2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid

MSRP range: $32,795 - $56,080
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MSRP$36,340
Edmunds suggests you pay$35,850

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2021 Ram 1500 Review

  • Unique suspension delivers unequaled ride smoothness and control
  • Cabin is roomy, quiet and laden with useful storage and tech features
  • Great combo of fuel economy and towing power from available diesel engine
  • Range-topping TRX promises exceptional off-road abilities and performance
  • Common driver assist features are limited to higher trims
  • New TRX variant with 702-horsepower V8 engine
  • Newly available head-up display
  • New optional Trailer Reverse Steering Control
  • Part of the fifth Ram 1500 generation introduced in 2019

The Ram 1500 truck has been our top-rated light-duty pickup since this latest generation debuted for 2019. It sets the bar for the class in terms of technology integration, interior materials quality and ride comfort while providing stout towing and hauling capabilities. For 2021, the competition will be significantly tougher: Ford is set to launch its redesigned F-150 for 2021. The F-150 is coming to market with big interior improvements and lots of serious new tech. Can it dethrone the Ram 1500?

Not if Ram has anything to say about it. This year's 1500 gets new optional tech features such as a driver head-up display, an available digital rearview mirror, new performance and off-road readouts via the 12-inch touchscreen, and a trailer reverse control system that steers the truck for you as you direct your trailer into your parking spot.

Small potatoes, you say? OK, how about the all-new Ram 1500 TRX? It features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 thumping out 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. That's a lot of russets. Ram says the TRX can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds — an astonishing figure for a beefy pickup truck like this. But that's not all. The TRX also gets wide-body fenders, 35-inch tires, a specialized suspension, a reinforced frame and a 2-inch chassis lift, all for enhanced off-road high-speed performance.

With a potential price tag approaching $100,000, a fully loaded TRX certainly isn't for everyone. Then again, that's the beauty of a full-size truck — there's a version to pretty much match every need, want and budget. For now, the 2021 Ram 1500 leads the full-size pickup pack. But check back later this year to find out how it compares to the new F-150.

What's it like to live with?

Edmunds purchased a Ram 1500 and drove it for two years and nearly 50,000 miles. To learn more about our experiences, read our Ram 1500 long-term test. We cover everything from seat comfort to real-world fuel economy and durability. Note that we tested a 2019 Ram 1500 but it and the 2021 truck are of the same generation, so most of our observations still apply.

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The Ram 1500 offers uncommonly smooth driving manners because of its distinct rear suspension design. You also get unique upscale interior highlighted by the optional 12-inch infotainment display. The V6 and V8 engines are both solid choices, but the reintroduced second-generation EcoDiesel V6 has even more going for it.
Our test truck had the V8 engine and the eight-speed transmission. They work so well together that we could recommend this truck on that basis alone. It's strong, and it's easy to drive in just about every situation. The same can largely be said for the newly reintroduced EcoDiesel powertrain — especially if you appreciate the pulling power of diesel torque.

But there's much more to the Ram than solid powertrain choices. We've tested many Ram configurations, and they all impress us with their steady steering, confident braking and secure handling. Ram's decade-old decision to walk away from leaf springs and switch to a coil-spring rear suspension continues to pay dividends. We're surprised no one has followed its lead.
Wind and road noise is minimal, particularly in higher trim levels. Even the rumbling V8 provides only a soothing soundtrack unless you decide to open it up. The Ram 1500 expertly soaks up varying road imperfections and does it without the rough ride you'd normally expect from a light-duty pickup.

The front seats are nicely shaped to provide comfort and support over long distances, and that's even true of the entry-level Tradesman. Even the rear bench has an agreeable backrest angle, and it reclines a surprising amount in higher trims. We also like the Ram 1500's effective climate control system, which offers rear center A/C vents even if you get three-across front seating.
The Ram 1500 crew cab's interior is a pleasing place to spend time. The doors open wide to make it easy to get in, and all four doors have their own chunky and well-positioned grab handles. For the driver, there are easy-to-reach controls and a commanding view of the road.

Passengers in any seat will find plenty of headroom, legroom and shoulder room. The cabin is spacious, and the Ram has more rear legroom and foot clearance than competing trucks. Although the rearview mirror is a bit small, the Ram's large windows and clever hood design help with outward visibility overall.
The optional 12-inch touchscreen is a dazzling addition to any vehicle, let alone a pickup truck. It offers a huge map and sharp graphics. The 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system is also impressive and offers navigation. Both get multiple USB and USB-C ports, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Meanwhile, the 5-inch screen in the Tradesman has the basics down pat.

