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2021 Ram 1500 Review: Setting The New Standard

Two years into its fifth generation, the 2021 Ram 1500 pickup is still going strong. The fierce competition it presented to the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado has caused both trucks to up their game in order to stabilize their positions in the market. In 2021, the 1500 has returned to its position as the third top-selling pickup in the USA, but we believe it is a better vehicle than these figures suggest. Not only is it capable of towing an impressive 12,750 lbs with its 395-horsepower Hemi V8 gas engine, but it boasts one of the best-quality interiors in the segment. But are a comfortable ride, a state-of-the-art infotainment suite, and good off-roading capabilities enough to keep Ram on the podium when most buyers only seem to care about sheer power and towing capacity?

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2021 Ram 1500 Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 1500?

You don't stay near the top by letting your product stagnate, so the 2021 Ram 1500 continues to receive updates. Leaning into its image as a more premium pickup truck, the Ram 1500 gets some more modern tech this year. Sadly, it is all optional and requires you to upgrade trim levels or spec on packages. Some of the new features include a full-color head-up display, a digital rearview mirror, and trailer reverse steering control. The 4x4 Off-road Group is also expanded with Off-road pages, which supplies information on the transfer case position and ride height, among others. From the Laramie upwards, pedestrian detection and full-speed collision warning have been added to the driver-assistance suite. The Longhorn Limited and limited-run Mopar Ram 1500 Special Edition join the model lineup, too.

Pros and Cons

  • Highly capable diesel powertrain
  • Near-top-of-class towing capacity
  • Best infotainment suite in the segment
  • Plush ride comfort
  • High-quality and upscale interior
  • Excessive weight hampers already poor fuel economy
  • Most of the nicest features cost extra
  • Best driver-assistance features limited to top trim levels

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2021 Ram 1500 Trims and Prices

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

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Dimensions

  • Length 228.9 in
  • Wheelbase 140.5 in
  • Height 77.6 in
  • Max Width 82.1 in
  • Curb Weight 4,778.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat
  • Delmonico Red Pearlcoat
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat, Build Out:04/19/2021.
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat, Build Out: 04/13/21
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat, Build Out:04/13/2021.
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat, Build Out:04/20/21
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Ivory White Tri-Coat Pearlcoat
  • Flame Red Clearcoat
  • Tank Clearcoat, Build Out:02/03/2021
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1500 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

No other style of car supplies as much variety when it comes to configurations as a pickup truck. The Ram 1500 offers a choice of three engines (with the top-tier TRX being reviewed separately), starting with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that we know all-too-well from the other Stellantis brands. However, the addition of an eTorque system helps to support the standard outputs of 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Above this is an even higher-displacement 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that offers even better performance courtesy of its 395 hp and 410 lb-ft. Like the 6-cylinder powertrain, it can also be augmented - this time with a 130-lb-ft electric motor.

The newest addition is a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6, which not only delivers 260 hp and a whopping 480 lb-ft, but also better fuel efficiency in a thirsty line of cars. Regardless of the engine you choose, an 8-speed automatic transmission deals with gear shifts. Only the Tradesman HFE is limited to rear-wheel drive, while all the rest get to choose between FWD and AWD depending on the powertrain equipped. Towing performance varies, with the gasoline V6 boasting a top max capacity of 7,710 lbs, the turbo-diesel 12,560 lbs, and the V8 12,750 lbs.

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo Diesel, 3.0L Turbo V6 Diesel, 3.6L V6 Gas, 5.7L V8 Gas, Engine: 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT, Engine: 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT eTorque
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

1500 Gas Mileage

  • 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

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Seating and Interior Space

  • 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

1500 Trunk and Cargo Space

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1500 Safety and Reliability

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

US NHTSA crash test result

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

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Ram 1500 a good Truck?

Sales figures alone prove that the Ram 1500 is a great truck; so many people can't be wrong, can they? Pickup owners are notoriously loyal, so luring customers away from Ford, GM, and Dodge is an impressive feat. This is despite some questionable reliability expectations, as evidenced by quite a few recalls since the latest generation model was released. Luckily, its safety rating is not in question, with the NHTSA review of the 2021 Ram 1500 returning a solid four-star rating with the Quad Cab, and five stars with the Crew Cab.

Further strengths include an upscale cabin and above-average ride quality. There are plenty of modern features on offer, too, including a fair number of advanced driver aids. However, the Ram 1500 falls a bit behind in terms of towing and sheer power, which is what most buyers in the segment really care about. Even though it is perfectly capable off-road, this hurts its appeal. But, if you want a decent helping of capability, luxury, comfort, and adventure, Ram's 4-door pickup is definitely worth your time and money.

๐Ÿš—What Ram 1500 Model Should I Buy?

There is a Ram 1500 to fit just about any need, so recommending a particular model depends entirely on said need. If you want to go off-roading on the regular, the Rebel is a great option, while consumers who only care about workhorse credentials will opt for the cheaper Tradesman and spec on the V8 engine. But, if you want to capitalize on the Ram's all-round proficiency, the Limited is the way to go. The price of this 2021 Ram 1500 pickup is a hefty $57,150 ($61,150 with AWD), but you get a lot for your money. This includes the air suspension and potent V8, leather-trimmed seating with heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, and a 12-inch touchscreen paired with a nine-speaker sound system. The Limited Level 1 Equipment Group will add $2,995 to the bill, but the 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio setup and the addition of adaptive cruise control, parallel and perpendicular park assist, pedestrian emergency braking, and a surround-view camera feels worth it.

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