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2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Review

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In a Nutshell
The 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 is a full-size, four-wheel-drive pickup truck that is available in four trims: Base Crew Cab Pickup, Base Short Bed Regular Cab Pickup, Base Extended Cab Pickup¸ and Long Bed Regular Cab Pickup. The Ram 1500 is powered by a Hemi V-8 engine, a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, or a 3.7-liter V-6 engine, with the V-8s getting a five-speed automatic transmission and the V-6 a four-speed. Among the configuration choices are an 8-foot bed in the standard cab configuration, a 6-foot 4-inch bed on the standard/quad cab trims, and a 5-foot 7-inch bed in crew cab trims.

With body weight equivalent to a quarter ton, the Ram 1500 is a powerful pickup truck with aggressive exterior styling and top-of-the-line interior accommodations. Capable of towing 10,450 pounds, the Ram 1500 can also haul 1,900 pounds. A coil spring suspension in the rear improves ride quality while decreasing freeway hop issues, even when the truck bed is empty. Gas mileage is rated in the 9 mpg city / 12 mpg highway range, and the Ram 1500 carries all of the safety features you'd expect in a classy truck.

New for 2010

For 2010, the 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 gets a higher tow rating, an integrated trailer brake controller, folding and power trailer-tow mirrors, electro-chromic mirrors, iPod control with a glove-box connection, an updated tire-pressure monitor, and a deceleration fuel-cutoff feature to improve fuel economy. In addition, long-wheelbase trims equipped with the 5.7-liter Hemi and a 3.92 rear-axle ratio get their GVWR increased to 15,500 pounds.


Engines: 3.7L V-6, 4.7L V-8, 5.7L v-8
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic
Body Style: Truck
Trims: Base Crew Cab Pickup, Base Short Bed Regular Cab Pickup, Base Extended Cab Pickup¸ Long Bed Regular Cab Pickup

On the Outside

Brawny and mean-looking, the Dodge Ram 1500 offers the Big Horn and Laramie trims, which get a coat of chrome while chromed 20-inch wheels are available and other trims get 17-inch wheels.

From the Inside

A booming 506-watt, 10-speaker stereo is available on the Dodge Ram 1500, along with a rear-seat entertainment system. The Ram Crew and Quad Cabs trims can seat up to six passengers, with the latter providing a generous 40.3 inches of leg room for rear-seat passengers.

Driving Performance

While a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine with 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque is the star player, the smaller 4.7-liter V-8 engine and its 310 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque is no slouch. However, the underpowered 210 horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine struggles.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Dodge Ram 1500 includes dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, stability control with hill-start assist, brake assist, and trailer sway control. Optional are a back-up sensor system and a rear-view camera.

Gas Mileage

3.7L: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
4.7L RWD: 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway
4.7L 4WD: 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway
5.7L RWD: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
5.7L 4WD: 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway


  • Assertive styling
  • Smooth ride quality
  • Spacious cab space


  • Underpowered V-6 engine
  • Dated navigation system


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