As the powerful Ram 1500 TRX enters the third year of its model lifecycle, nothing changes for 2023. We don’t see why anyone would want to alter this beast in the first place. A limited-edition Havoc Edition with special Baja Yellow paint and Prowler Yellow interior stitching will be available for the 2023 TRX.
The TRX is a lot of vehicle for the money even though it has a starting price just around $80,000. Although the base model is undoubtedly well-equipped, it is missing some functions that we would assume to be included as standard.
For instance, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats are only offered with the Level 1 package and cost extra. This increases the price by about $4000 while bringing a plethora of enhancements. Highlights include a storage space behind the back seat, a flat-bottom steering wheel covered in leather and microsuede, and seats with leather detailing.
To maximize the pickup’s capacity for pulling, we’d choose both that and the Trailer-Tow package.
Performance – Engine, Transmission
A supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 is concealed beneath the TRX’s scooped hood and between its protruding fenders. This particular version of the engine, which is more often referred to as the Hellcat engine, generates 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque that is distributed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
During our testing, the TRX reached 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and ran the quarter-mile at 110 mph in 12.3 seconds. It is the quickest pickup we have ever tested as a result. The Hellcat-powered Ram is surprisingly smooth and simple to drive on paved roads, despite its substantial curb weight and big size.
Its supercharged V-8 engine is still ready to make thrilling noises through its exhaust pipes.
The TRX is obviously designed to play in the sand, rocks, and mud as well. It has a strengthened steel frame and a suspension with more than 13 inches of travel that is designed to bend and bound. It has 18-inch wheels mounted on a set of enormous 35-inch all-terrain tires, which help the truck’s 11.8-inch ground clearance.
Ram claims that the half-ton Hellcat can also cross water as deep as 32 inches. Every TRX comes equipped with massive 15.0-inch front brakes, electronic-locking rear differentials, remote-reservoir Bilstein dampers, and enough underbody armour to shield a Brink’s truck. What else?
Capacity for Towing and Payload
The TRX can still draw a considerable amount even though it can’t tow as much as some Ram models, which are now certified at up to 12,750 pounds. Its maximum towing capability is 8100 pounds, which is 100 pounds less than the F-150 Raptor’s, and its payload capacity is up to 1310 pounds. (80 less than the Ford).
Fuel efficiency and actual MPG
According to estimates, the TRX gets only 10 mpg in the city and a middling 14 mpg on the interstate. These numbers fall far short of the Raptor’s ratings of 15 mpg city and up to 18 mpg highway. As part of our comprehensive testing process, we put the TRX through its paces on our 75 mph fuel-economy route and recorded a pitiful 13 highway mpg.
Visit the EPA website for additional details regarding the TRX’s fuel efficiency.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
With its most recent half-ton pickups, which have luxurious-looking materials and excellent noise insulation, Ram has completely altered expectations for truck cabins. The TRX, which is only available as a crew cab with the short cargo bed, appears to maintain that degree of elegance and comfort.
The inside of the base model borrows the Ram 1500 Rebel’s standard features and cloth upholstery. However, the optional TR1 and TR2 packages dramatically upgrade the cabin’s appearance and feel by covering it in leather and adding accents made of a combination of microsuede and carbon fiber.
There are two large paddle shifters on the flat-bottom steering wheel of the TRX, but there is also a floor shifter on the center console. Top options for the TRX include a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, and a digital rearview mirror.
Connectivity and Information
Every TRX comes equipped with a 12.0-inch touchscreen entertainment system that is vertically positioned in the center of the dashboard. The device features SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
In addition to having physical knobs and buttons on the screen’s surrounding bezel for more user-friendly controls, the display may be separated into distinct menus so that numerous apps can be running simultaneously.
Unfortunately, the 12.0-inch center touchscreen on our long-term TRX suffered numerous blackouts, which we haven’t noticed with the company’s Uconnect systems, which have smaller screens. A powerful Harman/Kardon audio system with 19 speakers and 900 watts of power is also available for the truck.
Features for Driver Assistance and Safety
Ram equips its most powerful pickup with a variety of available driver-assistance features, including one that makes it simpler to connect a trailer. Visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for more details regarding the TRX’s crash test results. Important safety elements include:
- Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance are also options.
- Blind-spot monitoring is possible.
- adaptive cruise control is accessible
Coverage for Warranties and Maintenance
All of Ram’s competitors match its powertrain and limited warranties, with the exception of Nissan, which offers greater coverage: five years or 100,000 miles. Ram does not, however, provide any free maintenance as Chevy, GMC, and Toyota do.
- Three years or 36,000 miles are covered by the limited warranty.
- Five years or 60,000 miles are covered by the powertrain warranty.
- There is no free scheduled maintenance