But the people who loved it, bought it. This new cab length, which also requires a smaller bed box, allowed Dodge to incorporate two weatherproof, lockable storage bins into the bed's fender sides. The Drive So does Dodge's new suspension really break new ground? It's worth noting 89-octane fuel is recommended. And all Hemis are backed by a five speed automatic. Overall, amenities are much improved, with supportive seats and cushier armrests. Among the new storage features are bins under the floor in the back seat and RamBox storage in the bed sides.
This look, along with the smooth lines, wider wheel arches, and higher window heights while keeping the bed height reasonable for an average man to reach into the bed combine to give the new Ram a more sophisticated look, setting itself apart from the other competitors in the field. Much of the credit goes to the rear suspension that uses smoother-riding coil springs instead of harsher-riding leaf springs. Nearly all owners found the acceleration of the 5. The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram is offered in regular cab, Quad Cab® and crew-size cab, with three box lengths: 8-foot regular cab , 6-foot-4-inches regular cab and Quad Cab , and a new-for-2009 box length of 5-foot-7-inches Ram crew 1500. However, it conveys a wealth of useful information, including engine-operation hours.
This change saves about 40 pounds in weight and allows frame engineers to better control many of the typical harsh ride frequencies and vague handling issues endemic to leaf-sprung pickup trucks. Both Ford and General Motors are expanding the use of six-speed automatic transmissions on their full-size trucks, and this is a rare miss for the new Dodge. Drivers side door , front windows won't work, mirrors won't work and locks won't work. RamBox The RamBox storage system is offered on the Crew Cab. Rear passengers can be pinched in the Quad Cab, but the Crew Cab has lots of rear-seat room. That translates to about 250 12-ounce cans with ice. Compared to leaf springs, coils are more tunable and Dodge offers 12 different spring rates.
Louis North Assembly Plan in Fenton, Mo. Higher trims add upscale materials and creature comforts; a massive 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system is also available. Badges are three-dimensional, rather than decals, and are designed to stand out. The Ram 1500 drives much smaller that one might expect. The verdict from down south? Despite the lack of test data, the Dodge Ram 1500 boasts a wealth of standard safety features, which means that experts at TheCarConnection. The result is a smooth, quiet pickup that is a match for anything in its class. For 2009, the Dodge Ram gets perhaps its most significant breakthrough yet: rear coil springs.
Inside, the design is well-executed with high-quality materials. Ralph Gilles, newly appointed vice president of Design for and lead designer on the new Ram, worked with his team for more than two years to make the new truck look modern, yet still appealing to a typically traditional buyer. For years, Americans have been treating pickups like cars, using them for everyday transportation, but today's higher gas prices have buyers wanting more fuel economy and putting pickups back in the hauling and work-duty categories. This slick system also includes a bed-divider and extender that collapses into the tailgate as well as cargo-rail tie-downs with adjustable cleats. Craftsmanship In addition to the exterior, the all-new interior of the 2009 Dodge Ram stands out with a renewed emphasis on craftsmanship expressed in premium interior appointments including six-ring instrumentation, redesigned controls, chrome accents, premium seating with improved bolsters and two-tone upholstery.
The truck has yet to be crash-tested. Trucks, once the engine-room of profits for the American auto industry, suddenly became toxic,… The new 2009 Dodge Ram now offers three different cab configurations, with the addition of an all-new Crew Cab model. Convenience The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram Crew 1500 features an available first-in-segment RamBox cargo management system that provides weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage compartments integrated into both fender sides for effortless access and convenience. The Bottom Line The new Ram is a significant step forward in half-ton truck ride and handling. Models equipped with the air suspension even have adjustable ride heights that aid fuel efficiency and off-road ability. The Hemi exhales though a free flowing, slightly louder exhaust.
Maybe the most dramatic change to the new Ram is inside the cabin. Although essentially carryover technology from the previous gen, the stopping distance from 60 mph was a respectable 135 feet-10 feet shorter than a comparably equipped Tundra. Leaf-spring suspensions tend to ride more harshly and can lead to bounding motions over bumps, but the Ram's coil springs calm those motions and smooth out the ride. And that's especially true in these, the hardest times yet for the full size pickup market. Engine type V-6 Approach angle 17 degrees Front tread 68. The new RamBox storage system fills in the wheelwell areas along the inside of the bed with lockable storage. And yes, drain plugs are included.
Reviewers are very impressed with the standard safety features found on the Dodge Ram 1500. The one common complaint in reviews read by TheCarConnection. Recall Date 2012-10-02 Description Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2009-2010, Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks, manufactured from July 1, 2009, through November 30, 2009, because the rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to a lack of adhesive. The 2009 Dodge Ram is a refined version of the previous-generation Ram. Still, outside is where many will feel the new Ram takes its most significant risk. The 2009 Ram was noticeably more stable than its leaf-sprung competitors.