2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Was Names “Best Pickup Truck” By MotorWeek

2009 Dodge Ram

Chrysler received two top awards from MotorWeek today. The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 was named “Best Pickup Truck,” and the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan were named “Best Minivan” in MotorWeek’s annual Drivers’ Choice Awards.

“The Dodge Ram has never been better and it now clearly stands apart from its rivals. That’s why it’s earned MotorWeek’s 2009 Drivers’ Choice Award as Best Pickup,” said John Davis, Host and Executive Producer–MotorWeek. “The new Ram is aimed directly at personal use buyers with clever features like the RamBox side-rail storage bins. The light-duty Ram also delivers a great ride with its coil-spring rear suspension, and the interior has superior fit and finish. It’s perfect for people moving and weekend chores. Yet, when Ram does have to work hard, HEMI power can manage payloads of over 1,800 pounds or 9,100 pounds of trailer. Full of innovations and technology, the Ram is no longer just another pickup.”

This marks the third time an all-new Dodge Ram has earned a MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award. Dodge Ram 1500 picked up the honor when the first- and second-generation trucks were launched in 1994 and 2002.

The 2009 Dodge Ram includes the industry first-and-only RamBox cargo management system that includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated, drainable storage bins, pickup bed dividers, a 2-foot bed extender, and a cargo rail system with sliding adjustable cleats. The 2009 Ram also includes the first-in-segment coil-spring, five-link rear suspension fitted to a solid rear axle providing ride and handling not found on any other pickup truck. A new 5.7-liter HEMI(R) V-8 engine with fuel-saving MDS technology provides more horsepower (390 hp) and torque (407 lb.-ft.) while its best-in-class aerodynamics – .387 Cd – helps improve fuel economy and performance.

In addition, the 2009 Dodge Ram includes first-in-segment, factory-installed 4-inch dual exhaust styled dramatically into the rear bumper, first-in-segment store-in-the-floor storage bins and twice as many storage spots than the previous model and 35 safety and security technologies. Standard features include side-curtain air bags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) which includes all-speed traction control, trailer sway control, hill-start assist and anti-lock brake system (ABS). Significantly upgraded interiors with segment-first surround-sound audio system and live SIRIUS Backseat TV round out the interior.

The Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab recently earned Five Star ratings for driver- and front-passenger protection in a frontal crash, the highest ratings in the U.S. government’s safety crash test program. The U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 is $22,170 (including $900 destination).

4 Comments

  • tongyun
    March 4, 2009 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    As nice as these awards are for the truck manufacturers, I have to wonder if there will be any impact on sales. Given the tough economy the world is in right now, will people be buying trucks regardless of the awards that are handed out?

  • September 24, 2009 - 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Yes I bet even with all the awards in the word it would be hard to push the MPG at $3.00 + dollars a gallon but in the same respect I like that all this stuff can be got with a HEMI. I just love to build these motors so the more the merrier.

  • barry
    September 28, 2009 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Lets Haul with the best.

  • October 10, 2009 - 3:21 pm | Permalink

    This is exactly what I was looking for. This is an interesting perspective. You informed me! Thx.

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