Ram unfortunately does not include any driver assist features as standard equipment. Only the Laramie model and above offer parking assistance sensors, forward collision and lane departure mitigation. When it's equipped, adaptive cruise control does a good job of bringing the truck down to a complete stop. Automated parking assistance is available, and it works admirably.
Tow ratings, particularly for the diesel, are stout for this class. With the V8 or the diesel engine, most of the Ram 1500's common configurations can pull more than 11,000 pounds, and some exceed 12,000 pounds. The optional RamBox locking bins built into the side of the bed are useful for storing tools or towing equipment. There's also an optional two-way tailgate that can open downward or outward like doors.

Interior storage space is another area where the truck shines. Its center console is enormous and highly configurable. The Ram can be ordered with hidden compartment spaces in the rear floor, underneath the rear seats or in the back cushions themselves. The rear seat folds up as one piece or in a 60/40-split on higher trims.
The Ram's combined city/highway fuel economy ranges, for the most part, from the high teens to the low 20s depending on the engine and whether you get rear- or four-wheel drive. But the EcoDiesel V6 is the mpg star here. With rear-wheel drive, it posts an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined. With the optional 33-gallon tank, it can go about 1,000 highway miles on a fillup. Our 4WD test truck with the diesel returned a 24.2 mpg average over 923 mixed-driving test miles.
The Ram 1500's build quality, at first, feels and looks great, especially in the more upscale trim levels such as Big Horn, Laramie and beyond. However, after spending some extended time in a long-term test truck, we experienced a few part failures, revealing lesser quality than we originally perceived. Ram pricing remains pretty competitive, though.

Ram's engine choices are largely independent of trim, so you're not forced to spend more for a big engine if you want an economical V6 in a nicely trimmed truck. On the flip side, you can also buy the top-tier diesel in something like a Tradesman work truck, a unique move that makes it a diesel bargain compared to the competition. You won't find anything more than the usual warranty coverage, but that's no bad thing.
The Ram 1500 is a smart and civilized truck that doesn't drive like anything else in its class. Much of that is attributable to its independent rear suspension, which makes it pleasing to drive and gives it an uncommonly smooth ride. Opting for the Rebel off-road version will get you more off-road potential with no real loss in comfort.

Once known for big-rig styling, the Ram 1500 is now more stylish and aerodynamic. It doesn't hit you over the head with a tough-truck theme. This aesthetic carries over inside, where the Ram impresses with a handsome look that is logically laid out and oozes quality. And the 12-inch screen and reclining rear seat never get old.

Which 1500 does Edmunds recommend?

While we'd love to recommend the fully bonkers off-road TRX model to all Ram 1500 buyers, we know it's not the practical pickup that most buyers will need. Instead, the Laramie should work out well for most Ram buyers. It comes with some desirable standard equipment such as an 8.4-inch touchscreen and heated and ventilated front seats. It also gives you access to optional tech and safety features that aren't available on the Tradesman or the Big Horn.

Ram 1500 models

The Ram 1500 comes in seven trims: the base Tradesman, Big Horn (also called the Lone Star in Texas), the beefed-up Rebel, followed by the Laramie, Long Horn and Limited. Finally, new for 2021 is the TRX, an off-road-focused version with many exclusive features.

You can get the Ram 1500 in a quad-cab or crew-cab configuration. They're both crew cabs, but the quad cab has less rear legroom. The quad cab comes with a long bed (6 feet, 4 inches), while the crew-cab can be had with the long bed or a short bed (5 feet, 7 inches).

The Ram 1500 can be had with one of four available engines, with availability depending on the trim level and configuration. They include:

  • A 3.6-liter V6 engine (305 hp, 269 lb-ft). It comes with Ram's eTorque system, which is a mild hybrid system that slightly improves fuel economy and engine stop-start smoothness.
  • A 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp, 410 lb-ft) with or without eTorque
  • A diesel-powered turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (260 hp, 480 lb-ft)
  • Exclusive to the new TRX is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (702 hp, 650 lb-ft)

All Ram 1500s come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. For most 1500s, rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional.

The entry-level Tradesman comes with:

  • 18-inch steel wheels
  • 5-inch touchscreen and six-speaker stereo
  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Trailer sway damping (adjusts vehicle brakes to help control trailer movement if a trailer begins to sway)

Moving up to the Big Horn and its Lone Star variant adds:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Foglights
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat

The real leap with the Big Horn and Lone Star comes in the way of available options, which include:

  • 8.4-inch or 12-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

If you value off-road capability, the Rebel builds on the Big Horn equipment with:

  • More aggressive styling
  • LED exterior lighting
  • Upgraded shocks and suspension tuning and larger all-terrain tires
  • Hill descent control and four underbody skid plates
  • Electronic locking rear axle

Ram takes a sharp turn toward luxury with the Laramie trim. Standard equipment builds on the Big Horn and adds:

  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Power mirrors and power rear window
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

Meanwhile, the Longhorn steps up the luxury quotient with:

