2009 Dodge Ram Model In-Market Comparison

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The 2009 Dodge Ram has integrated 35 new and/or redesigned features and is available in a
standard cab, four-door Quad Cab with more spaciousness than its predecessors. The 2009 Dodge Ram offers three bed lengths to choose from. It is being touted for having exceptionally quiet and relaxed-riding comfort.

2009 Dodge Ram Models

•    1500-This is considered an everyday truck. It is for the person who enjoys driving a truck and using it for various purposes.
•    2500-This truck is designed for taking care of heavier work loads than the 1500 and can be used to tow lighter boats and is great for hauling.
•    3500-The 3500 is the strongest model and is used for serious hauling and towing jobs.

All three models feature a contoured hood that contributes to great aerodynamics. Special to the 09 Ram 1500 is a coil-spring rear suspension and “grille-forward” design, while the 2500 and 3500 series will retain the classic leaf spring systems. All are designed to be an alternative to SUV’s and standard safety equipment includes four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat and full-length side curtain airbags. Engine choices are 3.5, 4.7, and 5.7 liters, as well as the popular heavy duty Cummins Diesel.

Optional features of the 2009 Dodge Ram

The 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 features a RamBox which is a weatherproof, locked, drainable-storage lodged on both sides of the truck bed. The many trim level choices of the 2009 Dodge Ram include ST, SLT, SXT, Power Wagon, Laramie, and off-road TRX. Other options include a dual automatic climate control, back-up camera and a Sirius Backseat TV, a bed liner, cruise-control, chrome-clad steel wheels, and a sun-roof.

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Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Dodge
Ram ST regular cab long bed 2WD ($21,270); SLT Quad Cab 4WD ($32,695);
TRX Quad Cab 4WD ($33,840); Sport Crew Cab 2WD ($35,055); R/T
($29,365); Laramie Crew Cab 4WD ($43,240)
Engines: 215-hp 3.7-liter sohc 12-valve V6; 310-hp 4.7-liter sohc 16-valve V8; 390-hp 5.7-liter ohv 16-valve V8
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic; 5-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual
front multi-stage airbags, three-point belts in all seating positions
with constant-force retractors, LATCH child-seat anchors,
child-protection rear door locks; electronic stability/traction
control, four-wheel ABS
Safety equipment (optional): side-curtain airbags for front and rear seats, back-up camera, rear park sensors
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: St. Louis, Missouri; Warren, Michigan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Dodge Ram Crew Cab 1500 Laramie 4WD ($44,035)
Standard equipment: leather
upholstery, dual-zone climate control, steering-wheel-mounted audio
controls, heated front seats, security alarm, auto-dimming rearview
mirror, Sentry Key engine immobilizer; overhead console with mini trip
computer and compass, cruise control, power windows and door locks,
keyless entry, four-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel ABS; part-time
manual shift transfer case
Options as tested (MSRP): Navigation radio with AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 ($945); 20-inch wheels ($125)
Destination charge: ($900)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $46,005
Layout: four-wheel drive
Engine: 5.7-Liter V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 390 @ 5600
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 407 @ 4000
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 13/18 mpg
Wheelbase: 140.0 in.
Length/width/height: 227.5/79.4/74.8 in.
Track, f/r: 68.1/67.5 in.
Turning circle: 45.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 41.0/63.6/41.0 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 39.9/63.2/39.4 in.
Cargo volume: N/A
Payload: 1380 Lbs.
Towing capacity: 6300 Lbs.
Suspension, f: independent, double A-arms, coil-over-shock springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r: live axle, trailing links, coil springs, Panhard rod, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance: 7.7 in.
Curb weight: 5440 lbs.
Tires: P275/60R20 Goodyear Wrangler
Brakes, f/r: vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD
Fuel capacity: 26.0 gal.

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