2021 Ram 1500: Consumer Reports, KBB, and Edmunds Review Roundup

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The 2021 Ram 1500 has pretty positive reviews across the board, but what did Consumer Reports, KBB, and Edmunds have to say? Check out the review roundup to see what all of the experts had to say about the 2021 Ram 1500 truck.

Consumer Reports approves of the 2021 Ram 1500

2021 Ram 1500 | Stellantis

Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Ram 1500 a score of 63 overall. However, that 63 was still enough to take first place on the list of full-sized pickup trucks. CR gave the Ram truck a four out of five for predicted owner satisfaction, and the predicted reliability was two out of five. One area where it lacked was safety features. Things like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and blind-spot warning are all optional. Anti-lock brakes, traction control, and a rear-view camera come standard.

The fuel economy score was one out of five, with the overall mileage coming in at 17 mpg. The annual fuel cost was estimated to be $1,695. Overall, Consumer Reports approved the quiet ride, cabin room, and fuel economy in the diesel engine. The engine options are a 3.6L V6, V6 diesel, and a gasoline V8 – with an optional eTorque system.

How does Kelley Blue Book feel about the 2021 Ram 1500?

Kelley Blue Book is a wealth of information like many of the other critics’ websites. KBB gave the Ram 1500 4.5 stars overall. The TRX model was a major plus with the diesel, noted as efficient and towing well. The optional air suspension system added to the score, along with the abundant onboard storage.

Some of the cons noted were that the 2021 Ram 1500 falls short of the Ford F-150 in towing and payload. There is no regular cab option, and the upper trim levels like the TRX can be pricey.

The 2021 Ram 1500 comes in an extended can and crew cab. There are two bed sizes, short or standard. The prices range from around $32,795 to $70,425. Ram offers Tradesman, Tradesman HFE, Rebel, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited, and TRX. The trims offer two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive, except the Tradesman HFE is only 2WD, and the TRX is 4WD only.

Edmunds approves of the truck, too

Edmunds found many highs when it came to the 2021 Ram 1500. The unique suspension led to a smooth ride, and there was another point for the diesel engine. “Cabin is roomy, quiet, and laden with useful storage and tech features,” Edmunds said. The top TRX trim was also noted to have exceptional off-road capabilities.

Edmunds has rated the truck highly since its inception in 2019, and the 2021 model is no different. One of the only drawbacks noted was the same piece about not having driver safety features standard. These are available on the higher trims only. The TRX trim is pricey but worth it, it seems.

Expert reviews don’t trump real-live driving and personal opinions, but these reviews are helpful to have. It seems that the 2021 Ram 1500 was approved across the board. With various trim levels and configurations, the Ram 1500 is a good buy for many drivers.

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