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2019 Ram 1500 Review

The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 finishes near the top of our full-size pickup truck rankings. This truck is plenty capable, it has a premium interior, and it delivers one of the smoothest rides in the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Superb ride quality
  • Higher towing and hauling capacities than most rivals
  • Luxurious cabin
  • Spacious, comfortable seats
  • Rebel trim not as capable as some rivals' off-road trims
  • V8 Ram will cost you more in gas money than V8-powered rivals

Is the Ram 1500 a Good Truck?

The Ram 1500 is an excellent truck. It can tow and haul more than most competitors, and it delivers an extremely cushioned ride. There are plenty of top-notch materials in the cabin, as well as incredibly spacious seats. There are many standard and available features – including a user-friendly infotainment system and plenty of driver assistance technology. It also has an above-average predicted reliability rating. It's hard to find much to complain about in the 2019 Ram 1500. Like all trucks, the Ram’s size means it won’t be fit in to everyone’s life, but if you have the space and need for the Ram, it’s a great buy.

2019 Ram 1500 Dimensions

  • Length: 19 feet, 1 inch to 20 feet, 2 inches
  • Height: 6 feet, 4 inches to 6 feet, 8 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,782 to 5,380 pounds

Should I Buy the Ram 1500?

Regardless of what you value most in a truck, you'll likely find it in the Ram 1500, which is why it finishes so high in our full-size truck rankings. It never hurts to shop around, however, so you may want to check out competitors like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 is completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. Compared to the previous model, the 2019 sees plenty of changes. Its maximum towing and hauling capacities jump by roughly 20 percent. You can now get mild hybrid systems with the engines to boost torque and efficiency. The frame is lighter as well, reducing curb weight. At the time of this writing, the 2019 Ram 1500 doesn't offer a Regular (three-person) Cab or an 8-foot bed.

The 2019 model now offers a 12-inch touch screen, wireless device charging, and a host of new driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

Shopping for a used Ram 1500 could save you thousands of dollars, but you'll miss out on the benefits of the redesign. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Ram 1500 review to help you decide if you can live without the 2019 model's better capability and additional features. If you want to save some money while getting a new Ram, you may want to consider the 2019 Ram Classic. This model's starting price is about $6,000 less than the new 2019 Ram's, and the Classic is based on the previous generation Ram. The Ram Classic received few changes from the 2018 model year. For more information on this generation, read our 2018 Ram 1500 review.

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How Much Does the Ram 1500 Cost?

The 2019 Ram 1500 has a starting price of $31,795, which is for the base trim in Quad Cab configuration (there is currently no three-person Regular Cab option available). That's one of the highest starting prices in the class, though it is in line with the pricing of other trucks' extended cab models. There are several higher trims, topped by the $53,440 Limited trim. That's in line with the price of many trucks' top trims.

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Ram 1500 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ram 1500 or Ford F-150?

The Ford F-150 is one of the 1500's primary challengers for the top spot in our class rankings. The F-150 has higher maximum towing and hauling capacities, as well as a lower starting price than the 1500 (though it's worth noting that the F-150 SuperCab – Ford's equivalent to the Ram's Quad Cab – has a similar starting price to the Ram). Like the Ram 1500, the F-150 has a base V6 engine, and it offers more-powerful choices, including two twin-turbocharged V6s and a V8. The F-150's Raptor trim provides much better off-road ability than any Ram 1500 trim.

The F-150 has comfortable seats and looks and feels upscale in higher trims. The available SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use, and both trucks offer a lot of driver assistance features. The Ram has a better predicted reliability rating, and its interior may be a touch nicer, but there's not a lot separating these two trucks. The final call will come down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: Ram 1500 or Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 also has a lower starting price than the Ram (though again, that's because the Ram doesn't offer a Regular Cab model), but it's not as much of a challenger for the top spot in the rankings. The Ram can tow and haul slightly more than the Chevy, though the Silverado does offer a 6.2-liter V8 that's more powerful than any Ram 1500 engine. Inside, the Chevrolet looks and feels nice, but the Ram has a higher level of cabin quality and a few more tech features, like an available 12-inch touch screen. The Ram 1500 may cost a little more, but it's worth the extra money.

