Bold and also large, the Dodge Ram schedule covers the full-size-pickup range with a huge series of body arrangements, trim plans, as well as powertrains. Hardcore boulder-climbers will certainly enjoy Power Wagon, while NASCAR Artisan Vehicle fanatics will certainly fancy the Viper-powered SRT-10. The majority of customers, nonetheless, will certainly drop someplace in between those 2 extremes, most likely attracted to the qualified 1500 vehicle in regular-cab or Quad Taxicab kinds.
See all 4 images Dodge introduced the present model of the light-duty Ram for the 2002 design year to wonderful recognition for its strong outside designing as well as mechanical developments. Ever since, Dodge has actually remained to enhance the array, most significantly with the enhancement of the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 in 2003. Rear-wheel-drive designs come basic with a 3.7-liter V-6, yet many purchasers will certainly select either the 4.7-liter V-8, criterion on four-wheel-drive designs, or the admirable Hemi. New for 2005, a six-speed guidebook transmission comes criterion with both the V-6 as well as the 4.7-liter V-8, changing in 2015"s five-speed. The Hemi companions to a five-speed automated just. The cabins can be found in 2 roles, routine as well as Quad Taxi, with the option of 3 mainstream trim degrees-- ST, SLT, and also Laramie, each with enhancing levels of benefit as well as convenience choices. Cargo-bed sizes gauge 6-foot, 3-inches with the brief wheelbase designs, or 8 feet with the lengthy wheelbase, with either taxi choice.The carved, look-at-me designing of the Ram 1500 makes it a standout amongst the residential competitors, with the huge grille being one of the most striking outside function. The look of that distinctive visage differs depending upon trim degree as well as alternative bundles picked; the base ST design obtains a grey plastic grille that doesn "t justify the vehicle"s hostile appearance; fancier trim degrees flaunt a chrome coating much better fit to the big-rig individuality; as well as the Sporting activity Look Bundle offers the sleekest nose, with a body-color border and also focal point. Laramie and also SLT variations are likewise readily available with 20-inch chrome wheels to finish the assertive appearance. The Quad Taxicab includes 4 actual doors, with the back gain access to ports opening up 85 levels to help ingress/egress as well as help with freight loading. Whatever concerning this gear allows, which can make entering and also out a fairly a walking for the up and down tested. That"s the cost you spend for all this visibility when traveling. See all 4 pictures The Ram"s indoor goes from straightforward practical in the base ST to deluxe in the Laramie. The basic design is monolithic, mirroring the raw, automobile outside layout. Such an upright dashboard and also facility pile layout emphasizes the spacious lodgings, while offering the cabin a contemporary, difficult look. We discover the design as well as viewed top quality straddle the happy medium in between Ford"s trendy elegance and also GM "s obsolete cave. Setting up is far better than standard, with limited, constant panel fit, though the surface area coating high quality is midpack. The white-faced scale collection consists of popular tachometer as well as speedometer dials, which have satin-silver bezels in the Laramie bundle. The sound and also environment controls found on the facility pile look a little bit outdated, however their format as well as procedure are simple. Laramie trim gives dual-zone environment control, together with two-tone natural leather seats.Both motorist as well as guest front air bags are basic on all versions, as well as unlike the Ford F-150 as well as the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra doubles, the Ram 1500 deals optional side-curtain air bags. To fit a child-safety seat on two-door versions, the guest air bag can be activated and also off. Brakes are one more location where the Ram establishes itself apart: Large-diameter disc brakes whatsoever 4 wheels are typical, as is rear-wheel abdominal muscle. The Laramie plan upgrades to abdominal muscle whatsoever 4 edges. Rear-drive designs might have a difficult time browsing snowy wintertime roadways, as grip as well as security control are notably absent.The mix of powertrains used in the Ram 1500 arrays from the ill-used 3.7-liter V-6 to the magnificent 8.3-liter V-10 raised from the Dodge Viper. The V-6 links just to rear-wheel-drive, as well as the SRT-10 is a low-volume
design, so most purchasers will certainly pick from 2 V-8s. The smaller sized of both, a 4.7-liter device making 235 horse power and also 300 lb-ft of torque, links to either the basic six-speed handbook or a five-speed transmission. A "kick-down "setting is included in the automated, permitting the transmission to get a reduced proportion for 2nd equipment under high-load circumstances. The actual celebrity of the drivetrain schedule is the 5.7-liter/ 345-horse Hemi V-8 with 375 lb-ft of torque mated to the exact same 5-rate automated. 2 4WD transfer situations are used: one part-time, one full time. Appropriately geared up, the Ram 1500 is ranked to tow as much as 9,250 pounds.Driving the Ram, you "re regularly familiar with its significant dimension. For a person unfamiliar to staying up this high, piloting this vehicle the very first time can be excessive. Regardless of its range, nonetheless, the Ram has fairly excellent roadway good manners. Its light guiding supplies exact activity with good feeling, and also this pick-up takes
edges sensibly well-- credit rating the huge wheels as well as tires as well as tight hydroformed framework. However while cornering capacity might be a stamina, the suspension improvement overall is an essential weak point of the Ram, as it acquiesces the extra polished good manners of the F-150 and also Nissan Titan. The smaller sized 4.7-liter V-8 has satisfying power as well as torque; it"ll finish the job, yet that"s all. Hemi-engined Rams, on the various other hand, are a blast to drive. They can run to 60 miles per hour in a sport-sedan-matching 7 secs, and also make adequate torque to tow a huge trailer with ease.A flexible maker, the Ram 1500 fits well right into a wide array of diy way of livings. It" s a comfy household automobile for Sunday journeys to the home-improvement shop. It"s in your home on the ranch, carrying hay bundles as well as steed trailers. It can also be a sporting activity vehicle or a mud-slinger. Just like all pickup, Ram body, engine, and also trim selections all can drastically influence resale worth and also gas economic climate, making it essential to establish your genuine driving wishes and also demands as well as stabilize them versus the IntelliChoice Five-Year Expense of Possession information. If gas economic situation numbers in the reduced -to mid-teens serve to you, the Hemi engine is difficult to beat.Casting a powerful darkness, the Dodge Ram 1500 is a hospitable workhorse, providing an enticing variety of convenience, power, and also setups, with much more selections to find for the 2006 design year.