What Are the Differences Between a Dodge Ram 1500 SLT & a Dodge Ram 1500 Sports Package?


The Dodge Ram 1500 was launched in the 1990s with a makeover that included the replacement of the old rigid rear springs with coil springs which allow it to travel in any terrain. This new model comes in five versions: the ST, SLT, TRX, Sport and the Laramie. There are substantial differences between the SLT and the Sport package of this truck.


  • The engine capacity of the Sport, a 5.7-liter V-8, is bigger than the 4.7 liter V-8 engine of the SLT. The Sport boasts 390 horsepower compared to 310 horsepower of the SLT. The SLT weighs 5,738 lb and the Sport package weighs slightly lower with a weight of 5,493 lb. The SLT is a full-time four-wheel drive while the Sport is an optional four-wheel drive. The SLT can tow a load of up to 10,000 lb as compared to the load of 8,400 lb that can be towed by a Sport model. The Sport has an edge over the SLT when it comes to the maneuvering with the shortest turning radius which allows it to make a U-turn with great ease.


  • There are also differences on the exterior design of these two vehicles. Unlike the Sport which is equipped with 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, the SRT has the same size wheel but painted in aluminum instead. The Sport is coated with a monochromatic paint on its body and grill. It is also fitted with quad headlamps and fog lights, features that are not found on the SRT model.


  • The interior of the Sport has high shoulder sports utility seats as opposed to the business console found in the SLT which has a front seat center armrest. The steering of the Sport is wrapped in leather.The SLT has a larger room space than the Sport giving it a greater legroom and it also has room for six people as to the five that the Sport takes. The SLT comes equipped with an AM/FM CD player with six speakers.


  • The Sport is relatively more expensive than the SLT. As of October, 2010, the 2011 Sport four-wheel drive cost approximately $33,000 compared to the $28,000 of the 2011 SLT.

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