A macho truck that turns heads and prompts comment, the Dodge Ram is perhaps the most muscular full-size pickup on the market. A 3.9-liter V6 makes 175 horsepower, and a Cummins diesel has 460 pound-feet of torque.
The interior is spacious and well-designed, with lots of storage space in a slatted center console. The seats are quite comfortable and are wide enough for most people to sit in comfortably.
Visibility is great, with windows all around the cab. A few large side-view mirrors are standard, and a set of defrosters is available.
Handling is good, and the steering isn't harsh. The Ram is very agile for a full-size pickup, and it's easy to drive on the highway.
Rear traction control is a standard feature, as are stability control with hill-start assist and trailer sway control. The Ram is also available with a back-up sensor system and a rear-view camera.
Despite its long wheelbase, the Ram 1500 can tow up to 10,450 pounds. This makes it one of the best haulers in this class, and the coil-spring rear suspension improves ride quality by reducing rear-end freeway bounce when you're driving with an unloaded bed.
This is a big, solid truck, but it has some flaws. The front seat dummy movement isn't controlled well, and it bottomed out the airbag during an accident. The floor buckling tilted the driver seat forward and toward the door. The automatic transmission can fall unless the valvebody is upgraded.