Three engines power the 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The base engine is a 3.7L V6 that makes 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The midrange engine is an E85-capable 4.7L V8 capable of 310 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. It's connected to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The engine at the top of the range is a 5.7L Hemi V8 that makes 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque. It's available with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Across the lineup, all Dodge Ram 1500s are available with either rear-wheel drive or shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive. Maximum towing capacity is 8,700 lb when properly equipped.
Standard safety equipment on all 2010 Ram 1500s includes 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, hill-start assist, trailer sway control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, integrated trailer brake controller, trailer-tow mirrors and a tire-pressure monitor system. In government crash tests, the Ram 1500 was awarded the highest score of five out of five stars for frontal and side-impact protection for all passengers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave the Ram 1500 its highest score of 'Good' for frontal-offset crash protection.
Standard and optional equipment will vary depending on the combination of features. The base ST trim offers a split bench seat, tilt steering wheel, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo and auto-on headlights. ST Quad Cabs add folding rear seats and power accessories.
The SLT adds 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, heated outside mirrors, carpet floor covering, power accessories, trip computer and satellite radio. Options on the SLT include 20-inch alloy wheels, mirrors with integrated turn signals, sunroof, RamBox storage bins, fog lamps, rear park assist, rear parking camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, power front bucket seats, rear under-seat storage (for Crew cabs), leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear-seat entertainment system, navigation with real-time traffic and Bluetooth.
The Sport package includes some of the SLT options plus a body-colored grille and distinctive bucket seats. The TRX trim, available in 4-wheel drive Quad and Crew cabs configuration, adds skid plates, 2-tone paint, heavy-duty rear shocks, tow hooks and fender flares.
The top-of-the-line Laramie trim comes with 20-inch chrome wheels, power-folding mirrors, driver memory, heated steering wheel, remote engine start, additional exterior chrome trim, wood grain interior trim and an upgraded audio system with a hard drive for digital music storage.