2021 Ram 1500

2021 Ram 1500 Review: Setting The New Standard

by Gerhard Horn

The Ram 1500 caused a massive stir when the new generation was launched in 2019. For the first time in forever, there was a change on the sales charts. Ford's F-150 finished in first place as it usually does, but second place went to the Ram, with the Chevrolet Silverado coming in third. What a strange time to be alive. The world went back to normal in 2020, with Ram once again finishing in third place. Still, it proved that Ram, once known as just a truck under the Dodge moniker, could produce a class leader. In fact, despite the sales figures, we reckon the 1500 is still the best. This comes down to a number of factors, from coil-spring rear suspension to a class-leading Uconnect infotainment suite. But at the heart of it all is a selection of great engines including a 260-horsepower V6 EcoDiesel option, a familiar gasoline V6 now with mild hybrid assistance, and, of course, a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 395 hp on tap. The result is the Golf GTI of full-size trucks. It's all things to all men: comfortable, luxurious, efficient, easy to live with, and good off-road. All that being said, the new generation Ford F-150 has arrived and that spells trouble for everyone else, even the excellent 1500.

Read in this review:

2021 Ram 1500 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Ram 1500?

By now, Stellantis knows that the 2021 Ram 1500 needs to be as up-to-date as possible if it wants to remain competitive. As such, there's a host of new tech available, including a full-color head-up display, a digital rearview mirror, and trailer reverse steering control. Off-Road pages, the system that displays information like transfer case position and ride height, is now included with the optional 4x4 Off-Road Group. Another option, the Trailer Package, now includes trailer light check and trailer tire pressure monitoring.

Ram also added pedestrian detection to the Advanced Safety Group and full-speed collision warning as standard on Laramie, Longhorn, Limited Longhorn, Rebel, and Limited models. The existing line-up is also joined by the Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition and a bonkers Mopar Ram 1500 Special Edition limited to just 210 units.

Pros and Cons

  • Best infotainment in the class
  • Luxurious interior
  • Exceptional ride quality
  • Diesel powertrain is excellent
  • Towing capacity is impressive
  • It's very heavy
  • Nicest features are optional
  • Driver-assist features are only available on higher trim models

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2021 Ram 1500 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Tradesman
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$32,795
Tradesman HFE
3.0L Turbo V6 Diesel
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$34,645
Lone Star
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$37,290
Big Horn
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$37,290
Laramie
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$41,980

1500 Exterior

Two cab styles are available: the Quad Cab and Crew Cab. The competition offers a bit more choice here as the new F-150 comes in three body styles. The Quad is an extended cab variant standard on lower-end models, while the Crew Cab is the only option higher up in the range. Quad Cabs come standard with a 6.4-foot bed, while the Crew Cab is available with a 6.4 or smaller 5.7-foot bed. Low-end models get 18-inch steel wheels, while higher trims get 20-inch alloys. There aren't many design features that are standard across the range, except for the basic sheet metal. Halogen lights are standard on entry-level models and high-end models get LEDs. Some specific high-end models use a blacked-out grille for a more aggressive appearance, but for the most part, a grille with chrome inserts is standard.

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Dimensions

The overall length, wheelbase, and height vary depending on the body style. Quad Cab models ride on a 140.5-inch wheelbase, with an overall length of 228.9 inches. The Crew Cab allows you to choose between a 144.6-inch or 153.5-inch wheelbase depending on the length of the box you want. Overall length is either 232.9 inches with the shorter bed or 241.8 inches with a longer bed. Crew Cab models come standard with the 5.7-foot bed, with the 6.4-foot bed being optional. Quad Cab models are only available with the latter. The Ram's height depends on the model and its suspension setup, with the lowest model being 75.7 inches in height, going up to 79.7 inches. The width of 82.1 inches is just about the only static figure across the range.

As for off-roading, the Ram has up to 10.8 inches of ground clearance without the skid plate. In the best-case scenario, you're looking at a 23.3-degree approach angle and a 27.3-degree departure angle.

The 1500 is a hefty beast, with the lightest model coming in at 4,805 pounds, up to 5,448 lbs at its heaviest.

