Video: Here is What Two Near Identical RAM Trucks Look Like 20 Years Apart!

Many things changed, but the spirit remains.

When we say, “Two Near Identical RAM Trucks,” we’re referring to where they sit (or sat) in the market, at the time of their introduction.

This video covers “Two near identical RAM trucks,” that are 20-years apart, and shows how vast the changes have been over two decades. Tommy states that these trucks are very similar based on how they were equipped. Think about it in terms of features, tech, and engineering. We are talking about several generations of Ram trucks, but some of the numbers are closer than you think.

2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Off-Road (with a sport appearance package)

Our very own (pirate-themed) 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 Off-Road is featured in this video. At the time, it was one of the most off-road capable Ram trucks, with a decent amount of standard equipment. It came with a factory lift, beefier suspension, unique body components, and factory accessories. It has a 245 horsepower 360 CID (5.9-liter) V8, and our model came equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission. The “Off-Road” package came with a 2-inch lift, stiffer front springs, and rear lift blocks. It also came with 17″x8″ wheels, 275/70/17 all-terrain tires, 4.10 gears, trussed Dana 44 in the front, a limited-slip rear differential, and skid plates.

2021 Ram 1500 4×4 (with a sport appearance package)

The 2021 Ram 1500 in this video comes with a 395 hp, 5.7-liter V8 (and eTorque), an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a 4×4 setup. That off-road setup includes hill-decent control, rear locking differential, and other upgrades. It’s a full crew-cab, as opposed to the old Ram’s extra cab, and it has a full complement of luxury features. Many of these upgrades and standard features were never even dreamed up for pickup trucks back in 2001.

Tommy and Andre go back and forth comparing these two trucks and showing what changes came about in 20 years. To be honest, it’s pretty remarkable how different they are; yet, they were aimed at the same type of consumer. Sort of.

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Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.