By KBB.com Editors
The full-size Ram 1500 pickup faces an uncertain future in 2007 as rising fuel prices and a shift to smaller cars threaten to curtail last year's brisk sales momentum. To keep Ram sales charging forward, Dodge has made a number of minor improvements to the vehicle, including the availability of a Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) model. While the Ram Mega Cab's cavernous and plush interior appeals to owners who increasingly use their pickup as the family vehicle, others are simply drawn to the hypnotic allure of an available HEMI engine with fuel-saving MDS (Multi Displacement System) technology. Of course, the Ram is fully capable of performing the tasks expected of full-size pickups such as hauling, towing and off-roading.You'll Like This Car If...
The Ram pickup line is loaded with personality. The trucks are big, bold and in-your-face, mirroring the attitudes of many of the people who like to drive them. With an available 345-horsepower V8, the Ram 1500 is one of the most powerful pickups in its class.You May Not Like This Car If...
The Ram is a big truck designed for heavy-duty work. Those who like the idea of a big truck, but commute through the suburbs on a daily basis, may want to try something a bit smaller, such as the mid-size Dodge Dakota. Unlike competitors from Ford, Chevrolet and Nissan, the Dodge Ram is not offered in an extended cab model.What's Significant About This Car?
The Ram 1500 receives a host of new features, including a 4.7-liter engine capable of running on E85. Also new are YES Essential anti-bacterial fabrics on the seats and a power accessory delay feature. New options include Electronic Stability Control and Remote Start.Driving It Driving Impressions
For such a big truck, the Ram does a commendable job of getting around corners and through S-curves. Credit the suspension and massive tires for the Ram's ability to grip the road and negotiate turns. You may also want to look closely at the trailer-towing ratings for the Ram 1500; it can tow as much as 9,100 pounds when equipped with the HEMI engine.
Though the big, optional 20-inch wheels may look terrific, they make for a harsh ride over pavement that's broken or even the slightest bit bumpy, and fore-and-aft "hobby-horsing" can occur at freeway speeds. Interior sound levels have been greatly reduced thanks to improvement in insulation and thicker door glass.
Folding Armrest/Storage Unit
A wide folding armrest/storage unit is big enough to hold a laptop computer and is complete with a 12-volt outlet.
Polished optional 20-inch wheels are nearly as massive as the Ram itself.