Debuted at the 2018 North American Auto Show in Detroit, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is the fifth-generation installment of the iconic pickup truck. After 10 years of minor changes, the Ram 1500 adds new aesthetics, engine options, and features that make it a powerhouse in the competitive truck market. With brawn and luxurious interior amenities, the Ram 1500 has a one-two punch you won't find with any other vehicle. Here's a look at all this beast has to offer in 2019.
Before choosing the trim of your Ram 1500, note that it's important to choose your cab and bed configuration. This includes either the crew cab or the slightly larger quad cab, as well as bed choices of 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet 4 inches. The 2019 Ram 1500 comes in six trim levels. They are the Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. The Tradesman is perfect for getting the job done, offering standard 18-inch steel wheels and a no-frills approach that makes it the ultimate workhorse. The Big Horn, which goes by Lone Star in Texas, upgrades to 18-inch alloy wheels and fog lamps. The Laramie tacks on LED lighting from bumper to bumper, while the Rebel gets a unique body kit, painted black aluminum wheels, and go-anywhere, all-terrain tires. The loaded Laramie Longhorn and Limited options provide the final touch on the 2019 Ram 1500 fleet with LED low-beam headlights, LED bed lighting, and automatic high-beam headlamps.
Under the hood, the 2019 Ram 1500 comes with two engine choices, as well as a new hybridization feature to increase torque. The stock engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that supplies 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The top four trims opt for a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that's good for 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. What makes the Ram 1500 even more impressive in 2019 is the addition of the 48-volt eTorque system. Using this hybrid system, the pickup churns out an additional 90 pound-feet of torque with the V-6 and 130 pound-feet with the V-8. This isn't an increase in overall torque, but at low speeds, the Ram 1500 can gallantly traverse tough terrain, while also offering a boost in towing power.
For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 offers a smooth, eight-speed automatic transmission that effortlessly changes gears during acceleration and deceleration. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and four-wheel drive is available. Depending on the configuration, the Ram 1500 can tow up to 10,620 pounds, while the maximum payload tops out at an impressive 1,770 pounds.
One of the shining features of the Ram 1500 is its interior. Choose from a stripped-down version that's ideal for the worksite or a rolling mobile office to suit your needs. Increased cabin space easily accommodates up to five passengers with an additional 5 inches of space over last year's model. Other standout amenities include a 19-speaker sound system, a 12-inch touch-screen display, the Uconnect infotainment system, and heated leather seating.
The 2019 Ram 1500 is the first truck to offer a plethora of driver-assist safety features. Highlights include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross path detection.