New 2019
Ram 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

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KBB Editor's Overview

By KBB.com Editorial Staff

One of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S., the Ram 1500 holds its own against formidable foes like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 by being tech-savvy, comfortable and capable, and by appealing to a wide spectrum of buyers. To fight off the ever-evolving competition, Ram has made significant changes to its half-ton for 2019. Building on what already made this truck so appealing, the Ram is now lighter, stronger, more comfortable, more capable and more efficient than the previous truck, all while sporting a rugged new look that no longer includes the characteristic Ram (and Dodge) cross-hair grille.

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The 2019 Ram has a lot to crow about: It’s good-looking, more capable than ever, more comfortable thanks to a terrific coil-spring suspension, and offers one of the best connectivity systems available. Beyond the addition of more standard equipment, each trim level has a different theme and attitude.

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While the Ram’s increased towing and payload capacities are more in line with the competition for 2019, those people who need to tow more than 12,750 pounds should look to a heavy-duty truck, or the Ford F-150, which has more towing capacity and more towing-specific features.

What's New for 2019

New from the ground up, the Ram has an all-new frame and body; redesigned exterior; roomier, near-luxury interiors; updated suspension; and new infotainment, centered around a brilliant 12-inch touch screen. Even the rear axle is new, contributing to the increased towing and payload capacity.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

While other engine options will be available in the near future, the Ram will initially be available with the 395-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8, and that’s the engine we tried out. It has a healthy rumble, a not-so-subtle indication that there’s plenty of V8 power under the hood. Acceleration is smooth, and power delivery ramps up quickly without being jarring. Ride quality, already one of the Ram’s strong suits, is even better for 2019, thanks to the use of new 2-valve Frequency Response Damping shocks, which automatically adjust to changing road conditions. They also improve the truck’s poise when cornering. The cabin is noticeably quiet, and the previous Ram’s top-notch interiors have been eclipsed by new designs that are tough, yet beautiful. Controls are easier to use, and the massive center storage area can hold nearly 1.4 cubic feet of cargo. The rear seats can recline, and the rear floor is now completely flat.

Favorite Features

12-INCH TOUCH SCREEN
The crisp, clear screen is easy to reconfigure. It serves as the truck’s navigation, audio and climate headquarters, and is where you look at the rearview and 360-degree cameras. Still one of our favorite infotainment systems, the newest generation of Uconnect is user-friendly and works well with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

ALL-NEW FRAME
Made almost entirely of high-strength steel, the new frame is lighter, stronger, and designed with new safety measures. It’s a big reason why the Ram can tow and haul more. Mounted on the frame are active tuned-mass modules that help reduce ambient noise in the cabin.

Vehicle Details

Interior

Each of the Ram’s six trim levels has its own unique themed interior. For example, Laramie Longhorn: high-zoot Western. The off-road Rebel: bold colors and precise angles. Whatever the trim, controls have been reorganized and are easier to use. An optional 12-inch screen is the centerpiece. It’s big, vibrant, surrounded by plenty of redundant controls, and is easy to reconfigure. The Crew Cab is four inches longer, which means the rear seats can recline and there’s more legroom. Another feature of the new cab layout is that the rear floor is flat, providing welcome foot room to the middle-rear passenger.

Exterior

Whether it was to separate Ram from Dodge or to make the truck look fresh and modern, the cross-hair grille is gone. In its place is a narrower grille flanked by slim headlights on most models. The exception, the Ram Rebel, has a grille that resembles a handlebar mustache. The Ram uses a 6-lug axle (5-lug last year), so wheel options are all-new for 2019. There’s a choice of three types of headlights: halogen, LED and LED with adaptive front-lighting. In back, the tailgate is now damped and has lift assist, and the RamBox bed storage contains a 115-volt outlet.

Notable Standard Equipment

Ram hasn’t announced whether there will be a regular cab, so for now the base model is a Quad Cab Tradesman, with a V6 and an 8-speed automatic with dial-type gear selector. It comes with a 23-gallon gas tank, active grille shutters, coil-spring suspension, trailer-sway control and a rearview camera. Heated, power-adjustable side mirrors are standard, as are 18-inch steel wheels. Inside, the Tradesman comes with air conditioning, vinyl floors and seats, push-button start, cruise control, electronic parking brake, and manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The base version of Uconnect is controlled through a 5.0-inch screen.

Notable Optional Equipment

Top-level V8-powered Crew Cabs are available with a 33-gallon fuel tank, active-level 4-corner air suspension; oversize, power-folding trailer-tow side mirrors; and a dual-pane moonroof. Deployable side steps, damped tailgate with a power release, 22-inch wheels and dual exhaust tips finish off the exterior. Top-line interior displays are more elaborate: The driver gets a 7.0-inch TFT (thin-film transistor) display, and the top-level Uconnect and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto operate through a brilliant 12-inch screen. Leather seating, memory, heated seats and a variety of wood, leather and metal interior accents are offered. A surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control and hill-descent control are available.

Under the Hood

The 2019 Ram 1500 will initially be offered solely with a 395-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation, backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission. Later, a 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 with the eTorque mild-hybrid system will serve as the base engine, and eTorque will be optional with the V8. The mild-hybrid system uses a 48-volt battery pack and a motor generator to add torque when specific driving situations call for it, while improving the truck’s fuel economy. The system is designed to speed up the restart part of the truck’s start/stop system, and will add up to 90 lb-ft of torque to the V6 and 130 to the V8. The Ram 1500 comes in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel-drive (2WD, 4WD) configurations. We expect a diesel engine will eventually be offered.

3.6-liter V6
305 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
269 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

5.7-liter V8
395 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
410 lb-ft of torque @ 3,950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (2WD), 15/21 mpg (4WD)

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Pricing Notes

The 2WD Quad Cab Tradesman has a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $33,340 including destination. Next up is the Big Horn ($37,340), Laramie ($36,840), and Rebel ($46,340). The other two trim levels are only available as Crew Cabs: the Longhorn ($53,335) and Limited ($55,835). Four-wheel drive costs $3,500 more. Pricing is comparable to the Ford F-150, which starts at $33,090 for the 2WD Super Cab, and Chevy’s 2WD Silverado 1500 Double Cab, which starts at $33,405. As a lower-priced option, some trim levels of the previous-generation Ram will continue to be sold through 2018. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new truck.

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