2010 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Trims

Laramie
Crew Cab
Avg. Price: $26,362

The 2010 Ram Laramie Crew Cab is the biggest, most luxurious truck in the Ram arsenal. The Crew Cab configuration provides four doors and plenty of space for six passengers. Riding on a 140-inch wheelbase, the Laramie Crew has a 5-foot-6-inch bed.

Befitting its range-topping position, the Ram Laramie Crew Cab is loaded with every convenience one would want in a pickup. The power leather seats are heated, as is the steering wheel. A standard AM/FM/CD stereo pumps 506 watts through 9 speakers and even features a hard drive for music storage.

A 390-hp Hemi V8 is standard and drives the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. This engine moves all 5,300 pounds of Ram along briskly. The truck's 10,450-pound towing capacity and luxurious interior would make this an ideal long-distance hauler.

Crew Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $28,278

Tops in the Ram lineup, the Laramie Crew Cab 4WD offers buyers a capable, supremely comfortable, go-anywhere rig. Featuring four-wheel drive and enough power to tow 8,250 pounds, the Ram Laramie Crew rides on a 140-inch wheelbase. The smallish 5-foot-6-inch bed is offset by a cavernous, four-door cabin with seating for six.

390 hp and 407 lb/ft of torque are on tap from the standard, 5.7-liter Hemi V8. With all four wheels driven via a five-speed automatic transmission, the Ram Laramie Crew accelerates quickly and has a seemingly bottomless reserve of torque.

The standard equipment list reads like a luxury sedan's: power heated leather seats with memory, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and even a heated steering wheel. The excellent Alpine 506-watt stereo has a 30GB hard drive and Sirius satellite radio.

Quad Cab
6 national listings
Avg. Price: $24,180

The 2010 Ram Laramie Quad Cab packs nearly every feature in its manufacturer's arsenal. Riding on a 140-inch wheelbase, with a 6-foot-4-inch bed, the Laramie Quad Cab seats six passengers on two leather-clad benches. A powerful Hemi V8 is standard and offers 390 hp, driving the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission.

The exterior is dressed up with two-tone paint, glittering chrome trim, and 20-inch alloy wheels. Inside the Ram Laramie Quad Cab offers the royal treatment: power leather seats, a 506-watt Alpine stereo with optional navigation, dual-zone climate control, and a power-sliding rear window. The options list offers a back-up camera, rear seat DVD system, and a power sunroof.

The Laramie Quad Cab can work as well as it coddles; it can tow up to 10,000 pounds and carry a 1,450-pound payload. The midsize cargo bed can likely handle anything its intended (upscale) clientele is able to throw into it.

Quad Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $27,128

Combining near-luxury levels of interior refinement with a tough, proven truck chassis, the Ram Laramie Quad Cab 4WD can seemingly do it all. Befitting its range-topping status, this truck is loaded with tons of standard features. Leather seats are standard, of course, as are a nine-speaker stereo with 506 watts of power and keyless entry with remote start.

Power comes courtesy of a standard Hemi V8 with 390 hp and 407 lb/ft of torque. This brutish engine drives all four wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. The coil-spring rear suspension provides a soft ride, even off-road. Its 6-foot-4-inch bed offers decent cargo space for the occasional trip to the lumberyard, while its 8,300-pound towing capacity is plenty stout.

SLT
Crew Cab
Avg. Price: $23,454

Appealing to those who favor cabin comfort over maximum cargo capacity, the Ram SLT Crew Cab offers a generous 40 inches of rear legroom. By reducing the cargo bed's length to 5 feet, 6 inches, the Ram affords passengers an incredible 125 cubic feet of interior space.

This extra space means the interior of the SLT Crew Cab is a nice place to pass the time. Its modern dashboard design is complemented by a generous helping of features. Power accessories, a nice AM/FM/CD player with satellite radio, keyless entry, and air conditioning are all standard.

The rear-wheel-drive (RWD) SLT Crew Cab features a 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces 310 hp and drives the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic. A 5.7-liter, 390-hp Hemi engine is optional and merits a close look from those who plan on heavy towing. All four wheels feature ABS-equipped disc brakes, and stability control is standard.

