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2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab

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2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like your trucks big and bold on the outside, but soft and luxurious on the inside, the 2010 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 2010

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.

Driving the Ram 1500 Regular Cab

Driving Impressions 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.

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.

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab Details
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 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard safety features 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. 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. Available trims include Sport, R/T and the Big Horn and Lone Star regional packages.

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 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.

3.7-liter V6
215 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
407 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD)

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2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 335 Ratings for the 2009 - 2010 models.

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

Horrible Truck

By on Monday, January 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Ok ride"

Cons: "mechanically a disaster,poorly made"

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

"I have no idea what they are talking about these biased reviews on the dodge 2500 Heavy duty pickup.It is annthing but heavy duty.These guys see a nice shiny truck and some tow numbers( supposedly a good tow # means a heavy duty well made truck that doesnt break,,,Really?. News alert 99 percent of truck buyers dont use even 1/2 of tow rating ability lets just clear that up right now !! Ive owned alot of truck granted they were all chevys and fords and never have I seen a supposedly heavy duty truck break down mechanically working with it as much as this truck. Own this truck and drive this truck instead of rating it for smooth ride on a road and shiny paint and tow ability and you will have a truck that Fals Apart..My truck has 48k miles in 5 years and lets see now what has broke... The window motor has broke on the drivers side( unreal), the cup holder button snapped off and broke $(500 almost),the plastic molding strip on hood broke off ( wasnt sealed right at factory), The Power Steering Pump has Broke ( real junk, how this breaks at 44k miles ?? ),The 4 wheel drive does not work in low at all and in fact gets stuck there often, I tried to drive in the snow and it says 4 wh drive on dash yet is in 2 wheel Drive ( useless, shop says very expensive repair, also of note is the sheet metal on body doors is very thin and dents so easily even from leaning on it with cloths ,,unreal just unreal Left it alone for now... I just cant believe everyone in press praises these trucks on seeing it in showroom ignoring that this heavy duty truck is made like paper and falls apart"

Love my Dodge Ram

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,949

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Good on accerlation pickup,love the design."

Cons: "Better brakes, tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"My father owned this vehicle till his untimely passing back in Nov. 9, 2011. I took over ownership after his passing but would drive and keep the maintenance on it up to date. Now I own it, the ac was broken after he bought it from Shaffer and Strommer out in White Marsh till they closed. Jones Junction fixed the ac issue a few years ago and it has been working fine since so I recommend them. Driving wise and problems with the vehicle probably would have to say brakes, tires, struts make the vehicle ride rough. But beyond that I love Dodge Rams and would buy another one. I am looking to buy a new one once I get more money in my pocket."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Good truck with its limitations

By on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun truck to drive and body stying is A+"

Cons: "hvac system on truck has known design faults"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this truck with ~26,000 miles on it. In just three years it is now up to 80k. Most of that has all been highway miles. Dodges seem to be priced well for those wanting a truck but not wanting to pay for a ford or chevy. With that said the interior is kind of cheap by comparison to a chevy. The only issue I have had what so ever with the truck has been one of the actuators in the dash for the airflow. Its pretty easy to fix and there is a you tube video on how to do it. My biggest advice is when buying replacement electrical mechanical parts for this truck stick to dealership parts. I had two aftermarket actuators go out in as many months. I got a real one from Dodge after that and haven't had any more issues. Believe me if you live in a seriously cold climate not having hot air where you need it is a problem. Ie by the time you get to town your feet might feel on fire because its -15 and you cant get the air to blow down there. Another even better one is you get on the highway and as soon as -20 temps hit the windshield at highway speed it starts to ice up on the inside. That's always a blast. So is tearing apart the dash in the driveway at negative anything temps. So with all that said if you actuator goes out (they love doing this in the winter) get the mopar part to replace it once."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best ruck I have ever driven

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "seats, no blind spots,"

Cons: "Hard to see radio and dash on sunny days"

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

"This is my second Dodge Ram and I plan to buy another when the time comes. I have driven Ford company trucks and they don't measure up."

16 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Comfortable ride, lots of room, quiet, excellent

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

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: "Comfortable traveling vehicle. Reliable."

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

"Have owned this vehicle since new in 2010 , always have poeple comment on the look with they grey exterior and chr ome 20 inch wheels. Great on trips, able to see a long way down the highway as you sit high. Gas mileage can be above 20 mpg at 60 mph, decreases after 70mph, but still above 19 at 77 mph."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Nice Truck but with Issues

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 173,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable and fun to drive. Like the 5.7 Hemi"

Cons: "Has reliablity issues."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Love the way the truck handles and drives. Truck has gone six years\170000 miles without needing alignment. The 5.7 Hemi is a great motor and gets good mileage for what it is, but it will develop the "Hemi Tick." The four wheel drive system seems very fragile. Transmission Shift solenoid has failed twice, leaving me in "limp" mode. Chrysler replaced under warranty without hassle. ALL FOUR door lock actuators have failed and they are very expensive to replace. The electronic climate control system is also problematic. It has been re-programmed twice; now the air flow gate has broken leaving woefully insufficient air flow for air conditioning. Fixing it entails removing the entire dashboard, a $1000 dollar minimum repair. Informed auto techs tell me that Chrysler has known about the problems with the lock actuators and air flow gates for years but has not fixed the problem. If you buy one don't plan on keeping it over three years."

22 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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