Dodge says acceleration should be best in class. Haul-testing with a thousand pounds of horse-chow in the beds, the Hemi helped the Ram crest the rolling hills easier than the V-8-equipped F-150 and Tundra. Luxurious options now include heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel and a 10-speaker surround-sound system. Still, through no fault of its own this new Ram could be a tough sell today. The standard features list on the three-trim Dodge Ram 1500 lineup is impressive. The Bottom Line The new Ram is a significant step forward in half-ton truck ride and handling.
And all Hemis are backed by a five speed automatic. A complete interior overhaul brings sophisticated gauges, soft-touch materials, and plenty of brightwork to the cabin. No redline on tach makes it difficult to know when to shift. Even with increased power, the Hemi's fuel economy is up an estimated 4 percent. Louis North Assembly Plan in Fenton, Mo. The seats' adjustable lumbar support made for an effortless day cruising, even with bellies full of Southern cooking. The under-floor second-row Crew Cab storage bins are useful, as are the optional Ram Box in-fender weather-proof and lockable storage areas.
The reason for the upgrade, according to Cars. And that ride quality is now closer to that of a car than any body-on-frame pickup yet. Chrysler engineers have clearly taken a lot of care to make the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 one of the best performers in the pickup market. Ignition type electronic Aluminum cylinder head S Fuel economy city 14 mpg of valves 12 Torque 235 lbs. The 2009 Ram 1500 excels in performance. The new RamBox storage system fills in the wheelwell areas along the inside of the bed with lockable storage.
Craftsmanship In addition to the exterior, the all-new interior of the 2009 Dodge Ram stands out with a renewed emphasis on craftsmanship expressed in premium interior appointments including six-ring instrumentation, redesigned controls, chrome accents, premium seating with improved bolsters and two-tone upholstery. This slick system also includes a bed-divider and extender that collapses into the tailgate as well as cargo-rail tie-downs with adjustable cleats. All in all, there are nearly twice as many storage locations 38 in the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram than were in the previous model. Further, the 2010 Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 models will adopt the 1500's styling and amenities. The truck has yet to be crash-tested. Should you ever end up using the bed itself, you may put the new coil-spring rear suspension to the test only to find that Dodge indeed did its homework here: Payload capacity is retained, but ride quality is vastly improved.
And in case the 390 horsepower Hemi isn't enough, 6. Styling-wise, the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 is clearly derivative of the outgoing model. For 2009, the Dodge Ram gets perhaps its most significant breakthrough yet: rear coil springs. Overall, amenities are much improved, with supportive seats and cushier armrests. There are three cab configurations distributed over two wheelbase lengths. Dodge has created the smoothest riding full size pickup yet.
The '94 model polarized everyone with its brazen big-rig styling. But the people who loved it, bought it. And yes, it rode much better too. Fuel economy city 14 mpg Load floor height 32. The rear coils offer increased droop, maintaining tire-to-ground contact through the off-camber ravines. That translates to about 250 12-ounce cans with ice.
Despite the lack of test data, the Dodge Ram 1500 boasts a wealth of standard safety features, which means that experts at TheCarConnection. Thus equipped, it accelerates forcefully and pulls race or boat trailers easily. Engine bore x stroke 3. Wisely, Dodge transferred clever use of previously untapped storage space pioneered on their minivans to the new Ram's interior. Rather than approach the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 with a sense of complacency, Chrysler has thoroughly redesigned both the interior and exterior to produce one of the most desirable pickups on the market.
However, it conveys a wealth of useful information, including engine-operation hours. Dodge Ram 1500 Sport Emerging from a herd of 120 long horn cattle driven by 10 cowboys on horseback down Washington Boulevard in downtown Detroit, the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram made its debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. Want more secure room in your Ram? The big V8 now delivers 407 lb. Mildly intrusive stability control can't be disabled. The two Magnum engines are also refined for better power and economy and can run E85 fuel. Inside, the design is well-executed with high-quality materials. In the past, the materials and execution of Ram interiors appeared heavily influenced by Chrysler's accounting department.
Handling rating Average Handling comments Skid pad: This is a long truck, and it shows in handling tests. Assembly Plant, and regular cab and Ram Crew 1500 models will be built at the St. The light steering feel made this fullsized Ram seem smaller than it actually is while slithering over the tight, wooded trail. Of course, a primary job is to carry, not coddle. The truck's stiff chassis allows for a softly sprung suspension that delivers a smooth but responsive ride. Convenience The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram Crew 1500 features an available first-in-segment RamBox cargo management system that provides weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage compartments integrated into both fender sides for effortless access and convenience. The 2009 Dodge Ram is fully equipped with the latest in active and passive safety gear, including electronic stability control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and side curtain airbags.
Well, our drive on back-to-back loops over rural two-laners revealed handling improvements. That's big news, as is the 390 horsepower rating of the revised 5. A bed 76 inches long by 66. So, with all that grunt, what'll she do? The sculpted Ram's-head badge on the tailgate is 250 percent larger than the previous badge. Compared to leaf springs, coils are more tunable and Dodge offers 12 different spring rates. The Crew Cab increases Regular Cab legroom by six inches and adds in-floor storage compartments too.