  • Length 228.9 in
  • Wheelbase 140.5 in
  • Height 77.6 in
  • Max Width 82.1 in

Exterior Colors

There's a wide variety of colors to choose from, but as is almost always the case, selections are limited to the trim. The full color palette consists of Delmonico Red Pearl, Flame Red, Hydro Blue Pearl, Patriot Blue Pearl, Maximum Steel Metallic, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, Olive Green, Diamond Black Crystal Pearl, Bright White, Ivory Tri-Coat. Oddly, the low-end models offer the most available colors, costing between $100 to $200, although Ivory Tri-Coat on upper trims is a pricier $500. The only colors that won't add anything to the bill are Bright White and Flame Red. On the Big Horn/Lone Star, Spitfire Orange becomes available but requires an expensive package upgrade. The Laramie trim adds the option of going two-tone with a selection of colors that can be combined; in all cases, Billet Silver Metallic covers the lower half of the body and several different shades can cover the top half. The Rebel and Limited Longhorn also have their own two-tone color options. In the case of the latter, the lower body is finished in Walnut Brown Metallic. The top-spec Limited is only available in a selection of more restrained monotone exterior colors.

  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat
  • Delmonico Red Pearlcoat
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat
  • Ivory White Tri-Coat Pearlcoat
  • Bright White Clearcoat
  • Flame Red Clearcoat
  • Anvil Clearcoat, Build Out:09/18/2020
  • Tank Clearcoat
  • Anvil Clearcoat, Build Out:10/05/2020.
  • Anvil Clearcoat, Build Out:09/16/2020.

New Ram 1500 Performance

The Ram 1500 truck is available with four engine options, none of them aimed at outright performance. Then again, even the diesel can reach 60 mph in under eight seconds based on independent testing.

The base engine is the well-known 3.6-liter naturally-aspirated V6, though a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is standard higher up in the range. The V8 can also be ordered with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system (standard on the V6). The newest member of the engine lineup is the EcoDiesel V6, which is rare in this segment. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Equipped with the mild-hybrid 5.7-liter V8 engine, the 1500 has a maximum tow rating of 12,750 lbs. Next in line is the new 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, providing enough grunt to tow 12,560 lbs. The base V6 has the lowest tow rating of the bunch at just 7,710. While that figure may seem low in relation to the others, it's still useful. There are two four-wheel-drive systems available. The cheapest is the part-time system with a low-range transfer case. The full-time 4WD is unfortunately only available on the TRX.

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Engine and Transmission

There are four engine options available, with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 being standard on most models. Unlike most Stellantis products which use only the V6, the 1500 uses the eTorque system as well, which uses a 9 kW/90 lb-ft belt-starter generator to help the standard 305 horsepower/269 lb-ft V6 along. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (395 hp/410 lb-ft) already offers plenty of power, but it too can be equipped with a 130 lb-ft electric motor for spirited launches. The newest member of the engine family is the 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel that produces 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

While we're big fans of the 5.7-liter's noise and character, the default engine has to be the diesel. Yes, it doesn't deliver the same intoxicating soundtrack, but this oil burner is so smooth and refined that you hardly hear it at all. The smooth eight-speed automatic also helps to get the most out of the narrow powerband. The final nail in the coffin for the V8 is fuel consumption. In the best-case scenario with the diesel, you're looking at 26 mpg on the combined cycle. The 5.7-liter without electric assistance can only manage 19 mpg. We'd happily sacrifice the V8 grumble for that sort of efficiency in a truck.

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo V6 Diesel, 3.6L V6 Gas, 5.7L V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Manufacturers of pickup trucks have traditionally used a leaf spring setup at the rear. There are two reasons for this: they're cheap and durable. The Ram 1500 is not the first pickup to use an independent suspension up front and a semi-independent suspension at the rear, but it is the first to use it and still retain class-competitive towing and hauling figures. Having a fully independent suspension does wonders. It completely removes that rear bounciness present in 90% of pickup trucks. The Ram 1500 also shrinks around you, hiding its weight extremely well. It's the least intimidating pickup to drive, as it rolls less through the corners and responds very well to steering input at high speeds.

The Ram can also be ordered with a full air suspension, replacing the progressive rate coil springs. This improves the ride quality even more, straight into SUV territory. We can't imagine anyone preferring an old-school leaf spring setup. This setup literally predates the vehicle itself and was used on the ox-wagons that built Deadwood.

The main problem is the image. Pickup buyers are a traditional crowd and tend to frown upon newfangled technology, even though the independent suspension is nothing new. Just think of the poor Honda Ridgeline and its unibody construction. The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding. It's too soon to make a call on whether Ram's fully independent suspension will be as durable as a set of bent steel beams. We certainly hope so because it means pickups can finally move away from this horribly outdated rear suspension construction.