  • Side steps
  • Reclining heated rear seats and rear underseat storage
  • Navigation and satellite radio
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Spray-in bedliner and in-bed lighting

The luxurious Limited gets the 5.7-liter V8 as standard, and it adds all sorts of posh equipment and fittings including:

  • 12-inch touchscreen
  • Four-corner air suspension (can raise or lower the ride height of the vehicle)
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Premium-leather bucket seats
  • Power-deployable running boards
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot) and rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)

Right at the top of the heap comes the all-new TRX. While the Rebel is adapted for off-roading, the TRX seems to have mud flowing through its veins. It builds on the Limited and standard equipment includes the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, along with:

  • Bilstein adaptive dampers with remote reservoirs
  • 2-inch suspension lift
  • 35-inch all-terrain tires
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Dana 60 solid rear axle
  • Electronic locking differential
  • Five underbody skid plates
  • Launch control and real-time access to performance data via the 12-inch screen

Many features available on the higher trims are available on the lower trims as options. Other key optional features include:

  • Reverse steering control (use of a dashboard-mounted knob controls the truck's steering wheel in a direction that will guide a trailer into a desired spot)
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Head-up display
  • Wireless device charging
  • RamBox cargo storage
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof
  • 33-gallon fuel tank
  • 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

Finally, the Advanced Safety Group option package gets you:

  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Ram 1500 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Ram 1500 back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Ram 1500.

Average user rating: 3.1 stars
24 total reviews
5 star reviews: 46%
4 star reviews: 4%
3 star reviews: 4%
2 star reviews: 8%
1 star reviews: 38%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

1/5 stars, pos
Donnie D,
Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A)
doesn't deserve 1 star drove a 2021 Laramie off the lot friday at 4:30---got 4 k on it and dash said emergency brake on--nope--wasnt--turned it off -restarted-glitch gone-go back to dealership -closed. Next day moved it for the plow-battery light on--ok time for a hwy ride, maybe a dud battery--go 10 k-engine light, blind-spot warning, oil light, then lose heat, radio--then steering locked going 90--then engine dies-skids to a halt in the right lane--10 mins later started and limped to side of the road...minus 20 and 4 hour wait for tow truck which i almost had to pay for since truck was so new info wasn't in the system yet---can you say very goddamn unhappy
1/5 stars, 450 miles and in the shop/updated
Adam I,
Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A)
It started out great than right before I owned the car for two weeks all alerts popped up up for esc along w front and rear park assist. Unfortunately it didn’t stop there. It couldn’t longer shift while hitting 7k rpm. It began to smoke from underneath, only to notice leaking transmission fluid. Contact Ram customer which gave me a case number bc I dealer can’t find the issues. It is a 2021 LARAMIE with only 450 miles. Should’ve went w F-150. At 5800 miles the truck completely died and spent 4 weeks at the dealer where they replaced the battery pack and MGU. Not what I would expect but let’s hope this resolved all the issues.
5/5 stars, Beast mode
Lester canidy,
Laramie 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A)
Truck Interior annexed terrier is amazing, with great storage room and electronics, sound system on point. Love the 12 inch screen.

