2022 Ram 1500 TRX Long-Term Road Test: 30,000-Mile Update

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30,000-Mile Replace

As in any significant relationship, our high quality time with the Ram 1500 TRX has seen its share of ups and downs. Its unhinged bravado and rowdy 3.8-second runs to 60 mph have been nice. Its wallet-busting gas consumption and chronic infotainment system glitches, not a lot. However as our TRX enters the twilight of its 40,000-mile check, it appears to be doing its finest to point out us that loads of good days nonetheless lie forward.

Communication being key in any residing association, our large Ram is beginning to discuss sense. Because of trendy connectivity, an over-the-air software program replace at 26,000 miles lastly—lastly—exorcized the worst of the demons that had taken up residence in its 12.0-inch middle touchscreen. Reviews of system crashes have stopped, as have indignant critiques within the logbook. It nonetheless throws the occasional tantrum—activating the windshield wipers now generally places the touchscreen in nighttime mode and makes the show within the gauge cluster blink—however in comparison with how buggy this Uconnect system was beforehand, we’ll take it. That it took Stellantis this lengthy to (principally) repair is one other matter.

Andi HedrickAutomobile and Driver

Blessed with comparatively regular operation, our TRX has fortunately continued with its truck duties, towing, hauling, and ferrying as many individuals and issues as we will saddle it with. Treks to Minnesota and all through Michigan have even helped to spice up its common gas financial system from 10 to 11 mpg—a ten p.c improve. And with the digital hiccups having no bearing on efficiency, this 702-hp pickup on 35-inch tires stays hilariously efficient at intimidating absolutely anything that crosses its path.

To place these core options to correct use, director of car testing Dave VanderWerp made an impromptu go to to the sand dunes of Michigan’s Silver Lake State Park—the one place inside a few time zones of our Ann Arbor HQ the place the TRX will be absolutely unleashed. Free from the constraints of accountable street use, our Ram was in its component climbing the mountains of soppy sand. It is also certainly one of few locations the place the TRX’s abundance of horsepower feels “under no circumstances extreme,” as VanderWerp famous. “The V-8 sounds so superb whereas working arduous that it is virtually well worth the $200 fill-ups.”

Andi HedrickAutomobile and Driver

Certainly, preserving the TRX working by all this has been a major funding, particularly when the worth of premium at our native fuel station is hovering round $5 per gallon. Happily, our truck’s fundamental features proceed to be dependable, by no means taking it out of service. Although its newest routine service at 31,420 miles was the costliest but—$370, largely as a result of substitute of the three air filters for the cabin and the one for the blown V-8, which value $167 in components alone—that is hardly egregious within the context of 700-hp internal-combustion autos.

As we glance towards the fast-approaching conclusion of our TRX’s long-term check, we nonetheless have some issues on our to-do listing, particularly a deeper investigation into the drivetrain clunks that our truck continues to make at stop-and-go speeds. And whereas we’re not trying ahead to saying goodbye to our brutish associate, we’re excited for the Ford F-150 Raptor R to quickly be part of the TRX’s ranks of absurdly highly effective, off-road-oriented manufacturing facility pickups. For now, although, we’re pretty content material in our TRX’s imperfect world.

Months in Fleet: 10 months Present Mileage: 33,477 miles
Common Gasoline Financial system: 11 mpg
Gasoline Tank Dimension: 33.0 gal Noticed Gasoline Vary: 360 miles
Service: $942 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0
Injury and Destruction: $0

Specs

Specs

2022 Ram 1500 TRX

Car Sort: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $75,175/$91,030

Choices: TRX Stage 2 Tools Group (leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated entrance seats, heated steering wheel, trailer-brake controller, blind-spot and cross-path detection, entrance and rear park help, adjustable pedals, rain-sensing wipers, proximity keyless entry, energy tailgate launch, ventilated rear seats, wi-fi charging, driver’s-seat reminiscence, leather-based and suede steering wheel), $7750; 18-inch beadlock-capable wheels, $1895; Expertise group, $1095; rock rails, $995; Superior Security group, $995; Mattress Utility group, $845; trifold mattress cowl, $695; trailer-reverser steering management, $495; trailer-tow mirrors, $445; two-tone paint, $250; Granite Crystal Metallic paint, $200; Trailer-Tow group, $195

ENGINE

supercharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port gas injection

Displacement: 376 in3, 6166 cm3

Energy: 702 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque: 650 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-speed automated

