2011 Chicago Auto Show
This 2011 Dodge Tradesman is cool. A bare-bones back-to-basics truck for guys who like sitting three across. It's got a bench seat -- covered in cloth -- manual windows, a class IV trailer hitch with four- and seven-pin connectors, heavy-duty engine/transmission cooling, multilink rear end with coil springs (it is a Ram 1500), a 26-gallon (with the 6-by-4-foot bed, 32-gallon if you get the 8-foot bed) fuel tank and a 5.7-liter Hemi making 390 horsepower and 407-pound feet of torque. Tow rating: 10,450 pounds.
The Tradesman comes pretty sparsely equipped, but is available with a 3.21 or 3.92 rear end, two- or four-wheel drive, anti-spin differential, chrome bumpers and exhaust, keyless entry, engine block heater, folding tow mirrors, Mopar side step, Uconnect with Bluetooth, Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires and more. It's even available in colors that aren't white. Colors like Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl or White Gold Metallic.
But forget all that. You can get a 2WD 2011 Ram Tradesman with a five-speed automatic for $22,780 and that includes the $975 destination fee. Sure, this truck is intended for small businesses that need an affordable reliable truck, but with those specs and that price...I just want it for a daily driver. Expect to see it in the second quarter of 2011.