The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 takes its design from the Ram series of pickup trucks and modifies it to create a spacious cargo van. The same engine model designations apply to the vans, as well. The 1500 marks the lowest power Ram van in the lineup, with a lower output engine than the Ram Van 2500 or Ram Van 3500. Despite its weaker engine, it is a capable cargo van that meets the needs of most drivers. The engine size makes a somewhat larger difference for the Ram Van 1500 than the passenger wagon model. Since many vans are meant for hauling big cargo, it is important to make sure the engine selected provides sufficient power. Drivers who plan to consistently push the maximum payload should consider upgrading to the more powerful 2500 or 3500 vans.
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 adds a trailer tow package and hitch to the equipment list. The tilt steering wheel’s position setting has been altered.
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 looks like the Ram 1500 pickup truck in the front. Measuring in at 187.2 inches long, the Dodge Ram Van 1500 comes up a little shorter than the Dodge Ram pickup and Dodge Ram Wagon. Steel wheels and painted bumpers come standard.
The Dodge Ram Van 1500 is a very utilitarian vehicle, like the pickup truck it stems from. It has very little in terms of standard amenities, which makes sense for a full-size cargo van. An AM/FM radio marks the only notable standard amenity. Drivers get the 2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 for the massive interior and 4450 pounds of maximum payload (with the base engine), not for luxury or comfort.