Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Auto Task Force Views The New Dodge Ram Hybrid

Word is the Auto Task Force got a chance to view the New Dodge Ram Hybrid. The All New Dodge Ram Gets great reviews and will be the First In Class Hybrid.

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Ewe will love the new Dodge Ram
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With all of the bad news surrounding U.S. automakers these days, it’s good when models like the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram remind us that Detroit can still do some things right.

After all, the long-awaited new Ram (base price: $21,270) boasts the styling flair and innovation that have always distinguished the best vehicle designs from Dodge parent Chrysler.

To keep current Ram aficionados happy and win over new ones, Dodge made the 2009 Ram more useful and comfortable than ever.

I recently tested a near top-of-the-line Ram: A $45,520 Laramie Crew Cab with automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive and a 390-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. (Like most pickups, the Ram comes in a bewildering array of different cab sizes, bed lengths, etc.)

On the outside, the Ram combines bold styling with fuel-saving aerodynamic tweaks.

In front, the model’s bulging hood and forward-leaning grille are oddly reminiscent of the Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark concept car.

In back, a flowing lip on the tailgate gives the pickup truck’s rear area a modern appearance.

Inside, the Ram’s interior is truly extraordinary. It’s packed with more features, room and comfort than you’d find in many upscale sedans.

For instance, my test Ram came standard with a heated steering wheel and heated/cooled front seats.

The model also included a great set of four storage bins: Two under the rear-seat floor and two built into the rear fenders.

Called “RamBoxes,” these optional bins ($1,895) are like saddlebags on a horse: They increase your ability to carry stuff by using previously wasted space.

The lockable, drainable fender RamBoxes provide 7.4 cubic feet of storage space - plenty of room for tools, fishing gear or up to 120 12-ounce cans on ice. (The two underfloor compartments can hold an additional 20 12-ounce cans between them.)

My test Ram also came with a great optional rear-seat entertainment system ($1,695) that offers a DVD screen and three channels of kid-friendly TV from Sirius.

On the road, the Ram is impressive.

Chrysler reworked the model’s famous Hemi V-8 engine to put out more power while burning less gas....More

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