2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Track Testing
August 05, 2009
Had enough of dirtbikes, home remodeling and moving posts yet? I hope not, because we've been waiting for a new truck for a long time. Stuff's been piling up. But for the next few minutes, let's venture into the world of performance testing with a really big truck.
Follow the jump for full results: 0-60, quarter mile, slalom, skidpad and braking. Oh, and as-tested weight!
Vehicle: 2009 Dodge Ram 1500
Driver: Josh Jacquot
Drive Type: Four-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Five-speed automatic with tow/haul mode
Engine Type: 90-degree V8 Displacement (cc/cu-in): 5,654 (345)
Redline (rpm): 5,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 390 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 407 @ 4,000
Brake Type (front): Ventilated disc
Brake Type (rear): Solid disc
Steering System: Rack-and-pinion with hydraulic power assist
Suspension Type (front): independent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabalizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Solid axle, coil springs, trailing links, panhard rod and stabilizer bar
Tire Size (front): P275/60R20 114S
Tire Size (rear): P275/60R20 114S
Tire Brand: Goodyear
Tire Model: Wrangler HP
Tire Type: All-season
Wheel Size: 20-by-9
Wheel Material (front/rear): Chrome clad aluminum alloy
As-tested Curb Weight (lb): 5,677
0-30 (sec): 2.9
0-45 (sec): 4.7
0-60 (sec): 7.6
0-75 (sec): 10.9
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 15.6 @ 85.
4 0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 7.2
30-0 (ft): 33
60-0 (ft): 130
Braking Rating: Average
Slalom (mph): 57.9 (55.2 with traction/stability control on)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): .68 (.66 with traction/stability control on)
Handling Rating: Average
Db @ Idle: 46.6
Db @ Full Throttle: 72.4
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 64.8
Acceleration Comments: Quicker with trac on. Stomping the pedal is the quickest way-- at least on this day. No real technique required. Manual shifts are slower.
Braking Comments: Like most full-size trucks, pedal feel is long and soft. Fade (from 130-135 feet) isn't perceptible through the pedal.
Handling Comments: Skid pad: Tall and soft like all trucks, the Ram exhibits the same vague controls and slow responses one would expect from a 5,700-lb pickup. Oh, and it understeers. Lots.. Slalom: Squirming a full-size truck between the cones is never easy and the Ram is no exception. Stab control will easily punish if inputs aren't very smooth or if you get behind-- which is easy.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant