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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, front impacts
Good," front-impact protection
More standard safety features than before
The 2010 Dodge Ram benefits from a full list of safety gear, including dual front and side curtain airbags, as well as four-wheel anti-lock brakes with traction and stability control.
The truck gets five stars for front impacts from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and a four-star rollover for 2WD trucks' rollover protection (three stars for 4WD models). No side-impact tests have been performed by the agency. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) calls the nearly identical 2009 model "good" for front impacts and "marginal" for side impacts.
The Detroit News points out that this 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 offers "more standard features than before," including standard "traction control, stability control," and "side curtain airbags." ConsumerGuide reports that all 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 models come with "dual front airbags" and "antilock four-wheel disc brakes." They add the Laramie trim gets a standard "rear-obstacle-detection system," while Cars.com says other "available backup aids include rear parking sensors and a camera system that uses the navigation system's screen to show what's behind the truck when in Reverse." Passive head restraints are newly standard for 2010.
Visibility can be poor, since the Ram sits so high, but big folding trailer mirrors are now offered, as is a trailer-brake controller. ConsumerGuide reviewers claim that "visibility is very good all around," thanks to the commanding seating position and generously sized windows featured on the 2010 Dodge Ram 1500, but seeing back and down can be a significant-literally, overlooked-issue for everyday drivers.
The 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 has good crash-test scores and useful options like a rearview camera.