Last year, Dodge gave its favorite child a new 5.7-liter
HEMI engine to play with, making it a king in the full-size
pickup truck class. The sheer abundance of power gave the
already rugged and practical truck an edge in the ever-competitive
This year, wider availability of a 6-speed manual transmission
and an optional sunroof highlight the changes to the pickup
The 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 is offered in two body styles: a
two-door regular cab and a Quad Cab four-door crew cab.
Both come in ST and uplevel SLT trims with cargo beds of
6.3 ft or 8 ft. There's also a top-line Laramie package
Regular cabs sit three, while Quad Cabs handle six. Both
are as rugged as they come.
The Laramie package turns the Dodge Ram from a comfortable
pickup to a decadent one. It has high contrast color seat
inserts in addition to a feature list that includes the
following: leather upholstery, dual-zone manual climate
controls, an Infinity AM/FM radio with in-dash 6-disc CD
changer, steering-wheel radio controls and a trip computer.
Other options for 2005 include power adjustable pedals,
Chrysler's UConnect system, heated front seats, a navigation
system and more.
The new sunroof provides one-touch open-and-close features,
and includes a power vent position for highway cruising.
Also new for 2005 is rear badging, reinforcing the view
most often seen by the competition. It has a new chrome
Ram's head added to the center of the tailgate replacing
the Dodge nameplate.
There are three engines offered for 2005. The base model
is a 3.7-liter V6. It delivers 215 horsepower at 5200 rpm
and 235 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The second engine is
a tough 4.7-liter V8, producing 235 horsepower at 4800 rpm
and 300 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm.
Finally, there's the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. It cranks
out a whopping 345 horsepower at 5400 rpm and 375 lb-ft
of torque at 4200 rpm. A unique 5-speed automatic transmission
is standard with the HEMI-the only transmission in its class
with the reverse gear ratio equal to the low gear ratio.
All Dodge Ram 1500s are available with rear-wheel drive
or 4WD that must be disengaged on dry pavement. SLT models
now offer all-wheel drive as well.
Safety and Security
Dual front airbags and 4-wheel disc brakes with antilock
rear brakes are standard. The Laramie package includes front
and rear antilock brakes, while curtain side airbags are