam. Just keep in mind that the top-of-the-line Laramie Limited costs more than twice as much as the base Ram 1500, but offers so many more features and amenities it's almost a different truck.
The Ram 1500 conquers some ultra-luxury sedans with its available luxury and infotainment features.