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2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG and Performance

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist

August 26, 2020 at 09:02 AM

The RAM 1500 Quad Cab offers the flexibility of a big cab with the practicality and cargo capacity that comes with a big bed. The Quad Cab is available with a wide range of trims and multiple engine options. Everything from the luxurious Limited trim to the off-road-ready Rebel trim can be had in the quad cab specification for maximum practicality.

RAM 1500 has set a benchmark in this segment. By giving it substantial updates in newer versions it gives a tough and nail-biting competition to rivals like the Ford F-150. For 2021, it has been upgraded with the latest features to make it a worthier product and continue the legacy of RAM 1500 taking it to a new level. Various trims have been made available to make it easy for customers to choose according to their needs. With a base price tag of 33000USD, it is expected to hit dealerships by the end of 2020.

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab will be upgraded with a Snow prep package with a new design that gives it an attractive look. The trims will be the same as in 2020 and there is no such news of new trim for the newer version. The car is going to be released in the market by the end of 2020. Let’s see what to expect and when to expect the 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab.

What’s new in the 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab?

  • Snow prep package
  • Significant design refresh

What’s the expected price and release date of the 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab?

According to sources, this newer version will be on-road by late 2020 and will be arriving with a price tag of $33,000 - $60,000 according to trim choices.

What to expect in the engine department of 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab?

2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab comes with multiple powerful engines mated to a standard 8-Speed automatic transmission. The available 5.7L HEMI V8 engine with an e-Torque Mild Hybrid System comes with 395 horsepower and torque of 410 lb-ft and a towing capacity of up to 12,750 pounds. Without e-Torque, it offers the figures the same as the above engine but towing capacity becomes less with just 11,610 pounds. 

The standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine with e-Torque churns about 305 hp power and 269 lb-ft of torque with towing capacity of mere 7,730 pounds. The new 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine is powerful and efficient and produces 480 lb-ft with an amazing towing capacity of 12,560 pounds. The engine gives power to the rear wheels and hence, the drivetrain is RWD.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab (Expected)

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Quad Cab

2020 Ford F-150 Quad Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Quad Cab

MSRP

$ 33,000

$ 29,600

$ 28,795

$ 28,300

Engine

3.6L V6 engine

4.3L V6 engine

3.5L V6 engine

4.3L V6 engine

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

305hp @ 6400rpm

285hp @ 5300rpm

290hp @ 6500rpm

285hp @ 5300rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

269lb-ft @ 4800rpm

305lb-ft @ 3900rpm

265lb-ft @ 4000rpm

305lb-ft @ 3900rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.6

7.1

6.6

7.1

Quarter-mile (seconds)

16.1

15.2

14.7

15.2

*2020 figures used for reference.

Ram 1500 covers 0-60MPH in just 6.6 secs and quarter-mile drag in 16.1 seconds despite its heavyweight. Ram 1500 Quad Cab has one of the best and powerful engines and is the winner in this comparison in terms of power as well as speed as compared to rivals. Chevrolet Silverado and Sierra 1500 provide the highest torque in the segment.

How does the 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab handle?

Efficient drivetrain gives better handling to drivers. Active Noise Cancellation helps drivers drive safely in a quiet environment. The brilliant Four Corner Air Suspension automatically lowers the vehicle at highway speeds which in turn provides greater efficiency.

The 2021 Ram 1500 will be loaded with various sensors, cameras, and sophisticated software like its outgoing model that helps in controlling the truck. Eight-speed automatic transmission gives the best in class efficiency and performance which provides better handling and cruising. Its light steering and strong brakes will provide relaxed cruising and confident stops.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab deliver?

A powerful engine and efficient drivetrain give this truck respectable MPG figures. The city’s MPG is 20 whereas, for the highway, it is 25. With a good range as well as a good fuel capacity, it is one of the best in fuel economy numbers in its class. Since it remains mechanically unchanged, 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab is expected to have the same fuel efficiency as its outgoing model.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab (Expected)

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Quad Cab

2020 Ford F-150 Quad Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Quad Cab

MPG (City)

20

16

19

16

MPG (Highway)

25

21

25

21

MPG (Combined)

22

17

22

17

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

23

24

26

24

Range (City/ Highway, in miles)

520/650

384/504

494/650

384/504

*2020 figures used for reference.

