By KBB.com Editors
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.
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 It 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.Favorite Features
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.
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.