2021 Ram 1500 videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: Hi, Carlos Lago with Edmunds here. And here are the 2021 Ford F-150 and RAM 1500. We like these trucks a lot. Each has been at the top of our truck rankings depending on the year and generation. Speaking of, the F-150 started a new generation for 2021, and in this video, we're going to explain what that means and how it stacks up to the RAM, which has been our favorite full sized pickup since it was redesigned for 2019. Now, astute viewers already know that we awarded the F-150 our top-rated truck for 2021, so spoiler alert. But here, we'll get into a bit more detail as to why, and what should matter to you. But before we go on, make sure to check the links below for more info on these trucks and more, and also be sure to visit Edmunds.com/sellmycar to get a free, no obligation cash offer on your car, truck, or SUV. First, where is the GM representative, the Sierra or the Silverado? Well, it's behind these two trucks in our rankings, and for reasons you can read about by clicking the links below. Now, for these trucks, we matched them as best as availability allowed-- that meant crew cab, short beds, 4x4s, and luxury trim levels with as-tested price tags of $64,000 for the RAM and $74,000 for the F-150. Yeah, that's quite a mismatch-- and it's also higher than the average transaction prices for these trucks, which is closer to $50,000. But remember, we're covering options on these trucks that you're going to probably end up skipping on yours. We also base our rankings not off these exact trucks, but from our experience with the ranges of these model lines. Remember, our long-term test program too means we're also customers. We've bought and owned two F-150s from the previous generation-- a 2015 and a 2018-- as well as a 2019 RAM 1500. You can read all those at our long term test blog. So with all that out of the way, we subjected each of these trucks to a variety of testing and evaluation. We measured how fast they go in a straight line, and how short and competently they stop in an emergency. We've drag raced them and chastised John for his slow reaction times. And we've also lived with each of them and driven them just like you would. [MUSIC PLAYING] Let's start with engines, because, yeah, trucks, right? The new F-150's engines are pretty much the same as the previous generation, with a mix of V6s from the base 3.3-liter to the two twin turbo variants, a turbo diesel, and, of course, the 5-liter V8. Most F-150s will have one of those engines. This one, though, is the new hybrid, which pairs a 3.5-liter turbo V6 with an electric motor and a 10-speed automatic. It's good for 430 horsepower and 570 pound feet of torque. That's more than what you get in any RAM, unless it's the TRX, and that makes sense for what it costs in the Ford. It's between $1,900 and $3,300, depending on the trim level. Not only does Ford get power and torque bragging rights, but this engine is rated at 25 MPG combined for two-wheel drive, and 24 for four-wheel drive, making it the most efficient of these pickups. Now, the RAM has fewer engines to offer-- a gas or turbo diesel V6, and two versions of the 5.7-liter V8-- one with a mild hybrid system that RAM calls eTorque, and one without. This one is the regular, non-hybrid V8, which means 395-horsepower, 410 pound feet of torque. Per the EPA, it returns 17 MPG combined. The transmission's an eight-speed auto. And obviously, we would have loved to have had an eTorque RAM here. But we couldn't get one. That said, we have evaluated the eTorque previously, and liked it quite a bit. Now, the eTorque's motor and battery aren't as powerful or as big as the Ford's, so its fuel economy boost isn't as big either-- 19 MPG combined. But on the other hand, it isn't as expensive either-- roughly $200 more than the regular V8. Ready? [RUSTLING WITH CHAINS] The redesigned F-150's box hasn't changed in terms of dimensions or availability. Like Chevy, it's available with a short, standard, or long bed, while the RAM comes in just short or standard bed configurations. In terms of raw space, it's essentially a push between the two short beds, with the RAM offering about a cubic foot more storage space, unless you factor in the optional RAM box setup. And with that in mind, let's look at the features you can get on these beds. Let's call them tailgate olympics. The RAM box essentially adds additional lockable storage on the bed with drains at the bottom. But that cuts in on the bed width. The optional multifunction tailgate doesn't have the same kind of folding origami tricks as what you see with GM's trucks, but it is pretty neat anyway. It opens like a normal tailgate, but it also has a 60-40 split that allows you to open it outward. This allows you to access the bed more easily, and it costs about $1,000. The F-150's tailgate doesn't do any gymnastics, but it is available with a step and power up-down availability. The big party piece is the available pro power on board, which is essentially a generator in the bed of varying output depending on the engine and options you pick. You can get a 2-kilowatt or 2.4-kilowatt version with the non-hybrid engines. On the hybrid, you get a 7.2-kilowatt version that has four 120-volt, 20-amp outlets and a locking NEMA 240-volt, 30-amp outlet that can provide up to 7,200 watts of power. That's a massive amount of power that should satisfy your needs, whether you're tailgating, building a house-- bring it on, 2021. The tailgate also has spots for c-clamps. And the optional tailgate work surface adds a tablet holder, ruler, spots for pens, et cetera. In this time of global working from home, It's nice to know you can never escape video conferencing. [BEEPING] It takes effort, but it's faster. [MUSIC PLAYING] There are a ton of different options for the 2021 generation F-150. So there are many different ways you can configure this interior. Fortunately, this pretty much fully-loaded model has most of the features, so we can touch on many of them. For example, I've got massaging heated and cooled seats, and that is just a godsend in any vehicle, let alone a full-size pickup truck. The overall impression of this interior is one that feels very modern and very sophisticated from a technology standpoint. And that has to do with the fact that we've got a digital 12.1 or 12.3-inch screen-- I forget the optional upgraded screen. And we also have a digital gauge cluster that looks really nice and really easy to read. That's the first impression that you get. When it comes to storage, that's where this doesn't do as strong as the RAM, but just slightly so. Underneath this armrest, you have a deep bin with quite a bit of space, removable section here. No way to partition that space, though, and that's generally