By James Bergeron

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie

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Day by Day Review: 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie dodge daily car reviews
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So much for all the luxury and sports cars… at least for a few weeks. This week I step up, way up, into the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie edition. The Ram won AJAC’s truck of the year category in February, and with all the troubles Chrysler has been having lately, the Ram and the Challenger are its shining lights right now. Hopefully, the Ram is good enough to compete in a very tough truck market.

Like most trucks, the Ram comes in a variety of configurations and offers something to suit pretty much anyone’s needs. My tester is in the “family” configuration, or at least that is what I would call it; Dodge calls it “4×4 Crew Cab 140-inch wheel base.”

Day by Day Review: 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie dodge daily car reviews
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The base price for my tester is $46,340; not inexpensive by any stretch, and she is loaded up with some goodies as well. Leather seats ($1,000); an upgraded radio with Sirius and hard-drive based audio system as well as navigation for a very reasonable $925; the rear backup camera, which is very handy in a vehicle of this size for $325; the protection package (tow hooks, and front and rear skid plates) for $200; a power sunroof at $1,250; rear seat entertainment system for $1,200; RamBox cargo management system ($1,495); and finally, a Class IV receiver hitch for $250.

Honestly, in a truck most of this stuff could be left out, unless, like I said, this is going to be used as a family vehicle, although I’m not so sure many families are opting for the tarted-up truck as their every day hauler anymore, at least not in Canada.

My initial impressions are positive, at least with regard to the interior, although the new Ram really strikes me as a weekend warrior / family truck more than a work truck, like many of its competitors, especially the other domestic trucks.

2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie
MSRP as tested (including destination): $54,385

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About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.