RamBox ($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).
Pushrod-actuated 2 valves per cylinder with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation
This 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.
Unacceptably long stopping distances. Strange, considering solid pedal engagement when ABS is activated and relative lack of fade.
Skid 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.