Ram 1500 tops the comparison with its impressive fuel economy. Ford F-150 posts similar fuel economy figures too. Chevy and GMC have lower fuel economy owing to their larger engines.

What to expect from the 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab’s interior?

With the ability to seat 6 and spacious cab, the 2021 Ram 1500 is perfect for passengers. This truck is versatile and roomy and offers plenty of comfort to all its occupants. Passengers enjoy available class-exclusive features like a rear seat fold-down center console, reclining rear seats with eight degrees of slide recline, and rear seat ventilation. A customizable home screen with split-screen capability makes it easily accessible for drivers. It comes with the largest-in-class 12-inch touchscreen that brings information in a beautiful way for customers. 

An active noise cancellation system helps reduce ambient noise making the ride peaceful for passengers. Every part of this truck will be crafted with beautiful Mopar all-weather slush mats. Numerous in-cabin storage will be present in the under-seat, upper glove compartment, lower locking glove compartment, a bin for hanging file folders, and space for a 15-inch laptop.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab (Expected)

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Quad Cab

2020 Ford F-150 Quad Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Quad Cab

Seating capacity

6

6

6

6

Front row (Head-room/ Shoulder-room/ Leg-room, in inches)

40.9/66.0/40.9

43.0/66.0/44.5

40.8/66.7/43.9

43.0/66.0/44.5

Rear row (Head-room/ Shoulder-room/ Leg-room, in inches)

39.8/65.7/45.3

40.1/65.1/43.4

40.4/65.9/43.6

40.1/65.1/43.4

Cargo capacity (cubic feet)

61.5

71.7

62.3

71.7

*2020 figures used for reference.

2020 Chevrolet and GMC brands have identical features and provide most space as well as cargo capacity. 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab has pretty interiors but not at the level in terms of space and cargo capacity like its rivals.

2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab: Infotainment System and Connectivity

2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab has the latest technological features that were present in the 2020 model too such as the largest-in-class 12-inch touchscreen which helps in navigation for the driver. There will be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration which will help in browsing apps and doing calls and messages through screen helps the driver to ride without any distraction.

The newer Ram 1500 also comes with Harman Kardon Premium Audio System that includes 19 speakers. The media center is embedded with auxiliary ports, up to four ultra-fast USB charging with Type-C USB.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab?

2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab has amazing and pretty exteriors much similar to the older version but redesigned in the newer version to some extent to make it more beautiful and attractive. Sporty headlamps, beautiful grille, and full LED Headlamps make the design attractive and audacious too. An available panoramic sunroof connects passengers with nature. LED lights give a beautiful glow. 

The Class-Exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System offers versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins on each side of the bed. 2021 Ram 1500 has impressive dimensions with a length of about 232.9 inches, a width of about 82 inches, and a height of about 77.6 inches and a curb weight of 5232 lbs.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 Quad Cab (Expected)

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Quad Cab

2020 Ford F-150 Quad Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Quad Cab

Length (inches)

232.9

231.7

231.9

231.7

Width (inches)

82

81.2

79.9

81.2

Height (inches)

77.6

75.4

75.6

75.5

Ground clearance (inches)

8.4

7.89

8.5

7.9

Curb weight (lbs)

5232

4622

5000

5000

Wheelbase (inches)

144.6

147.43

145.0

147.9

Track Width (F/R) (inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

*2020 figures used for reference.

2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab has an impressive muscular body and weighs maximum among rivals too making it strong and tough as well. It gives tough competition to its rivals on the exterior front.

Will the 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab be worth my money and time?

The newer model is going to be updated with impressive features and redesigned attractive features with the legacy of being best in this segment thanks to its powerful engine and excellent fuel economy, and latest infotainment features. With new package options and updated exteriors, 2021 Ram 1500 Quad Cab is definitely worth the wait and money.

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