Crew Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $26,368

The Ram SLT Crew Cab 4WD rides on a 140-inch wheelbase and offers a whopping 125 cubic feet of interior room. The Crew Cab layout features a short, 5-foot-6-inch bed, trading cargo space for a large cabin that seats six comfortably. Color-matched exterior trim and 17-inch alloy wheels upgrade the SLT's appearance relative to the utilitarian ST trim.

The 4.7-liter V8 engine has 310 hp and 330 lb/ft of torque on tap and drives all four wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. The chassis features a unique coil-spring suspension and gives a downright car-like ride. Antilock disc brakes are paired with standard stability control for better handling in emergency maneuvers.

With the SLT trim line, buyers get all the essential comfort and convenience features. Power accessories are standard, as is a sliding rear window, keyless entry, and even satellite radio. The optional RamBox cargo system makes the most of this truck's short bed length and offers a slick alternative to heavy metal toolboxes.

LWB
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $19,678

The Ram 1500 SLT LWB offers a traditional 8-foot cargo bed for those who need to carry large loads. Seating for three is provided in the cab via a 40/20/40-split bench seat. The SLT trim line features color-matched fascias and door handles, plus 17-inch alloy wheels for a sharp, integrated look.

A standard 4.7-liter V8 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission push 310 hp and 330 lb/ft of torque to the rear wheels. A well-regarded 390-hp Hemi V8 is optional and deserves a close look from buyers who routinely use their truck for heavier hauling.

The SLT LWB trim offers a bevy of standard safety features, including ABS disc brakes, dual front and side curtain airbags, and stability control. Comfort and convenience features include power accessories, air conditioning, and a well-executed AM/FM/CD stereo with both an mp3 input and satellite radio standard.

LWB 4WD
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $21,335

Featuring the added cargo space and payload of an 8-foot bed, the Ram SLT LWB 4WD makes short work of big jobs, even in off-road environments. The large bed can carry 1,550 pounds of payload, while the regular-cab configuration seats three across.

The standard engine in the Ram SLT LWB 4WD is a 310-hp V8 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. All four wheels are driven through an electronic part-time transfer case. A 390-hp Hemi V8 is optional and should be considered mandatory, as it brings great grunt with no fuel economy penalty.

The interior of the Ram SLT LWB 4WD is pleasantly well equipped. Power windows, locks, and keyless entry are standard, as is a 6-speaker CD stereo with Sirius satellite radio. The Ram gets a full slate of safety features including six airbags and traction and stability control.

Quad Cab
Avg. Price: $21,307

With seating for six and a bevy of standard features, the Ram SLT Quad Cab has much to offer. The Quad Cab configuration consists of two small, forward-opening rear doors and a rear bench seat with 36.8 inches of legroom. Riding on a 140-inch wheelbase, the SLT Quad Cab features a 6-foot-4-inch cargo bed.

The standard 4.7-liter V8 churns out 310 hp and drives the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. An all-new chassis with exclusive coil-spring rear suspension provides an excellent ride with only a small reduction in payload. With disc brakes at all four corners and standard ABS and stability control, the Ram SLT Quad Cab handles evasive maneuvers with aplomb.

The SLT's interior offers comfortable, hard-wearing cloth upholstery and the usual crop of power accessories, plus keyless entry. The trip computer and standard satellite radio are nice touches. Safety equipment is extensive, with front, side, and curtain airbags standard.

Quad Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $24,637

The Ram SLT Quad Cab 4WD will likely be among the best-selling trims for this model; it offers just the right balance of cargo capacity, interior space, and go-anywhere ruggedness. Within its 140-inch wheelbase sit both a six-passenger cab and an eminently usable 6-foot-4-inch cargo bed.

The smart-looking exterior takes full advantage of the Ram's aggressive stance by fitting color-keyed fascias and door handles along with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Inside, the modern dashboard and full complement of standard power accessories combine to make the SLT Quad Cab a nice place to spend time.

Driving all four wheels via an electronically controlled differential, the SLT Quad Cab 4WD's 4.7-liter V8 engine delivers 310 hp and 330 lb/ft of torque. When mated to the standard five-speed automatic transmission, this Ram can tow 6,050 pounds and carry a 1,430-pound payload. For those who desire more grunt, the stunning Hemi V8 with 390 hp is available as an option.

