Barack Obama should ditch his presidential limo for an '09 Dodge Ram, because the redesigned pickup proclaims with jut-jawed American grit, “Yes we can!”
While it is flush with flair and boasts superior comfort, the new Ram gets the nod for best Popular-Priced Truck interior largely because it is a pickup, inside and out. The Ram's spacious cab, available for the first time in crew configuration, is packed with inspired, easy-to-use features designed to help you git 'er done.
Consider the cavernous console, rubber-lined nooks and crannies and the double-deck glovebox, as well as the close-at-hand storage spaces in the well-appointed doors. The rear compartment features well-concealed in-floor bins that open and close neatly and feature plastic liners so they can double as ice buckets.
The rear seats fold up easily to reveal a usable load floor and a pair of shallower storage cubbies, good for flashlights or emergency kits. Rear passengers benefit from head restraints in all three seats. Better safe than sorry, especially when the back of your head would otherwise be half a nod from the rear glass.
Then, of course, there is the driving experience. Front and rear seats offer exceptional support, which portends improved comfort on long hauls. And the steering wheel's ample girth, like the fist-friendly dimensions of the console-mounted shifter, inspires confidence.
Controls are well-placed, particularly's trademark audio toggles on the backside of the steering wheel. We look forward to the planned evolution that will see the pesky cruise-control stalk recede in favor of a wheel-mounted device.
The styling enhances all of the above. Color and grain complement each other, whereas theF-150 — another top vote-getter — was, in places, unsettling.
The new Ram makes the grade for every hard-working American — even a first-term president on the go.