1996 Dodge BR1500 Review
The Clydesdale of pickup trucks.
As trucks go, the Ram is OK in the ride department, and the lighter-duty 1500 series will ride better than the heavier-duty 2500 and 3500 models, which have stiffer rear springs. Also, due to the nature of a truck, it will ride better loaded than when empty. And the big interior means lots of stretch-out room up front, so the end result is plenty of sun-up to sun-down comfort.
Handling is predictable and sure, if certainly not nimble; even the 1500 with the short cargo box is a big vehicle. The wheelbase is 138.7 in. and the turning circle eats up nearly 47 ft.; pick the larger cargo box and both the wheelbase and turning circle will increase to even greater distances. Although it's bit ponderous around town, the Ram feels right at home at highway cruise, where its relentless inertia and length will keep it headed straight where you point it.
That kind of stability and long-haul comfort are among the major reasons people like to drive trucks, where trips are measured not so much by miles covered as by county lines crossed.
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