With a decade since its last rehash, the Ram 1500 was due for something big. Did it ever hit the mark. In 2019, the Ram debuts its fifth-generation model of the legendary 1500. Packed with all-new exterior style, exciting interior features, and fresh underpinnings, this pickup looks destined to become a modern classic. Whether you want the versatility of a truck or you need a workhorse on the jobsite, the 2019 Ram 1500 is the truck you've always wanted.
The 2019 Ram 1500 comes in six trim levels for the model year, shedding three in the process. This year's lineup includes the Tradesman, Big Horn (Lone Star in Texas only), Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. The entry-level Tradesman is a stripped-down version of the Ram 1500, providing worksite capability without the extras you don't need. Standard specs include 18-inch steel wheels, automatic halogen headlamps, and daytime running lights. With the Big Horn, the Ram 1500 adds on fog lamps and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, while the Rebel gets an exclusive body kit, 18-inch painted black wheels, and all-terrain tires. The Laramie offers overhead LED lamps, while the Laramie Longhorn and Limited provide automatic high-beam headlamps, LED low-beam headlamps, and LED bed lighting. Choose from either a quad or crew cab, as well as bed lengths of either 5 feet 7 inches or 6 feet 4 inches.
For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 comes with two engine options. The standard engine is a capable 3.6-liter V-6 that pumps out 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. Upper trims come with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that packs a punch thanks to 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. The big news this year is the addition of the Ram's eTorque system. Using this 48-volt hybrid system, the Ram 1500 churns out an additional 130 pound-feet of torque in the V-8 and 90 pound-feet in the V-6. While this increase in torque doesn't affect the peak numbers, it does provide an exceptional amount of additional torque at low RPMs.
The Ram 1500 pairs both its engines with a swift-shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive for superb handling. If you place a priority on towing, the Ram 1500 can handle between 6,370 and 10,620 pounds, depending on the configuration. This year's model also includes a new class-exclusive air suspension that makes you feel like you're gliding across the road, regardless of the terrain.
The Ram 1500 gets all kinds of goodies added to its interior in 2019. A new 12-inch touch-screen display allows you to navigate the Uconnect infotainment system, while five USB ports and a wireless charging pad make sure you're always connected and ready to go. Other highlights include a 19-speaker premium sound system, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and heated leather seating, and more legroom, hiproom, and storage space than any other truck in its class.
New driver-assist safety features put the 2019 Ram 1500 ahead of the competition. New on this year's model is blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross path detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and a 360-degree surround view camera.