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: management arms/stay axle

Brakes, F/R: 14.9-in vented disc/14.8-in vented disc

Tires: Goodyear Wrangler Territory AT

LT325/65R-18 121/118T M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 145.1 in

Size: 232.9 in

Width: 88.0 in

Peak: 80.9 in

Passenger Quantity: 132 ft3

Curb Weight: 6781 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: NEW

60 mph: 3.8 sec

100 mph: 9.7 sec

1/4-Mile: 12.4 sec @ 110 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 4.6 sec

Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.3 sec

Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.3 sec

Prime Velocity (gov ltd): 118 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 195 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.66 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 11 mpg

Unscheduled Oil Additions: 0 qt

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 12/10/14 mpg

WARRANTY

3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper

5 years/60,000 miles powertrain

3 years/limitless miles corrosion safety

5 years/60,000 miles roadside help

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED


20,000-Mile Replace

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

The primary half of our Ram 1500 TRX’s 40,000-mile check has revealed a few irritating constants. That it drinks gas with startling proficiency is nicely documented (we’re nonetheless averaging simply 10 mpg). However our 702-hp beast of a Ram additionally has come to harbor sporadic—and difficult-to-diagnose—malfunctions in its 12.0-inch middle touchscreen, which have inexorably drawn our employees’s consideration as of late. This problem is having a noticeable impression on the TRX’s enjoyable issue.

Our truck’s ongoing digital woes come considerably unexpectedly—regardless of the same expertise we had with our 2019 Ram 1500 long-termer—as a result of Stellantis’s (and previously Fiat Chrysler’s) Uconnect infotainment system has traditionally been top-of-the-line, bringing crisp graphics, fast load occasions, and customarily nice usability. Whereas its baseline performance stays sturdy, our truck’s portrait-oriented large display is plagued with bugs that are not current within the firm’s smaller shows. “When did Uconnect get so terrible?” requested one of many kinder logbook commenters. “This factor simply crashes consistently.”

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

The descriptions of the random hiccups—dropped Bluetooth connections, audio controls that generally take 30 seconds to reply to inputs, an sometimes nonfunctioning driver’s door speaker, and navigation and full-system crashes at inopportune occasions—have us questioning if our truck is starting to type a thoughts of its personal. “It is irritating to assume that $91,030 buys you all this truck but additionally all these points that the vendor can not seem to replicate and repair,” one driver identified.

Certainly, makes an attempt to handle these issues have so far been unsuccessful. Following a software program replace at round 5700 miles, we returned to the vendor at 12,600 miles. An infotainment fault code was detected, and a brand new display meeting was ordered and in the end put in at 16,700 miles underneath guarantee. However the issues persist, as artistic director Darin Johnson skilled on a trek from Michigan to Florida and again together with his household and two canines. “Having an infotainment system that has so many gremlins appearing up a number of occasions per hour is not any technique to spend 40 hours behind the wheel.”

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

Exterior of the digital troubleshooting, since our final replace at round 11,000 miles, our truck’s oil-life monitor has prompted three routine oil modifications, inspections, and tire rotations that averaged $139 per go to. We’re persevering with to look at a pair different issues for indicators of future hassle. Multiple driver has famous that the TRX’s admittedly hefty steering effort feels heavier than they keep in mind from earlier check autos. We’re additionally sensing an rising quantity of slack in its drivetrain, which is manifesting in intermittent clunks at stop-and-go speeds and when shifting from Drive to Reverse and vice versa. The latter points doubtless are the unsurprising—although not precisely reassuring—outcomes of a ton of energy enthusiastically assembly greater than three tons of pickup day after day. We made an unscheduled cease on the vendor for an investigation, however nothing amiss in our truck’s driveline has been discovered.

On the plus aspect, our late-season winter-tire experiment was successful, at the least for the couple of weeks we had them put in till snow gave technique to an early Michigan spring. With no appropriate winter tires out there within the TRX’s OE measurement (LT325/65R-18), we had been left looking for a 35-inch different with smaller, extra intricately reduce tread blocks, which in idea would supply higher grip in white powder than the chunky lugs of the inventory Goodyear Wranglers. The best choice appeared to come back in BFGoodrich’s All-Terrain T/A KO2, sized 35X12.5R-18LT, which value us $1476 at Tirerack.com. We’ve but to reinstall the BFGs to see how they examine to the Goodyears on the check monitor. However drivers who skilled each setups reported much less street noise, barely higher street manners, and better confidence in slush and snow with the BFGs.

