2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab

MSRP $32,245 - $47,815

Ranked #6 in Fullsize Pickup-truck

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 24, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The full-size pickup truck segment sees a lot of competition and is one of the most competitive segments if you are a manufacturer in the United States. Among these, cars have been getting smarter and electrification has been announced for most of the big players. One of the most popular options in the segment is the 2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab. The car is part of the fifth generation of the pickup truck which was introduced in 2019.

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Pros

Engine is powerful

Seats are excellent and spacious

Good amount of standard safety features

Cons

Driver assistance features are not available in lower trims

Towing capacity is lower than the segment average

Noise insulation can be improved

What's New?

Head-up Display and Trailer Reverse Steering Control now available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32245

bodystyle

4dr Quad Cab

passenger capacity

6

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

305 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

269 lb.-ft.. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

14.9/14.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

140.5 in.

length

228.9 in.

width

82.1 in.

height

77.6 in.

curb weight

4798 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

117.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

5.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7730 lbs.

payload capacity

2300 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.7 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Tradesman$32,245 onwards

HFE$34,095 onwards

Big Horn/Lone Star$36,440 onwards

Big Horn$36,790 onwards

Laramie$40,540 onwards

Rebel$46,020 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab in Bright White Clear Coat color
Bright White Clear Coat

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.3

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.5

Final Verdict

6.2

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


There are very few changes for the 2021 model year and prices for the RAM 1500 starts at an MSRP of $32,795. It comes with the best interiors in the segment and a powerful V-6 engine as standard. It is also a very well-loaded vehicle that comes with all the necessary features you would want and competes against the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab, GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab, and the Ford F-150 SuperCab.


6.0/10
Engine and Performance

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.5/10
Competition

6.2/10
Final Verdict


2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Features

The RAM 1500 Quad Cab trim line-up is quite extensive and has several options for you to choose from including the off-road Rebel variant. The truck actually has three more trim levels which are only available in Crew Cab body style. The base trim is called Tradesman and comes with all the necessary features. It is also priced quite well and one will find that there are a lot of optional extras to choose from. The HFE variant is meant to optimize fuel consumption. Both Laramie and Rebel variants add on the equipment level of the Big Horn trim level but there are differences between the two. While Laramie focuses on being a luxury offering, the Rebel trim level is meant to be an off-road offering.

Trims

Tradesman

Tradesman HFE

Big Horn

Laramie

Rebel

MSRP(4x2)

$32,795

$34,645

$37,390

$42,080

$46,120

MSRP(4x4)

$36,295

N/A

$40,890

$45,580

$49,620

Key Features

18” x 7.5” steel painted wheels

Adds/upgrades to Tradesman

Adds/upgrades to Tradesman HFE:

Adds/upgrades to Big Horn:

Adds/upgrades to Big Horn:

 

4-way manually adjustable driver and passenger seats

Manual air conditioning

18” x 8” alloy wheels

18” x 8” aluminum base painted wheels

More aggressive styling

 

Acoustic front door glass

An external digital memory control

Automatic dimming exterior driver side mirror

8-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats

LED exterior lighting

 

Heated exterior mirrors

Driver door bin

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Heated & ventilated front seats

Upgraded shocks and suspension tuning

 

5-inch infotainment display

Manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel

Deployable bed step

Heated steering wheel

Larger all-terrain tires

 

Halogen quad headlights

60/40 split rear seats

Power running boards

8.4-inch infotainment display

Hill descent control

 

 

 

Cloth bench seat

LED headlights

Four underbody skid plates

 

 

 

 

Remote proximity keyless entry

Electronic locking rear axle

Which trim should you buy?

It is quite a confusing thing to look at the five trim levels of the RAM 1500 and choose between them. But we find that unless you’re buying the truck for commercial use, you will find that the base trim levels are not very well equipped. On the other hand, the Big Horn trim level comes with several creature comforts. In fact, given the extensive options list that RAM offers, one can pick more desirable features and still end up with a lighter price tag than the higher trim levels like Laramie. Hence our recommendation would be the Big Horn trim level.

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Engine and Performance

6.0/10

We have mentioned that this category is probably the one that sees the most hot-headed competition. RAM has never been compromised in terms of the performance in the full-size pickup. The pickup is powered by a 3.6 L V6 engine as standard which is naturally aspirated and produces a power output of 305 hp and 269 pound-feet of torque. It results in a decently quick car when you combine it with the 8-speed automatic transmission that you find in it. The drivetrain offered is a rear-wheel-drive configuration, but you can equip it with an all-wheel-drive if you wish to do so.

