2010 Dodge Ram Power Wagon Crew Cab 4x4

Matt Tierney

As Evan suggests, the Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon is certainly worthy of Jeep's vaunted "Trail Rated" badge. This is one of only a handful of new vehicles that you can buy with a front differential locker, and the rest of the off-road hardware is seriously impressive. However, I have to wonder how many people want to tackle the trails in a vehicle that is this big. At 17 feet, five inches in length, you'll certainly have to be an expert in picking your line down tree-lined paths or around paint-hungry boulders.

Opting for such capable hardware has two big disadvantages. First is the gigantic step up into the cabin that was difficult for me, even though I'm 6-foot-3-inches. Second, those off-road tires contribute a significant amount of noise to the drive and reduce the amount of pavement traction available. If you can live with those two compromises, the Power Wagon is nearly as comfortable as any other heavy-duty truck. The lack of stability control on the entire Ram Heavy Duty lineup is a significant oversight, though, particularly if you're going to make use of Power Wagon's 10,300-pound towing capacity.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

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