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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Review

Gets the job done and looks good doing it.

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The 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 is a second-generation pickup truck manufactured by Daimler-Chrysler under the Dodge brand. The Ram line of trucks was first introduced in 1981, and the second generation began in 1994 with a complete design that brought the series into the limelight. The innovative design of the Dodge Ram, which was designed to look large and intimidating, continues for the 2001 model year, making it the oldest design among its competitors at present. Nevertheless, the truck still looks modern and competitive.

The Range

Body Styles: Regular Cab, Club Cab, Quad Cab
Engines: 5.9-liter V-8, 8.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram 2500 ST

What's New

The 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 has electronic cruise control, improved brakes, child seat anchors at the rear, and two new exterior colors.


The 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 includes three body sizes: Regular cab, Club Cab, and the four-door Quad Cab. The Quad Cab and Regular Cab are available with either a 6.5-foot or an eight-foot cargo bed, but the Club Cab only comes with a 6.5-foot cargo bed. The four-door Quad Cab was the first of its kind when it was launched in 1998, offering rear doors hinged at the rear. These doors cannot be opened without opening the front doors first, which may or may not appeal to customers. Other competing pickups offer simple and conventional front-hinged doors in its four-door versions.


The regular cab version of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 uses a bench seat for three people, while the Club cab version gets two of these benches. The Quad Cab version is the largest of the 2500 bodies and comes with rear doors on either side that makes entry and exit far easier than that of the Club Cab, but that is the only real difference. The Quad Cab and Club Cab versions feature the same three-seater bench at the rear, which is too hard, cramped, and upright for comfort. With the Quad Cab, the front seatbacks tend to block the rear door handles, making entry and exit difficult. Overall, the rear is too small to fit three people comfortably, but the front seats have lots of legroom, headroom, and shoulder width for seating three large adults comfortably.

The controls up front are easily accessible and clearly marked, except for the transfer case in the four-wheel-drive versions of the Dodge Ram. This is a significant difference from the Ford and GM 4x4 pickups, which offer of a convenient push button for the transfer case. Other than this, the Dodge Ram offers decent interior quality, although some parts are clearly low-grade materials.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 is fitted with a 5.9-liter, V-8 engine as a standard, delivering 245 horsepower. Another eight-liter V-10 is available as an option, and it can deliver 310 horsepower. All engines use an automatic four-speed transmission. In terms of acceleration and sheer power, both engines are more than adequate. The V-8 is capable of performing most towing and heaving hauling jobs, while the V-10 engine handles even the toughest duties with ease.

The ride quality of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 is good, but not as good as that of the redesigned pickup trucks offered by General Motors and Ford. The long-wheelbase versions of the Ram that are supposed to be more stable also tend to shake and jump a lot on the highway and over bumps. The handling of the Dodge Ram is also a little inferior to that of its competitors, even though it is adequate in its own way. In fact, the Ram is quite agile and surefooted, but not so much that it can take on sharp turns with ease. The same applies for steering, which requires a lot more effort at highway speeds. The gearshifts through automatic transmissions are a bit firm but not in a bad way. The shifter mounted on the column works very well.


The 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 is fitted with four-wheel anti-lock brakes as a standard. There are no government crash-test results by the NHTSA or IIHS available for this pickup truck at present.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 2500: 11/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Distinctive looks
  • User-friendly cab
  • Powerful engine options

You Won't Like

  • Lack of rear room in the Quad Cab
  • Comparatively poor ride quality
  • Low fuel economy

Sum Up

Gets the job done and looks good doing it.

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