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2009 Dodge Ram 1500

2009 Dodge Ram 1500

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$6,740 — $19,696 USED
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2-6 Seats
15-17 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Supple ride with empty bed
  • Stunning profile and stance
  • Interior design, comfort
  • Performance-oriented Ram Sport R/T regular cab model
  • Multiple storage options

The Bad

  • Worry about insurance costs with RamBox
  • Location of rear stabilizer bar
  • Five-speed automatic transmission has large gap between first and second gears
  • No factory tow mirrors
  • TRX4 isn't tough enough to be a true offroad package
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What to Know

about the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500
  • All-new interior, exterior designs
  • Multilink/coil-spring rear suspension
  • More powerful Hemi engine
  • Unique RamBox dry, lockable bed-side storage
  • Backseat TV, surround-sound audio

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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Vehicle Overview
The redesigned 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 emphasizes aerodynamic styling with a unique “grille-forward” design, ride comfort with a coil-spring rear suspension and storage innovation with the RamBox. Dodge also addressed the basics with more power in the Hemi engine and a radically improved interior.

Dodge replaced the too-big MegaCab 1500 with a more conventional crew cab. Returning are the regular cab and quad cab. The new platform is based on two wheelbase lengths (120 and 140 inches), so there are three cargo-bed lengths (5 feet, 7 inches; 6 feet, 4 inches and 8 feet) to match with the appropriate cab. Dodge’s familiar trims also return: ST, SLT, TRX4, Sport and Laramie.

Exterior
Dodge says there are more than 35 features on the 2009 Ram 1500 that are new or significantly improved over the previous generation, but the two generating the most interest are RamBox and the coil-spring rear suspension. RamBox is available only on the crew cab. It features integrated, lockable storage boxes on each side of the bed. These boxes basically take up the awkward space around the wheel wells, leaving a clean, rectangular cargo bed. The crew cab also features in-floor storage near the second-row seats.

The multilink, coil-spring suspension is based on proven designs used by Jeep and Dodge in its SUVs. The Dodge design provides an uncompromised ride, especially when the cargo bed is empty.

  • Dual chrome-tipped exhaust integrated into rear bumper
  • Adjustable c...

Vehicle Overview
The redesigned 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 emphasizes aerodynamic styling with a unique “grille-forward” design, ride comfort with a coil-spring rear suspension and storage innovation with the RamBox. Dodge also addressed the basics with more power in the Hemi engine and a radically improved interior.

Dodge replaced the too-big MegaCab 1500 with a more conventional crew cab. Returning are the regular cab and quad cab. The new platform is based on two wheelbase lengths (120 and 140 inches), so there are three cargo-bed lengths (5 feet, 7 inches; 6 feet, 4 inches and 8 feet) to match with the appropriate cab. Dodge’s familiar trims also return: ST, SLT, TRX4, Sport and Laramie.

Exterior
Dodge says there are more than 35 features on the 2009 Ram 1500 that are new or significantly improved over the previous generation, but the two generating the most interest are RamBox and the coil-spring rear suspension. RamBox is available only on the crew cab. It features integrated, lockable storage boxes on each side of the bed. These boxes basically take up the awkward space around the wheel wells, leaving a clean, rectangular cargo bed. The crew cab also features in-floor storage near the second-row seats.

The multilink, coil-spring suspension is based on proven designs used by Jeep and Dodge in its SUVs. The Dodge design provides an uncompromised ride, especially when the cargo bed is empty.

  • Dual chrome-tipped exhaust integrated into rear bumper
  • Adjustable cargo-rail tie-down system available
  • Ram’s head tailgate badge is much larger

Interior
The Ram 1500’s interior will still appeal to traditional owners, but Dodge now offers more amenities, including premium seating with soft-touch materials and a console-mounted shifter, that will entice cosmopolitan owners, too. The seats’ stylish full-width contrasting stitching comes on the Sport and Laramie trims. Overall, the interior is a noticeable and welcome improvement over the capable but uninspired passenger cabs of the past.
Interior features include:

  • Rear seat heating available on crew cab
  • Available power-adjustable pedals
  • Available rearview camera
  • Available power-sliding rear window on quad cab

