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2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Review
A truck in a van’s body.
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The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 takes its design from the Ram series of pickup trucks and modifies it to create a spacious cargo van. The same engine model designations apply to the vans, as well. The 1500 marks the lowest power Ram van in the lineup, with a lower output engine than the Ram Van 2500 or Ram Van 3500. Despite its weaker engine, it is a capable cargo van that meets the needs of most drivers. The engine size makes a somewhat larger difference for the Ram Van 1500 than the passenger wagon model. Since many vans are meant for hauling big cargo, it is important to make sure the engine selected provides sufficient power. Drivers who plan to consistently push the maximum payload should consider upgrading to the more powerful 2500 or 3500 vans.
The Dodge Ram Van 1500 takes the performance of the Dodge Ram and turns it into a cargo van with as little performance loss as possible. The Ram Van 1500 is generally the most economic option in the Ram Van lineup. Its impressive payload should satisfy most drivers. While the Dodge Ram Van does not have any particularly unique or amazing features, it is a well-built and powerful cargo hauler that comes at reasonable price. In such a utilitarian segment of the market, the Dodge Ram Van does exactly what it should. As long as customers select the proper engine for their needs, the Ram Van makes a reliable workhorse that takes quite a bit of punishment with ease.
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 Van 1500
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 adds a trailer tow package and hitch to the equipment list. The tilt steering wheel’s position setting has been altered.
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 looks like the Ram 1500 pickup truck in the front. Measuring in at 187.2 inches long, the Dodge Ram Van 1500 comes up a little shorter than the Dodge Ram pickup and Dodge Ram Wagon. Steel wheels and painted bumpers come standard.
The Dodge Ram Van 1500 is a very utilitarian vehicle, like the pickup truck it stems from. It has very little in terms of standard amenities, which makes sense for a full-size cargo van. An AM/FM radio marks the only notable standard amenity. Drivers get the 2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 for the massive interior and 4450 pounds of maximum payload (with the base engine), not for luxury or comfort.
Performance & Handling
The Dodge Ram Van 1500 has good performance overall. Excluding the somewhat underpowered six-cylinder base engine, the Ram Wagon 1500 offers reasonably good acceleration and speed for a vehicle of its size. Most drivers who buy this vehicle want to upgrade to one of the eight-cylinder engines to ensure decent performance, especially when carrying around cargo. Turning remains about average for a vehicle of this size. While not bad, it can take some adjusting for drivers who usually drive smaller consumer vehicles.
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 has dual front airbags, electronic brake force distribution, and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard safety equipment on all models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Ram Van 1500 5.2-liter eight-cylinder: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram Van 1500 5.9-liter eight-cylinder: 11/17 mpg city/highway
- Massive interior cargo space
- Relatively low price tag
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
A truck in a van’s body.
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