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2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Review

Powered by a hefty V-8 Hemi with an updated suspension.

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The 2009 Dodge Ram is a full-size pickup truck that delivers a smoother ride than expected for such a rugged vehicle. It is available in several models that are delineated according to weight. The Ram 1500 is the lightest of the line, while the 2500 is the middleweight, and the 3500 is the heavyweight. The Mega Cab has been replaced by a standard crew cab. It has something of an edge over traditional competitors, such as the Chevy Silverado and the Ford F-150; its versatility and well-rounded quality make it suitable for a variety of tasks. It’s also near the top of its class in terms of performance, comfort, design, and build quality.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size pickup
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8, 4.7-liter V-8, 3.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram ST, Dodge Ram SLT, Dodge Ram, Dodge Ram Laramie

What's New

The 2009 Dodge Ram has been redesigned. New features include an updated rear suspension, revised exterior styling, increased engine power, and more modern technological features. The manufacturer has made it a point to ensure driver and front seat passenger safety in the event of any mishap. Larger brakes are one such feature, helping ensure safety while carrying heavy loads and towing.


The 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 includes dual chrome-tipped exhaust that’s integrated into the rear bumper, optional adjustable cargo rail tie downs, and a larger Ram’s head tailgate badge. With a seating capacity of six it is an easy-to-drive truck, similar to some of the best heavy-duty pickups.


The 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 has a well-appointed interior that will appeal to conventional truck owners. Seating is premium and materials are soft touches. The seating is stylish with contrasting stitching on Sport and Laramie models. Additional interior features include rear seat heating for crew cab versions, available power-adjustable pedals, available rearview camera, and available power-sliding rear windows on the quad cab. It also has an improved interior with clever storage compartments. The modified interiors feature a user-friendly design with twist-knob climate controls, a large center armrest, and white-faced gauges.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Dodge Ram has a rugged body-on-frame construction. Thankfully, its rear coil-spring suspension helps to minimize bumps over harsher roads. All in all, it provides a smoother, more sophisticated ride than expected from such a large pickup. Its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 has been given a power boost and is now rated at 390 horsepower. The Ram also gets surprisingly good gas mileage, thanks to a new improved cylinder deactivation system and a more aerodynamic body design. The V-6 is somewhat underpowered, and to really experience it at its best, buyers need the 4.7-liter, V-8 engine. There are also a number of optional axle ratios available to help facilitate towing.


The 2009 Dodge Ram includes anti-lock disc brakes and side curtain airbags to ensure driver and passenger safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Interior is well made with quality materials
  • Abundance of clever storage
  • Powerful Hemi V-8 engine
  • Ride quality is exceptional for such a large truck

You Won't Like

  • Base model engine is underpowered and gets poor mileage
  • Five-speed is only transmission option
  • Optional audio touchscreen is confusing

Sum Up

Powered by a hefty V-8 Hemi with an updated suspension.

If You Like This Vehicle

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