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. The rear tires take either 45 or 60 pounds of pressure; if you have two light passengers up front with absolutely minimal cargo, you can put a mere 45 psi into the rear tires the fronts still get 60 and then press the Light Load button to tell the computer you know the rear tires are low, they should be low. The grille is body-mounted, while the bumper is frame-mounted. I have bought a few new cars and this was the most painless experience by far. Under steady, moderate throttle, the engine makes an even roar with a light rattle.
Visibility is normal for a 4x4 full-sized pickup. An unusual feature for a Dodge or, for that matter, any car, was the standard on Laramie electric steering wheel heater, which quickly and fairly evenly warmed the wheel on cold days. Interior was immaculate and so was the exterior! The huge option on our Ram 2500 truck, though, was the 6. Setup lets you change things like whether the wipers activate the headlights, whether a single press opens all door locks, etc. Ultimate Lineup All in all, the new 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty pickups are the result of exhaustive research and study. Radios were optional, much less ten speaker hard-drive-based stereos with nav systems; forget about leather, the seats were covered in vinyl.
Press release after the jump. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor which autonomously triggers the air bag on the side where the impact occurs. The torque made itself known after a heavy, wet snow that filled the bed to within a few inches of the top; when we drove the truck around with that heavy load of frozen water, the suspension was more nicely damped, the rear tires had a much firmer grip on the road, but there was no perceptible difference in acceleration. The six-speed manual has an ultra-low first-gear ratio, which makes it ideal for heavy hauling requirements, while the six-speed automatic offers ease of driveability and towing. The trailer brake sits underneath the headlight control, out of the way but not out of sight; it can be ignored when not in use. Control on broken pavement was quite good, cornering on smooth pavement was surprisingly good, and the ride was not too jiggly; while you felt bumps, they were well cushioned, and didn't induce a lot of secondary bounces. Going back up lets you explore more system information: coolant temp, oil temp, oil pressure, transmission temp, and total engine hours.
The reduced air pressure in the tires presumably improves the ride and cornering. This could be a good place to store valuables out of the way, where uninformed thieves would not look. It also provides automatic downshift capability while decelerating. You can get quite a bit of acceleration without ever moving near the peak horsepower. I can average about 24mpgs on the highway with no load or trailer at 70mph.
This box shows the words Fuel Saver on Hemi-equipped vehicles when running on four cylinders. The gear shows up in the gauge cluster, in big print. 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. Still, under full throttle runs, the automatic tended to shift long before reaching the diesel's low redline. The 2010 Ram Heavy Duty is the best heavy-duty pickup ever.
Ultimate Hauling and Towing Capability The backbone of 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy-Duty pickups is a hydro-formed, fully boxed frame with advanced torsional rigidity and stiffness. Sound is good but not excellent; being able to control the subwoofer would help. Upgraded Interiors: Ultimate Comfort, Convenience and Appearance Inside, the new 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty offers abundant amenities, comfort and convenience. Crew Cab models have dual underfloor storage compartments, the Mega Cab has reclining rear seats, and they're all available with a monstrous center console that's big enough to hold a laptop computer and hanging files. Mirrors are equipped with turn-signal indicators, memory function, puddle lamps and adjustable convex mirrors.
The tailgate is sculpted for better air flow, incorporating a spoiler in the upper part of the sheet metal. In addition, new 2010 Dodge Ram transmissions include Electronic Range Select, which enables the driver to manually limit the highest available transmission gear, allowing manual upshifts and downshifts based on road speed and engine speed. In addition to the six gauges, drivers get three squares for warning lights, so they can see multiple problems at once if needed; the usual warning lights scattered across the cluster; and a large central vehicle information center designed to show numerous pieces of information at once. You can also just plug in a device with the auxiliary cord, though then you can't use the convenient wheel-mounted controls. 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. Congress needs to get off message and head off road, and it should do it in the 2010 Ram Power Wagon -- a truck that slings mud better than the U.
The hands-free option promotes safety, freedom, value and flexibility. Opt for a truck with a heated steering wheel, I use it more then the heated seats. 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. A glossy color quick-start guide in the glove compartment cover most of the basics. Our test truck included remote start, and since these pickups have radio-controlled ignition keys for security, there was no keyway as such, saving a few dollars and avoiding a future repair. At the bottom, the odometer or a trip odometer, or a timer is always shown. Remote Start was an interesting device; unlike the regular turn-the-key-and-it-starts routine, it seemed to delay for a few seconds before cranking the engine.
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. Storage is top-of-mind with many work- and leisure-oriented customers, and Dodge provides many more storage locations in its new 2010 Ram Heavy Duty pickups. Body roll is surprisingly low. Woodgrain is also applies to the center stack bezel; the grain looks about as real as most actual woodgrain in automotive use where wood has to be impregnated with plastic for safety and durability reasons. At idle and under acceleration, it makes the clattering, rattling noise associated with diesels. In the state of Oregon where I live the speed limit is 55 mph I can only get 15 mph.