PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Dodge Ram 1500

 



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Price:
$16,995* (4x2 ST Regular Cab Short Bed)
$17,240* (4x2
ST Regular Cab Long Bed)
$22,150* (4x2 ST Quad Cab Short Bed)
$22,430*
(4x2 ST Quad Cab Long Bed)
$21,215* (4x4 ST Regular Cab Short Bed)
$21,555* (4x4
ST Regular Cab Long Bed)
$25,350* (4x4 ST Quad Cab Short Bed)
$25,680*
(4x4 ST Quad Cab Long Bed)
Add $715 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Engines:
Three engines are available for the Dodge Ram 1500:

3.7-Liter, SOHC, 12-Valve, Power Tech V-6
215hp @ 5200 rpm
235ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

4.7-Liter Magnum®, SOHC, 12-Valve SMPI V-8
235hp @ 4800 rpm
295ft-lbs. @ 3200 rpm

5.9-Liter Magnum®, OHV, 16-Valve SMPI V-8
245hp @ 4000 rpm
335ft-lbs. @ 3200 rpm

Transmissions:
Three transmission choices exist for the Dodge Ram 1500:

- 45RFE -Automatic, Multi-Speed Overdrive

- 46RE - Automatic, Four-Speed Overdrive

- NV3500 - Five-Speed Manual Overdrive

Competitors:
Chevrolet Silverado
Ford F-150
GMC Sierra
Toyota Tundra

 

 

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Overview:
When the previous Ram was introduced in 1994, it was a harbinger of big things to come for Dodge Trucks. The earlier Ram had been a bit player in the full-size truck market dominated by Chevrolet and Ford. But the 1994 Ram changed everything for the segment, and made Ram an industry leader. Sales rose from 70,000 a year to more than 350,000, and Ram became Chrysler's top-selling product.

The 2002 Ram 1500 represents the start of a new generation of Dodge Trucks that are certain to have that same appeal and keep Dodge as one of the boldest truck makers in the industry.

An all-new Quad Cab™ model boasts four standard doors, while regular- and extended-cab models are considerably larger than their predecessors, putting the Dodge Ram family once again at the head of its class. It also signals the start of a Dodge Ram renaissance, as all-new versions of the heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 models will follow for the 2003 model year.

In designing the 2002 Dodge Ram, no part of the truck was left untouched, from its exterior design to its interior packaging or powertrain. The result is a new truck from top to bottom, that is more fuel efficient, quieter, handles better and delivers even more comfort and convenience. The new Ram's features are plentiful:

• A bold, new exterior design that amplifies the signature brawny Ram look, while refining it for reduced wind noise and improved cooling and aerodynamics
• Two new next-generation Magnum engines that are more powerful and fuel efficient than the engines they replace
• A new 45RFE automatic transmission that is smoother and more responsive
• Redesigned Regular Cab and Quad Cab interiors that are even larger and more luxurious
• New body architecture featuring a hydroformed front structure
• An ingenious rear storage and seating system in the Quad Cab that serves work and passenger-carrying capability equally
• A totally redesigned chassis and suspension that optimizes ride quality, quietness, towing capability and durability
• The largest brakes in the class

Exterior Design:
The all-new 2002 Dodge Ram retains and improves upon its signature 'big rig' exterior. Well refined, the Ram is instantly recognizable as a Dodge truck on the highways.

In keeping with the amplification of every feature on the new truck, the grille is bolder and—believe it or not—even bigger. Each of the models in the Ram lineup—ST, SLT, Sport and SLT Plus—gets a unique grille interpretation.

20" chrome wheels are an option on all Sport Packages.

Interior Design:
Dodge takes a bold step and eliminates the Club Cab model from its lineup for 2002, instead replacing it with a Quad Cab model featuring four full-size front-hinged opening doors.

Regular and Quad Cab models feature larger cabs and offer improved head, shoulder, leg and hip room.

The Ram Regular Cab is the largest in the segment, with the cab size having been increased more than three inches for 2002.

Both the Quad Cab and Regular Cab feature improved front seat storage and convenience features. The 40/20/40 front seat provides for comfortable seating for three people or ample center storage for one or two occupants. The popular center "business console" still can hold a laptop, and now features fold-down dividers. The center "20" portion of the seat offers under-cushion storage. Optional power adjustable brake and accelerator pedals help shorter drivers feel more comfortable.

The all-new instrument panel features bright white gauges and a modern, ergonomic design built with convenience and style in mind. There are two power points—in the instrument panel and the storage console (on SLT and SLT Plus models)—and an optional dual-zone climate control system. On four-wheel drive models, an available electronic shift transfer case dial is mounted on the instrument panel. Heated leather seats are available the SLT Plus model.

Powertrain:
Known for its wide range of powerful Magnum engines, the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 gets two new, more powerful and efficient engines and an all-new transmission. The all-new 3.7-liter Magnum V-6 engine replaces the 3.9-liter V-6. While smaller in displacement, the new V-6 is more powerful and delivers better gas mileage. It produces 210 horsepower, compared to 175 horsepower with the 3.9-liter engine.

The 4.7-liter Magnum V-8 engine replaces the 5.2-liter V-8. Like the new Magnum V-6, it delivers more peak power and fuel economy. Horsepower is increased to 235 on the 4.7-liter engine, from 230 on the 5.2-liter engine.

When mated to the 45RFE automatic transmission (new for Ram), these new engine choices offer a whole new level of quietness and responsiveness. The 45RFE is the only transmission in its class with the reverse gear ratio equal to the low gear ratio. It also features a unique alternate second gear ratio for use in difficult towing and grade climbing situations.

A third engine choice, the 245-horsepower, 5.9-liter Magnum V-8 returns on the 2002 Ram to give buyers a wide range of powerful engine options.

Along with the increased power and fuel efficiency comes better towing and payload. Maximum towing on the Quad Cab improves to 8,350 pounds, from 7,650. Maximum towing on the Regular Cab is now 8,660 pounds, up from 7,950 pounds on its predecessor. Payload on the Quad Cab improves from 1,567 pounds to 1,750 pounds. Both the Gross Combined Weight and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating increase on Regular Cab and Quad Cab.