1500 Gas Mileage

As alluded to earlier, the 3.0-liter diesel is the most frugal engine option. According to the EPA, the RWD diesel in the HFE trim returns economy specs of 23/33/26 mpg city/highway/combined. However, with the non-HFE diesel, gas mileage hardly suffers with figures of 22/32/26 mpg. The 3.6-liter V6 has best economy figures of 20/26/23 mpg for the RWD HFE variant, dropping to 19/24/21 mpg with 4WD. The 5.7 V8 in RWD guise can manage up to 17/23/19 mpg and 17/22/19 in 4WD.

The standard tank size is either 23 or 26 gallons, but a 33-gallon tank is available as an option. In a diesel RWD, this means more than 850 miles on a single tank. We love it not just for its efficiency, but anything that cuts down visits to the gas station is a win in our book. There are a few HFE models in the line-up as well. These models are built with efficiency in mind and are only available in Crew Cab configuration with rear-wheel drive. While we appreciate the effort, building a truck aimed specifically at efficiency is like pitching up to a sword fight with a pool noodle. It just doesn't make any sense.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    23.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 20/25 mpg
* 2021 Ram 1500 Tradesman 2WD Quad Cab 6'4" Box

1500 Interior

There's a lot to like, but the first thing that strikes you is just how well thought out the interior is. Replacing the old-fashioned shifter with an easily reachable rotary dial might seem like a small, insignificant thing until you notice how much space it opens up between the two front seats. There's a bunch of these small, seemingly insignificant touches that add up to create an interior that's a cut above the rest.

Base models are still quite utilitarian but easy to understand. On high-end models, you get genuine wood trim, heated and ventilated seats, and a 12-inch portrait-style touchscreen interface with a dual-screen mode. Ram looked at the current minimalism trend and incorporated it into a truck. Why not? It works a charm. The 1500 always fell by the wayside when it came to quality. On the new model, Ram increased the quality levels to match the ride comfort. There's an abundance of space, even in the smaller Quad Cab.

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Seating and Interior Space

The seating layout depends on the trim level. Base models get a three-seater bench, while Quad and Crew Cabs add an additional three-seat bench in the back. In high-end models, the front center bench is replaced with a center console. Headroom is 40.9 inches up front, 39.2 inches in the rear of the Quad Cab, and 39.8 inches in the rear of the Crew Cab. The legroom is 40.9 inches in the front and a relatively impressive 35.6 inches in the rear of the Quad Cab. While fully grown adults will struggle back there, kids should do just fine. The Crew Cab offers 45.2 inches of rear legroom, which is mighty impressive for a pickup. To put that in perspective, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class - the epitome of luxury sedan motoring - offers less rear legroom.

The rear seats in the Crew Cab also allow for adjustment, making them even more comfortable on longer journeys. Even a family of five six-footers should be able to get comfortable in the Ram.

  • Seating capacity
    6-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 40.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.2 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The base Tradesman lives up to its name by offering standard heaty-duty vinyl seats in Diesel Gray and the option of black cloth at no extra charge, although you have to add the Tradesman Level 1 Equipment group, adding $1,555 to the price. Moving up to the Tradesman HFE gets you black cloth upholstery. The Big Horn/Lone Star trim comes standard with the six-seater layout, with the interior color schemes consisting of Black/Diesel Gray, Black/Light Mountain Brown, Black/Light Frost Beige, or just plain Premium Black cloth/vinyl. It's possible to upgrade to the five-seat configuration with front bucket seats, but it requires adding an optional package, as well as $595 for the actual seat trim.

The Laramie trim is still available in six-seat configuration, and there's an $895 charge for the five-seat configuration. Leather is standard in either Black or a mix of Mountain Brown and Light Frost Beige. The Rebel is only available in five-seat configuration, with either a black interior with cloth/vinyl upholstery or a stunning black and red interior. It's possible to add leather bucket seats at $1,545, but it requires either the Rebel Level 1 or 2 Equipment groups, retailing at $2,000 and $3,000, respectively.

The Limited Longhorn comes standard with a Black/New Saddle leather interior and lots of real wood trim. A Mountain Brown leather interior is also available, but it requires adding the new 10th Anniversary Limited Longhorn Edition package and the $3,895 Level 1 Equipment Package. The top-spec Limited trim is offered only with premium leather in either black or Indigo/Frost. The wood trim is replaced with carbon fiber look accents.

