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2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 RAM 1500 Classic Review

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2021 RAM
1500

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2021 RAM
1500 Classic

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MSRP*
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$32,795 to $70,325
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$28,855 to $43,445
Invoice* $31,407 to $65,436 $27,663 to $40,829
MPG - City 10 - 23 15 - 17
MPG - Hwy 14 - 33 21 - 25
Engine(s) V-6, V-8 V-6, V-8
Seating Capacity 5 - 6 3 - 6
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** - ***** ****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the extended cab will be able to stretch out a lot more with the RAM 1500 than the RAM 1500 Classic. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the RAM 1500 and the RAM 1500 Classic.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the RAM 1500 as you will with the RAM 1500 Classic, as they can travel a similar number of miles on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The RAM 1500 is somewhat more expensive than the RAM 1500 Classic. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the RAM 1500 and the RAM 1500 Classic have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the RAM 1500 is much wider than the RAM 1500 Classic, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the RAM 1500 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the RAM 1500 Classic.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the engines of the RAM 1500 and the RAM 1500 Classic are able to equally transmit their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Handling
The RAM 1500 has a larger turning radius than the RAM 1500 Classic, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the RAM 1500 is clearly the choice over the RAM 1500 Classic for pulling heavy loads. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the RAM 1500 and the RAM 1500 Classic.

Utility
The RAM 1500 has less seating than the RAM 1500 Classic, making the RAM 1500 Classic the better choice if you often have passengers. The RAM 1500 has a little less cargo capacity than the RAM 1500 Classic for hauling material.

Warranty
The RAM 1500 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the RAM 1500 Classic.