SWB
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $19,747

Outfitted more as a personal vehicle, the Ram SLT SWB offers more standard equipment than its bare-bones ST brethren. The SLT SWB retains a 120-inch wheelbase and 6-foot-4-inch bed, but replaces the underpowered 3.7-liter V6 with a standard 4.7-liter V8 that makes a healthy 310 hp.

Driving the rear wheels through a standard five-speed automatic transmission, the V8 moves the Ram SLT SWB with plenty of verve. A 390-hp Hemi V8 is optional and should be on most buyers’ wish lists; it delivers great performance with no fuel economy penalty. The exterior of the Ram SLT SWB is dressed up with body-color fascias and door handles. 17-inch alloy wheels are standard and are shod with all-season tires.

The SLT trim level offers buyers a nicely equipped interior with a cloth 40/20/40-split bench seat, air conditioning, power windows, locks, and mirrors, and remote keyless entry. The AM/FM/CD stereo offers both an MP3 input jack and satellite radio. Also included are a trip computer, sliding rear window, and an overhead console.

SWB 4WD
Avg. Price: $24,297

Like all 4WD Rams the SLT SWB features an electronic, shift-on-the-fly transfer case with both high and low ranges. Powered by a standard 4.7-liter V8 that makes 310 hp and 330 lb/ft of torque, the SLT SWB 4WD is plenty quick. Power is routed to all four wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission.

The 6-foot-4-inch cargo bed is long enough for most hauling needs, and its short, 120-inch wheelbase places the SLT SWB 4WD among the most nimble of off-road pickups. Ride and handling are excellent, courtesy of the coil-spring rear suspension.

The SLT SWB 4WD is nicely equipped with a comfortable (if slightly mushy) cloth bench seat, air conditioning, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. Color-keyed door handles and fascias combine with standard 17-inch alloy wheels for an up-market look.

ST
Crew Cab
Avg. Price: $24,329

Fitted out as a basic truck with loads of interior room, the Ram 1500 ST Crew Cab is a good choice for those looking to get the whole gang to work in comfort. The rear bench accommodates three across in surprising comfort, and the full-size rear doors make entry and exit easy.

The ST Crew Cab rides on the same 140-inch wheelbase as Quad Cab trims, so its cargo bed is shortened to 5-feet-6-inches to fit the longer cab. This limits cargo capacity somewhat with the tailgate up.

Crew Cab Rams all get the 4.7-liter V8 and five-speed automatic as standard equipment; the base 3.7-liter V6 would be overburdened in this 5,085-pound truck. The interior of the ST Crew Cab is basic; vinyl covers the seats and floors, and the windows are of the hand-crank variety. The basics are all there, however - air-conditioning, power mirrors, and an AM/FM/CD player are all standard.

Crew Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $27,031

The Ram ST Crew Cab 4WD trades cargo capacity for interior space by offering a short, 5-foot-6-inch bed and a roomy, six-passenger cabin with 40.3 inches of rear legroom. With a 140-inch wheelbase and the nifty coil-spring suspension, even this largest of Ram 1500s is surprisingly nimble around town.

Fitted with electronic four-wheel drive (4WD) with low range, the Ram ST Crew Cab can slog through any rough conditions on the way to the work site. Standard in all 4WD Crew Cabs is a 4.7-liter, 310-hp V8, backed up by a five-speed automatic. This engine provides more than ample power for all but the most severe duty; buyers who need more grunt can always select the 390-hp Hemi engine.

Befitting a working truck the ST Crew Cab 4WD has only basic interior amenities. Power windows and mirrors are standard, but the seats and door locks are manually operated. Air conditioning and a CD stereo with MP3 jack are also included.

LWB
Avg. Price: $13,419

Riding on a longer, 140-inch wheelbase, the Ram 1500 ST LWB features a full 8-foot bed. Popular with contractors and anyone who needs to haul a lot of cargo, the ST LWB is motivated by a 3.7-liter V6 that drives the rear wheels. With just 210 hp and 235 lb/ft of torque fed through a four-speed automatic, this engine struggles against the considerable mass of a full-size truck.

The 1500 ST LWB can carry a 1,900-pound payload and tow up to 3,650 pounds. Rolling on 17-inch steel wheels with all-season tires, this most basic of Ram trucks still has excellent road manners, courtesy of its novel coil-spring suspension.

