On The Cover Review: 2010 Dodge Ram 2500/3500
For the 2009 model year, Dodge introduced an all-new 1500-series Dodge Ram to much fanfare. It was nicer than the outgoing model, with a markedly better interior and plenty of storage places for your junk. The 1500-series also had a controversial coil spring rear suspension, ala 1960’s Chevy pickups. Although it rode nice, some people were afraid to get away from a traditional leaf spring suspension for big jobs. Enter the new 2500/3500-series trucks for 2010. Improved interiors, more room and fresh styling mimic the achievements of last year’s 1500 version, but you’ll find the heavy-duty leaf springs and same basic layout under the skin. Of course, this truck is made for towing and hauling, and with the 383-hp, 5.7-liter V8, or the workhorse 350-hp, 6.7-liter inline turbo-diesel under the hood, these trucks can do just that. The thing that crosses most guys’ minds is if the new Ram stacks up to the big haulers from Ford and Chevy. We’ll have to wait until we drive it to make that determination, but they’re some stiff competition. Still, if the Dodge drives as good as it looks, they may have a serious challenger on their hands.