• (4.6) 65 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $10,626–$25,190
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 15-17
  • Engine: 390-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 5,450 lbs.
2010 Dodge Ram 1500

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Dodge Ram 1500

What We Don't Like

  • Insurance cost concerns with RamBox
  • Location of rear stabilizer bar
  • Gap between 1st and 2nd gears in five-speed auto
  • TRX not tough enough

Notable Features

  • Max tow rating up 1,350 pounds vs. 2009
  • Max GCWR up 1,500 pounds
  • New fuel-saving features
  • Available trailer-brake controller, towing mirrors

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
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.

  • Dual chrome-tipped exhaust integrated into rear bumper
  • Adjustable cargo-rail tie-down system available

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

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

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:
  • Hill start assist keeps truck from rolling backward on steep hills
  • 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: 1,340-1,900 pounds* (4x2), 1,440-1,550 pounds* (4x4)
  • 4x2 maximum towing capacity: 3,400-3,800 pounds* (3.7-liter V-6), 6,650-7,650 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 6,100-10,450 pounds* (5.7-liter V-8)
  • 4x4 maximum towing capacity: 6,250-7,500 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 7,700-10,250 pounds* (5.7-liter V-8)

Quad cab
  • GVW: 6,700 pounds (4x2 and 4x4)
  • Payload: 1,660-1,780 pounds* (4x2), 1,420-1,490 pounds* (4x4)
  • 4x2 maximum towing capacity: 3,400-3,800 pounds* (3.7-liter V-6), 6,200-7,250 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 5,800-10,200 pounds* (5.7-liter V-8)
  • 4x4 maximum towing capacity: 6,000-7,050 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 7,450-10,000 pounds* (5.7-liter V-8)

Crew cab
  • GVW: 6,800 pounds (4x2 and 4x4) Payload: 1,650-1,690 pounds* (4x2), 1,430-1,470 pounds* (4x4)
  • 4x2 maximum towing capacity: 6,150-7,200 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 5,700-10,200 pounds* (5.7-liter V-8)
  • 4x4 maximum towing capacity: 5,950-7,000 pounds* (4.7-liter V-8), 7,400-9,950 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)
*Towing capacity depends on wheelbase, engine choice and axle ratio.

Consumer Reviews


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by TB from okc on December 5, 2017

Smooth ride, plenty of room..Excellent truck for the money, sporty fun to drive. Eye catcher..great for towing or hauling.

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2010 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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