Standard interior features include a 40/20/40-split bench seat in heavy-duty vinyl, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM CD player with MP3 capability. Safety is a high priority with ABS brakes, side curtain airbags, and stability control all standard.

LWB 4WD
Avg. Price: $19,678

Fitted with a traditional 8-foot bed and wearing a hose-it-out vinyl interior, the Ram 1500 ST LWB 4WD is a real workhorse. Its four-wheel-drive system is perfect for getting to a remote work site and features electronic shift-on-the-fly control.

Like other 4WD trims the ST LWB gets an upgrade in the engine room; the weak 3.7-liter V6 is replaced by a muscular 4.7-liter V8 that churns out 310 hp and 330 lb/ft of torque. This powerful engine is backed up by a five-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity is a generous 6,250 pounds, and the ST LWB can carry up to 1,540 pounds of payload.

The interior is spartan yet pleasant and features a 40/20/40-split bench seat along with such niceties as air-conditioning and a six-speaker CD stereo. Safety features are abundant and include disc brakes with ABS all around as well as dual front, side, and curtain airbags.

Quad Cab
Avg. Price: $19,738

The 2010 Ram 1500 ST Quad Cab offers just enough room to get six people and their gear to the work site. Its 140-inch wheelbase allows for a second set of forward-opening doors and a rear bench with 39.4 inches of legroom. As a basic, rear-wheel-drive work truck, the ST Quad Cab skews toward the functional end of the Ram range.

The base engine is a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 210 hp and 235 lb/ft of torque. Driving the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission, this powerplant simply is not up to the task of moving nearly two and a half tons of truck. The optional 310-hp, 4.7-liter V8 should be considered mandatory for all but the most budget-conscious buyers.

Inside the ST Quad Cab you'll find heavy-duty vinyl seats and floor mats (cloth is optional) and standard air conditioning. Power windows, locks, and mirrors are standard, and the driver is afforded manual seat adjustments and a tilt wheel. Safety is a high priority with ABS brakes, front and side curtain airbags, and stability control all standard.

Quad Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $24,112

Sure to be a popular choice for contractors and fleet buyers, the Ram ST Quad Cab 4WD is long on utility and short on luxury. With electronic four-wheel drive (4WD) with a low-range gear, buyers get a 4.7-liter V8 standard. This 310-hp engine has power to spare for towing or big payloads, but for those who need more, a 390-hp Hemi V8 is optional.

Riding on a 140-inch wheelbase, the Quad Cab 4WD features a three-quarter-scale rear bench seat and four forward-opening doors. A 6-foot-4-inch bed balances good interior space with enough cargo capacity for serious jobs. Like all Ram trucks its coil-spring suspension endows the ST Quad Cab with a smooth and stable highway ride.

Interior amenities are basic but adequate, with vinyl upholstery rather than cloth, air conditioning, and power windows, locks, and mirrors standard. A CD player with MP3 input jack and six speakers is also standard. Those looking for more equipment should consider stepping up to the SLT trim level.

SWB
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $13,419

The 2010 Ram 1500 ST SWB represents the base entry in the Ram 1500 lineup. Purchased mainly as working trucks, regular-cab models seat three and feature a 6-foot-4-inch bed. A 3.7-liter V6 making 210 hp and 235 lb/ft of torque is the standard engine; it drives the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission.

The Ram ST SWB features a 40/20/40-split bench seat that's manually adjustable and upholstered in heavy-duty vinyl. Interior amenities are basic (i.e., manual windows and locks), but air conditioning and a nice 6-speaker AM/FM CD player with MP3 capability are standard. 17-inch steel wheels are shod with 265/70 all-season tires, a full-size spare is included.

Standard safety features include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, and stability control. The Ram ST SWB can carry a 1,480-pound payload and will tow up to 3,800 pounds.

SWB 4WD
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $19,678

Like all 4WD Rams, the 1500 ST SWB ditches the underpowered 3.7-liter V6 in favor of a 310-hp, 4.7-liter V8 that provides a much-needed boost in performance. The 4WD system is of the electronic, shift-on-the-fly variety and features a low-range gear for truly rough going.

