Some buyers like the gm interior for just the reason the reviewer stated - less chunky truck bling. The leather saddle cowboy thing is a bit over the top for me. GM has comfortable seats, switch gear that works - That matters going down the road. My truck is a tow tool - not a rodeo fashion statement.
Chevy's cabin trim is a shame. Every single time I look at the interior of a ford or dodge I get an urge to trade in my chevy.
I agree the GM interior is rather plain (but still functional).
Remember these trucks were developed while GM was going thru bankruptcy. They only had so much money to spend.
They chose to spend it on chassis and drive-train this time around.
Having got that sorted I suggest you will see major interior improvements in the next model.
This test seemed to be pretty well done, and as an owner of a 2011 Ram, I'd have to agree with the overall ratings. It would have been interesting to have them evaulate some of the whistles and bells on the vehicles as well.
I agree all the new trucks are far more capable at maximum weight hauling and towing than the old trucks I have. Most have better refined interiors and more interesting gadgets to play with too.
To my benefit though, I have 5 trucks and every one of them is paid for, no truck payments to make each month and much lower insurance and registration rates to pay each year. Each one performs a different job and does it well enough for my purposes. I don't mind driving the old ones.
I've always been a Chevy fan, but the Ford has a real nice interior. The back seat especially, the Ford wins with no comparison. Comfortable, even in the middle and a nice head restrain for all 3 seats. Underneath the Chevy is still my favorite. Oh well, my wife wants a Suburban so it doesn't matter so much to me. I look forward to seeing the new GM trucks in a year or two, they can't get here fast enough.
2000 Shasta 2547 Bunkhouse
2003 Chevrolet 2500 4x4 Suburban 8.1L 4.10's
1996 Buick Roadmaster Wagon (backup tow vehicle)
I like them all. Last year, with no diesel experience whatsoever we set out to pick our long term tow vehicle. We were going to buy a 40 ft toy hauler at 18k, so obviously it would be a dually. The Rams were our favorite overall. I definitely wanted the proven reliability of the Cummins and the interior was obviously the best. We liked the big double glove box & the ice buckets in the floor, plus the leatherwork was nice. And, there were some screaming discounts back in Feb. 2011. The GM's drove so well at first I thought the dealer put us in a short wheelbase. It didn't take 5 miles to feel like we were driving our old SUV. And, the motor was awesome. By comparison, with the Ford we eventually bought, I still know I am driving a large truck at 31k miles & counting. Why the Ford? At the time, the Ram specs indicated it wasn't rated for my trailer. I was really disappointed. After that, it came down to price & availability. A year down the road I have no regrets on the decision. The Ford has been excellent and tows great. For whatever reason it's the toughest one to park at the mall but otherwise it's been a whole lot of fun to drive. We're lucky to have such excellent hardware to choose from.