2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 SLT Crew Cab Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 - Road Test Specs

2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Crew Cab

(4.7L V8 FFV 4x4 5-speed Automatic 5.6 ft. Bed)


Model year2009
ModelRam Pickup 1500
StyleSLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$35,750
Options on test vehicleRamBox ($1,895 -- includes two lockable storage compartments incorporated into the walls of the bed, movable divider for the cargo bed, tie-down cleats); 5.7-Liter Hemi V8 ($1,310); Customer Preferred Package 26T ($1,145 -- includes halogen headlamps, foglights, 17-inch all-terrain tires, heavy-duty shocks, TRX off-road styling cues, tow hooks, rear limited-slip differential, 3.92 axle ratio, front and rear skid plates); Premium Cloth Bucket Seats ($925 -- includes 115-volt power outlet, floor-mounted shift lever, 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split-folding rear seat); Uconnect Tunes ($800); Luxury Group ($510 -- includes power-folding heated exterior mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, underhood lamp, leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, overhead console with garage door opener); Technology Group ($495 -- includes Alpine audio system with subwoofer, rear park assist); Remote Start and Security Group ($335 -- includes remote start system, security alarm); Class IV Receiver Hitch ($335); Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat Paint ($225); Power-Adjustable Pedals ($125); 32-Gallon Fuel Tank ($75).
As-tested MSRP$43,925


Drive typeFour-wheel drive
Engine type90-degree V8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,654
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainPushrod-actuated 2 valves per cylinder with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline (rpm)5,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)390 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)407 @ 4,000
Transmission type5-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.00; II: 1.67; III: 1.00; IV: 0.75; V: 0.67; FD: 3.92


Suspension, frontUpper and lower A-arms, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearLive axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeRack and pinion with hydraulic power assist
Steering ratio (x:1)17.9:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelWrangler ATS
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontLT P275/70R17 114
Tire size, rearLT P275/70R17 110
Wheel size17-by-7.0 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front13.2-by-1.1-inch ventilated discs with two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear13.8-by-0.87-inch discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.8
0-60 mph (sec.)7.6
0-75 mph (sec.)10.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.6 @ 87.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)38
60-0 mph (ft.)154
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)54.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.65
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.1
@ Full throttle (dB)74.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.2

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThis truck is at its quickest when no special tricks are used to launch it. Very little wheelspin results with any amount of brake torquing. No redline on tach makes it difficult to know when to shift.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsUnacceptably long stopping distances. Strange, considering solid pedal engagement when ABS is activated and relative lack of fade.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: This is a long truck, and it shows in handling tests. Only average sense of control here. Slalom: Relatively supple and compliant over bump in slalom. However, coil-sprung rear doesn't seem to add control or performance in this test. Mildly intrusive stability control can't be disabled.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)91.7
Wind (mph, direction)3.6 mph West

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)13 city/18 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)12.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)32

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,740
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)5,740
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56.4 / 43.6
Length (in.)227.5
Width (in.)79.4
Height (in.)74.8
Wheelbase (in.)140.0
Track, front (in.)68.1
Track, rear (in.)67.5
Turning circle (ft.)45.3
Legroom, front (in.)41.0
Legroom, rear (in.)39.4
Headroom, front (in.)41.0
Headroom, rear (in.)39.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)66.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)65.7
Seating capacity6


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlNot available
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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