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2009 Dodge Ram 3500

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Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style


Seating capacity

235.1” x 78.6”


Rear-wheel drive



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

13 trims

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Notable features

  • 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 3500 review: Our expert's take

By Tom Strongman

There are some things that only a heavy-duty pickup can do. Towing 16,850 pounds or carrying 5,180 pounds, for example.

Enter the Dodge Ram 3500 turbodiesel. This big daddy is one serious truck. It sits so tall that I had to hoist myself into the cab by grabbing the steering wheel and pulling myself up.

Fire up the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel and you know this truck means business. The diesel engine is much quieter than previous models, but there is no doubt that a serious powerplant sits under the hood because you can feel the engine throb.

The Cummins diesel is remarkably smooth and quiet for its size. It delivers 350 horsepower, but more important is the torque it delivers. I define torque as pulling power because it is the measurement of the force that actually does the work of moving the truck. The 650 pound-feet of torque gives the Ram the ability to tow something that weighs more than 8 tons. Serious stuff, this.

This engine uses the Bluetec clean-diesel system of catalytic converters to the 2010 standards in all 50 states.

Heavy-duty trucks are about work, and the Dodge’s diesel has an average major overhaul interval of 350,000 miles. Dodge said that is more than a 100,000 miles more than its competition.

The turbodiesel also includes a standard exhaust brake, something that Dodge said is a segment first.

Two transmissions are offered. One is a six-speed manual gearbox, and the other is a six-speed automatic that enables customers to select a range of gears to match driving conditions.

Because a majority of Ram Heavy Duty buyers opt for four-wheel drive, two transfer cases are available. One has traditional manual shift and the other offers electric shift-on-the-fly capability.

The cabin is comfortable and well-equipped. The front seat is wide and cushy, and there’s a huge center console. Heated seats and dual-zone climate controls, along with the navigation system, provided all the comforts of a car. Wood-grain trim on the center console added a touch of warmth.

The Quad Cab’s rear doors open 85 degrees for convenient access, and the rear windows roll all the way down. An optional 60/40 split-bench rear seat makes it easy to accommodate passengers and cargo. Seat cushions fold up to create a tall storage area from floor to ceiling.

The test truck had a short bed that made driving easier in urban confines, but a long bed is also offered for maximum cargo carrying.


The base price of the test vehicle was $47,370. Options included leather bucket seats, remote start, skid plates, tow package, automatic transmission, 4:10 rear axle ratio, navigation system, off-road tires, bed liner and rear-seat entertainment system. The sticker price was $56,245.


Three years or 36,000 miles.

2009 Dodge Ram 3500

Engine: 6.7-liter, 350-hp diesel

Transmission: Automatic

Four-wheel drive

Wheelbase: 140.5 inches

Base price: $47,370

As driven: $56,245

MPG: not required for heavy-duty trucks

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.3
  • Reliability 4.6
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Glad that we have this truck

We bought this truck to pull a trailer and it is great. Right after we bought it we went up to the mountains to pick up our quad. My husband said the steering was so good it almost drove itself.


Everything we need and more

We just purchased this Dodge pickup with cummins 6.7. REALLY like it so far. Looks great, very comfortable, way quieter than previous models, drives great!


It's a very nice truck

It was very nice and comfy it has alot of power and torque it's very bullet proof I'd really recommend this truck if only my credit could have gotten me into this truck

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