the deepest storage area you have. Ahead of that, it's the usual stuff-- cup holders, a couple little cubbies here and there, and then this retracting cover that reveals the wireless charging pad. That's where you put your phone to get wireless carplay and wireless Android auto. And those are really nice features to have, and we'll see more and more of that coming out across the industry in this year and years to come. I've touched on this screen. Again, it looks really nice the way it's been integrated into the dash. It looks and feels very good, and I love the fact that you have physical switches underneath. So it's easy to access-- and by feel, important features and controls while you're driving down the freeway. That's nicely done. Now, there's been a lot of attention placed on the shifter, because it can do that. You can only do that while you're parked. You can't do that while you're driving, which is probably a good thing. But why would you want to do that? Well, it's so you have access to this tray. This is an option that's nice if you're somebody who needs or wants to have a flat surface in the center console for you to work on, or eat off of, or something. And this is a really cool idea and a really cool execution. The shifter, though, is the thing that puzzles me. Ford surveyed its customers and said that their customers like this style of shifter, this kind of location. And I'll have to take their word on that, but if it's my preference, I would prefer a column mounted shifter, because that gives you all this space and more room here, but it doesn't require shifter to be able to do that. Yeah. In the back seat of the F-150, you don't have as much space, especially with regard to leg room, as you do in the RAM. But there's more than plenty of space back here overall. The seat's comfortable. And in terms of rear storage, the trick is this optional set-up right here-- this folding tray. This is really clever, because when you unlock it like that and fold this up, you can latch it like that. The seat bottom then becomes your lock, right? So if I flip this partition out, drop this seat, that one falls down too because I didn't secure it. I can, if I wanted to, lock this one down, leave that one up, have easy access to that side, or leave them both up, leave them both down-- whatever configuration I want. This gives me a lot of options as an owner of how I want to store whatever I want to keep in the truck with me at a given time-- again, whether it's tools, first aid stuff, utility, if you're into sports. There's a lot of options here. You can probably think of a few. [MUSIC PLAYING] When you hop into the interior of the RAM, you see that this is the area where this truck truly shines. Now, again, this is a less expensive, lower-trim level than a comparable F-150, yet this feels richer, and more premium, and certainly more characterful than the F-150 does. Part of that may be due to the color scheme of the interior. But overall, this is a truck that just feels richer to sit in. I also think these seats are a bit more comfortable too. The real big strength of the RAM's interior is storage options and configurations. We've gone on about this a lot, so I won't bore you with all the details. But this center console is seriously the best in the full-size pickup truck market. You have a ton of space, a ton of different ways to configure it. You have this sliding section here, you got foldable partitions underneath. You've got trigonometry formulas here should you care. That's all really nice. And the phone storage solution system with the wireless charging-- slide your phone in right there, it works really well. And it's still the one to beat. Technology wise, this is the 8.5-inch screen. You can get a 12-inch screen, and that is vertically arranged. You can see that in our long-term truck. That's the one we recommend, although this is certainly functional. It still has Apple carplay, still has Android auto-- so you get to use those systems. The tall screen is going to look nicer and has a bit more features and functionality in it. And that is a nice set to have overall. One thing I'll call out is the shifter setup. It's not a big engineering flex like the F-150s, but it does the job of being out of the way of the center console while still being usable. I still prefer a column shifter, but I certainly like this over that origami foldy thing in the F-150. There is a lot to like about the backseat setup in the RAM. Not only do you have a ton of rear leg room, you also have rear seats that slide forward and recline. So that makes it feel really comfortable. Underneath those seats, your storage setup isn't as big, and it doesn't look like the F-150s. But you do have a bit less storage, but it does fold out and that looks pretty neat. So there's still room to hide things in here. The RAM bin, though, is the part that nobody really else has come close to touching. And that is this deep storage well in the floor of the truck itself. And that's great for first aid, jump cables, tools-- whichever you want to bring with you in your truck and just have on you while you're driving. That's a really nice touch. So overall, the back seat still here is really strong. [MUSIC PLAYING] First thing that comes to mind when driving the F-150-- we have to talk about this hybrid powertrain-- what Ford calls the PowerBoost. And I wondered why Ford was calling it that until I hit the gas pedal. [ENGINE REVVING] This thing is really fast. And that's a really nice attribute to have in your full-size pickup truck. And the thing is, when you're on EV power only, because this has an EV drive mode where the engine's not on, it's very smooth. When the engine is on, it's also very smooth too. My complaint has to do with the transitions. When the engine kicks on and off, it's a bit clunkier than I would like. And at low speeds, it adds to a sensation that's not very smooth to drive around town. And that's my biggest complaint with this hybrid powertrain. That, and let's be honest, it doesn't sound as cool as a V8. When you're at idle, too, when the engine kicks on the charge the battery, there's a bit more vibration and noise than I would like. It kind of sounds like you're running a generator, because, let's face it, you kind of are. But overall, the power and the fuel economy are very strong. I think I'd be better off, though, with the 5-liter V8 or turbo 3.5-liter V6, and not this Power Boost option. But another pro I'll give to this hybrid power train is the brake feel. Sometimes with the brakes in a hybrid power train, they can feel a little weird or inconsistent because the brake pedal is both managing the mechanical brakes and the regenerative capabilities of the electric motor. In this case, the brake application is generally smooth outside