Ram 1500 2021 – Brilliant Black
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE17 MPG City / 23 MPG Highway
- ENGINE2987 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
The 2021 Ram 1500 isn't the best pickup truck because it has the most "best-in-class" accolades but because it raises expectations for the entire breed. Pickups were once judged based on ruggedness rather than refinement. No longer. And this latest Ram, with its luxury-grade interior and cushy ride quality, easily exceeds even the fanciest versions of the Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Ford F-150. Its innovative air suspension, built-in cargo-bed bins, split-folding tailgate, and giant 12.0-inch touchscreen are all options not offered on its rivals. Along with a frugal and torque-rich diesel six-cylinder engine, the Ram enhances its standard V-6 and optional Hemi V-8 with hybrid systems. They contribute to the pickup's contemporary vibe, which is also bolstered by its extensive technology and myriad capabilities—which makes the Ram an easy pick for our 2021 10Best list as well as an Editors' Choice award.
What's New for 2021?
Not only has the debut of the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX, which we review separately, made Ram's 2021 half-ton lineup more interesting, it also signals the introduction of some cool new options for the less-extreme models. These include a newly available head-up display, a fully digital rearview mirror, a feature that controls the truck's steering when backing up to a trailer, and Off-Road pages contained in the infotainment system that show ride height, pitch-and-roll monitoring, and transfer-case mode. Along with some improved trailer-specific features, the addition of pedestrian detection to the Advanced Safety package, and expanded availability of forward-collision warning, there's a special Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition. It includes a plethora of exclusive badging inside and out as well as a Mountain Brown interior with unique trim pieces.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Tradesman - $37,695
- HFE - $39,332
- Lone Star - $42,650
- Big Horn - $42,650
- Laramie - $45,140
- Rebel - $49,935
- Longhorn - $58,275
Limited - $63,290
Although the arrival of the insane TRX diminishes the desirability of the Rebel, we still think it's the half-ton Ram to get. We'd opt for the crew cab with four-wheel drive, which costs $3500 more than the rear-drive version. While the standard V-6 is serviceable, we prefer the extra power and sexy rumble that the $1495 Hemi V-8 provides. We'd also choose the air suspension for its selectable ride height. Since it requires either the Level 1 or Level 2 package, we think the latter's roster of remote start, 115-volt power outlet, front and rear parking sensors, power-adjustable pedals, passive hands-free entry, and more make it the one to get. We'd also nab the 33-gallon fuel tank that will enable fewer fill-ups during road trips than the standard 26-gallon tank. The only other options we'd recommend are the Safety and Convenience package (adaptive cruise, automatic high-beams, lane-keep assist) and the Multifunction Tailgate that also brings a spray-in bedliner.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
The 2021 Ram 1500 earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but the last version that was evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) wasn't named a Top Safety Pick. The pickup also has a host of available driver-assistance technology that ranges from automated emergency braking to lane-keeping assist. Key safety features include:
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available automatic high-beam headlights
- Available adaptive cruise control
Ram has a competitive limited and powertrain warranty that is only eclipsed by the Nissan Titan's lengthier coverage. Likewise, the half-ton Sierra and Silverado as well as the Toyota Tundra offer complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance