ram 1500 classic

2021 Ram 1500 Classic

Pros: Excellent 8-speed transmission; impressive ride, handling, and quietness for a large pickup truck

Cons: Lacks new features and improvements of redesigned Ram 1500; fuel economy with 5.7-liter Hemi V8; high step-in complicates entry and exit

CG Says: The Ram 1500 was redesigned for 2019 (see separate review), but the old model continues as the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic. The 1500 Classic is unchanged this year. Ram is a large pickup truck available in regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab. There are three trim levels: Tradesman, Express, and Warlock. When Chrysler redesigned the Ram 1500 back in 2009, the company transformed its big rig from an also-ran to class leading. A steady stream of improvements in subsequent years has kept this pickup feeling fresh. The available Hemi V8 engine is potent, but the entry 3.6-liter V6 is no slouch either. The latter motor also delivers excellent fuel economy for a large pickup. The 1500 Classic is less expensive than similar models of the redesigned 1500. Plus, a regular cab isn’t available in the new series, but it is offered in the Classic range. Although lacking the latest improvements and features of the new 1500, the 1500 Classic is still a strong contender in the full-size truck market, plus it’s an economical choice.

The Facts
Class Large Pickup Truck
Body Style(s) regular cab, extended cab, crew cab
Passenger Count 3-6
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ram
Nation of Manufacture USA, Mexico
Base Prices (only select models listed)
Tradesman Reg. Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $30,395
Express Reg. Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $31,895
Tradesman Quad Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $34,290
4WD Express Quad Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $39,990
4WD Warlock Quad Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $41,990
4WD Tradesman Crew Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $41,175
Warlock Crew Cab, 5.7-ft bed: $41,140
4WD Warlock Crew Cab, 5.7-ft bed: $44,640

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
305
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16-17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-25

Optional Engine
5.7-liter V8
Horsepower
395
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21-22

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2021 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4
80%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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