of a weird few small inconsistencies at low speed. Overall, though, this power train has some pros and cons that, as I mentioned, would probably push me more towards the 5-liter V8 or 3.5-liter twin turbo EcoBoost V6. Now, let's talk about the other elements in driving. I really like the steering feel in this 2021 F-150-- it's something that makes this very large truck feel both nimble at low speeds and stable at high speeds on the freeway. It's an admirable feat that you get in this truck. Visibility is also very strong, and that tends to be a big issue with vehicles of this size because how much space they take up. And one thing I really appreciate with the F-150, and this has been the case since the previous generation, is how this line in the door drops down. And that gives you, if not more visibility, then at least the impression that you have more visibility than you may actually have. And lastly, as it relates to ride quality, this F-150 is very nice to sit in. It may not reach the overall comfort that the RAM has, because the RAM's on a coil spring suspension, this is still on a rear leaf spring suspension-- but it's very close. You're not losing much in this ride quality compared to the RAM-- at least not enough to worry about it too much if you're looking at one of these trucks. Overall as a driver, this F-150 is very, very nice from a steering ride and handling perspective. I think in terms of power train, you probably want the non-hybrid if you're more of a purist and really want that overall smoothness of the driving experience. But if you want the power and if you want the fuel efficiency, the hybrid is a really strong solution as well. [MUSIC PLAYING] When driving the RAM, there's a lot to like. And there's a lot that we have liked about our long term RAM that we own. The engine is very nice. It's a no-nonsense, 5.7-liter V8. And it sounds good too. Listen to this. [ENGINE REVVING] That's just satisfying. Now, obviously, it lacks the power and passing performance that you'd get out of that hybrid F-150, even if you get this in the eTorque offering. But if you want the most powerful RAM you can get, that's in the TRX, which isn't really part of the RAM 1500 family in my mind. But it's that low-speed smoothness that I really like out of this V8. You don't sense the engine kicking on and off, because it's not. You don't feel that transition from battery power to gas power or some combination of the two. And that, to me, is a nicer driving experience, because you don't feel those clunkers from the drive train as different power routers come on and engage. And with regard to the transmission, even though you have fewer gears at your disposal, you never feel like you're out of breath. This is just a totally adequate, totally responsible, totally workable power train in this truck. One deficiency you notice in this truck, though, versus the F-150 is the sense of outward visibility. I think Ford does a lot of subtle, clever things to help feel like you have more of an outward view around you. That's not to say this has a restrictive view. It's totally fine-- we've been able to live with this for quite a long time. But you just notice that advantage in the Ford a little bit more. Similarly, the ride quality in this, and as it relates to the steering, has a sense of refinement that you don't get in the F-150. I think there's a couple of things at play there in my mind-- definitely the rear coil spring suspension, but also the seat just generally feels softer and more supportive than the optional one in that F-150, which is kind of surprising considering how much less this one costs. As for the rest of the driving experience, again, the steering is adequate, pleasant. The brake and pedal feel is totally fine. You don't have a sense that you're going to wander outside of your lane with how big these trucks are. That's an important attribute to have. There's not a lot to complain about with the driving experience in this RAM. There's just a couple subtle things that the F-150 does slightly better that gives it the overall nod depending on how you configure it. But if you got a RAM, don't feel too bad. You still got some advantages too. Modern full-size pickups talk a big game when it comes to peak towing figures-- nearly 13,000 pounds for the RAM and 14,000 pounds for the F-150. But remember that the big figures you see in the ads generally require specific cab, bed, and option configurations that many people don't buy. Also, our stance is that if you plan to tow more than 12,000 pounds, you should probably start buying a heavy duty pickup truck anyway. How about these trucks? Well, let's talk about them in their more popular configurations before conventional towing-- that means four-door, short bed, and 4x4. There's a lot of numbers here, so you'll have to forgive me if I'm looking at my phone. Now, the F-150 with the 5-liter V8, it's between 9,400 to 10,400 pounds depending on final drive, whether it's 331 or 373, and up to 13,000 pounds with the $2,000 max trailer tow package. Now, with the turbo 3.5-liter non-hybrid engine, it's 11,300 pounds and up to 13,900 pounds with that tow package. As for the RAM, the 5.7-liter V8 gives you approximately 8,200 pounds to 11,300 pounds depending on the final drive-- so 321 versus 392. So while the options and configurations may change a lot, Ford generally edges out the RAM with towing bragging rights. So how do things shake out? Which truck should you buy? Well, after testing and evaluating these trucks, and taking into account the entirety of their lineups and feedback from our experiences with each, the 2021 F-150 edges out the RAM. That's a testament to how much we like the RAM. From its storage options, its on-rotor refinement, its interior materials, and overall character, there's a lot to like and desire about that truck. The thing is, the 2021 F-150 isn't far off in those areas. And it also has a ton of small advantages that stack up-- things like its outward visibility, optional tech features, and superior driver's aids. Also elevating the F-150 is the breadth of its availability. From bed, to engine, to options you simply have more to choose from. And that allows for more specifically tailored truck configurations for each individual shopper-- not to mention bragging rights, right, like bigger peak towing, fuel economy, and torque, which, come on, we all care about at the end of the day. Hey, thank you for watching. And if you want to see more videos and if you like this video, we'd really appreciate it if you liked and subscribed, and also if you visit Edmunds at the links below to see more information about these trucks and others like them. Thanks again. Bye. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500, Two of the Most Popular Trucks Face Off

