|Large pickup truck; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $8,900 – $37,500*|
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Front
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Rear
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Interior
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Profile
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Interior-2
The latest Ram earns high marks for impressive ride comfort, creative storage options, and abundant available power. Improved cabin trappings over the previous generation are a nice bonus, sealing Ram as a Best Buy-just what Chrysler needs in the wake of its recent financial troubles. Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota loyalists would do well to have look.
The redesign of Dodge’s Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck for 2009 included freshened styling, new comfort and convenience features, and more available power. Dodge also switched from the traditional leaf-spring rear suspension to a coil-spring setup. Offered with rear-drive or four-wheel drive, Dodge’s large pickup truck could have a two-door regular cab or a choice of two four-door cabs with conventional doors-dubbed the Quad Cab and the Crew Cab. Regular-cab trucks could be equipped with either a 6.4- or 8-foot cargo bed. The Quad Cab came with a 6.4-foot bed, while the Crew Cab used a 5.7-foot bed. Regular cabs seated up to three passengers; the others, up to six.
Ram 1500 models were available with any of three engines: a 215-horsepower 3.7-liter V6; a 310-hp 4.7-liter V8; or a 390-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8. The new 390-hp engine replaced 2008’s 345-hp 5.7-liter Hemi. The 4.7 V8 was capable of running on E85 ethanol-blended fuel. Rams with V6 power came only with a four-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive; V8s only with a five-speed automatic. All V8 Rams were offered with rear-drive or with four-wheel drive that should not be left engaged on dry pavement. Full-time 4WD also was available. Both 4WD systems included a low-range gear for off-roading. Maximum towing capacity was 8950 pounds.
Three trim levels were offered: ST, SLT, and Laramie. Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, and curtain side airbags. New for 2009 was the Ram Box Storage System. Available only on Crew Cabs, the Ram Box option included lockable cargo-bed storage bins and a bed divider that doubled as a bed extender. Also available were a wireless cell-phone link, DVD entertainment, a 30-gigabyte hard drive for storing digital music files and photos, a navigation system, and rear-seat in-floor storage bins. A rearview camera with parking assist and heated/cooled front seats became available during the 2009 model year. Competitors included the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, and Toyota Tundra.
|2010 Ram 1500
The Dodge brand no longer encompassed full-size trucks, so these models were now called, simply, Ram 1500 pickups. A gasoline/electric hybrid model and a diesel engine were slated to appear this season, but failed to materialize. Newly standard on all engines was Chrysler’s Interactive Decel Shut Off, which was designed to save fuel by shutting off the gasoline supply while slowing down. The 5.7-liter V8 also had Chrysler’s Multi-Displacement System of cylinder deactivation. A fuel-saver indicator was added to V6 models. Also new was an iPod control with glovebox connection. ST and SLT models had part-time four-wheel drive. Full-time 4WD, standard on Laramie, could be left engaged even on dry pavement.
|2011 Ram 1500
The 2011 Ram 1500 lineup added sporty R/T, workhorse Tradesman and Express, and off-road Outdoorsman trim levels.
|2012 Ram 1500
A top-line Laramie Limited trim level was added to the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 roster, and V8 models got a six-speed automatic transmission to replace a five speed.
|2013 Ram 1500
For 2013 Ram 1500 was significantly updated. Highlights included a new frame, available air suspension, a new 3.6-liter V6 engine, and retrimmed interiors. All V6 models also got a new “TorqueFlite 8” 8-speed automatic transmission. In early 2013, most Ram 1500 models with the more powerful 5.7-liter V8 got their own 8-speed automatic transmission to replace the 6-speed unit used at the beginning of the model year.
|2014 Ram 1500
For 2014, Ram 1500 added a 240-horsepower 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine.