2011 Dodge Ram

Recently reinvented, the Dodge Ram is a standout entrant in the full-size pickup category. Like its American rivals, the Ram comes with a full range of engines, including the illustrious Hemi V8. Furthermore, the 1500 model's redesign adds an impressive amount of refinement to the equation. The result is a truck that works as hard as you need it to while providing its passengers with uncommon comfort. If you're in the market for a rig like this, your test-drive schedule won't be complete without a trip to your local Ram dealer.

Here are AutoTrader's five reasons to buy the 2011 Dodge Ram:

1. Extraordinarily Comfortable Ride

All Ram 1500 trucks come with a coil-spring rear suspension, which is a revolutionary thing for a full size pickup. It feels revolutionary, too. Whereas rival trucks have predictably firm and bouncy rides, the Ram 1500 honestly rides like a tall luxury car, even without a load in the bed. It's the perfect solution for families who need the functionality of a pickup, but don't want to give up the comfort of a car. The competition may follow suit before long, but for now, the Ram 1500 is the only truck that offers a ride like this.

2. Terrific Trio of Engines

Well, technically the Ram offers four engines, but we're leaving out the base V6, which sells in fairly low numbers. Things start getting good with the entry-level V8, a 4.7-liter unit that returns 310 horsepower and basically the same fuel economy as the underachieving V6. The star of this show, of course, is the 5.7-liter "Hemi" V8, which pumps out 390 hp and a soundtrack that's an aftermarket exhaust system away from NASCAR-quality. But the Cummins turbodiesel inline-6 – available in heavy-duty Rams only – is a star in its own right, boasting 650 pound-feet of torque and an enviable reputation for durability.

3. A Cab For Every Crew

Trucks are being asked to perform a wider range of tasks these days, from family duties to worksite transit. That's why Dodge offers four different cab configurations. The standard cab, with just one row of seating, is fine for traditional truck stuff. The extended "Quad Cab" adds a backseat with room for adults, though the cab still only has two doors. If you want four doors, that's where the crew cab comes in – and for really big crews, there's the heavy-duty-only "Mega Cab," a stretched Quad Cab. When it comes to cabs, you name it, the Ram's got it.

4. Top-Notch Interior

The Ram is arguably the cream of the full-size crop when it comes to interior design and quality. Materials are a cut above inside the Ram, and the design is tasteful and attractive. It's another reason why the Ram can genuinely be seen as an all-purpose alternative to luxury cars. We're not saying it's like a Mercedes-Benz in there, but anyone who's familiar with truck designs over the years will be very impressed by the Ram's attention to interior detail.

5. Heavy-Duty Models For Serious Work

While the regular-duty Ram 1500 is immensely capable – as in, it will tow over 10,000 pounds when properly equipped – there are some lines of work for which only the toughest trucks will suffice. Happily, the Ram 2500 and 3500 models are up to the challenge, with the latter featuring dual rear wheels. In addition to offering the renowned Cummins turbodiesel mentioned above, the heavy-duty Ram can be ordered as the off-road-ready Power Wagon, which features a towing winch and other unique modifications.

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Josh Sadlier is an automotive journalist based in Los Angeles and has contributed to such publications as Edmunds.com and DriverSide.com. He holds arguably the most unexpected degree in his profession: a master's in Theological Studies.

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