2009 Dodge Ram 2500

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Dodge Ram 2500. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Brute pulling power of Cummins diesel
  • Aggressive offroad features on Power Wagon
  • Cummins engineers already meeting 2010 emissions standards
  • Exhaust brake on Cummins
  • Straight front axles on 4x4 models for customizing

The Bad

  • No regular cab short-bed Power Wagon
  • Can't get second-row captain's chairs in Mega Cab
  • Tacked-on appearance of dually fenders
  • Interior doesn't match light-duty Ram's fit, feel and ergonomics
2009 Dodge Ram 2500 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2009 Dodge Ram 2500

  • Hemi gets more horsepower, torque
  • Manual transmission dropped
  • Five-speed automatic standard with Hemi
  • 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel standard on all 3500 models
  • All 3500 models get limited-slip rear axle
  • Larger front and rear brakes with two-piston calipers
  • Power Wagon comes only in Quad Cab

2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Overview

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Vehicle Overview
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 ...
Vehicle Overview
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.

Exterior
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.
  • Available power-sliding rear window on Quad Cab
  • Available sunroof on Mega Cab and Quad Cab
  • Available two-tone paint on SLT and Laramie
  • Chrome bumpers on most trims


Interior
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.
  • Dual-zone climate control available on Power Wagon, standard on Laramie
  • Available power-adjustable pedals
  • Available seven-speaker premium audio system
  • Available DVD-based navigation with 5.8-inch display on SLT, Laramie Power Wagon


Under the Hood
  • 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 400 pounds-feet of torque
  • 350-hp, 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder turbocharged diesel with an iron block and cylinder head, cam-in-block, four valves per cylinder and 650 pounds-feet of torque with the automatic, 610 pounds-feet with the manual
  • Six-speed manual (6.29:1 1st gear), standard 6.7-liter engine
  • Five-speed automatic, standard 5.7-liter engine
  • Six-speed automatic, available 6.7-liter engine


Safety
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.
  • Latch child-seat anchors
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (2500 only)
  • Three-point seat belts in all positions
  • Energy-absorbing steering column


Of Interest to Truck Owners
  • Maximum gross vehicle weight rating: Regular cab, Quad Cab 3500 DRW, 10,500 pounds (6.7-liter)
  • Maximum payload capacity: Regular cab 3500 DRW, 5,070 pounds
  • Maximum towing capacity: Quad Cab 3500 DRW, 16,350 pounds
  • Fuel tank capacity: 34 gallons (SWB), 35 gallons (LWB)
  • Axle ratio: 3.42:1, 3.73:1, 4.10:1
  • Transfer-case ratio low range: 2.72:1
  • Crawl ratio: 37.21:1 (5A w/4.10:1 axle, Power Wagon), 63.82:1 (6M w/3.73:1 axle), 30.02:1 (6A w/4.10:1 axle)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 7.1-7.7 inches (depending on model), 8.3 inches (Power Wagon)
  • Approach angle: 14.9-29.8 degrees, 35 degrees (Power Wagon)
  • Departure angle: 23.1-28.9 degrees, 26.5 degrees (Power Wagon)
  • Ramp breakover: 15.1-27.2 degrees, 25.5 degrees (Power Wagon)
  • Cargo-bed load height: 32.7-37.2 inches, 36.3 inches (Power Wagon)
  • Cargo floor length: 76.3 inches (SWB), 98.3 inches (LWB), 75.9 inches (Mega Cab)
  • Cargo floor width: 70.2 inches (SWB), 66.4 inches (LWB, Mega Cab)
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 51 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 20.2 inches


Note: GVWR, payload and towing capacity depend on wheelbase, trim level, transmission and final drive ratio


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serious work or towing capacity truck

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Dodge

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ram 2500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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