Ram 1500 Pickup Trunk and Cargo Space

The Ram 1500 is available in two bed sizes which both accommodate far more luggage than the trunk of a normal car. The shorter 5.7-foot bed is 67.4 inches long, has a depth of 21.4 inches, is 66.4 inches wide at its widest, and is 51 inches wide between the wheelhouses. That results in a cargo capacity of 53.9 cubic feet. The 6.4-foot bed is 76.3 inches long and has a 21.5-inch depth but the rest of the measurements are the same as above. That means 61.5 cubes of cargo capacity. There are numerous options available for the bed, including the multi-function tailgate ($995 on entry-level models), tonneau covers, and spray-in bedliner. The truck has a maximum payload capacity of 2,300 lbs.

Interior storage is generous in both five- and six-seater configurations. In five-seater configuration, the Ram is equipped with a massive configurable storage bin underneath the armrest. Crew Cab models also come with under-seat storage under the second row for small items.

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1500 Infotainment and Features

Features

The Ram 1500 is meant to cater to a large audience, ranging from customers who want a utilitarian workhorse to families in search of a high-end luxury 4x4. This is reflected in the standard features, though it has to be said that Ram gives you a lot more kit at the bottom end than most of its direct competitors. Base models get manual air conditioning, auto headlights, a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, push-button ignition, and manually adjustable seats. From Laramie specification and above, power adjustment for the front seats is included. These front seats are heated as well as ventilated and come with a basic memory function for the driver. Other niceties include a heated steering wheel and auto-dimming rearview mirrors. Since the Rebel is meant for off-roading, this trim adds an electronically locking rear differential, underbody skid plates, and LED reflector headlights. The Limited Longhorn adds higher-quality wood and leather, while the Limited adds blind-spot monitoring, a standard air suspension, power running boards, and the ultimate infotainment system.

Infotainment

There are three different infotainment systems across the various trim levels. The base model gets the Uconnect 3 system with a five-inch touchscreen display with basic Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system. Mid-spec models are equipped with Stellantis's famous 8.4-inch Uconnect 4 system, used in everything from the Jeep Renegade to the Maserati Levante. This unit comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well as SiriusXM and a 10-speaker sound system. The Limited is equipped with a magnificent 12-inch touchscreen interface mounted vertically within the center console. It's responsive, easy to use, and allows for split-screen operation. Normally, we don't care for systems where everything, including the climate control, is integrated into the touchscreen interface, but the split-screen does a wonderful job. You can have media or navigation up top and the climate control below. No furiously sliding through the screens to turn the climate control down a few degrees. As standard, it's mated to a 10-speaker sound system, but a 19-speaker premium sound system is also available. This interface sets the Ram apart from its competitors. It would not look out of place in a Maserati. In fact, the Levante's dull interior would benefit a lot from this new 12-inch system.

1500 Problems and Reliability

The Ram 1500 received 83 out of a possible 100 marks in the 2021 J.D. Power Ownership Survey. GMC's Sierra remains the clear class leader with 87 points. We find this quite surprising considering the number of recalls issued so far. The new Ram had a lot of teething problems in the beginning, with over 20 recalls for the 2019 model. Problems ranged from an improperly installed transfer case, fire risks, and fracturing driveshafts. These are not the kind of problems you want to read about when shopping around for a rugged pickup.

Seven recalls were issued in 2020. Problems included malfunctioning airbags, an accelerator pedal that doesn't return to its usual position, a lingering rearview camera image, and problems with the windshield wiper linkages. Mercifully, the 2021 model has only suffered one recall so far for a master cylinder push rod that could disconnect, so hopefully most of the truck's issues have been resolved. While there are numerous problems, we feel duty-bound to point out that none are related to the independent suspension. It seems like it's up to the task after all.

The 1500 is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

1500 Safety

Just like the level of luxury depends on the trim, so does the safety. The Quad Cab received an overall four-star safety rating from the NHTSA, while the Ram 1500 safety review for the family-oriented Crew Cab was a better, full five stars. The IIHS gave the 2021 Ram 1500 Crew Cab a Top Safety Pick rating, but this is only applicable to models with the optional front crash prevention driver assistance features and LED headlights. The Quad Cab did not receive the same prestigious rating, but it registered Good scores across all the major crashworthiness tests. The standard headlights were rated as Marginal, however.