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Ram 1500 Performance

Ram 1500 Engine: Nothing to Complain About

The Ram 1500 comes with a 305-horsepower V6 base engine and offers a 395-horsepower V8. Both engines are available with a mild-hybrid eTorque system that aids performance in some key areas. Both engines move the Ram without issue, but the V8 is a better option for towing and hauling. Each engine comes with a smooth-shifting automatic transmission.

Ram 1500 Gas Mileage: On Par With Rivals

With the V6 engine, the 1500 gets fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. With the V8, it gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Those are similar to the ratings of V8-powered rivals. However, because the V8-powered Ram requires midgrade gasoline and rivals only need regular, the Ram will cost you about $500 more per year in gas money.

Ram 1500 Ride and Handling: A Stellar Ride

The Ram 1500 has arguably the best ride quality of any truck. It feels smooth and stable under most circumstances. Winding roads and rough pavement will pose no problems when you're behind the wheel; instead, it always seems like smooth sailing.

Ram 1500 Off-Road Performance

It may not be a match for rivals like the Ford Raptor or go-anywhere SUVs from Land Rover and Jeep, but you can take the Ram off-road without worry, provided you aren't getting too extreme. The Rebel trim is the top choice for off-roading, but there are numerous features available in almost every trim that improve performance.

Ram 1500 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Ram 1500 can haul up to 2,300 pounds and tow up to 12,750 pounds. These are some of the highest totals in the class. Additionally, the Ram doesn't feel strained and still displays plenty of stopping power when pulling a heavy trailer.

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Ram 1500 Interior

How Many People Does the Ram 1500 Seat?

At the time of writing, Ram has not released information about the future availability of a three-person Regular Cab configuration. There are only details on Quad and Crew Cab models, which seat up to six. The cab provides abundant space in both rows, and the rear seats are among the largest in the class, providing enough head- and legroom for almost anyone to sit comfortably.

Ram 1500 and Child Car Seats

Crew Cab models have three full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Crew Cab setup the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The tether anchors can be hard to find and may be confused for other hardware.

Quad Cabs have two sets of connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat. This setup received the second-highest rating of Acceptable from the IIHS, which says the tether anchors may be difficult to locate.

Ram 1500 Interior Quality

Cabin quality ranks among the Ram 1500's strongest suits. Premium materials line the interior, with the highest trims rivalling some luxury vehicles. There's plenty of interior space, and the cabin is well-insulated from outside noise.

Ram 1500 Cargo Space

The Ram 1500 gives you the option of a 6-foot-4-inch or 5-foot-7-inch bed, depending on cab configuration (like with the Regular Cab configuration, there's no information yet about an 8-foot bed). You can also add helpful bed features like a deployable tailgate step and the RamBox storage system. RamBox adds in-bed storage compartments built in the side walls of the bed that give you a safe lock box for tools or other items.

Ram 1500 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Ram 1500 include push-button start, Bluetooth, three USB ports, and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen. Available features include a sunroof, wireless device charging, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon audio system, and an upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4- or 12-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation.

The Ram's infotainment system is excellent. The controls are easy to reach, and the touch screen has crisp graphics, especially with the larger available screens. It's easy to navigate the Uconnect system's menus, and there are physical controls for many functions as well.

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Ram 1500 Reliability

Is the Ram 1500 Reliable?

The 2019 Ram 1500 earns an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. 

Ram 1500 Warranty

You'll get the same warranty terms on the Ram 1500 as you will on many other full-size pickup trucks. It features a three-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Ram 1500 Safety

Ram 1500 Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave 1500 Crew Cab models the highest rating of Good in six crash test categories but the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well the headlights illuminate the road. Quad Cab models received a Good score in the two categories tested.

Ram 1500 Safety Features

A rearview camera comes standard in this truck. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

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Which Ram 1500 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Ram 1500 comes in six primary trims: Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. The Rebel is the best trim for off-roading, but if that's not part of your plan for the Ram, then the Laramie makes a great choice. While its features list isn't as robust as the highest trims', the Laramie comes with or offers the features that many buyers find most important, and it costs thousands less than the Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims.

