2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Reviews
The Dodge Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck emphasizes aerodynamic styling with a unique grille-forward design; ride comfort with a segment-exclusive coil-spring rear suspension; and storage innovation with the RamBox. Dodge also addresses the basics with more power in the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and an excellent interior.
New for 2010
Chrysler isn't resting after redesigning the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. The 2010 model receives a boost in towing that makes it much more competitive on paper with the rest of the trucks in its segment. The half-ton Ram can now pull up to 10,450 pounds. Along with the trailer-towing increase, the Ram also adds optional folding trailer-towing mirrors and an optional integrated trailer-brake controller. Other notable changes included improved iPod connectivity, plus a new tire pressure monitoring system.
Two of the more interesting features on the 2010 Ram are RamBox and the truck's coil-spring rear suspension. RamBox is available only on the crew cab. It features integrated, lockable storage boxes on each side of the bed that can hold up to 240 12-ounce beverage cans. 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. The sporty Dodge Ram R/T model will get new, optional 22-inch forged-aluminum wheels later in the year.
The Ram 1500's interior will still appeal to traditional owners, but it also offers many 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 Sport and Laramie trims. Interior features include:
Under the Hood
Several minor refinements may help improve the Ram's fuel economy. The front chin spoiler has been lengthened almost an inch to help improve aerodynamics, and the fuel system automatically stops sending gasoline to the engine when the truck decelerates. Models with the 3.7-liter V-6 receive a fuel-saver light that lets the driver know when the truck is being driven efficiently.
The Ram 1500 has a number of advanced safety features, including antilock brakes and an electronic stability system, 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. There are also side curtain airbags on quad and crew cabs. Other safety features include:
Of Interest to Truck Owners
*Towing capacity depends on wheelbase, engine choice and axle ratio.