After driving the 2010 Dodge Ram HD truck for a couple of hours in Texas a couple of months ago, we knew this was a much-improved Ram truck and really wanted to get a chance to spend a few days in it to see just where the changes sorted out on the good/bad scale.
We picked up a Ram 3500 in Las Vegas, Nevada, as the SEMA show was closing down. The Dodge PR people were nice enough to let us keep the truck for about nine days total, and we put around 1,500 miles on it, so we really got to know it well. We were happy to note that this truck was outfitted with a bevy of Mopar products.
Here's the bottom line: Dodge trucks have been known in most recent years for their incredible Cummins engines, but they have suffered in the creature comforts department. This new model goes a long way in regard to wiping out any old thoughts about a Ram HD truck not being comfortable. The hydromount on the body combines with vastly improved seats to really make the driver and passengers feel pampered. No more teeth-rattling rides in this heavy-duty truck. The addition of the crew cab to the line is something that was sorely needed. The front and rear seats are heated and the front seats are also air conditioned! You might think it sounds silly, but on a hot day, you will love it.
Dodge knows these HD trucks have to work hard, so it's nice that they now come equipped with a towing mode as well as an electronic range select, which lets drivers manually limit the highest possible gear (and perform manual upshifts and downshifts based on road speed and engine rpm).
Since this particular truck came equipped with a host of Mopar parts that you can get at your local Dodge dealer, it was just that much nicer. The side steps and bed step make it real easy to get into the truck, while the gooseneck trailer is slick because the ball can be turned around and leave you with a flatbed floor. Plus, the gooseneck hitch is mounted to the frame. We particularly liked the UConnect web from Mopar that turns the heavy-duty Ram truck into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Reality: Dodge Ram trucks are now comfortable enough to take your family out to lakes, deserts, mountains, and more without feeling guilty because they aren't comfortable.