2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews
The Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups will follow their 1500 brother in getting a full makeover for the 2010 model year. For now, however, the Ram heavy-duty trucks are mostly carryovers from 2008.
The 2500 and 3500 trucks come on either a 140.5- or 160.5-inch wheelbase. The former handles the regular cab long-bed and Quad Cab short-bed, while the latter supports the Quad Cab long-bed and Mega Cab. All 2500 models come standard with the newly upgraded 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 gas engine. The popular 6.7-liter Cummins six-cylinder turbodiesel is optional in all 2500 models and standard in 3500 trucks. The 3500 Quad and Mega cabs can be ordered as single rear wheel or dual rear wheel. The 3500 regular cab comes only as a dual-rear-wheel model. Four trim levels are available: ST, SXT, SLT and Laramie. The regular cab isn't available in Laramie, and the Mega Cab isn't available in ST.
Dodge offers a special Power Wagon edition of the 2500 Quad Cab 4x4. By far the most aggressive offroad package offered in any full-size pickup, the Power Wagon comes with the 5.7-liter Hemi, electrically operated front and rear locking differentials, 33-inch offroad tires, a front disconnecting stabilizer bar and a winch. For those who want just a little offroad character, Dodge also offers the TRX4 Off-Road package on SXT models, which includes skid plates and offroad tires. Dodge also offers two snowplow packages that include selected skid plates, a heavy-duty battery and an anti-spin rear axle.
New for 2009
With a new truck coming for 2010, Dodge trimmed down the Ram's heavy-duty lineup for 2009. The Power Wagon is available only in Quad Cab. The Hemi has been upgraded to 383 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque for 2009, but that engine is no longer offered in 3500 models. The Hemi also loses the six-speed manual transmission; it now comes only with the five-speed automatic. Other changes include remote start available on diesel vehicles, limited-slip rear axle standard on 3500 models and larger front and rear brake rotors for all models.
This design has been around since 2003 and showcases the broad-shouldered look of the Ram's big-rig styling. The massive crosshair grille, creased hood, air dam and sculpted bumper increase the intimidation factor when viewed from the front. Dodge has been aggressive in the commercial market, offering a 2500 "box-off" model so owners can outfit the truck with any appropriate service body, including catering, flatbed or dry box.
The Mega Cab is huge. Lift up the second-row seat and there's 71 cubic feet of storage space. When folded down, the rear seat can recline up to 37 degrees for passenger comfort. The Quad Cab isn't quite as roomy as competing crew cabs, but it can be ordered with numerous creature comforts. The white-face gauges are easy to read and the controls are conveniently placed. Laramie models are spiced up with wood trim and leather upholstery.
Under the Hood
Heavy-duty trucks rarely get advanced safety features or additional airbag systems. The Ram 2500 and 3500 do offer an electronic stability system as an option on all models except the Power Wagon. A stability system is standard on Laramie models.
Of Interest to Truck Owners
Note: GVWR, payload and towing capacity depend on wheelbase, trim level, transmission and final drive ratio