I traded my miserable S-10 Blazer in on this Dodge and certainly don't regret the decision. My Dodge is best vehicle I have ever owned.
The 5.9 (360 cubic inch) V-8 is a real strong performer. The automatic trans shifts quick and smooth under light throttle, and really snaps shifts like a 60's musclecar under a heavy foot.
I love the throttle response. Push down on the gas and it just flat moves.
The ride is the most surprising aspect of the truck. It rides like a Cadillac with a 6 foot cargo bed. Cowboy Cadillac you ask? It sure is!
The quad cab option is worth the extra bucks or the wait if you are looking for a used Dodge, get the quad cab. It is so much easier to get things out from behind the seat with the 2 extra doors back there. The seats are large and comfortable. There is plenty of room up front. The rear area is cramped, but, 2 adults could fit if it was a short distance, and the front seat passengers would move their seats forward a little.
I haven't towed any trailers with it yet.
I wouldn't be nervous about hooking up a trailer, Mopar 360's are tried and true engines having been around since 1972, the engineers have had decades to work the bugs out.
The driving position is awesome. You can see everything up ahead.
The factory AM/FM cassette is mediocre, but a nice aftermarket CD player could be swapped in easy enough.
The dash layout is easy to read a very simple straightforward design. Everything is easy to find.Just the way a pickup truck should be. A cool feature is the dash back-lighting is green. It sort of reminds me of those idiglo watches.
This truck turns heads, not as much as Corvette, but, for a pickup truck it gets looks. Mine has the "sport" option. It is painted a metallic green that sparkles like a candy-apple coat the sun, very cool indeed.
It also has the fog light option (I think fog lights were included with the sport option).They look nice, but they really only light up the road about 10 to 15 feet in front of the truck.
My Dodge also has 4 wheel drive a must were I live here the Artic north.
The handling for a big full sized 4 wheel drive truck is not bad. It won't corner like a '89 Trans Am GTA, but it does just fine for what it is.
I really like my Dodge truck ; strong performance, excellent reliability, it feels safe to drive (you don't get bullied by cars),4 wheel drive traction, a 6 foot bed for cargo, and cool looks.
There will be Dodge in my garage for long,long time.