2010 Ram 1500: One year after a comprehensive redesign, the light-duty pickup receives new trailer towing equipment and ratings, fuel system electronics to improve efficiency, and an iPod connection.
2010 Ram 2500/3500: The heavy-duty pickup receives a slew of enhancements to the suspension, powertrains, chassis aerodynamics and options list for the new model year.
2010 Dodge Dakota: The last model year before it is to be discontinued, the automaker makes suspension enhancements to improve the ride.
Although it was all-new for the 2009 model year-and called the Dodge Ram 1500 at its launch-the Ram 1500 receives many improvements for 2010. These include Dodge's Interactive Decel Fuel Shut-off (iDFSO), which saves fuel, and a new economy light on the dash to encourage efficient driving. There are also several towing enhancements, and new electronics for audio and driver convenience within the cabin.
Stepping up to the Ram 2500/3500 ("Heavy Duty") models-the workhorse variants of the Ram 1500-opens up a world of options. The two Ram Heavy Duty trucks continue to use the prior generation's chassis and frame, but with more body options and features. Each is available with a choice of cabs (Regular, Crew and Mega), bigger engines (including bio-diesel compatible), single- or dual-side wheels, and a choice of cargo boxes. While these trucks are targeted at commercial customers, they are still available with a long list of comfort and convenience features. Like the Ram 1500 model, the heavy-duty pickups receive several improvements for the 2010 model year.
The Ram Dakota (aka Dodge Dakota) is a midsize pickup truck with a unique size that makes the model rather special-the competition doesn't offer a truck in this segment. Being midsize in stature, it is nearly as capable as a full-size truck, yet more efficient for daily driving. The Dakota shares its platform with the Dodge Durango. Offered in four different trim levels, in 4x2 or 4x4 drive configurations, all Dakota models feature a standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine. This is the final model year for the Dakota, as it will be discontinued next year.