By Patrick Rall
This week’s featured Question of the Week is as simple as that – what is your favorite generation Dodge Ram pickup?
The first generation Dodge Ram (shown above) was introduced in 1981 and ran through the 1993 model year when the “rules were changed”. These trucks relied on old school carbureted V8 engines for power but more importantly, it was during this first generation of the Ram when the first Cummins diesel engine was found under the hood of a Dodge truck.
The second generation Dodge Ram (above in red) ran from 1994 through 2002 with the curvy look that has paved the way for all of the Ram styling since then. It was during the second generation when the Magnum engine architecture was introduced along with the first factory V10 Ram.
The third generation Dodge Ram (below in metallic red) was introduced in 2003 and while it ran through the 2008 model year, the 3rd gen Ram received a fairly significant facelift for the 2006 model year that gave the final three years of that generation a distinct look compared to the first three years. During this generation, the modern 5.7L Hemi V8 was introduced along with the SRT10, which called upon the Viper’s V10 to be one of the fastest production trucks ever.
The fourth generation Dodge Ram was introduced in 2009 with a bigger, bolder design that has continued on through the (current) 2014 model year. During the fourth generation, we have seen the Pentastar V6 make the Ram the most fuel efficient full sized truck in America – only to be trumped by the new EcoDiesel. All the while, the 5.7L Hemi and the Cummins Turbo Diesel are joined by the new hard working 6.4L Hemi in the Ram HD.