With the larger engine buyers also get a standard five-speed automatic transmission and a heavy-duty front axle. A 6,450-pound tow rating reflects the power of the larger engine; payload capacity stands at 1,450 pounds. The 6-foot-4-inch bed is just spacious enough, and with a 120-inch wheelbase the truck is pleasantly nimble. Ride and handling also benefit from the standard rear coil springs, which provide an uncommonly smooth ride for a 4WD truck.

The interior of the ST features a vinyl bench seat (cloth is optional), air-conditioning, and a decent AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 functionality. Disc brakes at all four corners feature ABS, which makes for a secure, planted feel when combined with the 4WD and standard stability control.

Sport
Crew Cab
Avg. Price: $24,110

The Ram Sport Crew Cab is a high-style, high-performance rear-wheel-drive (RWD) truck. Although not set up for serious towing (which is what you'd usually use a long-wheelbase, two-wheel-drive truck for), this trim level does offer the option of performing a smoky burnout on the way out of the lumberyard. That's because tire-shredding torque (407 lb/ft of it) flows like a river out of its standard 5.7-liter Hemi V8.

Sporty exterior trim, a body-color grille, and flashy 20-inch chrome wheels differentiate the Sport Crew Cab from more pedestrian Ram styles. The go-fast look carries over to the interior, with bucket seats up front and a floor-mounted shifter. The rear bench offers generous legroom.

Its small, 5-foot-6-inch bed hampers the truck's cargo utility, and the lack of four-wheel drive means that an intemperate press of the accelerator will induce instant over-steer on snowy or even slick roads. That begs the question, was the Ram Sport Crew Cab designed with truckers or drifters in mind?

Crew Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $26,984

More showoff truck than mud-splattered work truck, the Ram Sport Crew Cab 4WD does manage to blend a bit of utility into its intoxicating performance cocktail. With electronic, shift-on-the-fly 4WD and a 6,000-pound towing capacity, this truck can do at least its fair share of the work. But the small, 5-foot-7-inch cargo bed and glittering chrome wheels hint that this truck has other tricks up its sleeve.

Packing a 390-hp punch from its 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and available with 3.92 rear axle gears, the Ram Sport Crew Cab 4WD accelerates with authority. The coil-spring suspension provides a car-like ride, and the racy interior could have you thinking that this is a sports car (albeit an exceedingly tall, heavy one).

Standard equipment includes a body-color grille and front fascia, six-passenger interior with cloth bucket seats (leather is optional), and all the usual power accessories. Optional navigation and rear-seat DVD system would make the Sport Crew Cab 4WD a great long-distance cruiser, provided you can stomach its fuel consumption.

Quad Cab
7 national listings
Avg. Price: $20,549

Built more for speed than for hauling gear, the Ram Sport Quad Cab features a pot-walloping 5.7-liter Hemi engine as standard equipment. With 390 hp and 407 lb/ft of torque on tap, this truck will redefine your notions of what a performance vehicle can be.

Riding on a long, 140-inch wheelbase, the Sport Quad Cab has a 6-foot-4-inch cargo bed and seats five. 20-inch chrome wheels and a body-color grille impart an aggressive look to the exterior. The performance theme is continued inside with a pair of sporty bucket seats and a floor-mounted shifter.

A five-speed automatic is the only transmission choice; it drives the rear wheels through a 3.21 limited-slip differential. Shorter gears (3.55 or 3.92) are available for those who want to maximize performance. Fuel economy is understandably poor; with the 3.92 rear end, owners are unlikely to match even the EPA's estimate of 14 city/20 highway mpg.

Quad Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $25,375

Offering sporty looks with performance to match, the Ram Sport Quad Cab 4WD combines a powerhouse Hemi motor with electronic four-wheel drive and the medium-size four-door cab. Fans of the dearly departed Ram SRT-10 model (powered by a ludicrous, 500-hp Dodge Viper engine) have found a spiritual successor, this time available with 4WD.

Outside, the body-color trim and 20-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels set a racy tone. Inside, front-seat passengers are treated to firm bucket seats and unique Sport badges, while rear-seat occupants make do with the standard, rather cramped, Quad Cab bench. The truck still has a 6-foot-4-inch cargo bed, and with the 4WD it can tackle any number of big jobs.