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

Extra reward has been directed on the TRX’s trailering means. Though it takes lower than the 8100-pound towing most to compress the off-road-oriented suspension into one thing approaching a Carolina Squat, the TRX’s supercharged V-8—plus its easy-to-use trailer-steer assistant and adaptive blind-spot monitoring—made fast work of towing a U-Haul trailer loaded with director of car testing Dave VanderWerp’s not too long ago bought 1994 Ford Ranger work truck. Impressively, he additionally averaged an indicated 10 mpg through the train, which implies he both had assist from a gale-force tailwind or confirmed an uncommon quantity of respect to the TRX’s accelerator.

Talking of respect, our truck now instructions a bit extra road cred after a return go to to Virginia Worldwide Raceway, the place it—together with our long-term BMW M3 and C8 Chevy Corvette—lapped the 4.1-mile Grand Course throughout Automobile and Driver‘s first Lightning Lap Monitor Day. It was a less-than-committed outing, meant extra for incomes the fitting to put on a sticker of the monitor’s define than setting a sizzling lap time. However it does make our TRX really feel a little bit extra particular—which helps us tolerate its much less fascinating quirks.

Months in Fleet: 8 months Present Mileage: 24,849 miles
Common Gasoline Financial system: 10 mpg
Gasoline Tank Dimension: 33.0 gal Noticed Gasoline Vary: 330 miles
Service: $572 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0
Injury and Destruction: $0


10,000-Mile Replace

Austin IrwinAutomobile and Driver

To little shock, the central theme up to now in our Ram 1500 TRX’s long-term check has been its prodigious gas consumption. Since our final check-in at 3165 miles, its common gas financial system has fallen from 11 to 10 mpg—a 9 p.c drop—and practically each logbook remark has touched on the large Ram’s seemingly insatiable thirst. “I am impressed the connecting rods do not bend from the quantity of gas going into the cylinders,” famous technical editor David Beard after coaxing the truck’s onboard fuel-economy monitor into the low single digits whereas towing a 4000-pound enclosed snowmobile trailer.

It takes a variety of vitality to get 6781 kilos to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds—a feat we’re blissful to repeatedly confirm—and even the EPA reckons the 702-hp Ram is sweet for less than 12 mpg mixed. One of the best we have seen from a TRX on our 75-mph freeway check is 13 mpg. Our truck’s common mpg did obtain a lift early on from a 1400-mile street journey from Michigan to Virginia and again. However since then, its miles have come principally from around-town commuting, sometimes damaged up by treks to Northern Michigan, Indiana, and Chicago. We have additionally utilized the remote-start function to heat it up on frosty mornings—sorry for the wake-up calls, neighbors—and often activity it with truck chores, comparable to hauling toys and cargo beds filled with firewood. Consequently, our common vary is right down to a mere 330 miles, regardless of the truck’s massive 33.0-gallon gas tank.

David BeardAutomobile and Driver

This hasn’t soured our outlook, although. “The TRX is an unimaginable truck,” wrote employees editor Eric Stafford after placing about 2000 miles on our long-termer over the vacations. “Its alpha angle is undeniably intoxicating, and I doubt something like will probably be provided after this decade.” Affiliate technical editor Connor Hoffman concurred: “With Stellantis quickly killing off the Hellcat engine, what higher technique to remaster that beast than by implanting it in a half-ton pickup using on 35-inch tires.”

Hoffman additionally admitted, nevertheless, that some homeowners might tire of the blown 6.2-liter V-8’s outstanding supercharger whine and the deep drone of its exhaust on the freeway, in addition to the considerably agency experience for a automobile with greater than a foot of entrance and rear suspension journey. In comparison with its foremost rival, the Ford F-150 Raptor, the large Ram will be extra fatiguing to function, particularly while you try to squeeze it right into a parking storage or an condominium carport. Our recommendation: Do not attempt it. “The TRX is more likely to trigger claustrophobia in metropolis site visitors,” added Stafford. Different drivers have noticed that its steering will be heavier at low speeds than it must be, and that placing solely 550-or-so kilos within the mattress—lower than half of the TRX’s 1310-pound payload capability—may cause the truck to squat on its haunches, tipping its headlights up into the eyes of oncoming motorists.

