The price in the title is for the base 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 model with the $900 destination charge included.
More upscale Quad Cab truck will be priced at $26,225, though.
And, according to Chrysler, the top of the line Crew 1500 version will start at impressive $32,530.
Quite an expensive chunk of metal, right, but for this money you will get a weatherproof RamBox cargo management system, a pair of store-in-the-floor storage bins with removable liners, speed control, remote keyless entry, heated mirrors and 17-inch painted aluminum wheels. Wow.
Available in both 2×4 and 4×4 drive, the 2009 Dodge Ram will be delivered in five -ST, SLT, TRX, Sport and Laramie- trim levels (with top of the line Dodge Ram Laramie Ram Crew 1500 4×4 selling at a price of $44,140), and will sport a choice of three engines: a 3.7-liter, 215hp / 235lb-ft, V6; a 4.7-liter, 310hp / 330lb-ft, V8; and a 5.7-liter, 390hp / 407lb-ft, HEMI.
Although the huge 5.7-liter engine got an impressive boost in power and torque over the previous model, the powerplant’s fuel economy is in fact 20 percent better than before and is rated at 23 mpg on the highway. This is, actually, almost 10 percent better than a 2009 Cadillac Escalade Two-Mode Hybrid SUV can achieve!
And, by the way, the 2009 Dodge Ram R/T regular-cab 4×2 model with a short bed and 4:10 gears takes less than 6 seconds to jump from 0 to 60 mph! Sorry for the exclamation signs, but that’s the first time I really got excited about a full-size truck! Sorry again, couldn’t help it.
On the U.S. market the new Ram 1500 competes against Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500 twins, as well as the Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, Ford F-150 and the Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks.
Chrysler says that you may order the truck with MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System with 30GB HDD and navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system that is available in the Quad Cab and crew-size cab.
There is also an optional live SIRIUS Backseat TV and a surround-sound audio, which is also first such offer in the segment.
Now, who needs a G-Class, anyway when you can get a huge American truck with (suddenly an adequate level of comfort)?