1995 Dodge Ram 1500

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1995 Dodge Ram 1500 Review

At equal footing with its competitors.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup is part of the second generation of the Dodge Ram Series, which was introduced in 1994 with an award-winning redesign. This marks the second year of production for the Ram 1500 and its amazingly innovative design.

The pickups come in both regular and extended cabs along with regular and extended beds. The 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 has a standard V-6 engine and can be upgraded to a more powerful V-8.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab, extended cab
Engines: 5.9-liter V-8, 5.2-liter V-8, 3.9-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 1500 ST, Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie SLT, Dodge Ram 1500 WS, Dodge Ram 1500 LT

What's New

The 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 just underwent a complete redesign overhaul last year, but it gets a club cab body in the present year. The list of optional equipment includes two new additions. The first is an Infinity CD audio system, and the second is a natural gas, 5.2-liter, V-8 engine.

Exterior

The 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 carries forward the same exterior design that was introduced last year. The truck’s unique looks are attributed to Phillip Payne, who was the chief designer of the project. The Ram 1500 has a distinct truck-like style with sleek and aerodynamic elements.

Interior

The 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 has quite a spacious interior. The front seats offer lots of legroom and headroom, and enough shoulder room to accommodate three adults with ease. The two-door models also have adequate space at the back to recline the seat. The center of the front seatback can also be used as a storage compartment and armrest, but the driver may find it a little difficult to access this storage compartment.

The extended-cab models of the 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 offer an adequate amount of space at the rear. The legroom and headroom available is strictly average, but there is adequate shoulder room for three passengers. However, the rear seat is a little too thin and short to provide adequate comfort or thigh support.

The height of the 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 makes entry and exit a little difficult, especially at the rear in the two-door models. The gauges up front are large and easy to read, and the dashboard is fitted with a nice little three-knob climate control system.

Performance & Handling

The base engine of the 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 is a 3.9-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 180 horsepower. Optional engines include a 5.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers 235 horsepower, and a 5.9-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 230 horsepower.

The V-6 engine is strictly average with a manual gearbox and no hauling requirements, and it quickly loses its power in any non-conventional driving environment. The V-8 engines offer better performance and allow for the better use of the Ram’s impressive towing and hauling capabilities.

Safety

The Dodge Ram 1500 gets a five-star rating for passenger and driver safety during frontal impact tests conducted by NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 1500, 5.9-liter V-8, automatic transmission: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good acceleration from the V-8 engines
  • Spacious cabin
  • Decent towing capacity

You Won't Like

  • Underpowered V-6 engine
  • Noisy engine
  • Poor ride quality

Sum Up

At equal footing with its competitors.

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