They have come so far!
I mentioned that the Ram's cabin was well insulated. Factor a complete absence of rattles and a reasonably smooth drive and there you have it; your new daily driver. Sincerely, other than the truck’s dimensions, I really enjoyed the drive. With parking aids, power-adjustable sliding flipping oversized side-view mirrors and generally decent visibility, manoeuvring manoeuvres were not too intimidating.
A car-like ride, the 1500 does not have. But what it also does not do is punish its passengers; that's what Heavy and Super Duties are for. Steering proved to be well-judged and the brakes, up to the task. At speeds, the Ram maintains its course with little or no assistance and is decently agile around bends.
A crossover pickup?
Maybe. First, my issues: The driving position would benefit from a telescoping steering wheel even though the pickup can be equipped with power-adjustable pedals. And, if you don't mind whoring yourself out to gas stations, you'll be fine. That's all.
At nearly $55,000 as tested (4x4, HEMI, Sport, Crew Cab, leather, navigation, back-up camera, etc.), before rebates of course, you practically have an everyday road vehicle with all the capabilities inherent to a pickup. This is by no means cheap but the pricing is on target with its competitors.
The Ram (not Dodge anymore, remember) 1500's closest rival is the Ford F-150. Both should seriously be considered if you are in the market. Lastly, the Ram's reliability has apparently improved over the last-gen truck as well.
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