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.
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.
A new SXT trim joins the line, while 2500 and 3500 models receive a standard 7x10-inch trailer-tow mirror. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 3500 4x4 models with the 6.7-liter diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission climbs from 23,000 to 24,000 pounds.
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.