While not officially named after the T-rex dinosaur, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is definitely a beast of a truck.
And the nickname stuck so well that Ram actually put a T-Rex chasing a Raptor in the bottom of the center console. (Just one of the fun easter eggs in this truck!)
The TRX is powered by a Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. That’s more than any other street-legal half-ton pickup ever built.
But this truck isn’t made just for the street.
Who This Truck Is For
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is designed to leave the pavement. It is right at home fording streams, crawling over boulders, and racing in soft sand. If extreme adventure is your thing, the Ram TRX will give you the adrenaline rush you’re after.
The TRX would also be a great truck for those who like to modify their trucks and outfit them for the biggest, baddest look on the road. There are tons of Mopar accessories available for the Ram 1500. Some of our favorites include cargo ramps, off-road flare, and the Ram bar. Paired with the available bed-mount spare kit, the Ram bar makes this already tough truck look like a real beast.
This truck is not for those who are concerned about fuel economy. We averaged 10.5 MPG this week. Driving it very conservatively, I was able to squeeze out 11.2 MPG, but we’re talking no Sport Mode, only going 55 MPH, and having very little fun. Why have an engine that can give you 702 horsepower if you’re going to drive conservatively?
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What We Love About the 2021 Ram TRX
It’s holy smokes fast. Need to pass someone? No problem. Feeling a little cheeky and want to make some noise on that wide-open straightaway? Open her up. Of course, we’re all about safe driving practices here at A Girls Guide to Cars, but what kind of truck girl would I be if I didn’t give the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 a chance to show me what it can do? Let’s just say, it eats Texas speed limits for breakfast and sounds like a monster from the Cretaceous time period.
The body may only be a slightly modified Ram 1500, but the wider fenders, functional hood scoop, and unmistakable TRX decals make this truck stand out. The model I drove was white with black accents. Sounds pretty commonplace, right? Wrong. People recognize this truck when it’s going down the road. I even had someone follow me to a parking lot so they could get a closer look and ask me about the truck. A friend of mine called it a monster truck, even though it’s really not that big or tall. It just has a very commanding presence. And we love it!
Of course, the TRX I drove was decked out with the latest Uconnect infotainment system on a beautiful, split-screen enabled 12″ infotainment screen. I was spoiled by wireless charging, 8 USB charging ports, household outlets for powering larger devices, heated and cooled leather seats, a center-mount gear shift (no dial shifter here!), more drink holders than anyone could ever use, 8 drive modes (Sport mode is my favorite!), a super-deep console, and comfort for up to 5 adults.
Want to know more about the Ram 1500? Read Why your best road trip car just might be a truck.
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What You Need to Know About the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Pickup Truck
- Supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8
- 702 horsepower
- 650 lb-ft of torque
- 4.5 second 0–60 mph time
- Launch Control with launch assist
- 11.8″ Ground Clearance
- Bilstein Black Hawk e2 shock system
- 35-inch tires
- 33-gallon fuel tank
- LED Headlamps
- Head-Up Display
- Center Shifter (not a knob!)
- Paddle Shifters on the steering wheel
- TRX-exclusive badges and decals
- 19-speaker 900-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system
- 7″ color drivers display cluster
- 12″ Uconnect display with navigation
- Flat Bottom Steering Wheel with carbon fiber and Alcantara suede accents
- Eight drive modes: sport, snow, custom, sand/mud, rock, baja, sport, and valet
- Carbon fiber accents
- Starts at: $69,995
- Model we drove: $89,860
Disclosure: Ram lent me the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX to drive for a week. All opinions are my own, and I take full responsibility for my speed and for all the noise I made this week.