The Ram 1500 has been one of the hottest-selling trucks around in recent years. Fully redesigned for the 2019 model year, Ram’s fifth-generation truck appeals to families looking for plenty of space and rugged styling as well as tradesmen who need some power to get the job done. If you’re thinking about buying a Ram 1500, you’ve got various trim offerings to choose from. Here’s a comparison to help you decide which trim is right for you.
The Ram 1500 is available in eight trims for 2021: Tradesman, Tradesman HFE, Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel, Limited Longhorn, Limited, and TRX.
Cabs and Cargo Beds
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Your choice of trim may depend on the type of cab you want since not all trims are available with both cab styles. The larger Crew cab has about 10 inches of additional legroom in the rear row of seats compared to the more compact Quad cab. The Limited Longhorn, Limited, and TRX trims only offer the Crew cab, while the lower trims feature the smaller cab as standard.
The smaller cab, combined with the 5.7-liter V-8 engine, is the best choice if you plan on pushing the Ram 1500’s 12,750-pound towing capacity to the limit. If hauling heavy loads in your cargo box is your priority, the base V-6 engine provides you with the highest payload capacity at 2,300 pounds.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the Ram 1500 Classic is still available. This is the fourth-generation model that was replaced in 2019. We’ve focused on the fifth-generation Ram in this comparison, but the Ram Classic does give you the option of a Regular cab, which has one row of seats, and an 8-foot-long cargo bed. These features may make the Ram Classic a good choice for you if you’ll be using it primarily as a work truck. Be sure to look into the Ram 3500 and Ram 2500 as well!
The Tradesman’s standard features include rear-wheel drive and a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that churns out 305 horsepower. Inside the cabin, you can choose from cloth or synthetic leather upholstery. There’s also a 5-inch infotainment screen, BlueTooth connectivity, and several USB ports.
You can opt for several upgrades in the Tradesman. Four-wheel drive can be included for an additional $3,500, while a V-8 engine upgrade costs $1,795. With the Level 1 Equipment Group package, you get premium cloth upholstery, satellite radio, and a power-sliding rear window for $1,595.
The Big Horn also features the base V-6 engine. You can upgrade to the 5.7-liter V-8, which puts out 395 horsepower, or the 3.0-liter diesel V-6 with 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The Big Horn comes standard with premium cloth upholstery and a 60-40 split rear folding seat. On the exterior, you’ll have fog lights and chrome trim.
The Level 1 Equipment Group costs $1,300 with the Big Horn trim and gives you a class IV receiver hitch, power-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio, and a larger 8.4-inch infotainment screen. You can also upgrade to dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seats.
If you want to ride in luxury, take a look at the Laramie trim. It offers genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable driver and passenger’s seats, and dual-zone climate control. There’s a lot more tech in the infotainment system too, including smartphone compatibility, a premium stereo, and the larger 8.4-inch screen.
The Laramie features the more powerful V-8 engine as standard. You can add some helpful driver safety features, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.
Off-roading fans should sit up and take notice of what the Ram 1500 Rebel has to offer. Standard features include a locking differential and tow hooks. The Rebel also gets a high-performance suspension system to allow this truck to better handle rough ground. You can upgrade to a four-wheel drive for additional control at the cost of $3,500.
Several upgrade packages are available, including extra infotainment features, heated rear seats, and climate control. The Rebel 12 package gives you a whopping 12-inch infotainment screen. Once you find the trim you want, don’t hesitate on finding the right accessories for your Ram 1500
The Limited Longhorn features premium leather upholstery and heated rear seats. You also get a navigation system and front and rear parking sensors.
The 12-inch infotainment screen is available as part of one of the upgrade packages. Ventilated rear seats, blind-spot monitoring, and wireless device charging are some of the other optional features you can choose from.
The Limited’s standout features include power running boards and a four-corner air suspension system. Many of the Limited Longhorn’s optional upgrades, like blind-spot monitoring and wireless charging, come standard. One optional upgrade worth noting is the surround-view parking camera. This helpful feature provides an aerial view of your truck on your infotainment screen so that you can safely maneuver in or out of a tight spot.
The Ram 1500 TRX is the top-of-the-line trim, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Under the hood, you have a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 with an incredible 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. This provides you with the extra power necessary for heavy towing or hauling tasks or to simply enjoy a touch more speed on the highway. Various upgrade packages allow you to add leather upholstery, wireless device charging, and heated seats.
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We hope that our small comparison for the 2021 Ram 1500 has helped give you the information to decide which configuration best suits your needs. If you have questions about the Ram or any of its features, you can reach out to our auto sales team, and they’ll be happy to help you.
The next step to getting the buying process started is to browse our online inventory of Ram 1500s. You’ll find lots of information about the configurations of each truck we currently have on our lot. To get set up with auto financing or finalize your purchase price, contact us today or drop by our dealership in Lewisville to talk to one of our professional team members in person.