The safety continues inside with standard front airbags, side-impact front airbags, and side curtain airbags that extend back to cover the second row in Quad Cab and crew cab body styles. These safety features are all hidden in an interior that is a huge improvement over the outgoing Ram. The new Dodge's interior now meets the high standards set by current Ford, General Motors, and Toyota trucks. Unlike many recent Dodge vehicles, this interior doesn't have a cheap, plasticky feel. The insulated doors close with a quiet yet firm thunk that feels like a high-quality piece. This feeling of quality is literally everywhere you look and touch inside the Ram 1500. Interior features and trim bits get fancier as you move up from the no-frills base ST work truck to the luxo Laramie.

Dodge transferred corporate knowledge gained in the development of its minivan to expand the previously untapped storage space on the new Ram. There are under-floor (second-row) storage bins on crew cab models that hold and hide modestly sized parcels. The seat bottoms easily fold up and out of the way to reveal yet another storage area. There's more storage up front in the Ram's twin upper and lower gloveboxes as well as in the cavernous center-console storage area on models with front bucket seats and a console.

Options include what you'd expect in a modern fullsize truck, including leather seating, high-end audio systems with internal hard drives, and Bluetooth interfaces. Because of the way technology has proliferated, these options just bring the Ram even to its competition, but Dodge has a secret weapon option: the RamBox cargo system.

The Ram Box is headlined by in-the-rear-fender storage areas that are weathertight and lockable. As good as the '09 Dodge Ram 1500 is in other areas, this single option may alone stand out as a reason to buy. The bins, available on crew cab models, provide a total of 7.4 cubic feet (about the capacity of a 55-gallon drum or approximately 240 12-ounce cans if you like your liquids in smaller containers). The space inside the RamBox is lighted and features flexible partitions and drains (just in case you pack them with ice). Additionally, the RamBox options include an adjustable bed divider and rail system, improving the functionality of the 5'7" bed by allowing it to carry loads up to 7 feet with the tailgate lowered. This is space you can really use unlike the lame in-fender storage provided on the Chevrolet Avalanche and Cadillac Escalade EXT. The total package provides more in-bed storage options than any other pickup.