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2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Shifter

September 18, 2009

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I like most things about the Ram's cabin. It's spacious and comfy, and it looks great, too. But I just don't get the shifter.

First of all, there's the size -- sure, a big truck deserves a big shifter, but the Ram's is too big for most hands to comfortably grip. And there are these chrome things that look like buttons on either end, but they're not buttons -- their only purpose seems to be making the shift knob feel even more awkward in your hand. Also, the shifter feels hollow and flimsy -- it lacks the weightiness you'd expect from a shifter in such a hefty truck.

Anyway... not a deal-breaker by any means. How do you feel about the shifter in your ride?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor


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