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    By Patrick Rall
    2011_1500RamAdventurer.jpgThe Ram Truck brand recently introduced the 2011 Ram 1500 Express – a new low-cost package aimed at younger, first-time truck buyers that carries a price of just $22,855.  When this trimline was originally announced earlier this year, Chrysler used the codename “Adventurer”, but as the cost effective package has moved to production level, Ram chose the name Express instead.


    The 2011 Ram 1500 Express is available only in the regular cab
    configuration with a 6’4″ bed, but unlike the standard entry-level Ram
    1500, the Express is powered by the mighty 5.7L Hemi – packing 390
    horsepower and 407lb-ft of torque.  The Hemi sends its power to the rear
    wheels (4WD is available for an additional charge) via the standard
    automatic transmission and, unlike many other low cost trimlines, the
    Ram Express is fitted with sporty 20″ wheels and tires.  The Express
    also offers a monochromatic paint scheme with a color-matched grille and
    front and rear fascias, giving the Express a very similar look to the
    Ram Sport at a fraction of the price – just $22,855 for RWD and $27,310
    for 4WD. 

    2011_1500RamAdventurer_angl.jpgThe 2011 Ram Express is available in 9 colors: Bright
    Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Deep
    Cherry Red Crystal Pearl, Deep Water Blue Pearl, Flame Red, Hunter Green
    Pearl, Mineral Gray Metallic and White Gold Clear Coat.  Deep Cherry
    Red Crystal Pearl and Deep Water Blue Pearl come with a price increase
    of $225 and options like the rear sliding window, Mopar step tubes,
    under rail bedliner, folding trailer tow mirrors and a class IV receiver
    hitch are available for an additional cost.

    The exterior of the
    Ram Express screams sports truck, but how do they offer it so affordably
    with the Hemi and 20″ wheels while the similarly equipped Ram Sport
    starts around $6,000 more?  The key is inside, where the folks at Ram
    have stripped out many of the pricier items that cause the higher
    starting price of the Ram Sport.  Forget about the plush leather bucket
    seats of the Ram Sport, as the Express comes with a basic 40/20/40 split
    bench seat wrapped in Dark Slate heavy duty vinyl.  Next, the standard
    stereo system for the Express is a six-speaker setup with AM/FM, MP3 and
    auxiliary input (iPod) capabilities.  While the Ram Express does come
    with a basic heating/air conditioning system, keyless entry, cruise
    control and the trailer brake control group are all available…but for
    an added price.  Finally, buyers of the new Ram Express can select
    between carpeted floors or rubber surfaces instead.  If you do want a
    little more comfort in your 2011 Ram 1500 Express, you can step up to
    the ST popular equipment group, which tacks on $750, but you get cloth
    seats rather than vinyl, cruise control, floormats and an upgraded media
    center with Sirius satellite capabilities and a year’s service.

    The
    standard rear end gearing in the 2011 Ram 1500 Express is a 3.55:1
    ratio, but if you want to improve your towing ability and acceleration,
    you can step up to a 3.91:1 rear gear.  At the same time, if you are
    more concerned about fuel mileage from your new Hemi Ram, you can select
    a more fuel-friendly 3.21:1 rear differential – both of which are $50. 
    For just $325, you can add a limited slip differential to aid in
    traction in all types of conditions.

    The 2011 Ram 1500 Express
    offers a great budget alternative for a first time truck buyer, but this
    truck also proposes an excellent option for someone who wants a go-fast
    truck without the price of the Ram Sport or Ram R/T.  This no-frills,
    low-cost package offers gobs of power to tow, haul or go fast without
    the goodies inside to drive up the price.  The 2011 Ram 1500 Express is
    currently available on the Ram Truck website and you can check it out
    for yourself by clicking here!

    (Or click here to join the Ram conversation at DodgeForum.com!)

     
     
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