Dodge Ram 2500 SLT

What can I say about the Dodge Ram 2500 SLT? The 'Hemi Ram' rides great, handles well, feels solid and gets decent mpg for a 350+ horse powered beast! The truck is available with two or four wheel drive and is available in a variety of body styles and trim levels. The Dodge Ram 2500 also has a number of helpful options available. I took one for a ride and here's what I can tell you.

Dodge Ram 2500 SLT

Dodge Ram 2500 SLT

The Hemi Ram is available in both two and four wheel drive. The vehicle I tested was a four wheel drive model. I was pleasantly surprised by the rather smooth ride I received from a three quarter ton, four wheel drive beast. The trucks of this size that I've owned often left you feeling like you just got off a carnival ride when you finish that afternoon commute. The Hemi Ram didn't give me that queasy feeling at all. The Double wishbone independent front suspension combined with the Hotchkiss rear suspension and high strength steel rear springs give a comfortable ride while still having the power to tame the toughest of off road trails or nastiest of winter storms Mother Nature can dish out.

Now, let's talk about the powerhouse in this monster truck, the 5.7 liter V8 Hemi. It's rated at 383 horsepower with and 404 foot pounds of torque. When I fired it up it sounded like a wild bull stomping it's foot on the ground, ready to take on whatever stood in the way. Something new on the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is variable valve timing. Without going into detail, this feature allows for greater fuel efficiency and improved engine performance.

I drove the Hemi Ram standard cab but it's also available in a quad cab and a Mega quad cab. The regular cab comes with a 96 inch long bed and the Mega quad cab is only available with a 76 inch short bed. The quad cab is available with either the short bed or the long bed.

Something I didn't get to try but I think is a great idea for the quad cab is the reconfiguration of the rear doors. They are now forward hinged. I found the suicide doors of the past annoying.

Options on my test drive model included a Sirius satellite radio, navigation system, power adjustable pedals, power sunroof, rear seat video entertainment system, Uconnect for wireless connectivity, and the ever important remote start. My truck also sported the SLT trim package which is mid range and the best selling on Dodge Ram.

All in all, the 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT was a great truck. It has muscle, style and comfort.

Hemi Ram...I love you, man.

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