If you’ve ever owned a toy Tonka truck and had even the slightest amount of fun with it, driving a big diesel pickup is incredibly fun. Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to pull any trailers or really do anything to make this Ram break a sweat during the few nights I had it.
The most amazing thing about the 2010 Ram Heavy Duty trucks is how quiet and easy to drive they are. Trucks this big need very stiff springs to handle the payloads and trailers they are rated to move. Since the beginning of time, that has meant a huge compromise in ride quality when there is no trailer or cargo in the bed. Ram seems to have solved this problem with the new 2500 and 3500 trucks. Steering feel, while dead by sports car standards, is remarkable for a truck like this. It isn’t difficult to keep the truck on course at highway speeds.
Historically, Dodge trucks have been the also-rans of the Detroit Three’s pickup offerings. With the new Ram range, there are many compelling reasons to buy the trucks instead of just the powertrain (although the Hemi and the Cummins are both spectacular engines). Inside the cabin is as luxurious as anything you’ll find with a pickup box on the back. Suspensions are dialed in perfectly across the board, and on the half-ton side, there are features like the RamBox that up the ante for other manufacturers.
This year Ford and General Motors will also release new or significantly updated trucks with new diesel engines. It’s too early to call Ram the best HD truck you can buy this year, but it’s certainly the best HD truck you can buy right now today.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor