The all new Ram 1500 is the base class of Dodge pickup truck this year is going under some serious changes. Now that the Dakota is on its way out the Ram 1500 is going to be taking its place as the entry level truck from Dodge. This means all new looks and a heavier payload rating. Even this basic Ram 1500 will now be available with a Hemi V-8 and even before adding this high performance motor, the Ram can tow up to 1,500 pounds and with the larger motor it can handle a 1900 pound payload. There are new coil spring suspension add-ons, among other suspension additions to give the Dodge Ram 1500 a very smooth car like ride even when it is working double time. Without a load, this truck is one of the smoothest riding vehicles in its class.
The full size bed of the Ram is 8 foot, unless you are going to choose one of the extended cab models which will knock it down to roughly 5 to 6 feet depending if you go 3 or 4 door. This year's Ram 1500 brings a lot potential and is offering more options to consumers in the entry level price range than ever before.
Engines: 3.7L V-6, 4.7L V-8, 5.7L v-8
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic
Models: ST Regular Cab, ST Quad Cab, ST Crew Cab, SLT Regular Cab, SLT Quad Cab, SLT Crew Cab, TRX Regular Cab, TRX Quad Cab, TRX Crew Cab, Sport R/T Regular Cab, Big Horn Quad Cab, Big Horn Crew Cab, Sport Quad Cab, Sport Crew Cab, Laramie Quad Cab, Laramie Crew Cab
The 2010 Ram 1500s receive several features not available on 2009 models. Added options include an integrated trailer-brake controller, folding and power trailer-tow mirrors, electro-chromic mirrors, and iPod control with a glove-box connection. Long-wheelbase models fitted with the 5.7-liter Hemi and a 3.92 rear-axle ratio get their GVWR increased to 15,500 pounds and all models get a deceleration fuel-cutoff feature to improve fuel economy.
Even in base ST trim, the Ram looks brawny and almost downright mean. Big Horn and Laramie models get coated in chrome and can be had with chromed 20-inch wheels. Other models get 17s.
Ram Crew and Quad Cabs can seat up to six, the latter with a generous 40.3-inches of leg room for rear-seat passengers. A booming 506-watt, 10-speaker stereo is offered, along with a rear-seat entertainment system.
Performance & Handling
While the Ram's 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is the headline-grabber -- with 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque to work with why wouldn't it be -- the smaller 4.7-liter V-8 and its 310 horsepower and 330 pound-feet can get the job done as well. The underpowered 210 horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 will struggle, however. Both V-8s get a 5-speed auto, the V-6 a 4-speed.
Ram 1500s come standard with dual front airbags and side curtain airbags. Stability control with hill-start assist, brake assist, and trailer sway control is standard. A back-up sensor system and a rear-view camera are optional equipment.
EPA Fuel Economy
3.7L: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
4.7L RWD: 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway
4.7L 4WD: 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway
5.7L RWD: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
5.7L 4WD: 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway
- Aggressive styling
- Smooth ride
- Roomy cab
You Won't Like
- Underpowered V-6
- Dated nav system
Brawny, inside and out
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