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Dodge Ram 1500

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Discontinued in 2011

Dodge built its first car in November 1914 and entered the truck market in 1917. It debuted a ram hood ornament in 1932, but the first Dodge Ram pickup truck didn’t arrive until 1981. These earliest Dodge Rams were lightly restyled versions of a different truck Dodge introduced in 1972. A modest 1986 face-lift for the Ram added its trademark crosshair grille. The pickup’s dramatic big-rig look, with a bold vertical grille and hood set above the front fenders, made its debut for 1994. Sales quickly doubled, then doubled again. Further redesigns followed for 2002 and 2009. The Dodge Ram name was dropped after the 2011 model year, making the 2012s the first Ram-branded pickups. The latest Ram is the new 2019, available as Quad- and crew-cab models. Roomier, improved interiors and a smoother ride are its standout features.

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Ram 1500 - 3 Generations

2009–2011 Ram 1500

Redesigned in 2009
2009–2011 Ram 1500 Generation, 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 model shown Showing the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500

The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 sported an evolution of the truck’s recognizable big-rig look, and the rear suspension switched from leaf to coil springs. For 2012, the pickup’s name changed from the Dodge Ram 1500 to the Ram 1500. Model-year 2013 brought a series of updates, including a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine, an available eight-speed automatic transmission and an optional four-corner air suspension. A new turbo-diesel V-6 was offered for 2014.

  • Current List Price $10,416–$26,072
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 156 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-17
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2011
  • New Outdoorsman aimed at active outdoor enthusiasts
  • New Laramie Longhorn is most luxurious Ram truck yet (available first quarter 2011)
  • New factory spray-in bedliner available on all models
  • New Garmin navigation system
  • Current List Price $9,579–$23,667
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 77 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-17
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2010
  • 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
  • Current List Price $9,051–$22,911
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 66 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-17
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2009
  • 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

2002–2008 Ram 1500

Redesigned in 2002
Showing the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500

The Dodge Ram 1500 was redesigned for 2002, but the styling was not a dramatic departure from the previous model. A larger Quad Cab version now had four full doors that opened in the traditional manner, and there were new single overhead-cam engines: a 3.7-liter V-6 and a 4.7-liter V-8. The 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 arrived for 2003, and the high-performance SRT-10 -- with a 500-horsepower V-10 and six-speed manual transmission from the Dodge Viper -- was added in 2004. The roomiest Ram, a four-door Mega Cab, was added for 2006.

  • Current List Price $6,227–$18,571
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 82 reviews
  • Combined MPG 14-17
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2008
  • New flex-fuel 4.7-liter V-8 with more horsepower and torque
  • New SXT model
  • Optional stability system
  • Mega Cab model
  • Current List Price $5,050–$18,378
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 79 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-18
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2007
  • Flex-fuel 4.7-liter V-8
  • New diesel engine for heavy-duty models
  • Optional stability system
  • Mega Cab model
  • Current List Price $3,496–$18,008
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 76 reviews
  • Combined MPG 10-18
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2006
  • Available Hemi V-8
  • Diesel-engine option in heavy-duty models
  • Regular cab or Quad Cab
  • Performance-packed Ram SRT10
  • 2500 Power Wagon available
  • New Mega Cab model
  • Current List Price $1,069–$19,501
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 74 reviews
  • Combined MPG 10-18
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2005
  • Available Hemi V-8
  • Diesel-engine option in heavy-duty models
  • Regular cab or Quad Cab
  • Performance-packed Ram SRT10
  • New 2500 Power Wagon package
Notable Features in 2004
  • Available Hemi V-8
  • Diesel-engine option in heavy-duty models
  • Three capacity ratings
  • Regular cab or Quad Cab
  • New performance-packed Ram SRT-10
  • Current List Price $2,464–$12,212
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 45 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-18
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

  • Current List Price $2,895–$10,487
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 36 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-17
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

1994–2001 Ram 1500

Redesigned in 1994
Showing the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500

The Dodge Ram 1500 was redesigned for 1994 and wore distinctive big-rig styling, with a large crosshair grille flanked by lower-profile front fenders. Available engines included a 3.9-liter V-6 and 5.2- and 5.9-liter V-8s. Regular and extended-cab models were available. A new-for-1998 Quad Cab was a four-door variant of the extended cab, with rear-access doors that were hinged along the back edge and could only be used when the front doors were already open.

  • Current List Price $726–$9,926
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 39 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-18
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Extended Cab, Regular Cab

  • Current List Price $1,283–$8,331
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.9) 20 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-18
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Extended Cab, Regular Cab

  • Current List Price $186–$8,462
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 26 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-18
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Extended Cab, Regular Cab

  • Current List Price $242–$8,698
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 24 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-18
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Extended Cab, Regular Cab

  • Current List Price $631–$8,967
  • Consumer Rating
    (5.0) 1 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-19
  • Body Styles:

    Regular Cab

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