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2001 Dodge Ram 1500

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Review

Ford and Chevy, watch out!

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Each truck in Dodge’s Ram line is categorized by its standard engine size. The 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 marks the lowest power Ram truck in the lineup, with a lower output engine than the Ram 2500 or Ram 3500. Despite its weaker engine, this capable pickup truck handles well to meet the needs of most drivers. The extra payload given to the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 usually only benefit professional and commercial drivers. As a result, the lower price and slightly better fuel economy turn some people onto the Ram 1500, even if they can afford the more expensive Ram 2500 or 3500.

The Dodge Ram 1500 serves as a rugged, rough pickup for the professional man or woman. It does not have much in the way of amenities. The ride feels fairly smooth, the interior looks well-built, and it feels relatively comfortable. However, it’s the truck’s mechanical capability that draws most buyers. All the extra features and options are potential benefits, but at its core, the Dodge Ram 1500 is intended for work.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 3.9-liter six-cylinder, 5.2-liter eight-cylinder, 5.9-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 1500 WS, Dodge Ram 1500 ST

What's New

The 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 adds child safety seat anchors as standard safety equipment.


The Dodge Ram 1500 comes available with either a regular or a quad cab. The regular cab version measures 204.1 inches long. The quad cab version stretches to 224.1 inches long. As a result, the truck bed remains almost identical in size between the two cab options. The exterior uses sheet metal, which sets it apart from other pickup trucks. Steel wheels and painted bumpers are standard on the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500.


The Dodge Ram 1500 is a very utilitarian vehicle. It has virtually nothing in the way of standard interior amenities. The Ram 1500 SE includes an AM/FM radio, but little else in the way of comfort features. Basic amenities can be added as options, but the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 will never feel like a luxury vehicle, even with the more expensive model and optional features. The Quad Cab looks spacious, but the rear-seat legroom feels very compressed, especially for a full-size adult.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 offers good performance overall. Excluding the somewhat underpowered six-cylinder engine in the Ram 1500 WS, the Ram 1500 provides good acceleration and speed for a vehicle of its size. Turning feels very tight, to the point that it feels like a much smaller vehicle. With a full payload, performance reduces a bit, but this is a common issue with any pickup truck.


The 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 has dual front airbags, child safety seat anchors, electronic brake force distribution, and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard safety equipment on all models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 1500 3.9-liter six-cylinder: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 5.2-liter eight-cylinder: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 5.9-liter eight-cylinder: 11/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • High performance
  • Good handling
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Large model range

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Weak engine in Dodge Ram 1500 WS model
  • Some Ram options only available on 2500 and 3500 models

Sum Up

Ford and Chevy, watch out!

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