2012 Ram 1500 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Comfort and size aren't always directly related, but the Ram 1500 pairs them in a sensible way. Its size translates into seating for three adults across the standard benches, if needed, and some clever in-cabin storage that the competition doesn't offer.

Ram specifies three kinds of full-size truck bodies. Regular Cab is the standard two-door truck, with a sliver of space behind the bench seat--the most utilitarian truck type of all. The Quad Cab corresponds to other truckmakers' "extended" cabs, while the Crew Cab has four full-size doors, all hinged at the front.

The Ram 1500 takes advantage of its size in delivering good interior room, and it has one of the nicest full-size truck cabins.

In front, bench-seat models have good shoulder room, even for three adults, while Ram 1500s with the adjustable bucket seats are divided by a huge center console.

Crew Cab models' rear seats aren't the bolt-upright units you might expect, instead offering a nice recline. Leg and head room are abundant in back as well, though not in Quad Cab models. Under-floor storage bins supplement the optional, lockable Ram Box integrated into the fenders, and in general, there's plenty of storage space.

The variety of truck beds available is important to commercial buyers. Regular-cab Rams can be had with 6.4-foot and 8-foot beds, while the Crew Cab models come with a 5.7-foot bed, and Quad Cabs offer a 6.4-foot bed.

Complementing the three cab types are six trim levels: ST, SLT, Outdoorsman, Sport, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn, while a handful of special-edition models are also available. As we discuss in the Features section, they can range from bare-bones workhorses to plush luxury trucks. In most of them, noise suppression is admirable, with both road and wind noise held to very low levels for the full-size pickup class. Interior quality and feel are as good as or better than any other truck on the market.

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