According to the IIHS, the Ram is the safest large pickup, even though it dropped down from its 2019 Top Safety Pick + rating. This has nothing to do with the truck, but rather the IIHS's tests becoming stricter.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

All new Ram 1500 models get six airbags, ABS, EBS, traction and stability control, and a rearview camera. Most of the driver assistance features are only available as optional extras, which is disappointing considering Ford adds pre-collision assistance with automatic emergency braking as standard on all F-150 models. Forward collision mitigation is standard fitment on the Laramie trim and above. The Limited model comes as standard with blind-spot monitoring including trailer coverage.

Ram has upgraded the optional safety packages, however. The new tech includes a full-color head-up display, a digital rearview mirror, trailer tire pressure monitoring, and a system that will reverse a trailer on your behalf.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Ram 1500 a Good Truck?

We think the Ram's stellar sales performance so far is already proof enough that it's a superb pickup truck. Pickup truck buyers are arguably the most loyal customers out there, so luring them out of a Ford or a GM product is a stellar achievement.

There's an argument to be made about reliability, however. Ram doesn't have the best reputation in this regard, but we'll keep on revisiting this topic every year. To go from over 20 recalls to just one in two years is already a step in the right direction.

Some might want a back-to-basics truck, but why? The Ram is physical proof that you can have your cake and eat it too. With its new suspension setup and overall approach to quality and luxury, the Ram proves that there's no need for a pickup to be a bouncy castle on wheels. You can have an SUV-like ride and handling and a decent tow rating.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Ram 1500?

The most affordable Ram 1500 pickup is the Tradesman which begins at $32,795, a base price that excludes taxes, licensing, registration, and a destination charge in the US of $1,695. This model is followed by the Tradesman HFE at $34,645, the Big Horn/Lone Star at $37,290, and the more luxurious Laramie with an MSRP of $41,980. The flashy Rebel carries a starting price of $46,120. Finally, things get considerably more luxurious with the Limited Longhorn at $52,280 and the range-topping Limited at $56,650. The Texas-only Lone Star has a base price of $37,290.

The pricing reflected above is for the trims in their cheapest format. However, upgrading from 4x2 to 4x2, choosing a different engine, or going for the pricier Crew Cab are all ways to inflate the price. For example, upgrading to 4x4 on the base Tradesman will add $3,500 to the price and choosing the diesel engine on this model requires another $4,995. On the mid-range Laramie, upgrading from the Quad Cab to the Crew Cab with the smaller box will increase the price of the Ram 1500 by $2,850. As you can see, the Ram 1500 will cost substantially more at higher trim levels and with the pricier engine options.

2021 Ram 1500 Models

There 2021 Ram 1500 range comprises the Tradesman, Tradesman HFE, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Rebel, Limited Longhorn, and Limited; additionally, a 10th Anniversary Edition of the Limited Longhorn is available, too. Most models are powered by the naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 engine with mild-hybrid assistance, but the Limited model comes standard with the 5.7-liter V8. Apart from the HFE models, which are exclusively V6-powered, all engines are available on all models, both in 4x2 and 4x4 guise. The HFEs are limited to 4x2.

Tradesman models are equipped with halogen headlights, vinyl or cloth seats, 18-inch steel painted wheels, manual air conditioning, cruise control, and a basic five-inch infotainment screen with Bluetooth connectivity and six speakers.

The HFE Tradesman is limited to a 4x2 drivetrain, a five-seater Quad Cab layout, low-resistance tires, and less standard equipment to lower the weight. However, it does get nicer 20-inch aluminum chrome-clad wheels. At the moment it's only available with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, but the 3.0-liter diesel engine will be available soon. Considering this model is meant to be as efficient as possible, it makes more sense with a frugal diesel engine.

The Big Horn and the Lone Star are basically identical, although the latter is sold exclusively in Texas. Choosing these trims upgrades to alloy wheels, a sliding rear window, chrome exterior accents, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The Laramie trim is the first viable family-friendly option. It adds LED headlights, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, an 8.4-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and leather upholstery.

The Rebel is an off-road special, factory fitted with features that will get you further into the wild. These include a locking rear differential, underbody protection, all-terrain tires, and full projector LED headlights.

Limited Longhorn specification adds navigation, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster display, premium leather-trimmed bucket seats, real wood and metal trim, a multifunction tailgate, and available 22-inch alloys. A 10th Anniversary Edition is available in limited numbers, too, which comes standard with a multi-function tailgate, 10th anniversary badging, and a distinctive 10th-anniversary splash screen on the digital cluster.