One finds that the power output of the RAM 1500 is not only restricted to the figures on paper but translates down to the road. It has a 0 to 60 mph time of 6.6 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 14.7 seconds whereas its lesser powerful competitors have much lower figures. The top speed is nearly 130 mph which is not too fast but certainly enough for a pickup. Overall, one feels that the performance is a strong point of the truck.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab

MSRP

$32,795

$33,710

$33,900

$33,025

Engine

3.6 L naturally aspirated V6

4.3L naturally aspirated V6

4.3L naturally aspirated V6

3.3L naturally aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic 

Power 

305 hp @ 6,400 RPM

285 hp @ 5,300 RPM

285 hp @ 5,300 RPM

290 hp @ 6,500 RPM

Torque 

269 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

305 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

305 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

265 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH 

6.6 secs

7.1 secs

7.0 secs

7.2 secs

Quarter Mile 

14.7 secs

15.3 secs

15.0 secs

15.2 secs

Top Speed 

130 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

Towing Capacity

7,740 lbs

9,300 lbs

9,200 lbs

10,000 lbs

One can see that among the competitors, the RAM is priced slightly lower than its competitors but has a more powerful engine. However, in terms of its performance, it does suffer a bit when it comes to towing capacity. Why the RAM can only do 7740 pounds, it’s competitive the Ford F-150 can tow 10,000 pounds. However, the RAM takes the cake home when it comes to acceleration figures by being almost half a second quicker to 60 mph. The GM twins failed to remain as competitive as the RAM or the Ford.

How well does the 2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab handle?

When it comes to handling, no pickup truck will impress anyone. Even when you walk in with no expectations, they most often than not disappoint you. The RAM still has a feeling of being secure in terms of handling. It is far from being nimble but the steering is nice and steady. One of the biggest improvements this time is due to the introduction of coiled spring rear suspension instead of leaf springs.

The steering feels slightly heavy but is easy to maneuver even inside down. As we expected, there is nothing extremely pleasing in the dynamics department but it has excellent ride quality. The suspension setup that RAM has incorporated in this car soaks up bumps in a very easy manner. The cabin is also adequately silent and one definitely feels comfortable inside it. All-wheel-drive does improve the driving dynamics a lot but the pickup is composed of all trims.

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Braking Performance

The braking performance of the RAM 1500 is quite nice and the truck feels confident even during hard braking. It is pretty much the heaviest truck in the segment, weighing almost 5160 pounds. It has massive 14.9 inch rotors both front and rear and it only comes to a halt from 60 mph in 125 feet which is the shortest stopping distance in this category. The pedal however feels decently weighted and there is some amount of feedback in terms of how much bite is offered.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab

Brake Rotors: Front (in)

14.9

13.6

15.6

13.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (in)

14.9

13.5

10.9

13.7

Curb Weight (lbs)

5160

4,920

4,950

4,069

60-0 MPH (ft)

125

129

130

127

As we have observed in terms of performance, the RAM 1500 manages to come out on top again. The GMC Sierra has massive rotors in the front but fails to have an advantage in terms of stopping distances. The RAM sets the category benchmarks but is followed by the Ford F-150 which does the same braking test at 127 feet. The GM twins failed to impress in another aspect of performance but are still quite decent for something from this category.

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Fuel Economy

3.0/10

Even though we do not expect supremely high fuel efficiency figures from light-duty pickup trucks, they have begun to prove us wrong. The RAM 1500 performs adequately well, returning an EPA estimated fuel efficiency rating of 20 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway, and 22 MPG combined. It also has a decently large fuel tank that can hold 23 gallons. This results in excellent figures in terms of range. The RAM 1500 can complete 575 miles on the highway and 506 miles in the combined cycle in one full tank

Models

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab

MPG (City)

20

16

16

20

MPG (Highway)

25

21

21

25

MPG (Combined)

22

17

17

22

Fuel Capacity 

23

24

24

26

Range (City/Highway/Combined) 

460/575/506

384/504/408

384/504/408

494/650/572

Once again, we find that the RAM 1500 comes out on top in terms of fuel efficiency. However, the range figures are dominated by the Ford F-150 due to its 26-gallon tank that is massive. The RAM has the smallest fuel tank in this category at 23 gallons but the fuel efficiency is so much greater and hence is the dominant player. Compared to these two cars, the GMC and the Chevrolet have 70 to 80 miles less range in every single category.

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Interior

9.0/10

The interiors of the RAM 1500 have been the category benchmark for a long while now. If you opt for the higher trim level, you get extended leather upholstery which gives you many soft-touch surfaces that can increase the material quality of the cabin by a lot. The design is convenient and ergonomic making ingress and egress very easy. It is also very functional and filled with creature comforts that make your life easy.

