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Few vehicle types match the breadth of use of full-size light-duty pickup trucks, and there's no better representative than the 2021 Ram 1500. At one end of the scale is the relatively basic Tradesman trim, bought by thousands of people who just need a truck to go about their business. At the opposite end is the Ram 1500 TRX, a new-for-2021 model that features a thundering supercharged 6.2-liter engine producing 702 hp. It can reach 60 mph on almost any surface in just 4.5 seconds, thanks to special tires, an off-road-specific suspension, and a reinforced frame. Its capabilities, and MSRP close to $100,000, surely put it out of reach for many, but the Ram 1500 is a great truck even at less lofty price points.
There's near limitless choice: three cabs and four cargo bed lengths, combined with four engines, rear- or all-wheel drive, and seven available trims. All Ram 1500s come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the engine choices are a 3.6-liter V6 with 305 hp, a 5.7-liter V8 with 395 hp, a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel with 260 hp, and that supercharged 702-hp 6.2-liter V8 that's unique to the TRX. All models drive very smoothly thanks to the fitting of coil springs under the cargo bed. The Ram 1500 is easy to recommend in any form, though it's regrettable that many of the latest driver aids remain on the options list.
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The 2021 Ram 1500 offers a wide assortment of engine options, providing the power you need to tackle big jobs. The 3.6L Pentastar® V6 (standard in Tradesman, Big Horn, and Rebel trims) and 5.7L HEMI V8 (available in all trims) include an eTorque mild-hybrid system, which optimizes shift changes for an extra boost of performance. You can also find 2021 Ram 1500s with the 5.7L Hemi V8 without the mild-hybrid system if you prefer a truck with a traditional powertrain (standard in Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited trims; available in all other trims). For a torque-rich engine that's also practical at the pumps, consider the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel (available on all trims). When equipped with rear-wheel drive and the eight-speed automatic transmission, the 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel returns an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined.
For 2021, changes to the Ram 1500 include a new TRX trim, which redefines the boundaries of what a pickup can be. Powered by a 6.2L HEMI supercharged V8 with 702 hp and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is a high-performance truck that can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). This model also includes a launch control with launch-assist system, which regulates engine RPM and monitors wheel slip feedback to achieve fast acceleration rates. You can off-road in the TRX, too, with the standard 2.5-inch Bilstein® Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance shocks, which continuously adapt to varied terrain for optimal body control.
If you're shopping for a pickup to help you tow with ease, the 2021 Ram 1500 will impress you with its pulling abilities and smart technologies. For heavy loads, consider the 2021 Ram 1500 with the 5.7L V8 HEMI with eTorque, which can tow an estimated 12,750 lbs. when properly equipped.
The 2021 Ram 1500 has a roomy cabin with cavernous passenger space and functional cubby storage to keep belongings nearby. With room for five or six passengers, depending on the trim you choose, Crew Cab models boast 45.2 inches of rear-seat legroom and available reclining rear-seats for customized comfort on long trips. The available in-floor storage zone is also a great place to store tools or cargo out-of-view (Tradesman and Big Horn trims with Crew Cab only). You'll love how bright the cabin feels with the available dual-pane power-operated sunroof (standard on 2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn and higher trims with Crew Cab only), while leather seating surfaces with accent stitching add to the truck's luxurious atmosphere (standard on Laramie and higher trims).
The 2021 Ram 1500 is a tech-rich truck, offering useful features for work or play. All models come standard with a ParkView rear backup camera to assist with tricky reverse moves, while Laramie and higher trims include a Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch display. The available head-up display (included in the Advanced Technology Group package for Big Horn and higher trims) lets you see stats, like turn-by-turn navigation, current speed, and incoming calls, without taking your eyes off the road. The 2021 Ram 1500 also features an available digital rearview mirror (included in the Advanced Technology Group package for Big Horn and higher trims) that improves driver rearward visibility by displaying real-time video from the rear-facing camera.
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17-inch steel wheels
Vinyl 40/20/40 front bench seat with manual adjust
Rearview monitor (2018–2021)
The fully redesigned Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was released in 2017. It features three engines, including a 285-hp 4.3L V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Choose from three cab configurations and bed lengths. A refresh in 2019 introduced a 3.0L six-cylinder diesel engine and ten-speed automatic transmission. Need to pull some toys or a camper? You'll find an estimated towing capacity of 12,200 lbs on a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RWD Double Cab with 6.2L V8 (when properly equipped).
Standard equipment on the 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 include:
4.2-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth (2017–2018)
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (2019 and newer)
In 2019, the midsize Ford Ranger returned to the brand's lineup after an eight-year hiatus. With a standard 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2019 Ranger generates 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, plenty for your everyday travels and more. This pickup is practical and powerful but with a compact feel and is ideal for anyone looking for the right-sized truck that is welcomed everywhere it goes.
The base model of the 2019 Ford Ranger includes:
Blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert
Pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking
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RepairPal gave the Ram 1500 an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ram 1500 4th out of 25 among Fullsize Trucks.View RepairPal's full rating of the Ram 1500
Billet Silver Metallic
Delmonico Red Pearl
Diamond Black Crystal Pearl
Granite Crystal Metallic
Maximum Steel Metallic
Patriot Blue Pearl
Two-tone Billet Silver Metallic
Two-tone Diamond Black Crystal Pearl
Two-tone RV Match Walnut Brown Metallic
10-speaker sound system (standard on Laramie and higher trims)
Leather upholstery (standard on Laramie and higher trims)
Spray-in bed liner (standard on Longhorn and Limited trims; optional in others)
Available dual-pane power-operated sunroof (Big Horn and higher trims with Crew Cab only)
Available in-floor storage (Tradesman and Big Horn trims only)
The 2021 Ram 1500 Crew cab with 2WD and 4WD both received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.