The 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 is a light-duty, half-ton pickup truck available as a two-door regular cab and a four-door crew cab, which is known as the quad cab. Both body styles are available in a base ST model and an upscale SLT trim, as well as high-performance SRT-10 models. The offshoot Ram SRT-10 carries a 500-horsepower engine designed for serious play.
The high-performance SRT-10 features the Dodge Viper's V-10 engine, rear drive, sport suspension, 22-inch wheels, and special trim. For 2005, a quad cab SRT-10 joins the carried-over regular cab. It has a four-speed automatic transmission, while the regular cab has a mandatory six-speed manual. Both have a 6.3-foot bed and specially-bolstered sport seats.
Body Styles: full-size pickup truck, regular cab, quad cab
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8, 8.3-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab ST, Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab SLT, Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab ST, Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab SLT, Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab SRT-10, Dodge Ram 1500 SRT-10
For 2005, the Dodge Ram 1500 gets a standard six-speed manual transmission with the 3.7-liter V-6 and 4.7-liter V-8 engines. Quad Cab models offer an optional power sunroof and Sirius Satellite Radio.
Few grilles are more recognizable than the Dodge Ram’s big, horse-collar grille and Freightliner fenders. Redesigned in 2002, the current design is modern and contemporary. For 2005, a chrome Ram’s head ornaments the center of the tailgate.
A raked windshield enhances aerodynamics and water management as well as giving the Ram a modern appearance. The leading edge of the door overlaps the A-pillar, making a smooth transition from the front of the cab to the side.
Regular-cab Ram 1500s come equipped with a 6.3-foot cargo bed, rides a 120.5-inch wheelbase, and stretches 207.7 inches in overall length. An optional eight-foot bed increases the wheelbase to 140.5 inches and the overall length to 229.7 inches. Both bed sizes are also available on Quad Cab models, making the Quad Cab 20 inches longer in both wheelbase and overall length. Quad Cab pickups have four conventional, front-hinged doors. The rear doors open 85 degrees for easy access. All models have a chrome grille, while the SLT gets chrome body side moldings. A body-colored grille with chrome center accommodations goes on Rams with the Sport Appearance Group. The SRT-10 features a wide power bulge on the hood.
The Dodge Ram 1500 is among the roomiest of the full-size pickups, and its cab is a pleasant place. In 2002, Dodge added three inches to the cab’s total length in its redesign. The small sacrifice in bed space leads to a lot more wiggle room on the inside.
The Ram 1500 comes with a 40/20/40-split front bench seat split 40/20/40. The narrow center section features a large fold-down armrest with a compartment big enough to hold a laptop. The console comes with adjustable dividers and a power outlet. Optional power-adjustable pedals improve comfort, safety, and drivability for shorter drivers. The center dash features large heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning buttons, and a textured fabric trim around audio and air-conditioning controls. A panel below folds down with adjustable cup holders. Overhead, a console contains map lights, a trip computer, a sunglass compartment, and a compass.
Regular Cab models come fitted with a tray behind the seats big enough to hold a large bucket or tray to carry tools. Big hooks behind the seats are handy for hanging dry cleaning or plastic shopping bags.
Performance & Handling
The standard 3.7-liter V-6 produces 215 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque. Next up is a 4.7-liter Magnum V-8 good for 240 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 boosts the horsepower to 345 and cranks out 375 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and V-6 models come with an optional four-speed automatic, while V-8s offer a five-speed automatic. Both rear- and four-wheel-drive models are available. The performance SRT-10 models feature the Viper’s 8.3-liter, V-10 engine, capable of 500 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque. The rear-drive monster comes with a six-speed manual transmission with limited-slip rear differential.
Four-wheel disc brakes with a rear-wheel anti-lock feature are standard. Four-wheel ABS and roof-mounted side curtain- airbags are optional. The Ram 1500 earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest possible rating in its frontal-offset crash test.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Ram 1500 V-6, 2WD, automatic transmission: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 V-6, 2WD, manual: 14/20 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 V-8, 8.3-liter V-10, five-speed automatic: 8/11 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 V-8, 4.7-liter, 2WD, auto or manual: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 V-8, 4.7-liter, 4WD, auto: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 V-8, 4.7-liter, 4WD, manual: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 V-8, 5.7-liter, 2WD, auto: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 V-8, 5.7-liter, 4WD, auto: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 V-10, 8.3-liter V-10, manual: 9/14 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 Flex Fuel, 4.7-liter V-8, gas: 11/14 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 Flex Fuel, 4.7-liter V-8, E85: 8/11 mpg city/highway
- Powerful Hemi V-8
- Sharp steering
- Roomy interior
- Available side curtain airbags and AWD
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel mileage
- Four-wheel ABS not standard
- Bumpy ride with 20-inch wheels
Handles comfortable daily driving, work, and serious play with the high-performance SR-10.
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