Andi HedrickAutomobile and Driver

Winter climate has revealed some further annoyances. Our truck’s $995 Mopar rock rails might defend its rocker panels when off-roading, however they’re additionally good at amassing mud and slush, making for messy obstacles to navigate when stepping into and out of the truck. That is no trivial problem for these wanting stature, because the TRX sits fairly excessive up, and the slim rails work poorly as steps. Director of car testing Dave VanderWerp additionally noticed that even a light-weight dusting of snow can forestall the passive-entry proximity sensors within the door handles from working. And regardless of the off-road traction of the TRX’s Goodyear Wrangler Territory AT tires, they do not present practically as a lot grip in snow as their chunky tread blocks recommend. Not that our truck has come even near being sidelined by the white stuff, however sliding round in one thing this large, heavy, and highly effective is as dangerous as it’s enjoyable, prompting us to search for a more practical set of cold-weather tires. We’ll report on how that search goes within the subsequent replace.

Happily, the Ram’s first scheduled service at 5695 miles—an oil-and-filter change, tire rotation, and inspection that value us $155—offered a chance to handle a few of our truck’s extra essential points, together with a suspension-related noise we would heard coming from its passenger aspect. The vendor discovered that the connections for the entrance and rear anti-roll bar hyperlinks and the rear monitor bar had been free and retightened them at no cost. We’ve not heard the noise since. A brand new software program replace for the Uconnect touchscreen additionally was carried out, which appears to have corrected a few of its glitchiness. However in contrast to smaller Uconnect methods we have skilled, this 12.0-inch unit continues to often freeze up, drop Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay connections, and lock us out of the heated-seat and steering-wheel controls. On the brighter aspect, the infotainment hiccups have solely value us a few of our endurance, which means we’ve extra money to dump into the TRX’s gas tank.

Months in Fleet: 4 months Present Mileage: 10,964 miles
Common Gasoline Financial system: 10 mpg
Gasoline Tank Dimension: 33.0 gal Noticed Gasoline Vary: 330 miles
Service: $155 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0
Injury and Destruction: $0


Introduction

Andi HedrickAutomobile and Driver

Even informal readers will know that pickup vans are essential round Automobile and Driver HQ. They ferry testing gear, haul toys and our bodies on far-flung adventures, and customarily show helpful in all of the ways in which vans are designed to be. In addition they will be good ol’ enjoyable. Working example: the supercharged Ram 1500 TRX, which brings a hardcore long-travel suspension and 702 intoxicating horsepower to Ram’s 10Best-winning half-ton pickup. True, we not too long ago put 40,000 miles on a kind of—a luxuriously outfitted 2019 model—however the TRX is (virtually) as sensible as it’s thrilling, and Toyota has but to grant us a redesigned Tundra for an prolonged keep, so right here we’re, welcoming probably the most highly effective long-term automobile C/D has ever examined.

The TRX nabbed that title from one other supercharged automobile, a 556-hp 2011 Cadillac CTS-V wagon. Regardless of weighing a crushing 6781 kilos and having greater than a foot of suspension journey at each ends, the large Ram is a hulking poster youngster of up to date efficiency. As soon as our 2022 model’s blown 6.2-liter V-8—702 horses, 650 lb-ft of torque—accomplished its preliminary 500-mile break-in interval (Ram additionally recommends avoiding monitor occasions and related abuse for the primary 1500 miles), our truck clicked off a launch-control-enabled 3.8-second run to 60 mph and lined the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 110 mph. These absurd occasions are in step with what we measured beforehand, when the TRX vanquished a 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor in a comparability check. The TRX’s 60-mph sprint additionally makes it faster off the road than some critical efficiency vehicles, together with our earlier 2017 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport and Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 long-termers. It is value noting that neither of these autos may tow 8100 kilos or had a 1310-pound payload capability.

Andi HedrickAutomobile and Driver

Far much less spectacular but wholly unsurprising are our truck’s understeer-inhibited 0.66 g of skidpad grip and its 195-foot cease from 70 mph, each penalties of the TRX’s prodigious mass and 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory AT tires. Additionally elevating zero eyebrows is the TRX’s abysmal 11-mpg common gas financial system so far—and that is together with a roughly 1400-mile round-trip freeway trek from Ann Arbor to Virginia Worldwide Raceway (VIR) and again. Even with its large 33.0-gallon gas tank, the TRX can go solely about 360 miles between fill-ups. We settle for that there isn’t any technique to take pleasure in this truck’s potential with out burning barrels of fuel, however it’s a important value of possession.

