When the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck debuted in 1994 Dodge had a winner. This truck appeals to a consumer base of burly, macho men, and it represents and just that. Additions for the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 uphold that mentality.
With a modernized interior, firm automatic transmission shifts, and surprisingly agile handling for such a bulky vehicle, demand for the Dodge Ram 1500 remains strong.
Body Styles: two-door standard cab pickup, four-door extended cab pickup
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6, 5.2-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 1500 WS, Dodge Ram 1500 ST, Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie SLT
The 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 offers a multitude of new features, including a new exterior color known as Solar Yellow, something that surely gets noticed in traffic. The Sport also features a new grille, fascia, front bumper, graphics, and headlamps. All of the Ram pickups, not just the 1500, also include an express down feature for the already powered windows, a new headlamp switch, and standard four-wheel ABS on vehicles over 10,000 pounds.
The Dodge Ram 1500 offers a new exterior color, Solar Yellow, a bright, eye-catching yellow that captures anyone’s eye. The specifications of the exterior measure 79.3 inches wide, 71.6 inches tall, and 224.1 inches long. Its ground clearance reaches 7.5 inches, while sitting on a wheelbase of 138.7 inches, and the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 has a curb weight of 4666 pounds. Options for the 1500 include power heated mirrors and two-tone paint.
Although consumers receive the Ram 1500 well, it endures a few criticisms, mostly about space. In the standard cab, space feels limited, seating three people on a bench. The extended cab has the capability to seat six adults, although access to the rear proves difficult. All extended cab models get some extra storage space under the rear seats for 1999 though.
As stated earlier, the Ram 1500’s interior look fully modernized, and features ergonomics that match the utility of the rest of the truck. For those who need to strap in their child in the front seat, the passenger-side airbag comes with a cutoff switch. Although the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 offers a fairly quiet ride on a regular day, tromping the gas produces a reassuring roar with any engine option. Dodge offers many optional luxury features to make this pickup more comfortable, including cloth seating and a front split-bench seat, as opposed to the standard vinyl bench seating.
Performance & Handling
This truck can really pack a punch or be a little more mild-mannered under the hood; it all depends on the consumer. For the practical minded, the 3.9-liter V-6 engine creates 175 horsepower. But for those who really do want more muscle, Dodge offers a pair of V-8 engines.
The base engine type of the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 uses gas, and it produces 230 horsepower at 4400 rpm, with 300 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm. Its turning radius measures 46.9 feet. The ride and handling prove extremely competent for a full-size pickup truck, although riders notice bumps. Consumers report excellent visibility and top-notch controls. The automatic transmission shifts firmly, but not harshly, while the column-mounted gearshift also operates quite easily. The 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 feels surprisingly agile and reasonably surefooted for such a bulky vehicle, but drivers should still think twice before trying any quick maneuvers.
Some of the safety and security features for the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 include driver and passenger front airbags and rear-wheel ABS. The 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 earns an NHTSA rating of four stars for driver and passenger collisions. Side-impact front, side-impact rear, and rollover accidents have not been tested. Four stars mean that in a crash, occupants face an 11 to 20 percent chance of serious. On the IIHS frontal-offset test, the truck receives a “Poor? rating, the lowest rating available. Opposing the NHTSA ratings, the IIHS ratings do not correlate to a chance of injury, as the tests assess more than just occupant injury. The IIHS tests focus more on how well the vehicle structure performs, which according to the ratings, performs poorly in the Ram.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Ram 1500 V-6 automatic: 13/18 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 V-6 manual: 14/20 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 V-8 automatic: 12/18 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 V-8 manual: 12/17 mpg city/highway
- User-friendly cab
- Distinctive sheet metal
- Impressive drivetrain
- Reliable seat belts and airbags
You Won't Like
- Underpowered base V-6 engine
- Poor quality of interior accessories
- Spotty transmission
- Minor brake problems
A manly, macho truck with many choices for under-the-hood power.
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