The parking alert system is perhaps the most useful of these gadgets, as it can easily save a life, makes parking far easier, and can avoid an accident. I can average about 24mpgs on the highway with no load or trailer at 70mph. Shown at all times in bold type along the top is the temperature and compass heading; the radio station or, if satellite radio is active, the name of the station is shown in regular type underneath the direction. I was concerned about the stereo controls on the back side of the stearing wheel but worked out fine. It gets some looks when the winch is hanging out of the bumper. I only drive this truck occasionally due to the fact I drive a company truck.
Open with electric locker in the front. . There are provisions for low batteries, as you might expect and a standard key was issued to us, though it can't be used to start the car. A series of four buttons on the steering wheel can take you up and down through the trip computer; going down shows the average gas mileage and distance to empty conveniently, on the same screen , and lets you enter Setup. The license plate lights were set back into the bumper to shed light on the step and the trailer hookups; and the tailgate locked with a gentle click. This is mostly useful for towing and downhill or long uphill runs; the automatic transmission is a gentle mind-reader otherwise, nearly always picking the right gear. 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.
The 2010 Ram Heavy Duty is the best heavy-duty pickup ever. The Ram comes with a five year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 24 hour towing assistance, and 3-year or 36,000 mile basic warranty. The noise isn't annoying or deafening; but it's definitely there. Grip is far better than most big trucks, especially over bad roads. Pickups relish a tough road and hard work. What are your cab configuration desires? Lift assist, which helps you lower and raise the tailgate, is standard on the Ram 2500. Primary Use: Utility towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.
The four wheel drive system used a knob; options were rear wheel drive, 4x4 lock in high and low gear modes, and neutral, engaged with a pushbutton. Our gas mileage around town varied from 8-14 mpg, depending on how heavy we were on the throttle; in rural 40-50 mph driving we shot up to around 20, and on the highway, at fast legal speeds, we managed to stay around 16-17 mpg. Given the aerodynamics of a pickup, it pays to go slower; the sweet spot seems to be somewhere between 45 and 60 mpg. My only complaints is still no boost gauge for turbo and Fords 08 turbo felt better and had quicker pick up. At the bottom, the odometer or a trip odometer, or a timer is always shown.
The powertrain feels like that of a luxury car sounding like that of a semi , with bountiful torque and a silky automatic transmission quietly and without fuss making its way through six gears. Transmission choices are a 4-, 5-, or 6-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual. My truck had the automatic transmission so be sure to let it warm up in colder temperatures because it will not shift into overdrive until it reaches 55 degrees. Also worth noting is that the trucks have earned their own brand, so now the Dodge Ram is just the Ram. Idle in first gear was good for about 3 mph with no pedal intervention, and second allowed the Ram to chug along at a blistering 6-ish-mph. This 2010 dodge is really reliable; cold starts in Colorado winters, great new interior compared to my 08 dodge, can now track transmission temps, great under load. The seats are on the overly firm side but not chiropractor-level so.
Extensive work was done on the Ram to increase gas mileage and cut interior noise, and it shows. The new diesels are hit and miss, you may get a good one or a bad one. But Dodge has set the bar pretty high. The speedometer and tachometer both seem marketing-oriented, since the redline is below 4,000 rpm and the speedometer really doesn't need to go over 100 mph, even if the truck is capable of that speed. Primary Use: Utility towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.
Now, I have a Laramie! The 2010 Ram pickup is around as aerodynamic as the benchmark 1993 Dodge Rams. To be fair, the straight six tends to have gobs of low-end torque, which is handy in a big heavy truck pulling or carrying a big heavy load; press the gas and the diesel engine jumps up to its peak torque, at 1,500 rpm, and from there it's a continuous smooth application of force. Politicians crunch data, pickups crunch hills. Primary Use: Utility towing boats, transporting cargo, etc. You can also just plug in a device with the auxiliary cord, though then you can't use the convenient wheel-mounted controls.
As such, it gets distinct engine, transmission and other performance options--all to give it superior towing and hauling capability. Diesels are known for making noise, and the Cummins powerplant is quieter than it has been, but there's no mistaking what it is. Extensive use of large, curved chrome bezels brings everything upscale, including the rounded chrome bevels surround the six analog gauges for towing or obsessive owners, the built in information center provides these temperatures and the transmission temperature in degrees. The compartments hold office-garbage-can-sized plastic containers, which can be purchased at Dodge dealers if you want to have several miniature equipment or supply pods depending on your trip. Once inside, passengers have comfortable seats that seem to work for both large and small people, and generous headroom, shoulder room, and legroom especially in the crew cab. Our test truck was the largest Ram makes: a crew cab with a long eight-foot bed.