2021 Ram 1500 TRX Yearlong Review Arrival: Absolutely Filthy


2021 Ram 1500 TRX Yearlong Review Arrival: Absolutely Filthy

Most arrivals to the MotorTrend long-term fleet are quite different from our brand-new 2022 Ram 1500 TRX‘s. Normally, you would be reading something like, “We went with the optionless base model because it’s the volume player; but we picked the unloved brown paint because it reminds us of our mother’s eyes.” I can assure you that no one on staff has a mother with Flame Red eyes, and this particular TRX is as far from base as pickup trucks get. Clock all that power! And let’s be honest: Normal is boring.

A bit of history before we get into it: The Ram TRX was voted our 2021 MotorTrend Truck of the Year. In the wake of that win, it was time to spend a year with one to see how well it holds up to even deeper scrutiny. The job of stewarding our pet TRX for 12 months has fallen to me, even though I’d previously sworn off monster trucks due to the limited parking at my home in the hills of Los Angeles. Alas, the allure of a 702-hp rocket sled pickup was too much for yours truly. Fun fact: A Hummer H1 is 86.5 inches wide. Ram TRX: 88.0 inches. Yes, it’s wider than a freakin’ Humvee and I don’t have much space to spare. Did I mention I’m not very smart?

Back to not normal, the loaner TRX first showed up at our Detroit office, where it was received by our technical director, Frank Markus. Uncle Frank, as he’s known to all of us, weighed it, tested it, towed with it—all the usual MT jazz. But he also loaded it up with half a ton of gear, putting the TRX slightly over its 7,800-pound gross vehicle weight rating when two people are aboard. With just a driver, the TRX squeaked under. Why all the tents, chain saws, folding chairs, MaxTrax, refrigerators, and whatnot? Because our brand-spanking-new long-term TRX was about to spend 43 days acting as our photo/video support vehicle on the Trans-America Trail. Senior editor Aaron Gold then flew to Michigan and drove the fully loaded beast to Nags Head, North Carolina, the start of the TAT.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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