The TRX comes reasonably properly geared up at its $75,175 beginning value. As many examples are flush with choices, we added a number of to our Granite Crystal Metallic check automobile, pushing its remaining ask to $91,030. The most costly of these extras is the great TRX Stage 2 Tools Group, a $7750 package deal that bundles a head-up show, a 19-speaker premium stereo, and heated and ventilated entrance and rear seats, amongst different niceties. That package deal is a little more costly than when the TRX debuted, because it now contains a few beforehand separate possibility teams. Extra highlights embrace a set of $1895 18-inch beadlock-capable wheels, the $995 Superior Security Group with adaptive cruise management, $995 Mopar rock rails underneath the doorways, and a $695 trifold tonneau cowl.

Andi HedrickAutomobile and Driver

Though the TRX is a recognized and extremely entertaining amount, having it round day after day has underscored just a few information. It’s a large factor—80.9 inches tall and 88.0 inches huge—towering over all however our tallest drivers and proving difficult to squeeze into parking spots and garages, even with our truck’s quite a few exterior cameras and parking sensors. Which makes it all of the extra thrilling to really feel it rear again and squish you into the seat while you mat the accelerator, the whine from its blower accompanying the beastly V-8 exhaust notice that may be heard for blocks. This off-road-oriented truck additionally impresses with comparatively good street manners, owing primarily to its all-coil suspension and complicated Bilstein adaptive dampers that maintain physique motions in examine. The steering feels exact for one thing rolling on such massive, heavy tires, making the TRX surprisingly simple to put on the street.

Andi HedrickAutomobile and Driver

Nonetheless, preliminary feedback within the TRX’s logbook level out that on pavement, the experience is usually uneven and never practically as plush as the newest Raptor’s, significantly with the Ram’s dampers of their stiffest Sport mode. Technical editor David Beard, who helmed the Ram for a lot of its journey to VIR, additionally cited the tiring drone from the TRX’s exhaust, which contributes to a 70-decibel sound studying contained in the cabin at 70 mph. Earlier than you name us out for being smooth, know that we love how this truck bellows with authority by default. However an lively exhaust with a quiet mode can be a welcome—and cheap—addition at this value level. Our different foremost gripe up to now is acquainted from our final long-term Ram: glitchy software program for the 12.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen, which randomly impacts Bluetooth telephone pairing and causes the infotainment system to often freeze up. Happily, the TRX has sufficient horsepower to occupy us whereas we examine that problem over the approaching miles.

Months in Fleet: 2 months Present Mileage: 3165 miles
Common Gasoline Financial system: 11 mpg
Gasoline Tank Dimension: 33.0 gal Noticed Gasoline Vary: 360 miles
Service: $0 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0 Injury and Destruction: $0

Specs

Specs

2022 Ram 1500 TRX

Car Sort: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $75,175/$91,030

Choices: TRX Stage 2 Tools Group (leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated entrance seats, heated steering wheel, trailer-brake controller, blind-spot and cross-path detection, entrance and rear park help, adjustable pedals, rain-sensing wipers, proximity keyless entry, energy tailgate launch, ventilated rear seats, wi-fi charging, driver’s-seat reminiscence, leather-based and suede steering wheel), $7750; 18-inch beadlock-capable wheels, $1895; Expertise group, $1095; rock rails, $995; Superior Security group, $995; Mattress Utility group, $845; trifold mattress cowl, $695; trailer-reverser steering management, $495; trailer-tow mirrors, $445; two-tone paint, $250; Granite Crystal Metallic paint, $200; Trailer-Tow group, $195

ENGINE

supercharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port gas injection

Displacement: 376 in3, 6166 cm3

Energy: 702 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque: 650 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-speed automated

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: management arms/stay axle

Brakes, F/R: 14.9-in vented disc/14.8-in vented disc

Tires: Goodyear Wrangler Territory AT

LT325/65R-18 121/118T M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 145.1 in

Size: 232.9 in

Width: 88.0 in

Peak: 80.9 in

Passenger Quantity: 132 ft3

Curb Weight: 6781 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: NEW

60 mph: 3.8 sec

100 mph: 9.7 sec

1/4-Mile: 12.4 sec @ 110 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 4.6 sec

Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.3 sec

Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.3 sec

Prime Velocity (gov ltd): 118 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 195 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.66 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 11 mpg

Unscheduled Oil Additions: 0 qt

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 12/10/14 mpg

WARRANTY

3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper

5 years/60,000 miles powertrain

3 years/limitless miles corrosion safety

5 years/60,000 miles roadside help

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED


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