The Ram has been around since 1980, proving itself to be a hallmark Ram family member. The Ram’s style has progressed from a boxy, square 1980s truck, to a sporty, heavy-duty truck. Additionally, there are now several different Ram options. These include the Ram 1500, the Ram 1500 Classic, the Ram 2500, the Ram 3500, the Ram 4500, and the largest 5500, with trim variations in between. However, right now we’re looking at the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX model in all its glory. This truck is amazing in the city, as well as in rural areas and on off-roading endeavors. Let’s get a better idea of what this model has to offer.
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX carries its weight and then some by including eight different driving modes that cater to different weather conditions and off-roading adventures. This, alongside a sturdy frame and a V8 engine, makes the 2021 Ram the most appealing Ram model yet. Let’s not forget to mention the new Ram’s aesthetic appeal. Matte Black 18-inch wheels paired with 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory All-Terrain tires create an all-around rugged, mean-looking truck. If you haven’t tried out a Ram yet, now’s the time to give it a shot.
Let’s start out with performance since we’re talking about a truck here. Potential buyers are likely looking for something that is strong and that is capable of towing and climbing tough terrain. The Ram 1500 TRX is definitely prepared for that. Based on its horsepower alone, this model is the most powerful production half-ton pickup ever built, so it’s a great option where strength is concerned. Let’s take a closer look at what’s under the hood.
The 2020 Ram 1500 TRX has 702 horsepower at 650 lb-ft of torque. Its supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine paired with Launch Control, a Launch Assist tool that works to achieve the fasted acceleration, proves the Ram is nothing to mess around with. The Vehicle Dynamics feature lets you control your steering angle, lock your axles, and access your transfer case gearing to better customize your driving experience. This gives you more control over your performance if you know what you’re doing. On top of that, the 1500 TRX also comes with Bilstein Black Hawk shocks that are unique to this Ram model. These include dual-valve technology, high-pressure stainless-steel braided hoses, remote reservoirs, and zone control. In simpler terms, these features are used to enhance the 1500 TRX’s body control.
Now let’s take a look at those aforementioned drive modes. The top available drive modes are diverse and unique, depending on your needs. The first mode we’re going to look at is Sport Mode, which allows for quicker shifts, a 30/70 torque split, and tighter suspension for better performance on main roads and other blacktop surfaces. Then we’ve got Snow Mode, which triggers a 45/55 torque split to help the Ram perform better or slicker surfaces for driving on snow and ice. Mud/Sand Mode also uses a 45/55 torque split, but also calibrates throttle management and torque distribution to achieve better traction on these muddy, loose surfaces.
Rock Mode does exactly what you’d expect it to do, making it easier to rock climb via your truck. If you’re into wilder adventures and regular mudding is not for you, Rock Mode is a great option to use. This mode works by using a 50/50 torque split, shifting into a lower gear, and controlling decent in a safer manner. Finally, Custom Mode allows the driver to adjust everything from torque split to steering and much more.
This is something you’ll only want to use if you know the ins and outs of vehicle terminology. Overall, this driver mode feature is one of the Ram’s most appealing assets. This creates a diverse experience, allowing the Ram to be used for more than just one major endeavor. Now, you can go mudding, rock climbing, and head down the street to get coffee all in one truck.
The 1500 TRX model has an impressive aesthetic appeal. This truck is made to be tough, and its appearance matches its personality. Let’s take a look at why this is true. First, the “RAM” imprinted grille provides more than just looks with its functional air intake capabilities.
Matched with LED headlamps and wide fenders, the Ram comes in six two-toned exterior color options. These color options are always paired with black, creating a nice color dynamic. These color pairings include Granite Crystal Metallic/Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat, Anvil Clear-Coat/Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear-Coat/Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat, Hydro-Blue Pearl-Coat paired with black again, then Flame Red or Bright White, also paired with black. The black accent makes each of these colors pop in different ways. The Flame Red with black looks the coolest, especially given the interior colors, which we’ll address later on.
The TRX also comes with different graphic options, like exterior and hood graphic add-ons. This is one way to display your Ram TRX pride, alongside the whole rock climbing and engine revving thing that you’ll also want to show off. This Ram also has optional power-fold trailer-tow mirrors, which is great if you plan on putting this machine to work.
You can also go from 18-inch painted wheels to 18-inch bead-lock capable black and gray wheels, which looks great with the black and gray paint color options. There are several more exterior add-on options available for those who want to get deeper into the aesthetic appeal. These include an add-on RamBar, a bed-mounted tire-carrier, a tri fold tonneau cover, as well as an optional monotone paint option for those who don’t like the two-toned look. There are several available options to help make your Ram achieve superior off-roading status.
You’ll be happy to know that the Ram 1500 comes with several standard safety and security features. These include remote start, ParkSense front and rear park assist with automatic stop, a surround-view camera, and blind-spot and cross-path detection. You can also add trailer reverse steering control, which proves helpful if you plan on towing anything. Additionally, the Technology Group package includes a head up display, which projects important information such as the speed limit and other driver information onto the windshield to keep drivers from looking over or down.
The tech package also includes a rear-view dimming digital display mirror, which auto-dims and streams real-time video to create a wider rear viewing field. Finally, it includes an LED CHMSL lamp, which is essentially a larger brake light that is mounted on the vehicle’s back end. This helps prevent potential pile up crashes by providing other cars with an additional braking warning. Additionally, the Advanced Safety Group package includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and pedestrian emergency braking, just in case the standard tech assets aren’t enough. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Lastly, the Ram includes a Uconnect with navigation, and drivers can add on a whopping 19 speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, along with a dual-pane panoramic sunroof for an added price. Needless to say, there’s plenty of standard and available tech features on the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.
The Ram’s interior is almost as jam-packed with features as its exterior is, if not more. It comes with 2nd-row in-floor storage bins, cargo tie-down loops, a full-length floor-console armrest, an overhead console, dual-zone air conditioning, power windows and locks, a leather flat-bottom steering wheel, door-trim paneling, auxiliary power outlets, coat hooks, assist handles, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a glove box with lock and key, illuminated visor mirrors, and a center shifter for manual shifting mode.
You can either get black and red cloth interior or black leather interior. Both options include bucket seats. The Ram 1500 TRX also comes with TRX logos and decals that give the interior an even sportier look that’s unique to this specific model. All in all, this model is sharp from the inside out.