2002 Dodge Ram 1500

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Review

Completely redesigned in almost every way possible.

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The 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 has one of the largest tire and wheel combinations in the light-duty pickup segment. Before that, most people can tell the Ram pickup coming down the road by the distinct styling of its hood and chrome grille. Now, Dodge has made the grille even more prominent by increasing the size and incorporating the jewel-like clusters of light in the front and rear. The full-size pickup comes with the 17-inch wheels so that it sits pretty high and mighty compared to others.

The 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 cab styles remains unique with the addition of the improved-size Quad Cab that has a full-size passenger compartment and four doors. It lost a bit of cargo room in its bed to afford the larger cabin, but it hasn’t made that big of a difference in payload capabilities. The rear doors of the Quad model open efficiently to let passengers enter easier than before. Also, the previous eight-foot bed can still be purchased for those that want the extra cargo room in the bed. The two available body styles that are now being offered are the Quad Cab and the Regular Cab has just two doors and just enough room for three.

Overall, the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 is one of the best light-duty pickups on the market and there is a Ram for all types of needs. The same big-rig appearance remains, but almost everything else has seen improvements. The revamped models continue to be solid and smart pickups that can more than likely suit any type of driver.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup, regular cab, quad cab
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 1500 ST

What's New

The 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 improves safety and passenger comfort as the light-weight pickup also boasts better handling.


The 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 is uniquely designed to provide a rugged and manly appearance with a slight hood bulge and a good-size chrome grille. The two separate body styles are the Regular Cab and the Quad Cab with either the 6.4-foot bed or eight-foot bed options. Some of the other exterior features include the chrome 17-inch wheels and choice of several body paint colors from which to choose. The larger 20-inch wheels are optional with the monotone paint scheme to enhance the outer look of the pickup.


The Ram 1500 models are well-designed, boasting easy-to-use controls and storage features. The 40/20/40-split seat in the front allows three passengers to sit comfortably and when the middle seat is not in use, the fold-down armrest contains a huge storage bin for carrying items. Some of the standard interior features include air-conditioning, cloth seats, power mirrors, power locks, cruise control, and four-speaker stereo system. Options include a better stereo with CD player, trip computer, leather upholstery, heated seats, and anti-theft system/keyless entry.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 is quite a bit better than the previous versions when it comes to handling. Even though the truck is considered to be one in the light-weight truck category, the reaction to holes and bumps is more like an automobile with the suspension improvement. Steering is reasonably responsive to driver input and is excellent in maneuvering capabilities.

The 2002 Dodge Ram 1500's power comes from a choice of two engines. The 3.7-liter, V-6 Magnum is standard on the two-wheel drive Regular Cab models and offers about 35 more horsepower than previously. The 4.7-liter, V-8 Magnum is standard on the others and also available is the 5.9-liter V-8 from existing models. These engines produce a good amount of power and are matched with a manual five-speed as standard, while the automatic four-speed is an optional addition.


The 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 comes with standard safety equipment that include the anti-lock rear-wheel brakes and all-disc brakes on all models. The passenger-side airbags now have a deactivation switch that comes in handy at times when the seat is not in use.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 1500 ST: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Enlarged passenger room
  • Safety improvements like side-curtain airbags
  • Improved handling and ride

You Won't Like

  • Engine choices are behind completion in comparison
  • Body styles lack step-side

Sum Up

Completely redesigned in almost every way possible.

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