2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Essential Tech

September 01, 2009

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I usually tend to think having both rear parking sensors and a backup camera on the same vehicle is overkill, but in the case of the Ram, the combination feels like necessary equipment.

Last night, I had to make a run to a grocery store that has tight parking spaces in a cramped, crowded underground structure. The Ram's backup camera showed me what was behind me, but given the mammoth size of the truck's bed, it wasn't always easy to get a sense of how far I was from that threatening pillar or that adjacent car. Enter the parking sensor, which chimed in with an enthusiastic squeal or two if things began getting uncomfortably close. It took all the stress out of parking such a large vehicle.

Which tech features do you consider essential for modern driving?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 6,468 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 in VA is:

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