I have had the opportunity to spend a little time in a 2011 Dodge Ram, 2500, Crew Cab, 4X4 Cummins, 6 speed auto, SLT. I like it but it's not the power house I expected it to be.
The interior is very comfortable for me, and the back seat room is nice much better than the older quad cabs, looks to me like it's the biggest rear seat space on the market. The cup holders fold down from the dash with lots of storage however they are to close to the dash to allow for larger cups. Lots of interior storage and it is very useable, my model is the split bench allowing for 6 passengers.
Controls are ok, I say only ok due to the fact that the tow/haul and engine brake switch are both in the center of the dash making you constantly reach for them when towing. The 6spd auto controls leave allot to be desired, the gear shifter lets you select P R N D past that you must use the + and - buttons on the shifter, this is fine when stopping and going from 6th to 1st gear however then you have to once again cycle each gear to get up to Drive (this sucks as each gear cycle seems to take about 1 full second) I have found myself shifting it up to Neutral and back to Drive to avoid the long wait and the many selections of the + button to back to Drive.
Normal driving engine is great, quiet, and runs good. Ride is good, handling is good, and braking is great. Comfort is superb, I am 6'3" and love it, I can easily ride in back to with ample leg room, but head room is a little tight. I like to drive with the windows down but not in this thing, it feels like you are in a wind tunnel, once one of the rear windows goes down the air resonates and creates allot of pressure in the cab at highway speeds (exactly the same as my 2005 Ram Quad Cab 2500). The tires were first inflated to 80psi and would beat you to death, I deflated them to 58psi and the ride is much better but now the low tire light is on and will not clear. This truck is equipped with light load tire inflation button for this purpose but the message center says it cannot be used and needs to inflate the tires properly? Tranny shifts very firm and seems to jar you a little too much.
Towing this is my big issue as I tow allot in the mountains at elevations from 1,500' all the way up to 9,100' on a regular basis. My trailer is a 33' tri axle toy hauler that tows great but weighs between 11-14,000lbs depending on how we load it and who’s tagging along. For the test it should have weighed in at 11,500-12,000lbs I did not weigh it but have weighed it enough in the past to have a very close idea as to its weight. The route was AZ highway 87 north from Phoenix area 70 miles to AZ HY 188 and back. This route will take me up and down constantly from 1,300’ up to 5,000’ elevations with up to 7-8% grades. It tows great and is the driver has a very in control attitude behind the wheel of this rig. The engine braking is awesome but once again requires you to turn it off and on continuously and the button is centered in the dash making it a little inconvenient. Tranny smoothes out nicely with the trailer hooked up to it and seems to be right at home with it in tow.
The big dog power house that I had hopped to see in the mountains never got off the porch for my test drive though. The power was more than just a little disappointing with the toughest spot of the tow having a top speed of 47mph, I expected much better numbers than this as my lifted 2004 8,700lb Excursion rollin on 35’s will tow this exact same hill and load at 50 mph. If this engine and tranny can be safely tuned to tow with and get some extra ponies it would be a great truck, but in stock form the power numbers just don’t add up in the real world. During this tow I saw 8.7mpg on the lie o meter, the one on my X will show 7.8-8.0mpg on the same trip.
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