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Ram 1500 TRX Passes Daily Life Test With Flying Colors

We live thousands of miles from the closest desert, but we still have a strong opinion on the Ram 1500 TRX based on our lifestyle test.

The Ram 1500 TRX would be our pick for the world’s best street-legal desert racing truck. With over 700 hp, a suspension that can swallow up jumps and gulleys with gusto, the Ram 1500 TRX really has just one rival. And that rival is short a few hundred horsepower. We reside in the Northeast, where off-road means picking one’s way through trees on private property. There is no open desert area for the TRX to stretch its legs. We still loved our week with this amazing truck. For the balance of our review, please allow us to shorten the truck’s name to “TRX.”

Ram 1500 TRX image byRam 1500 TRX - Family Duty
The TRX is a truck with a lot to offer. Let’s set aside its amazing off-road capability for one moment. What’s it like when you drop your daughter off at school? Superb. Comfortable, plush, roomy, and all-weather capable. Also, the TRX wins our award for best all-weather floor mats and hide-away in-cabin storage hands-down.

Ram 1500 TRX - Fishing
We took the TRX fishing twice. We fished from kayaks and found that the 10-foot boats we use slid in easily to the sprayed-on bedliner, but that the surface also had enough grip to keep them from sliding around. The tailgate-down length was ideal for the boats, and the rear tie-down rings worked perfectly for this task.

 <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news/public/trx_mats.jpg?itok=jD7243eU" alt="Ram 1500 TRX image by" title="Ram 1500 TRX image by" class="image-news" />Ram 1500 TRX - Infotainment
The TRX has Ram’s new large infotainment screen. It is simply the best in any truck we have ever tested. Everything you need is here, it’s not complicated to use, and it has great resolution and responsiveness.

Ram 1500 TRX - Luxury
Is the TRX a luxury vehicle? We can’t see why not. It’s very comfortable. Its incredible suspension travel and phat sidewall tires soak up even the most extreme potholes and road imperfections better than any Euro sedan. The TRX is a bit louder inside than a typical vehicle due to its exhaust, but the sound is one we think owners will love. The seats are super comfy.

Ram 1500 TRX - Conclusion
To get a reality check on the TRX as a luxury vehicle, we reached out to the world’s foremost expert on all things Stellantis, Patrick Rall. This experienced writer/tester doesn’t just test Ram and other Stellantis products on a daily basis on and off road, his daily drivers are a Ram 1500 and a Challenger SRT Hellcat, which shares a similar engine with the Ram 1500 TRX. Patrick summed up the Stallantis family of performance vehicles quite nicely, saying, “The beauty of every Hellcat-powered vehicle is that they are perfectly civil under gentle driving conditions, but among the nastiest vehicles on the road when you open them up.”

John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. Following his engineering program, John also completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American newspapers and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin