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2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman with eTorque 5.7-liter V8

$39,775 | U.S. News Score: 9.0/10

Ram completely redesigned their 1500 pickup for 2019, and the new model holds the top spot in our ranking of full-size pickup trucks. The 2019 Ram 1500 is as much as 225 pounds lighter than before, and mild hybrid powertrains are offered in the truck.

To build the lightest and quickest Ram 1500 model, start with the base Tradesman trim with an extended cab and a 6-foot-4-inch bed. Because it isn’t weighted down with options, the Tradesman should be a bit quicker than its siblings. Then add the available E-Locker rear axle with a 3.92 axle ratio for the best acceleration and slippery road traction.

Finally, you’ll want the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 eTorque hybrid powertrain. Why a hybrid for a performance truck? It’s because the boost from the Ram’s electric motor provides up to an extra 130 pound-feet of torque when you press the accelerator pedal. It also saves some fuel.

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