Under the hood

  • 215-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6, iron block/aluminum cylinder heads, single overhead camshaft, two valves per cylinder with 235 pounds-feet peak torque
  • 310-hp, 4.7-liter V-8, iron block/aluminum cylinder heads, single overhead camshaft, two valves per cylinder with 330 pounds-feet peak torque
  • 380-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, iron block/aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder with 404 pounds-feet peak torque
  • Six-speed manual (standard on 3.7-liter)
  • Four-speed automatic (available on 3.7-liter)
  • Five-speed automatic (standard on 4.7-liter, 5.7-liter)

Safety
The Ram 1500 has a number of advanced safety features, such as antilock brakes and Electronic Stability Program, which reduces engine power if the system’s sensors detect a variance in the driver’s steering and the vehicle’s path. The Ram 1500 also offers trailer-sway control. Dodge also added side curtain airbags on quad and crew cabs.
Other safety features include:

  • Hill Start Assist keeps truck from rolling backward on steep hill
  • Brake Assist applies maximum braking power in panic situations

Of interest to truck owners
Regular cab

  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 6,025-6,600 pounds* (4×2), 6,350-6,600 pounds* (4×4)
  • Payload: 1,290-1,850 pounds* (4×2), 1,380-1,470 pounds* (4×4)
  • 4×2 maximum towing capacity: 3,100-3,800 pounds* (3.7-liter V-6), 5,350-7,600 pounds* (4.7-liter), 5,900-9,100 pounds*
  • 4×4 maximum towing capacity: 5,100-7,400 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 6.600-8,900 pounds* (5.7-liter V-8)

Quad cab

  • GVW: 6,700 pounds (4×2), 6,800 pounds (4×4)
  • Payload: 1,630-1,790 pounds* (4×2), 1,390-1,430 pounds* (4×4)
  • 4×2 maximum towing capacity: 2,950-3,450 pounds* (3.7-liter V-6), 5,200-7,350 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 6,650-8,800 pounds* (5.7-liter V-8)
  • 4×4 maximum towing capacity: 5,850-7,100 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 6,400-8,550 pounds* (5.7-liter V-8)

Crew cab

  • GVW: 6,800 pounds (4×2 and 4×4)
  • Payload: 1,640-1,650 pounds* (4×2), 1,360-1,410 pounds* (4×4)
  • 4×2 maximum towing capacity: 5,100-7,200 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 6,600-8,700 pounds* (5.7-liter V-8)
  • 4×4 maximum towing capacity: 5,750-6,950 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 6,300-8,400 pounds* (5.7-liter V-8)

  • Fuel tank capacity: 26 gallons (SWB), 32 gallons (LWB)
  • Axle ratio: 3.21:1, 3.55:1, 3.92:1, 4.10:1 (Sport R/T only)
  • Transfer-case ratio low range: 2.72:1
  • Crawl ratio: 33.45:1 (5A with 4.10:1 axle), 31.99:1 (5A with 3.92:1 axle)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 7.7 inches
  • Approach angle: 19.2 degrees (quad cab 4×4, crew cab 4×4)
  • Departure angle: 24.3 degrees (quad cab 4×4, crew cab 4×4)
  • Ramp breakover: 15.2 degrees (quad cab 4×4, crew cab 4×4)
  • Cargo-bed load height: 32.1-33 inches (depending on model)
  • Cargo floor length: 67.4 inches (crew cab), 76.3 inches (quad cab, regular cab short bed), 96.3 inches (regular cab long bed)
  • Cargo floor width: 66.4 inches
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 51 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 20.0 inches (short bed), 20.1 inches (standard bed), 20.2 inches (long bed)

*GVWR, payload and towing depend on engine choice, axle ratio, wheel size and bed length.
Note: All towing capacities are with properly equipped vehicle and 150-pound driver.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
76 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(4.0)

Good reliable truck

by KendallSmith from Springfield, Ky on May 13, 2020

very nice truck it’s got 187170 miles and all new all terrain tires all I fixed on it was the ac actuator and the fan Read full review

(5.0)

Happy with truck. Love the Lariete package.

by Ljc from Litchfield park on January 21, 2020

Great interior. Rides smooth. Great acceleration. Gas mileage is a killer but worth it. Will keep this truck till it dies. Would reccomend buying one. Read full review

Safety

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The 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 currently has 0 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ram 1500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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