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2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab Review

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While full-size pickup truck sales are down, they still represent a substantial part of the automotive market. With a 2009 redesign, Dodge is hoping its Ram pickup can cut into the sales of the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado. To accomplish that 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 a match for anything in its class.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like your trucks big and bold, the 2009 Dodge Ram is right for you. The Ram retains its familiar "big-rig" styling, but looks even better thanks to a forward-canted grille and more chrome accents.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If fuel economy is a major concern, you won't like the Dodge Ram – or any other full-size truck, for that matter. For years, Americans have been treating pickups like cars, using them for everyday transportation, but today's higher gas prices have buyers wanting more fuel economy and putting pickups back in the hauling and work-duty categories.

What's New for 2009

For 2009, the Dodge Ram gets fresh styling inside and out. New entertainment features include uconnect hard-drive radio and navigation, a powerful Surround Sound stereo and SIRIUS Backseat TV. Among the new storage features are bins under the floor in the back seat and RamBox storage in the bed sides.

Driving the Ram 1500 Quad Cab

Driving Impressions When it comes to ride comfort, the 2009 Dodge Ram has an advantage over its competitors thanks to a new 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.

RamBox
The RamBox storage system is offered on the Crew Cab. It includes 3.7 cubic feet of lockable, drainable storage space in each bed rail, as well as a cargo-bed divider that doubles as a bed extender. RamBox also comes with a bed-rail system with sliding, adjustable cleats to tie down and secure various types of loads.

uconnect GPS
The uconnect GPS system's 30-gigabyte hard drive holds song and picture files, as well as navigation map information. Songs can be ripped from a CD or downloaded from a thumb drive via a USB port. The hard drive lets you keep your whole music collection in the vehicle without toting a lot of CDs.

2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab Details
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab photo Interior

While 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.

Exterior

The 2009 Dodge Ram is a refined version of the previous-generation Ram. 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 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard safety features include side-curtain side 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. The 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 Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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 is updated for 2009, with 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.

3.7-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20

4.7-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5650 rpm
330 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD, gasoline), 9/13 (2WD, E85), 13/18 (4WD, gasoline), 9\12 (4WD, E85)

5.7-liter HEMI V8
390 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
410 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD)

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 315 Ratings for the 2009 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Love my TRUCK!!!!

By on Monday, July 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,507

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Truck!!!!!"

Cons: "Minor wear and tear NO CONS on my end."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

My Baby right after a bath and wax!!!

"I had a 2000 Dodge Ram before I bought this truck in Feb of this year. Loved my old one too, Just wanted an upgrade to power windows, locks ect and four doors. This truck runs and sounds great the only issue I have a minor things such as the plastic piece that holds the windows buttons has already came loose, the power plugs for 12v are loose, and the windsheild washer line has already broke ( this happened on my old ram as well)-- Other then the minor things (which this is a 5 year old truck) this truck is amazing.!!!! I would recommend a Ram to anyone and personally I will not ever own anything but a RAM!!!"

11 people out of 23 found this review helpful

My Baby right after a bath and wax!!!

BEST VALUE FOR HEMI POWER, SMOOTH RUNNING, SMART

By on Saturday, May 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Mine is a 2009 Sport Crew cab with the Hemi, leather, moonroof, heated steering wheel, heated/cooled seats, Alpine Sound, Uconnect, and I bought it with 93k miles! Runs and drives GREAT! The amenities are awesome, Dodge did this one right!"

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Well worth the $$'s...great ride.

By on Thursday, May 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gas mileage and well-priced"

Cons: "NA"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This 2009 Dodge Ram has been one of the best trucks I have owned. Smooth ride and low compartment noise. The Hemi engine has plenty of power and at 20+ miles/gallon on the highway, it is a well-built motor. The interior is well-designed with plenty of leg room for the backseat passengers and also plenty of hidden storage. Overall, great vehicle and will definitely continue driving a Dodge."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best truck I've ever had. Hands down.

By on Friday, April 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort for all riders. Strong and reliable motor"

Cons: "MPG will always be a factor with this engine."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"ride is so smooth and comfortable that even my wife loves it. MPG is what I expected for a working truck. Roomy for all riders and quiet for a truck."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

excellent towing truck

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this truck's towing capacity is way under rated..i have been towing with this dodge 5.7 hemi since I bought it brand new with no major problems other than recalls..towing a fifth whl cross country and back, it realy was a true test of power on the flats and climbing 7,800 to 12,000 ft mountains that showed me what this truck is realy made of..round trip was 6,800 hundred miles with no problems....I love this 2009 dodge quad cab 5.7 hemi..ps:i owned a 1997 dodge ram 360 magnum..sold it and it had 300,000 miles of towing miles on it..."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best truck for any type of trailer

By on Saturday, March 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "easy to seee out and great to drive."

Cons: "all trucks need more head room for tall persons."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

4x4 laramie mega cab, dark brown with gold specks,

"this truck is made for family or work. with sirus tv 3 channels, in back when moving or stopped, in front also when stopped. grill guard, window deflectors for rain. plenty of leg room in back with reclining seats, and storage."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

4x4 laramie mega cab, dark brown with gold specks,

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