All You Need to Know About Every 2021 Ram Heavy Duty Trim
Needless to say, Ram Trucks has been on quite a successful journey these past few years with the debut of the all-new Ram 1500 in 2019, the launch of the revamped 2020 Ram Heavy Duty models, and the long-awaited introduction of the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. All three models earned their respective “Truck of the Year” distinction from MotorTrend. Often ceding the spotlight to the more popular Ram 1500 option, the Ram Heavy Duty models — the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 — were built to handle severe work duty as well as leather-lined luxury. Here are the six trims available on the 2021 Ram Heavy Duty pickups, barring chassis cab and commercial configurations.
Deemed the entry-level trim for all things Ram Heavy Duty, the Tradesman trim comes standard with steel wheels and a vinyl bench seat. When it comes to honest work, it doesn’t get much more honest than the Tradesman trim. Ram offers a Regular Cab configuration, along with a four-door Crew Cab with either a 6.25- or 8-foot box. Engine choices are not short on power, including a 6.4-liter V8 with 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, or a diesel-powered 6.7-liter that generates 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque. Buyers popping for the Ram 3500 also have the option of a High Output diesel engine making broadly the same horsepower but offering an exorbitant 1000 lb-ft of torque.
The trim that follows, the Big Horn, adds some oomph with several snazzy paint colors, along with Mega Cab availability that adds extra inches of legroom. Different configurations are also available for the interior cabin, including a two-tone Light Mountain Brown and Black package that lends a luxurious look. Additional options include a Sport Appearance Package with color-keyed exterior trim and clearance lamps and fog lights. Heated seats and steering wheel, along with a seven-speaker Alpine sound system complete with an 8.4-inch infotainment screen round out the Big Horn trim of Ram Heavy Duty pickups.
When it comes to off-road prowess and heavy duty capability, it’s hard to beat the Power Wagon trim. 17-inch off-road tires, Tru-Lok front and rear differentials, and a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine are just a few of the perks that come with owning a Power Wagon. Other unique features on the Power Wagon trim include a grille that resembles a handlebar mustache, and optional LED bed lighting among others. The Ram Heavy Duty Power Wagon can only be had in a 2500 Crew Cab 4×4 configuration, with a 6.25-foot box. As for the interior of the Power Wagon, buyers can expect standard cloth seats in dour gray, Uconnect infotainment, a floor-mounted shifter, and embossed tire tread patterns throughout the cabin.
Here is where things get seriously luxurious for the Ram Heavy Duty pickups. The Laramie trim offers buyers leather seats, parking assist beepers on both the front and rear bumpers, 18-inch wheels, and an Alpine-branded sound system. Several towing cameras are added at this trim level, including a specific one mounted in the stop lamp that helps drivers monitor their fifth wheel trailer for any impending mishaps. Ram also added a power sunroof, along with leather bucket seats complete with a cooling function. Packages include a Sport Appearance Package that matches exterior trim, while the newly available Night Edition paints the model black.
The cowboy theme looms heavy in this Laramie Longhorn trim, with its interior clad completely in supple leather that is reminiscent of the scent of a new saddle. Ram added premium wood finishes to the dashboard, with the trim name branded onto a storage container door — yes, Ram Trucks used an actual branding iron to achieve this effect. Configurations for the Laramie Longhorn trim are exactly the same as the previously-mentioned Laramie trim, but the luxurious touches set this trim apart. Naturally, seats are both ventilated and heated as a standard feature and are available in either Cattle Tan or Light Mountain Brown leather. No infotainment touchscreen display is smaller than 8.4-inches, but more often than not buyers opt to go big or go home and end up choosing the massive — and industry-disruptive — 12-inch infotainment display.
Dripping in luxury features, it’s hard to imagine any Ram Heavy Duty Limited performing any hard labor. If the Longhorn trim brings the honky-tonk, the Limited is a glitzy city night for comparison. 20-inch chrome wheels, Blind-Spot Monitoring, a RamBox storage system, a color palette that sticks closely to the grayscale, two-tone options for the interior, and many other features make up the Limited trim. While trucks tend to have monotonous interiors, Ram Trucks delivers something different with the Limited trim and its Indigo Blue/Light Frost option. Standard infotainment features include the 12-inch display, an impressive Alpine audio sound system, and a wide array of connectivity options.
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