The Ford F-Series is not only the most popular pickup truck in the U.S., it is also the most popular vehicle in the nation. So when the newly redesigned 2021 F-150 was released, we just had to see how it stacks up against the Ram 1500, our previous Edmunds Top Rated pickup.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$34,645
MPG & Fuel
20 City / 26 Hwy / 23 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.0 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 305 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 269 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 1500 safety features:

Forward Collision Mitigation
Warns the driver of an imminent impact and, if necessary, can initiate emergency braking.
Blind-Spot Monitoring
Alerts you when a vehicle is in your blind spot and can extend its coverage when you're towing a trailer.
Lane Departure Warning Plus
Can apply steering effort to assist the driver with corrective action when the system detects the vehicle drifting from the lane.

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover19.8%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



Ram 1500 vs. the competition

2021 Ram 1500

2021 Ram 1500

2020 Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150

Ram 1500 vs. Ford F-150

Even as we await the arrival of the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150, it's worth noting that the current F-150 is an excellent pickup. Available with a number of engine choices, cab configurations and in-car tech, the F-150 covers all the bases. On-road comfort is admirable, and you'll find several trim levels that'll fit your luxury fancy.

Compare Ram 1500 & Ford F-150 features 

Ram 1500 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Silverado 1500 is a robust full-size truck with a lot to offer. It's spacious on the inside, with easy-to-use controls and an attractive cabin design. The bed has several large tie-down points for big cargo, and there are a number of diverse powertrains to choose from. However, the Silverado can't match the Ram for interior refinement or ride quality.

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Ram 1500 vs. Nissan Titan

A bit more basic than we'd prefer, the Nissan Titan is a simple soul. The Titan offers only one engine — a V8 — and only one axle ratio. That limits towing and hauling capabilities, and it means the Titan's fuel economy estimates can't compare with those of its modern turbocharged rivals. But if you're looking for a no-frills work truck, the Titan offers a competitive price up against more feature-packed rivals.

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2021 Ram 1500 First Impressions

What is the Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 is our favorite light-duty pickup truck by a country mile. Even though it ultimately can't tow as much as its rivals, the Ram sets the bar for the class in terms of technology integration, interior materials quality and ride comfort. But there's one small gap in the Ram lineup. While Ford, Chevrolet and Ram all offer off-road performance packages, the only high-speed desert runner in the group is the Ford F-150 Raptor. But that model is going away next year as the F-150 begins a new generation. So what's a truck shopper with a need for speed to do? Will the 702-horsepower 2021 Ram 1500 TRX suffice?

What's under the Ram 1500's hood?

The standard Ram 1500 comes with a 3.6-liter V6 with a mild hybrid system, dubbed eTorque. Engine upgrades include a V6 diesel and a gasoline V8 with or without the eTorque system.

But the real meat this year is the TRX, which features the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 found in the Jeep Trackhawk and Dodge Challenger, Charger and Durango. Paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the engine will produce 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque in the Ram — roughly 250 more horsepower and 140 lb-ft more torque than the current F-150 Raptor. Ram says the beefy engine will rocket the TRX from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, or 1.5 seconds quicker than the Raptor.

Longtime Ram fans with visions of the Viper-powered Dodge Ram SRT-10 can rest assured, the TRX is more than just a straight-line monster. Off-road performance is the other half of the equation, and the TRX abides. The truck features Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive dampers at all four corners, 35-inch all terrain tires, a Dana 60 rear end, an electronic locking differential, and a massive air filter to keep unwanted particles from entering the engine. There are, of course, skid plates all around to protect the front axle, transfer case, fuel tank and more from damage. There's even a jump detection system that modifies engine speed and torque, as well as suspension components, to avoid driveline damage when the truck returns to terra firma.

How's the Ram 1500's interior?

Until we get a chance to examine the new F-150 up close, the Ram 1500 gets the crown in terms of interior design and quality. The Ram's cabin is chock full of upscale materials, and upper trims feature two-tone color schemes that truly justify the asking price. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and wind and tire noise is admirably muted. In crew-cab form, the Ram 1500 is the only vehicle in the class with reclining rear seats to ensure everyone can find an enjoyable seating position.

The TRX offers a few unique upgrades, starting with a leather surround for the instrument area. Two seating surfaces are available — cloth/faux leather or leather/imitation suede — and a flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters gives you easy control of the transmission.

