The Ram 1500 Isn’t Recommended in Any Model Year by Consumer Reports

The Ram 1500 pickup truck is awesome, right? The 2021 Ram 1500 and the new Ram 1500 TRX model are very serious pickups. The model gets a ton of praise from critics. Plus, owners of the Ram 1500 often become repeat buyers and die-hard brand loyalists. However, the Ram 1500 isn’t recommended in any model year by Consumer Reports.

The 2020 Ram 1500 Built to Serve Edition in Spitfire Orange
2020 Ram 1500 Built to Serve Edition in Spitfire Orange | Ram

Yep, that’s right. Not even the 2021 Ram 1500 earned the recommendation badge––despite being the best rated pickup truck in the full-size truck category. It just doesn’t ever make the cut. Consumer Reports has a bit of a history of not recommending pickup trucks very often. But is there more to the story?

The 2021 Ram 1500 pickup truck

OK, seriously this truck is one of the best out there. It’s a luxurious city driver that’s ready for major chores. Hauling and towing capacity won’t leave you wanting, and there are a variety of configurations including both a gasoline option and a diesel version of this pickup truck.

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So what gives? It’s a truck. It shouldn’t be expected to have Toyota Prius fuel economy or nimble compact parking skills. Let’s judge it for what it is, right? A pickup truck that you can drive around the city and then haul the horses to a show with on the weekend. And on top of that, esteemed critics like Car and Driver or MotorTrend rave about this truck. Still, Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend the 2021 Ram 1500 pickup truck. Nor does the publication recommend any other model year. Ever. Hmmm.

Ram 1500 reliability

Each year, Consumer Reports conducts a vast survey for each model year. Owners report their experiences in terms of reliability, overall satisfaction, and more. If you look at the Consumer Reports reliability ratings for the Ram 1500 pickup truck, things don’t look so good.

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In fact, it quickly becomes apparent that a lot of survey feedback paints a picture that this just isn’t a very reliable truck. Over the years, the best reliability rating this truck has ever received is 3 out of 5. So it might be a beautiful luxurious beast, but owners run into problems.

That said, it also doesn’t dip into the 1 out of 5 territory either. The lowest score the Ram 1500 pickup truck received thought the model years is a 2 out of 5. We are seeing a lot of orange and yellow when it comes to reliability. But there’s no green in sight.

It’s not recommended in any model years by Consumer Reports

This pickup truck never earned the recommendation badge from Consumer Reports. While reviews are positive for the 2021 Ram 1500, it just doesn’t quite tick all of the boxes. However, it’s still a great truck. It’s recommended by plenty of other sources. So don’t let this scare you away.

A silver 2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn four-door full-size pickup truck turning in a city intersection
2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn | Stellantis

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Still, every model year of the Ram 1500 pickup truck struggles a bit with reliability. Problems range from electrical and fuel system issues to trouble spots for the engine and transmission. From where we are standing, it definitely seems as if Consumer Reports has a mild pickup truck vendetta. But who knows? Maybe it just knows something we don’t.