2009 Dodge Ram 1500

large pickup / Crew cab pickup

2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew cab pickup

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2009-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 ST Crew Cab 2wd

The Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Chrysler as part of frontal crash test verification. The make name "Dodge" was officially changed to "Ram" beginning with the 2013 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2009-12 models built after September 2008 and before February 2012

Tested vehicle: 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Crew Cab 2wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags

The Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Beginning with 2009 models manufactured after September 2008, the front door trim panels were modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Beginning with 2012 models manufactured after January 2012, side airbags designed to protect drivers' and front passengers' torsos were added to the side curtain airbags previously included, so the listed ratings do not apply to trucks built after this date.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

During the test, the side curtain airbag failed to cover the entire window opening, and smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear door and the dislodged roof trim. (The unpadded steel window frame, directly above the dummy's head in this photo, was pulled away from the occupant compartment, and did not hit the dummy's head.)

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbag and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2009-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 ST Crew Cab 2wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 5,186 lbs
Peak force 15,412 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 2.97

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009-12 models

Seat type: Power cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry