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The Midnight Express: 2012 Ram 1500 Express


G. Noble
Editor/Reporter
CheersandGears.com
April 3rd, 2012

I’ll admit it, right here and right now — I’ve never been the biggest fan ever of pickup trucks. As a work proposition, I know they make a hell of a lot of sense, yes. But as a proposition for daily driving, I’ve always found the experience to be rather cumbersome, partially crude, lazy and inefficient, and subtly vulgar. A truck, for me at least, has always seemed to lack the necessary refinement, communication skills, road manners, and charisma that keeps me behind the wheel of a car. Never mind the tough-and-ready attitude, the commanding seat position, or the lovely experience of a V8 soundtrack that many pickups afford you, in my opinion the only way you could drive something more primitive and harsh on an everyday basis would be to strap yourself to the back of a gorilla.

So, when I took the keys to the jet black, regular cab Ram 1500 Express featured in this review, I expected more of the same. I expected to get behind the wheel of a vehicle as wide as Texas, which rode like a Buick Park Avenue on busted shocks, and would maul me if I didn’t shove enough gasoline down its throat. However, what I found absolutely surprised me.

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CHEERS, Excellent writeup, awesome looking truck, love the monochromatic look. Dodge gets better and better with their truck line.
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Great article, black-knight. It was very entertaining of a read and I enjoyed your non-truck driver take on a pickup as a daily driver.

In comparison, this is pretty much GMC's equivalent of the Ram 1500 Express:

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That truck there stickers for over $24k and offers the 4.3L V6 engine with the 4-speed auto trans. GM really needs to step-up the game with their new 2014 full-sizers. Ram definitelty is cornering the niche market with their current line-up of pickup truck models.
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I actually like the interior dash of the GMC better than the dodge as it has more personality where the dodge is very nice but cold to me.
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Sorry to :hijacked: your thread/article black-knight, but did anyone else ever notice how the '07-'12 basic truck dash looks like an updated '95-'96 C/K dash:

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Now back to the thread/article...
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Thanks guys.

Sorry to :hijacked: your thread/article black-knight, but did anyone else ever notice how the '07-'12 basic truck dash looks like an updated '95-'96 C/K dash [...]


In a sort of indirect way, yes.

The way I see it, the GMT-900's work truck dash is a polishing and progression of the general layout and shape of the GMT-800's, which evolved from the GMT-400's.
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