2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty

2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty

Episode 2933
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Last year we chose the Dodge Ram 1500 as our Driver’s Choice Best Pickup Truck of the Year. We found its overall design, especially the RamBox cargo system and the coil spring suspension, perfect for personal use buyers. But, what about the hoards of Ram faithful that need a pickup as a hard working tool? Well, they’ve not been forgotten. There is now a Ram Heavy Duty. And it’s a big reason why we, again this year, picked the Ram as our Best Pickup Truck. Now for the details.

When the Chrysler Group redesigned the light duty Ram 1500 for 2009, the aim was to build a personal use pickup focused on flexibility.  But now, for 2010, their attention swings back to the work truck faithful; those in need of serious haul and tow capabilities.  Enter the all-new Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 pickups.

Gross Weight Ratings and limits are up almost across the board, with a Max Tow Package GCWR elevated to 25,400 pounds. Touting familiar big-rig styling, the Heavy Duty models differentiate themselves from the Light Duty with unique grille, hood, and bumper designs. Like with the 1500, a true Crew Cab is now available. It slots between Regular and Mega Cab.  Two bed lengths - 6-feet-four-inches and 8 feet - both remain.

Under the hood, is a choice of two carryover, yet seriously Heavy Duty engines.  The standard 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 delivers 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. Optional is the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel producing 350 horses and a stout 650 pound-feet of torque at just 1500 rpm.  This engine meets 50-state emission standards, without Urea injection, and includes a class-only, big-rig style exhaust brake.

The RAM HD offers a choice of three transmissions. For the HEMI, a five-speed automatic. The big diesel gets a pair of six-speeds: either a standard manual with ultra-low tow-friendly first gear, or an optional automatic.  Ram 4x4s utilize a traditional, part-time two-speed transfer case.

In a straight line on pavement, our HEMI 4x4 Crew Cab tester surprised us with its swiftness.  The big truck hit 60 in just 7.2 seconds - that’s a second and a half faster than when we last tested the HD back in ‘04.  Our truck barreled through the quarter mile in an impressive 15.4 seconds at 95 miles per hour.

With its hydro-formed, fully boxed frame, HDs utilize coil springs up front, and again, a traditional multi-leaf spring geometry in the rear. Still, both ride and handling are improved thanks to a thorough re-tuning, as well as a new C-pillar structure with fluid-filled hydromounts.

Through the slalom, our 2500 felt big, but not to the extent we were expecting. Turn-ins were quick, and the truck felt amazingly flat.  Steering was responsive, though somewhat heavy.  Overall, what you have here is a very solid full size pickup that moves in a confident, almost nimble manner. While on normal roads, the HD feels plusher and smoother than before. 

In terms of top-end capability, the Ram Heavy Duty 3500 has a max trailer tow limit of 17,600 pounds and a max payload of 5,150.  How’s that for a work truck? And to bring this monster to a halt are four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.  Stops averaged 145 feet from 60 to zero.  For something this hefty, we were impressed with a sub-150 number.

The Ram HD also gets a handsomely redesigned interior, similar to that of the Ram 1500, complete with upper and lower gloveboxes. The truck-like cabin of the past now gives way to more style and better materials throughout.

Ram HD also can be outfitted with plenty of luxury with heated and ventilated front, and heated rear seats. The Crew Cab’s rear seats also offer lots of room for up to three well-fed adults. And for weekends, new in-floor storage bins double as coolers.

But size usually translates to thirst, and our HEMI Ram HD was thirsty.  We managed 16.4 miles per gallon on regular gas in real-world driving. Still, a lot of light duty pickups do no better. Add the Cummins diesel and mileage approaches 20. 

Base prices for the new Ram HD range from $28,165 to a lofty $51,595.  And that’s before adding options. The 2010 Ram Heavy-Duty 2500 and 3500 are tough-looking platforms that are more capable than ever, but can also be jammed full of creature comforts. With new entries from both Ford and GM, the HD truck arena is really heating up. But for our buck, the Ram Heavy Duty is the way to work!


