2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long Term Road Test


2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Ram Versus Porsche Turbo

March 25, 2010

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This isn't a fair fight.When it comes tothe 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 and the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo, it's clear that one haulsmore than the other.

Ah, but the answer differs depending on what is being hauled, if you catch my, er, drift.

Recently I had to (had to) drive a Porsche Turbo from our test track back to the offices in Santa Monica where, once there,I would trade the keys for those ofa 2009 Dodge Ram. My race jack was at the track, so it needed to ride in both machines to trace a path back to my garage.

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The rear-engined Porsche, of course, has a "frunk", aforward-placed trunkthat's deep enough to hold three carry-on suitcases, standing up. My somewhat pricey OTC aluminum floor jack fits within as if it were made for it, with room to spare. It's locked away, it's not rattling around in there, and it's not banging around inside the passenger comparment. Surprising, actually.

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For the homeward legI was looking forward to the Dodge Ram and its Ram Box. But it can't cope. The space is simply too skinny. I have stops to make and the bed obviously isn't lockable, so the passenger compartmentis my only choice. Good thing I have no passengers. I didn't bring tie-downs, so it's going to roll around if I corner too smartly. I don't dare put it on the leather seats and strap it in witha seat belt.

So if you need to haul an aluminumfloor jack or haul butt, a Porsche Turbois the better choice. The Dodge Ram does rather better when it comes to hauling drywall, washing machines, toolboxes, girlscout cookiesor racecar trailers, though. Heck, you could tow the Porsche with the Ram, if you needed to.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 24,244 miles

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

$116 per month*
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