Chrysler is updating the Ram 1500 and Dakota trucks with minor updates in the 2011 model year. Aside from the rugged Outdoorsman model of the Ram 1500 and Ram HD, the Ram 1500 has a few minor changes for 2011.
Power-folding mirrors are new to the 1500 truck, as is an available factory-installed spray-in bedliner. A Garmin-based navigation system can be ordered on the Ram, and we're guessing it's an updated unit not prone to the recalls affecting various Suzukis and Nissans.
Four new colors make it to the 2011 lineup including Hunter Green Pearl Coat, Mineral Gray Metallic, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl, and Light Graystone.
The Outdoorsman model replaces the TRX4 trim and an active on-demand transfer case is now standard on Big Horn, Sport, and Laramie four-wheel-drive models. Additionally, the gross combined weight rating has been increased on 2011 Ram 1500s. Equipped with a 5.7-liter V-8, 3.92 rear axle, and 140.5-inch wheelbase, the Ram 1500 has a gross combined weight rating of 15,500 pounds.
While Ford is adding new engines to its F-150 truck range for 2011, Ram 1500 powertrains are the same -- at least for this year.
For 2011, the Dakota finally makes anti-lock brakes standard. Side-curtain air bags are standard, as well, and there are three new colors: Hunter Green Pearl Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal, and Light Graystone.