For much of their history, pickup trucks were just clunky and uncomfortable vehicles that were simply used to get the job done. While the emphasis on productivity and reliability hasn’t changed, modern trucks also became stylish, comfortable, and tech-rich vehicles that can be used for a multitude of purposes, from heavy-duty hauling to fun family road trips. Ram trucks are great examples of this versatility and the 2021 lineup improves on some already impressive vehicles.
2020 Ram 1500 vs. 2021 Ram 1500
Improving upon an already great vehicle is not an easy task, but it’s safe to say that Ram managed to achieve this with their 2021 models. Part of its 2019 generation, the Ram 1500 is generally seen as the industry standard when it comes to comfort and technology features, impressing in these categories without neglecting essentials such as hauling and towing capability.
Among the features only available for the 2021 version, you’ll discover a stylish and useful head-up display unit that can be configured according to the driver’s needs and preferences. The five content areas can be customized with the help of the nearby 12-inch infotainment screen and show important information such as the current speed, along with the area’s speed limit, turn-by-turn navigation info, and info on driver aids, such as the lane keep assist system and the adaptive cruise control. The 9.2-inch digital rearview mirror is another tech feature that’s new to the 2021 lineup.
There are also plenty of added functionality features on the 2021 Ram 1500 compared to the 2020 model. The Snow Plow Prep option is great for those living in areas with heavy snow, as it adds a 220-amp alternator and a plow wiring harness, along with a power-sliding rear window with automatic defrosting. A new Trailer Reverse Steering Control system is also available for the 2021 generation, helping the driver easily control large trailers while backing up.
The 2021 Ram 1500 also reshuffled some features, with the power-folding mirrors now being available to select as a standalone option compared to the 2020 model that only had them as a part of the Trailer Tow group of optional features. Some safety features have also been added, with the Advanced Safety Group options package now including pedestrian detection to its adaptive cruise control feature, along with a surround-view camera system that gives you a top-down 360-degree view of the vehicle and the lane-keeping assist that automatically steers the Ram back to its lane if it senses it drifting.
However, the biggest difference between the 2021 and the 2020 Ram 1500 is the addition of a new trim, the TRX. The off-road-oriented trim is equipped with a beastly Hellcat V-8 engine that is capable of producing up to 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. The TRX is not only the most powerful Ram 1500, but it’s also the most menacing-looking, with its flared fenders being eight inches wider than the other trims as well as a track width that’s wider by six inches.
The TRX was designed with off-road performance in mind and its ground clearance is more than three inches higher than on regular Ram 1500s, with the entire chassis being heavily modified to maximize durability and minimize weight. Other unique modifications include Bilstein adaptive dampers with remote reservoirs, large 35-inch all-terrain tires, an upgraded brake system, an electronic lock differential, a solid rear axle, five underbody skid plates, launch control, and real-time performance data that can be displayed on the 12-inch touch-screen interface.
2020 Ram 2500 vs. 2021 Ram 2500
The current Ram 2500 lineup was initially launched in 2019 and aimed to provide an ideal compromise between the agile Ram 1500 and the extremely powerful Ram 3500. Although the 2021 generation doesn’t bring much improvement from the 2020 one, the Ram 2500 is still a very impressive truck that’s both comfortable and reliable.
True to its heavy-duty classification, its engine options are supremely powerful, with even the standard one being a 6.4-liter V-8 with up to 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. Those who want vast amounts of torque available at low revs can choose the Diesel option, a turbocharged 6.7-liter with 370 horsepower and no less than 850 pound-feet of torque that gives the 2021 Ram 2500 amazing towing and hauling capabilities.
The 2021 Ram 2500 also gets an optional style upgrade, called the Heavy Duty Limited Black Edition, giving the truck a sleek and elegant all-black look that’s guaranteed to turn heads. The style upgrade sees exterior elements like badges, wheels, and accents all turned black, along with other elements like the grille, side mirrors, tow hooks, door handles, headlight bezels, and taillight bezels all turning black and giving the pickup truck a special look.
2020 Ram 3500 vs. 2021 Ram 3500
The Ram 3500 is the largest and heaviest of the three and is the best choice for those with exceptionally heavy hauling and towing needs. Its two main engine options are the same as those on the Ram 2500, but its Diesel powertrain has an extra high-output version that delivers up to 410 horsepower and an amazing 1,000 pound-feet of torque. This huge power output, along with other minor improvements for the 2021 model, improves the Ram3500’s towing capacity to an unbelievable 37,000 pounds, with a maximum payload of 7,680 pounds.
Just like the two smaller Ram trucks, the 3500 is also surprisingly agile and comfortable for its size. It also features plenty of driver aids, like the newly-added digital rearview mirror that shows the driver what’s happening behind the truck with the help of a rear-facing camera.
Trucks are arguably the most versatile vehicles on the road and Ram perfectly exemplifies that. Whether you choose the lighter Ram 1500 or the heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 models, you will discover a truck that manages to improve on an already great 2020 model and one that offers you top-notch capability, excellent comfort levels, and an eye-catching design.
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