The 390-hp Hemi is standard, of course, and the only transmission available is the five-speed automatic overdrive (a manual gearbox, formerly offered in the SRT-10, would really make this truck stand out). Options include leather seats, an upgraded stereo with navigation, and a shorter final-drive ratio of 3.92, which should put an exclamation point on its performance, if not its already dismal fuel mileage.

SWB
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $21,330

The Ram Sport SWB challenges the notion that pickup trucks are for work and not play. Catering to buyers for whom performance trumps utility, the Ram Sport offers aggressive styling and truly impressive performance. The rugged exterior of more traditional Ram trucks is jazzed up with 20-inch chrome wheels and a color-matched grille.

Sport trims feature the fire-breathing Hemi V8 and a limited-slip rear end as standard equipment. Offering 390 hp and a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) configuration with 4.10 gearing, the Ram Sport will gladly smoke its tires at the mere suggestion of full throttle.

The performance theme is carried over to the interior, where bucket seats and a floor shifter replace the traditional 3-person bench. Those seats offer standard power adjustment with lumbar and have a firm, sporty feel. Power accessories and keyless entry are standard, and the excellent CD stereo gains steering-wheel controls.

SWB 4WD
Avg. Price: $20,799

Combining four-wheel drive with an obscenely powerful Hemi engine, the Ram Sport SWB 4WD will take you anywhere - in a hurry. Offered with only the short, 6-foot-4-inch bed, the Sport trades cargo hauling capability for drag-race bragging rights.

The exterior features an aggressive body-color grille and 20-inch chrome wheels. Breathing through a sport-tuned dual exhaust, the Hemi V8 proves this truck is about both show and go; it churns out 390 hp and 407 lb/ft of tire-shredding torque. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, the Ram Sport 4WD positively leaps off the line, even with a slightly taller 3.55 axle ratio (rear-wheel-drive Sport trims come with 4.10 gears).

Inside the Ram Sport 4WD gets a pair of grippy, power bucket seats in lieu of the traditional split bench. A sporty floor shifter replaces the column-mounted unit, and Sport-specific badges abound. Equipment is similar to that of the SLT trim level, with power accessories and an AM/FM/CD stereo (now with steering-wheel controls) all standard.

TRX
Crew Cab
Avg. Price: $22,890

Riding on a long, 140-inch wheelbase, the TRX Crew Cab is especially sleek in black, with two-tone paint accents and body-color trim and grill. The 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted with knobby OWL off-road tires (though the truck remains rear-wheel drive).

The interior of the TRX is trimmed in cloth and features the ultra-spacious Crew Cab configuration with 40.3 inches of rear legroom. Power accessories and keyless entry are standard, while notable options include a power sunroof and a high-watt Alpine stereo system with navigation.

310 hp is on tap from the standard 4.7-liter V8 (a 390-hp Hemi is optional), and the TRX Crew Cab can tow in excess of 10,000 pounds. The rear wheels are driven via a five-speed automatic transmission. Disc brakes are equipped with ABS and the six standard airbags (front, side, and head) should make passengers feel safe.

Crew Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $27,206

Capable of taking the whole gang off-road in style, the Ram TRX Crew Cab 4WD offers the long-wheelbase comfort of 40.3 inches of rear legroom. Upgrading to the TRX trim treats the Ram to a makeover, with a body-color grill, two-tone paint, and 17-inch alloy rims with off-road tires.

V8 power is standard in the form of a 4.7-liter, 310-hp engine driving all four wheels via a five-speed automatic. The transfer case and front suspension both get skid plates, and the limited-slip rear end rounds out the heavy-duty four-wheel-drive equipment.

Inside, the TRX Crew Cab gets cloth bench seats (front buckets are optional), air conditioning, and power accessories standard. The cabin is spacious but also safe, with dual front, side, and curtain airbags.

LWB

Fitted with a full-size, 8-foot bed, the Ram TRX LWB can carry a hefty, 1,760-pound payload. Though still a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) truck, the TRX offers a number of heavy-duty extras that make it well suited to traversing rough terrain.

Its 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted with OWL off-road tires, and the exterior is dressed up with a body-color grill and special TRX badges. Foglights and quad halogen headlamps are standard, along with a classy two-tone paint job.

V8 power is standard, with a 4.7-liter, 310-hp Magnum engine driving the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. The interior is comfortably equipped with power features, a 6-speaker CD stereo, and an overhead console. Safety is a high priority; four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, dual front, side, and curtain airbags, and stability control are all standard.

LWB 4WD
Avg. Price: $21,330

Powering through the back country with a full load of cargo is the 2010 Ram TRX LWB 4WD's forte. A rough-and-ready suspension is beefed up with heavy-duty shock absorbers, a limited-slip rear axle, and 17-inch off-road OWL tires.

Able to carry up to 1,550 pounds of payload in its full 8-foot bed, the Ram TRX LWB 4WD is ready to work. Its 4.7-liter V8 makes 310 hp and can tow up to 6,300 pounds standard. A five-speed transmission mates to an electronic four-wheel-drive (4WD) transfer case with low range.

The exterior of the TRX is dressed up with both stylish and functional features. A body-color grill and two-tone paint job are backed up by serious under-body skid plates for the front suspension and the transfer case.

Quad Cab
Avg. Price: $21,187

Lacking four-wheel drive (4WD), the Ram TRX Quad Cab is not a true off-road machine, but rather a spiffy hauler with some interesting touches. The TRX Quad rides on a 140-inch wheelbase and features both a 6-foot-4-inch bed and a midsize cabin with seating for six.

Outside, a body-color grill and two-tone paint job spice up the look, while quad halogen headlights and standard foglights help light the way. Under the skin a 4.7-liter V8 provides plenty of oomph with 310 hp and 330 lb/ft of torque.

The interior features cloth bench seats that are a bit tight in back. Interior features include power accessories, keyless entry, and an overhead console with trip computer. Safety features abound: Dual front, side, and curtain airbags, ABS brakes, and stability control are all standard.

Quad Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $23,943

Offering go-anywhere capability combined with cargo and passenger-carrying flexibility, the Ram TRX Quad Cab 4WD is a compelling choice. Riding on a 140-inch wheelbase, it features a 6-foot-4-inch bed that can carry a 1,430-pound payload. While not especially spacious, the Quad Cab configuration does seat six and offer easy egress through four forward-opening doors. The TRX graphics and two-tone paint make for a smart-looking truck.

Off-road capability is the TRX Quad Cab's specialty. To that end its electronic 4WD transfer case is fitted with a skid plate and connects to a limited-slip rear axle. Skid plates are also provided for the front suspension, and chunky 17-inch off-road tires are fitted.

The interior specification of the TRX mirrors the SLT trim's: Power accessories are standard, as are air-conditioning, keyless entry, and a power-sliding rear window. The rear bench has 36.8 inches of legroom and like the front is upholstered in cloth. Options include GPS navigation, a power sunroof, and a rear-seat DVD system.

SWB

Aimed at more of an off-road buyer (though curiously offered with rear-wheel drive) the Ram TRX SWB offers a similar specification level to the SLT. Riding on a short, 120-inch wheelbase, the TRX SWB features a 6-foot-4-inch bed and can carry a 1,340-pound payload.

The midlevel 4.7-liter V8 is standard and produces 310 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. The rear wheels are driven through a five-speed automatic transmission (no manual is offered). The TRX sports a body-color grill, standard foglights, and a set of grippy OWL off-road tires.

Interior features mirror the SLT's, with air-conditioning, power windows and door locks, and a 6-speaker CD stereo standard. The 17-inch alloy wheels, TRX graphics, and quad halogen headlamps spice up its appearance.

SWB 4WD

The 2010 Ram TRX SWB 4WD is optioned up as a serious off-road machine. Under-body skid plates, knobby tires, and a limited-slip rear differential add to the TRX's off-road credentials. A body-color grill, TRX-specific badges, and 17-inch alloy wheels make for a rough-and-ready exterior appearance.

Featuring a stalwart 4.7-liter V8, the Ram TRX offers 310 hp and 330 lb/ft of torque. Power flows to all four wheels via an electronic transfer case and five-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity is 6,500 pounds, and up to 1,520 pounds of cargo can be carried within the 6-foot-4-inch bed.

Inside the 40/20/40-split bench seat is upholstered in cloth and comfortable, if not particularly supportive. Power windows, power locks with keyless entry, and a 6-speaker CD stereo with satellite radio are standard.