Ram 1500 Powertrain Options:

  • Base engine: 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque – includes eTorque feature that adds up to 90 pound-feet of torque for short bursts; starts at $31,795 (standard in every trim)
  • Available engines:
    • 5.7-liter V8 with 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque; starts at $33,190 (available in every trim)
    • 5.7-liter V8 with 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque – includes eTorque feature that adds up to 130 pound-feet of torque for short bursts; starts at $35,135 (available in every trim)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic

Ram 1500 Appearance Packages:

  • Chrome Appearance Group (prices start at $995; available in Tradesman, Laramie): 18-inch premium paint cast wheels, bright front and rear bumper, and Tradesman chrome grille
  • Tradesman Group (prices start at $845): spray-in bed liner and class IV receiver hitch
  • Premium LED Lighting Group (prices start at $995; available in Big Horn/Lone Star): front LED fog lamps, LED automatic reflector headlamps, and LED tail lamps
  • Sport Appearance package (prices start at $1,195; available in Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie): auto-dimming exterior driver mirror; black interior accents; deluxe cloth bucket seat; body-color grille, bumpers, and door handles; power-folding and heated mirrors; and exterior mirrors with supplemental signals and courtesy lamps
  • Black Appearance package (prices start at $1,895; available in Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie): 20-inch aluminum black wheels, all-season tires, dual exhaust with black tips, black exterior badging, black headlight bezels, and all features of the Sport Appearance package
  • Body-Color Bumper Group (prices start at $195; available in Laramie Longhorn and Limited): body-color bumpers

Ram 1500 Work Packages/Options:

  • Bed Utility Group (prices start at $350; available in all trims): four adjustable cargo tie-down hooks, in-bed LED lighting, and spray-in bed liner
  • Trailer-Tow Group (prices start at $400; available in Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited): class IV receiver hitch, exterior mirrors with supplemental signals and courtesy lamps, power trailer-tow mirrors with manual fold away, trailer brake control, and trailer-tow mirrors
  • Max Tow package – Quad Cab models only (prices start at $995; available in Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie): includes all features from Trailer-Tow Group plus 18-inch wheels, 3.92 rear axle ratio, full-size spare tire, and off-road tires
  • North Edition (prices start at $1,395; available in 4WD Crew Cab models of the Big Horn/Lone Star): engine block heater, extra heavy-duty shock absorbers, tow hooks, hill descent control, electronic locking rear differential, all-terrain tires, and all features from the Sport Appearance package
Ram 1500 Tradesman

The Ram 1500 Tradesman has a base price of $31,795. It comes standard with vinyl upholstery, push-button start, Bluetooth, three USB ports, a rearview camera, and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen.

Upgrading to the V8 engine costs $1,195 ($1,995 if you want the V8 with eTorque). Four-wheel drive is a $3,500 upgrade. For $1,555, you can add the Level 1 Equipment Group, which includes satellite radio and a power-sliding rear window.

Ram 1500 Big Horn

The Ram 1500 Big Horn has a starting price of $36,240. In addition to the Tradesman's features, the Big Horn comes with cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and some interior styling upgrades.

You can add the Level 1 Equipment Group ($1,200), which includes satellite radio, a power-sliding rear window, and an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Ram 1500 Rebel

The Ram 1500 Rebel starts at $47,740. This is the primary off-road-oriented trim in the lineup. Standard features include cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a 115-volt power outlet, and several off-road features, including Bilstein shocks.

The Level 1 Equipment Group ($2,000) adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Level 2 Equipment Group ($3,000) includes all the features of the Level 1 Group plus dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, park assist, and more.

Ram 1500 Laramie

The Ram 1500 Laramie has a starting price of $40,040. In addition to the lower trims' standard features, the Laramie comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, satellite radio, and an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Level 1 Equipment Group ($1,600) includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, park assist, and more. The Level 2 Equipment Group ($4,400) includes the Level 1 features as well as navigation and wireless device charging.

Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn

The Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn has a starting price of $50,740. It comes with premium leather upholstery, ventilated rear seats, HD Radio, navigation, and front and rear parking sensors.

The Level 1 Equipment Group ($3,400) adds wireless device charging, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and an upgraded Uconnect system with a 12-inch touch screen and navigation.

The Advanced Safety Group ($1,595) includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, park assist, and a surround-view camera.

Ram 1500 Limited

The Ram 1500 Limited starts at $53,440. The Limited comes standard with wireless device charging, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The Level 1 Equipment Group ($2,500) adds a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, ventilated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, park assist, and a surround-view camera.

Which Ram 1500 Cab Style Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Ram 1500 is available in two cab styles: Quad Cab and Crew Cab. Both seat up to six people, and either style makes a great choice, whether your rear-seat passengers will be adults or children. If you're looking for the most spacious accommodations, the Crew Cab is for you. There's about 3 feet of legroom in the Quad Cab. By comparison, the 2019 Dodge Durango has about 4 more inches of space in its second row. The Ram Crew Cab has a lot more legroom than both, with nearly 4 feet of space. Ram has not yet released details about the future availability of the three-person Regular Cab body style.

Which Ram 1500 Bed Length Is Right for Me?

Currently, there are two bed lengths available with the Ram: 6-foot-4-inch and 5-foot-7-inch. Both beds are available with the Crew Cab, but the Quad Cab only comes with the longer of the two beds. The longer bed will give you the most hauling utility, and it won't limit you to one cab style – just make sure you have the space for it in your garage or driveway. There's no word from Ram yet about the availability of an 8-foot bed. If this is a necessity, you may want to consider a 2018 Ram or the 2019 Ram Classic instead.

Which Ram 1500 Model Is Best for Towing and Hauling?

To achieve the Ram's maximum towing capacity of 12,750 pounds, you want a model with a Quad Cab, rear-wheel drive, and a 5.7-liter V8 engine with eTorque. You can get this combo in the Tradesman (where it will cost about $34,440), Big Horn/Lone Star ($38,685), and Laramie ($42,585) trims.

More broadly, you want the V8 engine if towing is a primary concern. The highest towing capacity you can achieve with the V6 is 7,750 pounds, and it's below 7,500 pounds in several configurations. With the V8, you get a towing capacity above 8,000 pounds in every case, and every trim has at least one configuration where V8 towing capacity exceeds 11,000 pounds.

The best hauling capacity – 2,320 pounds – comes with a Quad Cab, the long bed, rear-wheel drive, and the V6 engine. In the same configuration – but with the V8 instead of the V6 – hauling capacity tops out at 1,980 pounds. With the short bed, max payload is 2,000 pounds with the V6 and 1,840 pounds with the V8.

Which Ram 1500 Model Is Best for Off-Roading?

The Ram 1500 Rebel (MSRP: $44,240) is the best off-roader in the lineup. It comes standard with 33-inch tires, a locking differential, skid plates, and off-road Bilstein shocks. Some of these features are available in other trims, meaning that most Ram models can serve capably in off-road situations. Still, even the beastliest Ram trims are no match for some rivals' off-road specialists, like the Ford Raptor.

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The Final Call

The Ram 1500 is redesigned for 2019, making an already good truck even better. This is now one of the most capable and technology-laden trucks in the class, and it retains previous standout qualities like a smooth ride and an upscale interior. It's easy to see why the Ram finishes near the top of our class rankings. This truck deserves consideration from any full-size-truck buyer.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Ram 1500 is at once a careful evolution of its predecessor and also a clever, all-encompassing effort that moves the ball far downfield. It's wisely conservative in certain respects and boldly progressive in others. The new Ram is, quite simply, masterful." -- Autotrader
  • "If comfort, technology and storage are your main must-have features when looking at a truck, the next-generation Ram 1500 should be on your short list." -- CNET
  • "I'm not ready to call the 2019 Ram 1500 the best half-ton pickup truck, but I think it's my new favorite. Even after the novelty of the 12-inch touchscreen wears off, the cab is so comfortable and well organized that I felt like I could live in it. Or, at least, truck off on a 1,000-mile adventure in it." -- Jalopnik

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Last Updated: October 11, 2019

Strong Sales: The Ram 1500 is one of the top-selling vehicles in the country across all classes. Relative to the same period in 2018, sales of the Ram truck have increased by 22.8 percent this year. Along with the Chevy Silverado and the Ford F-150, these three full size trucks lead the entire U.S. auto industry in popularity.  

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