The Ram 1500 already had one of the best interiors in the full-size pickup class--and among all Chrysler vehicles--but last year, it merited a complete interior reskin that's left it pretty dashing, especially on truck terms. It's not much larger or more comfortable than the GMC, Chevy, and Ford trucks in critical dimensions, but it's fitted in some cases with more clever storage solutions that just aren't offered by the other Big Three and Japanese-brand pickups.
The Ram 1500 comes in three body styles, the most basic being the two-door Regular Cab, which has a sliver of cargo space behind its bench seats. It's the one seen most often in fleets. Next up is the Quad Cab, which has two front-hinged, full-size doors and two front-hinged access doors that expose its slightly larger stow area behind the seats.
For most buyers driving, not operating, a Ram 1500, the four-door Crew Cab makes the most sense. It has four real doors, real leg and head room for rear-seat passengers, and those thoughtful storage touches.Every Ram has a wide stance, which can make its base bench seat stretch on for a day, visually. Three adults will fit easily across, with a decent amount of leg support. The seats themselves: they're wide and flat, doing an honest imitation of their Midwestern roots, for better or worse. When the bucket seat option's picked, the Ram gets a center console between those seats; it doesn't just separate front passengers, it puts a nightstand-sized berm between them. There's a nicely padded section on the driver's door that's perfect as elbow-resting space, something some $75,000 luxury sedans don't get right.
On those bucket seats with power adjustment, the range of adjustment is very good, typically allowing tall drivers to move the seat lower than in other vehicles--just as important as tilt steering in setting up a good driving position. Adjustable pedals are offered on expensive models, if the driver's short of leg.
In the rear seat on Crew Cab Rams, there's little of the bolt-upright seating position that still afflicts the GM trucks, even after a redesign. The Ram offers up abundant leg and head room.In general, there's plenty of storage space inside the Ram 1500. If you can't find a place to store something inside the Ram, you're not looking. There's a storage bin on top of the center stack, one ahead of the center console, huge cupholders, deep door pockets, and trays for change and pens and anything you'll need to use safely on the road. There's even a stow area under the middle front bench seat on some versions, big enough to hold a pie. Under-floor storage bins supplement the optional, lockable Ram Box that can be integrated into the fenders, and locked by remote from the key fob.
The variety of truck beds available is as important to commercial buyers as to individuals. 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 or a 6.4-foot bed--the latter, the only bed on the Quad Cab this year. A new 6'-4" bed option is now available on Crew Cab models giving customers the ability to combine Ram 1500’s largest available cab with the largest four-door/bed combination. A spray-in bedliner is standard at the top and the bottom of the lineup; all other versions have an option for a molded, drop-in bedliner.Noise suppression is admirable inside the Ram, with both road and wind noise held to very low levels for the full-size pickup class, and just the right amount of diesel clatter in the newest addition. Interior quality and feel are as good as or better than any other truck on the market, with the redesigned dash a standout in the class, even before the Longhorn's distinctive walnut trim is applied. There's just more attention to detail and trim quality in the Ram than in almost every other full-size truck, though Ford's F-150 is certainly in the same league, especially with its King Ranch and Harley editions, as are the latest GMC Sierra Denali and Chevy Silverado High Country full-sizers and Toyota's Tundra 1794 edition.