There is also a ton of space inside and the interior is filled with functional storage spaces that can fit all of your belongings. It is feature-rich and provides you with everything you need. This includes many features that its rivals only have as options being standard in this car. Cargo capacity is decent with a 6’4” cargo bed and is one of the advantages of the Quad Cab body style. It also offers to seat for six people.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab

Seating Capacity

6

6

6

6

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.9/66.0/40.9

43.0/66.0/44.5

43.0/66.0/44.5

40.8/66.7/43.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/65.7/45.2

40.1/65.2/43.4

40.1/66.2/43.4

40.4/65.9/43.6

Cargo Capacity (Cu Ft)

61.6

71.7

71.7

62.3

We find that all the rivals are very competitive in the interior. But even though they are all spacious, the material quality is a bit better in the RAM. This is a good time to remember that the RAM is offered at a cheaper price and hence is quite a bargain deal even though it has slightly lesser interior space in the front row. We find that the Chevrolet and GMC offer better cargo capacity which is one of their only strengths. Some standard features include:

  • Rearview Monitor
  • Hands-free text messaging assistant
  • Remote keyless entry with push-button ignition
  • Cruise control with illuminated steering-mounted controls
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Sun visors and extension
  • Front and rear map lights
  • Two dash-mounted 12V DC power outlets

What’s there to keep you entertained?

When it comes to infotainment options, based trucks have the best of features. The infotainment screen is an 8.4-inch screen and there is also a massive 12-inch infotainment display available as an option. The sound system was also decent and the standard infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The display is also very crisp and intuitive to use. There are various charging points and the system also offers navigation. At the base trim level, the Tradesman offers a 5-inch infotainment system. Some features of the infotainment system include: 

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen UConnect 4C infotainment
  • Bluetooth
  • Optional navigation
  • Remote USB Port
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Active Noise control
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Satellite radio
  • Rearview camera
  • HomeLink

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Exterior

6.0/10

The looks of the RAM 1500 are nothing special but in fact, on par with the segment standards. With all the American pickup trucks slowly starting to look like each other, the manufacturers need someplace to innovate and differentiate their offerings. It looks more like a traditional pickup truck with several modern design elements. It has a ton of road presence nevertheless and when equipped with the right spec, it looks quite excellent.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,160

4,920

4,950

4,069

Length (in)

241.8

241.2

231.7

231.9

Width (in)

82.1

81.2

81.2

79.9

Height (in)

77.4

75.3

75.5

75.6

Ground Clearance (in)

8.1

8.1

8.1

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

153.5

156.9

147.4

145.0

The RAM 1500 is a little larger in terms of size when you compare it with the rest of the competition in terms of every single dimension. In terms of weight, the RAM is also the heaviest at 5160 pounds. The smaller Ford F-150 is the lightest at 4069 pounds which is quite a big difference. In terms of ground clearance, the RAM is on par with Chevrolet and GMC but the Ford offers slightly better dimensions there. Some standout features include:

  • LED headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • 18" alloy wheels
  • Heated and powered side mirrors
  • Optional powered side steps
  • LED taillights
  • All-season tires

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Safety

7.0/10

When it comes to safety, the RAM does not offer a lot of driver assistance features in the lower trims but it has come up with a very safe truck nevertheless. It has received a five-star safety rating from NHTSA but the IIHS did not name it as a Top Safety Pick due to its score in the small overlap frontal crash test. It comes with most of the advanced safety features available in the market today from the Laramie trim level onwards. Some of the standout safety features include: 

  • Driver Drowsiness Monitoring
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Reverse Brake Assist
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Competition

8.5/10

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Vs. 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab

The RAM 1500 is the least expensive of its three rivals. However, it manages to provide nearly everything that its rivals provide and also comes with very good powertrain options. The Chevrolet does not have any specific advantage except in terms of cargo space. In every other aspect, we would pick the RAM. It has better performance, better fuel efficiency, better interior quality as well as looks.

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab vs. 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab 

The GMC Sierra 1500 is the most luxurious vehicle in the segment and is offered at a slight premium due to that. It provides all the features buyers are looking for and then some more. However, it is slightly dulled in terms of the powertrain but has excellent towing capacity figures. It is also a little down in terms of interior space and in terms of exterior dimensions, it is slightly smaller than the RAM. We would pick the RAM over the GMC as well.

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Vs. 2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab

The Ford F-150 is the best-selling car in the segment and shows us exactly why. It does not accelerate faster than the RAM or produces the same kind of power output but has much better-towing capacity and that is the figure that matters the most in the segment. It provides a lot of options in terms of features as well. It is also the only truck that remains competitive in terms of fuel efficiency and price.

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Final Verdict

6.2/10

The 2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab is an excellent offering from the brand and set several benchmarks in its category. It is the most fuel-efficient truck as well as the most powerful one. The interior has the best quality in the segment and also promises plush ride quality that is generally not seen in light-duty pickup trucks. We feel that we’re better off picking it over any of its rivals due to its terrific pricing as well.