The top-spec Limited is equipped with all the nice goodies, including wireless charging, a 12-inch infotainment system, power running boards, navigation, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, and air suspension. The Limited comes with a 5.7-liter V8 as standard.

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Additional Packages

There are numerous accessories available across the line-up. The most obvious being the engine and drivetrain selection. From there you can add an electronically locking rear axle ($545), gear ratios better suited to off-roading and towing ($95), a 33-gallon fuel tank ($445), and the four-corner air suspension for $1,805 on selected models.

There are also numerous packages available across the range, with the safety and comfort packages being the most notable. A Level 1 Safety Package can be added to the lower-end models for $595. It includes full-speed forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, pedestrian emergency braking, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Laramie can be upgraded via various style packages, including the Southwest Edition ($2,795), Night Edition ($3,495), and Sport Appearance Package for $2,595. These website prices are misleading, however. Each package requires equipment upgrades that add to the price. The top-spec Limited also has a number of packages, with the most expensive of these being the Night Package for $3,995. These packages are a nice mix and match of additional features that add even more safety, comfort, and style to an already well-kitted truck.

Notable packages for 2021 include the Built-to-Serve add-on for $2,795, which is designed to celebrate the USA's five land, sea, and air-based armed forces. Ram offers this package to celebrate each of the five military services branches by means of exclusive exterior paint colors, US flag, 'Built to Serve' decal, bespoke 20-inch aluminum wheels, blacked-out exterior accents, and interior accents.

Lastly, and unique to the Limited Longhorn, is the 10th Anniversary Edition Package. Available for $1,220, this adds OWL all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, a unique 10th Anniversary instrument cluster, a multi-function tailgate, and premium leather bucket seats in an exclusive Dipped Mountain Brown.

🚗What Ram 1500 Model Should I Buy?

It's difficult to pin just one model down. Off-road enthusiasts, for example, will enjoy the Rebel. Buyers in search of a workhorse will be more than happy with a Tradesman. If we had the money, we'd go the whole nine yards and get the Limited. It comes standard with air suspension and a V8 engine, but we'd pay an additional $3,200 for the frugal V6 diesel engine. We'd also add the Limited Level 1 Group ($2,995), which comes with adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, park assist, pedestrian emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, ventilated rear seats, and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. In a Patriot Blue hue, the grand total comes to $62,945 with the shorter box and 4x2. It's expensive but about as good as pickup trucks get.

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2021 Ram 1500 Comparisons

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Ram 2500 Ram
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Ram 1500305 hp20/25 mpg$32,795
Ford F-150 290 hp20/24 mpg$29,290
Ram 2500 410 hpTBC$35,270

2021 Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150

These two are fundamentally the same truck, using the same underpinnings and similar interior layouts. The main difference is the powertrain options. The 2500 comes standard with a 6.4-liter V8, with a 6.7-liter Cummins inline six-cylinder turbodiesel being optional. The tow ratings of the 2500 are more impressive, but it is a much thirstier pickup. If you go for the optional diesel engine, the consumption isn't that bad. And it can tow 19,780 lbs compared to the 1500's maximum 12,750 lbs tow rating. The pricing structure of these two models are remarkably similar, but it's worth keeping in mind that they serve different purposes. The 2500 is a hard worker adorned with some comforts, while the 1500 is a luxury truck that can do some work.

Thanks to the dimensions, the 2500 isn't as easy to live with daily. Unless you need the additional pulling power, we'd stay with the 1500.

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2021 Ram 1500 vs Ram 2500

These two are fundamentally the same truck, using the same underpinnings and similar interior layouts. The main difference is the powertrain options. The 2500 comes standard with a 6.4-liter V8, with a 6.7-liter Cummins inline six-cylinder turbodiesel being optional. The tow ratings of the 2500 are more impressive, but it is a much thirstier pickup. If you go for the optional diesel engine, the consumption isn't that bad. And it can tow 19,780 lbs compared to the 1500's maximum 12,750 lbs tow rating. The pricing structure of these two models are remarkably similar, but it's worth keeping in mind that they serve different purposes. The 2500 is a hard worker adorned with some comforts, while the 1500 is a luxury truck that can do some work.

Thanks to the dimensions, the 2500 isn't as easy to live with daily. Unless you need the additional pulling power, we'd stay with the 1500.

See Ram 2500 Review

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