The 2010 Dodge Ram 1500s will see an increase in ratings for both towing and payload capacities compared to the 2009 models.
A 2010 Ram regular cab equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine, rear wheel drive, a 3.92 rear axle, 17-inch wheels and a long-bed now carries a maximum towing capacity of 10,450 pounds. That’s over 1,000 more pounds than the 2009 rating of 9,100!
Although the Crew and Quad Cab models do not carry the same maximum trailer rating as the Regular Cab does, they’re still quite impressive. Both the Crew and the Quad Cab models, equipped with all of the features mentioned above, are rated at 10,200 pounds. Models equipped with 20-inch-wheels are rated at 10,150 pounds.
A 3.21 rear axle will also be available on Hemi-equipped models with rear drive for Ram buyers who don’t need the extra towing capacity. Although the fuel economy ratings for the 2010 Ram have not been officially updated yet, the new 3.21 rear axle should slightly improve the 2009 model’s rating of 14 city/20 highway miles per gallon.
All Ram trucks with the 3.21 final drive ratio carry a gross combined weight rating of 11,000 pounds. The standard cab can tow up to 6,100 pounds with 17-inch wheels (only available on the standard cab), and 5,900 pounds with 20-inch wheels. The Crew Cab model will be able to pull up to 5700 pounds, while the Quad Cab can pull 5800 pounds.
The 2010 Dodge Ram 1500s will also include optional manual- or power-folding trailer towing mirrors, offering drivers maximum visibility without compromising agility.
Another feature for the truck is an optional integrated trailer-brake controller, which allows the driver to engage the trailer’s braking system proportional to the truck’s.
Even fuel economy has been improved! The front air dam has been deepened by 0.7 inches for improved aerodynamics. Additionally, a fuel shutoff feature during deceleration has also been added.
Other features include a tire pressure monitoring system, iPod integration, and a fuel-saver indicator light.