• (4.5) 55 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $9,371–$24,067
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 15-17
  • Engine: 390-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 6,450 lbs.
2009 Dodge Ram 1500

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Dodge Ram 1500

What We Don't Like

  • 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

Notable Features

  • 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

2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Reviews

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.

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

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)

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* (4x2), 6,350-6,600 pounds* (4x4)
  • Payload: 1,290-1,850 pounds* (4x2), 1,380-1,470 pounds* (4x4)
  • 4x2 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*
  • 4x4 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 (4x2), 6,800 pounds (4x4)
  • Payload: 1,630-1,790 pounds* (4x2), 1,390-1,430 pounds* (4x4)
  • 4x2 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)
  • 4x4 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 (4x2 and 4x4)
  • Payload: 1,640-1,650 pounds* (4x2), 1,360-1,410 pounds* (4x4)
  • 4x2 maximum towing capacity: 5,100-7,200 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 6,600-8,700 pounds* (5.7-liter V-8)
  • 4x4 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 4x4, crew cab 4x4)
  • Departure angle: 24.3 degrees (quad cab 4x4, crew cab 4x4)
  • Ramp breakover: 15.2 degrees (quad cab 4x4, crew cab 4x4)
  • 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


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Great vehicle for the money.

by CCAce76 from Winner , South Dakota on November 1, 2017

Handles great,fantastic acceleration,plenty head room ,seats conform to body well i would have liked the back of the seat alittle higher 4 inches more but still it was comfortable overall a great ride. Read Full Review

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie

Overall Rollover Rating
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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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.


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.

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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).

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