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Ram Outdoorsman, Hit or Miss?

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On: Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 12:24PM | By: Chris Salamone

Ram Outdoorsman, Hit or Miss?

Regardless of how you feel about the new 2011 Ram Outdoorsman, the model’s exclusive two-tone paint job is just plain handsome. Yet, the truck offers few improvements over traditional RAM trucks other than added aesthetic details. Although the changes create a ruggedly unique-looking Ram, the question remains: are these improvements worth a few thousand dollars over the traditional ST and SLT models? Surprisingly, the Outdoorsman is actually not even close to the most expensive Ram model type; it rests two steps up from the lowest echelon—the Ram ST. So if you’re worried about having the nicest truck on the block, fear not, the Outdoorsman is strictly middle-class with a little panache allowing drivers to “celebrate the bond between man, truck, and nature.”

On the merits, the Outdoorsman features a 4.7 liter V8 which includes a 3.92 rear axle ratio, compared to the 3.55 rear axle ratio found in lower models. The truck’s seats are manually adjusted and cloth covered with a 40/20/40 split bench. The Outdoorsman also includes some other enhancements not found on the ST or SLT models, such as a remote start and security feature, two-tone paint, rubber floor mats, an overhead console, fold-away power heated mirrors, a 12-volt outlet and 115-volt auxiliary outlet for remote caffeine fixes, a mini trip computer, heavy duty oil and engine cooling, an optional enhanced lighting package, and a few other towing details. An Outdoorsman decal proudly flags the truck’s prowess, resting alongside the rear bed.

Considering the breath of upgrades relative to the extra bills required to purchase an Outdoorsman, this model is really worth purchasing only if the driver’s outdoor activities are limited to the occasional camping or hunting trip into the light wilderness. The Outdoorsman is not an unstoppable adventure machine, like the Ram Power Wagon, but it does offer an aesthetically and functionally pleasing package for smaller excursions. Improvements like the lighting package and included rubber floor mats are thoughtful, but will not save you amongst true environmental challenges such as those found on the Rubicon Trail.

Overall, the Outdoorsman is a neat upgrade from the ST and SLT. The slick paint job adds significant character and the driver’s friends can salivate with jealousy over the Outdoorsman decal, looking on in wonderment. Of course, a simple base Ram could probably accomplish similar types of outdoor tasks—just not with the same level of style.

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