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Dodge Ram Accessories

Dodge Ram Introduction

Even though full-size pickup truck sales have dipped in the recent past, they still represent a substantial part of the automotive market. Fresh from a successful redesign last year, Dodge is hoping its Ram pickup can continue to cut into the sales of the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado and help return Chrysler to profitability. To accomplish this goal, Dodge has given the Ram a crew-cab body style, a coil-spring rear suspension, a refined interior, unique storage options and more available power with an upgraded HEMI V8. The result is a smooth, quiet pickup that is easily a match for anything in its class. The big news for 2010 is an increase in the Ram's Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) from 14,000 pounds to 15,500 when combined with the 5.7-liter engine and 3.92 rear axle.

Fuel-saving advances include a fuel saver warning light on 3.7-liter models and a deceleration fuel cut off mechanism on all engines. New available features include an iPod integration package, an integrated trailer brake controller as well as folding and power operated trailer tow mirrors. When it comes to ride comfort, the 2010 Dodge Ram has an advantage over its competitors thanks to its coil-spring rear suspension. Leaf-spring suspensions tend to ride more harshly and can lead to bounding motions over bumps, but the Ram's coil springs calm those motions and smooth out the ride. Otherwise, the Ram drives like the big truck that it is, the steering is reasonably direct and the brakes are easy to modulate and control, but don't expect this big truck to handle, steer or stop like a sports sedan.

Dodge Ram GrilleWhile the dash is mostly hard plastic, the armrests and the tops of the doors are nicely padded. Fit and finish is generally good, though a few rough areas could be better. On the road the Ram is quiet for a truck and there is plenty of front-seat room, but a telescoping steering wheel would enhance driver comfort. Rear passengers can be pinched in the Quad Cab, but the Crew Cab has lots of rear-seat room. Laramie models are upscale, with a leather-covered dash, wood trim and plenty of amenities. Available hard-drive radio, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel and rear DVD entertainment with SIRIUS Backseat TV can make the Ram cabin a pleasant place to be for long trips. The 2010 Dodge Ram is a refined version of the previous-generation Rams.

The Dodge cross-hair grille remains, but is tilted forward, similar to that of the Dodge Charger. Also helping to change the look are tightened panel gaps, which help reduce aerodynamic drag. A true Crew Cab replaces the short-lived Mega Cab. The Regular Cab is offered with 6-foot, 4-inch or 8-foot beds, the Quad Cab has the 6-foot, 4-inch bed and the Crew Cab has a 5-foot, 7-inch bed. Standard safety Dodge Ram Accessories include side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and Trailer Sway Control. The base ST model features air conditioning, AM/FM/CD stereo, vinyl floors, power locks and 17-inch steel wheels. The SLT adds carpeting, cruise control, power windows, heated mirrors, remote keyless entry and aluminum wheels.

Dodge Ram WheelsThe TRX gains off-road-oriented shocks and has skid plates and tow hooks when ordered with four-wheel drive. The Sport model has unique bucket seats, fog lamps and 20-inch wheels. Standard on the Laramie are dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, hard-drive radio, power heated front seats and rear park assist. Optional features include the RamBox storage system, full-time four-wheel drive, sunroof, 10-speaker Alpine Surround Sound, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, navigation system, rear DVD entertainment with SIRIUS Backseat TV, heated and cooled seats and a heated steering wheel. The navigation system is easy to operate and voice commands can be used to program destinations while the vehicle is in motion.

SIRIUS Backseat TV has three child-friendly channels that will keep the kids' attention on long vacation drives. Available trims include Sport, R/T and the Big Horn and Lone Star regional packages. The base 3.7-liter V6 is fine if you use your truck as basic transportation, but the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is the best choice if you plan to tow or haul a lot of cargo. The HEMI was updated for 2009, giving it more power and torque. The HEMI also delivers fuel economy comparable to that of the 4.7-liter V8, and it can tow a heavier load. Dodge claims the Ram 1500 Sport Regular Cab with the HEMI and the optional R/T package is the fastest pickup in the class, with a zero-to-60-mph acceleration time under 6.0 seconds.