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2001 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 Review
A bus for everyday use.
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The 2001 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 gets its design from the Ram series of pickup trucks and modifies it to create a 15-seat passenger van. The 1500 has the lowest power within the entire Ram Wagon lineup. Despite the weaker engine, it provides a capable passenger van that handles the needs of most drivers. A passenger van like the Ram Wagon rarely requires carrying or quickly delivering heavy payloads. Therefore, many people are sold on the 1500’s lower price and slightly better fuel economy.
The Ram Wagon 1500 is the most economic option in the Ram Wagon lineup. It does not have much in the way of amenities, but it focuses more on carrying large groups of people than providing luxury or power. It makes a good option for consumers who need to regularly move large groups of passengers in a single vehicle. Drivers not looking to seat 15 might prefer a smaller SUV or van, but the Ram Van 1500 offers solid performance at a low price, still making it a viable option.
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 Wagon 1500
The Dodge adds a trailer tow package and hitch to the Ram Wagon 1500’s equipment list this year.
The Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 resembles the Ram 1500 truck in the front. Measuring in at 205.2 inches long, the 2001 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 reaches about the same length as the regular cab version of the Ram pickup. Steel wheels and painted bumpers come standard.
Despite its passenger focus, the 2001 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 remains a very utilitarian vehicle, like the pickup truck it stems from. It offers very little in terms of standard amenities. Air-conditioning and an AM/FM radio comprise the only notable standard amenities. The massive size of the Ram Wagon 1500 provides plenty of space for passengers, even when fully loaded.
Performance & Handling
The Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 offers good performance overall. Excluding the somewhat underpowered six-cylinder base engine, the Ram Wagon 1500 has reasonably good acceleration and speed for a vehicle its size. Turning seems about average. While not too difficult, steering the Ram Wagon 1500 takes some adjustment for drivers used to driving smaller vehicles.
The Dodge Ram Wagon 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 Wagon 1500 5.2-liter eight-cylinder: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 5.9-liter eight-cylinder: 11/17 mpg city/highway
- Seating for 15 passengers
- Relatively low price tag
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Weak amenities list
A bus for everyday use.
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