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2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Crew Cab

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2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Crew Cab Review

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The 2010 Ram Heavy Duty is the best heavy-duty pickup ever. For now, anyway. Dodge is first out of the gate, but Ford and Chevy are prepping new versions of their own workhorses, to be unleashed in 2010, and then it'll again be a level playing field. Until then, Ram HD gets to play undisputed king in an important segment, as heavy-duty pickups account for about a third of the massive full-size truck market.

You'll Like This Car If...

At least until Ford and GM open the barn door on their new heavy duty trucks, the comfortable, capable 2010 Ram Heavy Duty will be the obvious choice for most objective shoppers.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Let's face it: If you're a died-in-the-wool Ford man or GM guy, it hardly matters how good any new Dodge truck is. Beyond that, there isn't much not to like about the 2010 Ram Heavy Duty lineup.

What's New for 2010

The 2010 Ram Heavy Duty isn't technically all-new, but it looks and acts the part. New sheetmetal, a new interior (both heavily derived from the new Ram 1500) and re-tuned underpinnings combine in a more stylish, more refined, more capable offensive lineman of a pickup. Also worth noting is that the trucks have earned their own brand, so now the Dodge Ram is just the Ram.

Driving the Ram 3500 Crew Cab

Driving Impressions We've driven a few versions the 2010 Ram Heavy Duty – we've done some towing, we've taken the Power Wagon off road – but the most revealing moments...

came when we drove, back to back, a 2010 Ram 2500 Crew Cab with the short bed and diesel engine and the equivalent Chevy Silverado. The Ram was notably quieter, smoother, more attractive and more refined than the Chevy. Although the Ram HD has to forego the rear coil springs that help make the Ram 1500 the most fun and most comfortable truck in its segment, the re-tuned suspension and fluid-filled hydro mounts at the rear of the cab do an impressive job of isolating the cabin from the road. How will the new Ram HD fare against the new Ford and Chevy heavy duties looming on the horizon? We'll have to wait and see. But Dodge has set the bar pretty high.

Ride Comfort
It's not really a feature, but the 2010 Ram Heavy Duty's smooth ride is one of its key strengths, and one you can appreciate every mile.

Power Wagon
The 2010 Dodge Ram Power Wagon is an off-road beast. It's a Hemi-powered 2500 Crew Cab with electric-locking front and rear differentials, electronic disconnecting sway bar, Bilstein shocks, 32-inch tires, skid plates, 4.56 axle ratio for hill climbing and a 12,000 pound winch.

2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Crew Cab Details
Interior

The design and quality are good, but the best part about the 2010 Ram Heavy Duty's passenger cabin is the long list of available features that includes heated/ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals, memory seats/radio/mirror and more tech-centric features highlighted in the Optional Features section of this review. Crew Cab models have dual underfloor storage compartments, the Mega Cab has reclining rear seats, and they're all available with a monstrous center console that's big enough to hold a laptop computer and hanging files.

Exterior
2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Crew Cab photo

The 2010 Ram Heavy Duty is available in three cab styles (Regular, Crew Cab and Mega Cab), two box sizes (6 feet 4 inches and 8 feet) plus single- and dual-rear-wheel configurations. The Ram HD is distinguished from the Ram 1500 by a notably larger grille and taller hood (with stamped louvers) and unique bumpers. We've seen pictures of the next Ford and Chevy heavy duties, and we think the Ram is the most stylish of the three.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard feature highlights on a base-priced 2010 Ram Heavy Duty ST include air conditioning, tilt steering, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, plus front and side-curtain airbags. More basic features include things like manual windows/locks/mirrors, vinyl seats and black vinyl flooring.

Optional Equipment

The 2010 Dodge Ram HD is as tech-savvy as it is tough, with an options list that includes navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity, SIRIUS Backseat TV (offering Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network), USB music connectivity, 30-gigabyte hard drive, 10-speaker surround sound, backup sensors and a backup camera (for easier trailer hook-ups). The Ram HD also offers an integrated trailer-brake controller for the first time.

Under the Hood

Dodge says 90 percent of Ram HD buyers choose the Cummins turbo diesel, which is standard on the 3500, offers a choice of six-speed auto or manual transmissions and includes the segment's only standard exhaust brake (we didn't get to properly evaluate the braking and stability advantages of the exhaust brake, but it sounded cool). The 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 is tow-rated at 13,450 pounds and load-rated at 3,160, while the Ram 3500 checks in at 17,600 pounds and 5,130 pounds, respectively. The lineup also comprises two 4x4 transfer cases (a manual unit standard on 4X4 ST and Power Wagon, an electric unit on all others) and four available axle ratios: 3.42, 3.783, 4.10 or 4.56. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is offered only in conjunction with a five-speed manual transmission.

5.7-liter HEMI V8
383 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
400 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel
350 horsepower @ 3000 rpm
650 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 315 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

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!!!"

9 people out of 19 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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