2022 Ram 1500 TRX—Test Drive Review
It’s hard not to gush about the TRX. After all, this is the truck of our off-roading dreams. Yes, the Ford Raptor (https://www.4wheelparts.com/the-dirt/2021-ford-raptor-first-drive/) started the factory high-performance off-road truck trend back in 2010 and in its current form, the Raptor is an incredibly potent and capable package. But the TRX is in another league thanks to the wild 702 hp supercharged V8 under its hood.
It’s downright bonkers.
Here is a massive fullsize truck with a long-travel suspension riding on 35-inch tires that can scorch the pavement to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. That’s not just impressive—it’s pure insanity. Our buddy Harry Wagner tested the beast (https://www.4wheelparts.com/the-dirt/first-drive-2021-ram-1500-trx-hits-the-dirt/) almost two years ago at Ram’s first drive media event. And that drive proved the engineers that developed the TRX designed it for abuse too. Wagner wrote, “Ram not only let us jump the trucks at the track, they actively encouraged it!”
Since then, the TRX has been an enormous hit for Ram. Want proof? Despite the truck’s eye-watering $70,000 base price and more than $90,000 fully loaded sticker price, dealers are still able to tack on steep markups. And these trucks still scoot off the showroom floor. The TRX is an easy sell.
We measured a foot of clearance under the front diff and 10.5-inches under the rear axle of the TRX. The 37-inch tire Raptor we last tested had about two inches more clearance up front and about a half inch better in the rear. The TRX has an approach angle of 30 degrees, a departure angle of 23.5 degrees and a breakover angle of 21.9 degrees. The last Raptor we tested (with 37-inch tires) had an approach angle of 33.1 degrees, departure angle of 24.9 degrees breakover of 24.4 degrees—all better numbers. The TRX can handle a payload of 1,300 lbs and tow an 8,100 lb. trailer. And those specs are nearly the same for the Raptor.
On the Street
As one might expect, the TRX guzzles fuel at an alarming rate. The EPA rates the TRX at 10 mpg in the city and 14 mpg on the highway. In our testing we saw 9.8 mpg which is worse than the last Raptor we tested (13.8 mpg). So, be prepared for all that fun to put a dent in your wallet at the pump.
On the Trail