  • Engine: 5.7-Liter Hemi V-8
  • Horsepower: 383
  • Torque: 400 Lb Feet
  • 0-60 MPH: 7.2 Seconds
  • 1/4 Mile: 15.4 Seconds @ 95 MPH
  • 60-0 MPH: 145 Feet
  • Mixed Loop: 16.4 MPG
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 3/4 Front

2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35

Goldilocks Approved: It Does Everything Just Right

Episode 4332
Auto Value and Bumper to BumperTire Rack "The Way Tire Buying Should Be"

These days, you don’t have to spend a ridiculous amount of money to get some real-deal AMG performance from Mercedes-Benz, as they’ve spread their high-performance love throughout their lineup. So, let’s go for some high-speed bargain hunting in the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35.

You may think of big cars and bigger horsepower when you hear AMG, but this updated 2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4-door Coupe is certainly not a big car, yet there’s no doubt it packs a serious performance punch. The CLA is not the least expensive Mercedes you can currently buy in the U.S., but it is their lowest priced car, and it feels more right-size than small-size behind the wheel.

It’s a fun, enjoyable ride that lets you know what you’re in for right away with a nice raspy exhaust note at start up. Standard engine in the base CLA 250 is of course a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo, but it is ‘Benz’s latest with mild-hybrid assistance and a rating of 221-horsepower.

This CLA 35 is one of two AMG versions which cranks the turbo up to boost output to 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque; the CLA 45 S, goes even further with a full rebuild to crank it up to 416 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque. The CLA is front-wheel-drive based but is sending power to all four wheels by the time it leaves the AMG shop with performance-tuned AMG 4MATIC.

2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Dead Front
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Grille
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 3/4 Front
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Profile
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Wheel
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Dead Rear
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 3/4 Rear
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Badge
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Badge 2
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AMG has done serious suspension tuning as well, and the great feedback that it provides through the AMG Performance steering wheel is a big part of this car’s fun-factor. But our test car came equipped with winter tires, which did hold us back a little bit through the cones at our Mason Dixon test track. Still, it felt both agile and fun and body roll was minimal. Not until we pushed hard could we really feel the lack of dry pavement grip from those tires. On the other hand, a few days after track day, we actually did have some winter weather to drive through and then we were very appreciative of the grip those winter tires provided.

With some assistance from AMG’s sweet launch control, which not only allowed us to launch at 3500 RPM with no wheel slip at all, but made sure the turbos were feeding full power, as we felt no turbo lag whatsoever on our quick 4.5-second trip to 60. AMG’s Speedshift eight-speed DCT lived up to its name, delivering quick and hard hits throughout the 13.1-second, 104 mph quarter-mile.

It’s a fun, enjoyable ride that lets you know what you’re in for right away with a nice raspy exhaust note at start up.

When it came time to remove speed in a hurry in our panic runs from 60 mph, those winter tires again played a factor, as the brakes felt very strong and there was very little nosedive but stops took a longer than expected 125 feet.

Now this 2nd generation CLA arrived for 2020, and for ’24 gets a subtle restyling at both ends. At the front, the grille has been redesigned, AMGs getting their own unique version with big vertical slats, prominent Mercedes star and subtle AMG badge. LED headlights are new, now labeled as High-Performance headlights, joined by upgraded rear taillights and a very aggressive looking AMG diffuser with big exhaust outlets. The back-up camera is smoothly hidden in a flip-out Mercedes badge. Multiple new wheel designs are available with sizes up to 19-inches.

2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Passenger Side Front
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Dashboard
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Center Display 2
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Rear Seat
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Trunk
2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Engine
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Inside the CLA’s cabin, additional standard content includes a leather steering wheel and 10-inch media display. Both of which were already part of the AMG transformation, though AMG Line buyers can now add some heat elements to their sport steering wheel.

As we’ve seen with most Mercedes updates, both the virtual gauge cluster and the central touchscreen reside in a single housing mounted on top of the dash, upgraded with the latest MBUX software.

Pricing for the CLA 35 starts at $56,100, with the more powerful 45 S coming in at $66,550.

Bottom line, the folks in Stuttgart have given us a 2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 that’s clearly better without messing it up. That’s certainly good news to us, as these days we seem to be getting less and paying more for just about everything. So, while you might not think the new CLA 35 sounds like a bargain, there is no better gateway into the amazing world of AMG performance.


  • Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo
  • Horsepower: 416
  • 0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds
  • 60-0 Braking: 125 feet (avg)
  • MW Fuel Economy: 28.2 MPG (Premium)
  • Transmission: 8-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Torque: 369 lb-ft.
  • 1/4 Mile: 13.1 seconds at 104 mph
  • EPA: 22 City / 29 Highway / 25 Combined