How's the Ram 1500's tech?

Redesigned just a couple years ago, the Ram 1500 offers all the latest and greatest safety features and driving aids. While few are standard, most can be added to the Ram 1500 once you step up from the base Tradesman model.

Standard on the TRX is a 10-speaker audio system and the 12-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen that is a staple of this Ram 1500 generation. The TRX will get a few new features, including a digital rearview mirror and low-mounted front-facing camera. While the Ram 1500 lacks something as unique as the Chevrolet Silverado 1500's transparent trailer camera system, the available Trailer Reverse Steer Control will take control of the steering duties as you park with a trailer.

Note that the Ram 1500 TRX can haul up to 1,310 pounds and tow up to 8,100 pounds. Other Ram models can haul and tow more, but the TRX can handle slightly more than the current-generation Raptor.

EdmundsEdmunds says

Not to be outdone by a fancy new Ford, the Ram 1500 returns to the fray with an off-road beast to battle the F-150 Raptor. Keep your eyes peeled for the 702-horsepower Ram 1500 TRX when it launches this winter.


What is the Ram 1500?

When the Ram 1500 was redesigned for 2019, it redefined the luxury and technology consumers could expect from a full-size pickup truck. Beyond that, it offers a class-leading ride and an array of both powerful and efficient engine options as well as competitive towing and payload ratings across the lineup. We were so impressed with the new Ram 1500 that we named it our Top Rated truck.

For 2021, Ram engineers have decided to add even more capability to the mix by bringing the popular Rebel TRX concept from 2016 to life. Aimed squarely at Ford's  desert-conquering Raptor, the Rebel TRX will use Dodge's 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine for motivation. A heavy-duty off-road suspension is sure to be part of the package, but official details are yet to be released.


FAQ

Is the Ram 1500 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 1500 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. You probably care about Ram 1500 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 1500 gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 23 mpg, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ram 1500. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Ram 1500?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Ram 1500:

  • New TRX variant with 702-horsepower V8 engine
  • Newly available head-up display
  • New optional Trailer Reverse Steering Control
  • Part of the fifth Ram 1500 generation introduced in 2019
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Is the Ram 1500 reliable?

To determine whether the Ram 1500 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 1500. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 1500's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Ram 1500 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Ram 1500 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 1500 and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 1500 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Ram 1500?

The least-expensive 2021 Ram 1500 is the 2021 Ram 1500 Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $32,795.

Other versions include:

  • Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $43,465
  • Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $48,330
  • Big Horn 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $40,790
  • Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $49,620
  • Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $39,965
  • Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $44,830
  • Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $43,765
  • Big Horn 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $37,290
  • Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $55,780
  • Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $48,630
  • Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $39,965
  • Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $43,465
  • Laramie 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $45,480
  • HFE 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $34,645
  • Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $35,645
  • Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $39,445
  • Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $40,265
  • Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $52,580
  • Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $43,765
  • Lone Star 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $37,290
  • Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $56,080
  • Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $46,120
  • Rebel 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $46,670
  • Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $39,145
  • Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $45,130
  • Laramie 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $41,980
  • Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $36,295
  • Lone Star 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $40,790
  • Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $32,795
  • Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $40,265
  • Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $35,945
  • Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $52,280
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What are the different models of Ram 1500?

If you're interested in the Ram 1500, the next question is, which 1500 model is right for you? 1500 variants include Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Big Horn 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), and Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of 1500 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Ram 1500

2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Overview

The 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid is offered in the following styles: Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Big Horn 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Big Horn 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), HFE 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Lone Star 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Rebel 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Lone Star 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), and Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A). Ram 1500 Hybrid models are available with a 3.6 L-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 305 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid comes with four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 1500 Hybrid 3.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 1500 Hybrid.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 1500 Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid here.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid?

2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid HFE 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid HFE 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,340. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid HFE 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $490 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $490 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,850.

The average savings for the 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid HFE 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 1.3% below the MSRP.

2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,450. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $1,042 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,042 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,408.

The average savings for the 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 2.6% below the MSRP.

2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,280. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $3,553 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,553 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,727.

The average savings for the 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 7.4% below the MSRP.

2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,345. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $2,513 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,513 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $49,832.

The average savings for the 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 4.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

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2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $59,485. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $3,420 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,420 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $56,065.

The average savings for the 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 5.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 105 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $60,560. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $2,635 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,635 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $57,925.

The average savings for the 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 4.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 12 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $69,680. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $4,545 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 6.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 3 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid?

2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/24 highway MPG

2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/24 highway MPG

2021 Ram 1500 Hybrid Big Horn 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/24 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG21
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfour wheel drive
Displacement3.6 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase144.5 in.
Length232.9 in.
Width82.1 in.
Height77.6 in.
Curb Weight5232 lbs.

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