2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Review: Fuel Economy, Stereo System, and Performance

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The 2010 Dodge Ram doesn’t get any vast changes, but instead a handful of additions to improve on an already great truck.  The 2009 Dodge Ram introduced a new generation of the half ton Dodge pickup, and the muscular styling and 390 horsepower Hemi made it an instant hit. 

The 2009 Ram was the first in the segment to offer coil spring
suspension and the Hemi made it among the most powerful trucks in its
class.  The 2010 Ram offers all of the same engine, transmission, and
suspension options as the prior year, but in conjunction with Chryslers
MDS, a new interactive decal fuel shut off will improve the economy
across the model.  In models equipped with the 3.7L V6, a fuel saver
light indicates when you are driving in the most fuel efficient rpm and
speed range.  The Gross Combined Weight Rating of the 2010 Dodge Ram
has been increased to 15,500 lbs. (having previously been 14,000 lbs)
on Quad Cab models with the 5.7L Hemi and 3.92 gears.

Inside of the 2010 Dodge Ram 1500, there is an optional 506 watt
surround sound stereo system for audiophiles, along with I-pod control
with a glove box connection.  A tire pressure monitoring system is
another added feature, and to make the Ram a little more capable there
is an integrated trailer brake controller.  This option was offered
first by Ford on the 2009 F150, and is a great addition for those who
do any towing.

There were rumors that 2010 “mule” Dodge Rams were equipped with 400+
horsepower variants of the 5.7L Hemi but it appears that for now they
will remain at 390hp and 407 lb-ft of torque but the Ram is still the
most aerodynamic and one of the most powerful trucks in its class.

– Patrick Rall

The Ram’s strength and toughness are never in question. Does the addition of an improved sound system, I-Pod connectivity, electronic fuel and tire monitor, and trailer brake control make it the perfect truck? At the very least, is it pushing the balance of comfort and ability in the right direction? Anything missing?

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