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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Ram's interior is clean and highly functional. The lines on the dash and door panels are straight and crisp, and the plastics used in their construction feel sturdy without appearing cheap. Seat comfort is excellent, as is interior storage. Quad Cab models feature a rear bench seat that is a bit upright and does not offer as much legroom as competitors from Ford, Chevrolet and Nissan.Exterior
The bulging Ram exterior gives this truck a brutish, muscular appearance that can be backed up by huge available 20-inch wheels and tires. There are a number of trim choices, including the new TRX4 off-road model that features tow hooks, painted monotube shocks, off-road tires on 17-inch rims and a limited-slip rear differential.
The base Ram has a six-speed manual transmission (with the V6 engine), air conditioning, four-wheel disc brakes, rear anti-lock brakes (ABS), chrome front and rear bumpers, oil pressure and volt gauges, cloth split-bench seat with power driver's side or no-charge heavy-duty vinyl bench seat, AM/FM stereo with CD, tilt wheel, power steering, dual side mirrors and painted steel wheels. HEMI V8 models get a five-speed automatic transmission.
Depending upon trim level, the options are numerous. The Ram 1500 can be ordered in Regular, Quad Cab or Mega Cab versions, with two-wheel or four-wheel drive, cargo bed lengths of 6.25 or 8.0 feet and a choice of two V8 engines. You can also add leather seats, a GPS navigation radio, Infinity sound system, off-road package, trailer package, 20-inch chrome wheels, power-adjustable pedals, limited-slip differential, power folding mirrors, power sliding rear window, remote start, fog lights, front side-impact airbags and a 34-gallon fuel tank.
Under the hood, the Regular Cab base trucks get a tepid 3.7-liter V6 engine, while the Quad Cabs start off with a standard 4.7-liter Magnum V8. Though rated at 235 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque at 3200 rpm, the 4.7-liter engine has to work hard to move the nearly 5,200-pound vehicle. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 offers 345 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. Gas mileage is less-than-stellar, with the V6 earning an EPA fuel rating of 16-miles per gallon in city driving and the two V8s barely breaking 14-miles per gallon.
215 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21 (2WD manual), 15/21 (2WD automatic)
235 horsepower @ 4400 rpm
300 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD manual), 14/19 (2WD automatic), 13/17 (4WD manual), 14/17 (4WD automatic)
5.7-liter HEMI V8
345 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
375 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 (2WD), 13/17 (4WD)
By rdf on Monday, October 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "i enjoy driving it"
Cons: "rust,gas hog"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"i like the styling of this truck,(2002)-possible classic in the future.it will be hard to find a rust free one."
By DKN on Tuesday, October 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Cumins engine and the outside styling looks nice."
Cons: "Everything else"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Well besides the Cummins Completely disappointing. I'll try to remember all the issues I've had with this piece of junk. Mind you its almost 9 years old with 45k on it and completely out of warranty NOW. 1. Transmission leaks 2. A/C (FREON) leaks Both fixed at the dealer 4 times... both still leaking, now out of warranty 3. Electric seat gear (Plastic) stripped out $500.00 to replace seat unit, jury rigged from a motor I bought from Amazon. 4. Left rear seal at wheel leaked fixed myself. 5. pulls to the right, told I need an $800.00 offset ball joint to fix it. 6. I'm sure there is a #6 but cant remember rite now. Ride is bumpy... i know its a truck, but feels like I might just bounce out of my lane sometimes. only pros are the Cumins engine and the outside styling looks nice."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Shep on Monday, October 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This is a very tuff truck IT PULLS MY 19 FT BASS BOAT MUCH BETTER THAN MY 01 CHEVROLET TRUCK WITH THE 4.3 engine but it does ride a little rough:-"
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Lips on Wednesday, October 01, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Too many problems
Pros: "Great price. Fun to drive"
Cons: "Not reliable. Lots of problems"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Hated to get rid of truck loved it at first had to replace heater core water pump and engine light came on a lot the last straw was when the head gasket went on it. I did not want to put any more money into it. So I reluctantly. Sold it.if I get another truck it will be a. Chevy ford or a. Toyota"
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By jdgimpa on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good styling, Awesome performance."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Ordered this truck in the spring of 2007. Other than maintenance it has had one new front hub. Truck regularly tow's 6000lb trailer. Hemi runs awsome highway mileage is 18 to 20 mpg. I can't say enough good about this truck."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Jude on Friday, September 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this truck new and I have had very little problems with it over the years. Probably the worst thing I did was to purchase the hard tounneau cover. It tends to hold moisture into the truck bed. I do not care for the cloth interior of this year, but I haul two sheepdogs and 6 grandchildren around. Soooo....what else can I expect? Great truck!"
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful