2019 Ram 1500 Classic Diesel

What’s new

  • The Classic is a continuation of the previous Ram 1500 being sold alongside the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500
  • Reduced trim availability compared to last year
  • New Warlock appearance package
  • Diesel engine returns
  • Part of the fourth Ram 1500 generation introduced for 2009

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth-riding suspension provides plenty of comfort
  • Quiet and attractive cabin
  • Smooth and efficient eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Limited feature availability compared to current 2019 Ram
  • Missing many of the latest driver assist technologies
  • Limited trim level selection in final year of construction
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2019
Ram 1500 Classic for Sale
MSRP Starting at
$45,200

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Which 1500 Classic does Edmunds recommend?

For a work truck, the Tradesman or Express will certainly work. Otherwise, we recommend the Big Horn (also called the Lone Star in Texas). It offers the most equipment and has some modern touches such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, parking sensors and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

A fully redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 is out, but the previous-generation truck is so good that even Ram can't let it go. As such, the company is keeping it going for one more year and calling it the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic.

The Classic is a stripped-down version of the previous-generation truck, with fewer available trim levels. Certainly, the redesigned truck is better. It has greater towing capacities, a stronger frame, and a revamped interior with new technology features. But if you like the old model, or if you want a relatively inexpensive truck that still competes with the newest rivals, this one could do just fine.

The 1500 Classic has limited engine availability. Just the standard 3.6-liter V6 and the 5.7-liter V8 are offered. But it has a big, comfortable interior and a great ride quality on the highway. There is a decent collection of features available, including the user-friendly 8.4-inch Uconnect system and heated front seats.

While the new Ram is a superior truck, the 2019 1500 Classic still has some significant appeal. Lower prices and a basic, no-frills attitude will certainly make this Ram a solid pick for some truck shoppers.

2019 Ram 1500 Classic models

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is basically a renamed and stripped-down 2018 Ram 1500. It's the same full-size pickup that was available in the previous model year, but with fewer high-end features available.

The regular cab (two doors) can seat three and is available with either a standard bed (6 feet 4 inches) or an extended bed (8 feet). The Quad Cab (four doors) can seat six and comes only with the standard bed. The crew cab (also four doors but with bigger rear doors) increases rear legroom and is available with either a short bed (5 feet 7 inches) or the standard bed.

There are only six trim levels: Tradesman, Express, Warlock, SLT,Big Horn/Lone Star and Laramie. Most trims come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 (305 horsepower, 269 lb-ft), with an option for the 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp, 410 lb-ft). A turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel engine (240 hp, 420 lb-ft) is optional on some models and standard on the top-trim Laramie. All engines are paired with an eight-speed transmission and can be had in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

The Tradesman is the workhorse of the lineup, with minimal luxury accoutrements and amenities. Just about all of its exterior parts that aren't metal are black, but it does come with 17-inch steel wheels, a Class IV hitch receiver, a spray-in bedliner, air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, a rearview camera, and cruise control.

Like the Tradesman, the Express is also a worker's truck. But it removes the hitch and bedliner (they are offered as options) and adds body-colored exterior trim, carpeting and 20-inch wheels. The Warlock adds a bit more flare and function, with equipment such as heavy-duty rear shock absorbers, tow hooks, LED foglights, rear parking sensors, special badges, and blacked-out exterior elements including emblems and headlight bezels. On top of the Express equipment, the SLT gets the bedliner back and offers more standard equipment such as alloy wheels and a 5-inch touchscreen display.

At the top of the Ram 1500 Classic lineup is the previously midlevel Big Horn (called Lone Star in Texas). It adds features such as a 115-volt power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, front and rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. Upgraded cloth seating with a power-adjustable driver's seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel round things out.

The range-topping Laramie is powered exclusively by the diesel engine. Added features include 20-inch chrome wheels, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, an upgraded driver information screen, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and heated, ventilated and power-adjustable front seats.

Despite the Ram 1500 Classic's bare-bones throwback nature, it does still have some optional extras. Available items include foglights, exterior side steps, bucket seats, adjustable cargo tie-downs, LED interior and bed lighting, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a 10-speaker audio system.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Driving

Strong driving dynamics make the Ram 1500 Classic one of the best-to-drive vehicles on the road, even in the face of all the recently redesigned full-size rigs. Even as a rehashed version of last year's model, it has excellent steering and handling.

Comfort

The Ram's ride quality is impressively smooth for a full-size truck. We also like the cabin, which stays admirably quiet compared to other pickups.

Seat comfort

The seats are supportive and well-shaped; you'll stay comfortable, even after extended periods. That statement applies equally to the crew cab's rear seats.

Ride comfort

It's smooth and steady on a wide range of surfaces, with body motions that aren't too buoyant or floaty. Rough road impacts are neatly absorbed with very little kick or shake.

Noise & vibration

Road and wind noise levels are minimal. The engine does emit a bit of noise when accelerating, but it quiets down when cruising at steady speeds.

Climate control

The Ram 1500 is available with dual-zone automatic climate control. And it is easy to use, with the temperature information requiring just a glance at the screen.

Interior

You get excellent ergonomics and front cabin airiness with the 1500 Classic. The crew cab provides excellent rear-seat space, more than enough for full-grown adults to settle in for long trips.

Ease of use

The air conditioning and touchscreen radio controls are as good as any, and the driving position is comfy. The steering wheel buttons are small, but they call up an amazing array of data.

Getting in/getting out

The front-seat access is good, partially thanks to handy grab handles on the front roof pillars. The wide-opening rear doors offer similar handles.

Roominess

The front cabin is open, and the styling makes the dash feel airy, not monolithic. The crew cab's rear seat offers no-compromise full-size accommodations. Everyone on board is a winner.

Visibility

Visibility out the front and to the sides is quite good. The large mirrors help. The crew cab's longer rear windows aid blind-spot visibility.

Quality

Exterior gaps and paint quality are good. Inside, solid materials and design choices give off a premium vibe. The quietness suggests there's no scrimping in unseen places.

Utility

Depending on trim level and equipment, the Ram 1500 Classic has a maximum towing capacity of 10,710 pounds. That's very robust, but it doesn't quite match the capacity of more recently redesigned competitors. In the cabin, there are generously sized storage pockets in all four doors. The rear seat bottoms fold up to reveal a flat surface.

Technology

Ram's standard audio system doesn't support much in terms of smartphone connectivity, but opt for the 8.4-inch system and you get complete integration with Android and Apple smartphones.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic.

5 star reviews: 74%
4 star reviews: 13%
3 star reviews: 3%
2 star reviews: 3%
1 star reviews: 7%
Average user rating: 4.5 stars based on 31 total reviews

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    Features & Specs

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite 1500 Classic safety features:

    Electronic Stability Control
    Helps maintain control of the truck in low-traction conditions. Uses the brakes to mitigate wheelslip and trailer sway.
    Side Curtain Airbags
    Helps mitigate side-impact injury to the driver and passengers by deploying from the area above the windows.
    ParkView and ParkSense
    Warns the driver through visual and audible cues when the truck is getting close enough to potentially impact an object.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    PassengerNot Rated
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back SeatNot Rated
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover19.8%

    Ram 1500 Classic vs. the competition

    Ram 1500 Classic vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    Even up against the completely redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, the Ram 1500 Classic is still a tough competitor. The Chevy, depending on what trim level you go with, certainly has more modern tech available and tow ratings are a bit higher. But at their respective top trim levels, there's a good case for the outgoing Ram 1500 Classic and the value it offers for the money.

    Compare Ram 1500 Classic & Chevrolet Silverado 1500 features

    Ram 1500 Classic vs. Nissan Titan

    With an impressive warranty and a beefy, standard V8 powertrain, the Nissan Titan has a lot of basic truck appeal. It's priced pretty well, too. The Titan also has a comfortable ride on the highway, much like the 1500 Classic. But the Ram beats the Nissan when it comes to interior comfort and infotainment ease of use.

    Compare Ram 1500 Classic & Nissan Titan features

    Ram 1500 Classic vs. Toyota Tundra

    There are definite similarities between the Ram 1500 Classic and the Tundra. Like the Classic, the Toyota can be appealing thanks to its low pricing and loads of utility. However, the current Tundra is seriously dated. Even though the Ram is the "old" model, it's the one to choose in this matchup.

    Compare Ram 1500 Classic & Toyota Tundra features

    FAQ

    Is the Ram 1500 Classic a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 1500 Classic both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Ram 1500 Classic fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 1500 Classic gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg to 23 mpg, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ram 1500 Classic. Learn more

    What's new in the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic:

    • The Classic is a continuation of the previous Ram 1500 being sold alongside the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500
    • Reduced trim availability compared to last year
    • New Warlock appearance package
    • Diesel engine returns
    • Part of the fourth Ram 1500 generation introduced for 2009
    Learn more

    Is the Ram 1500 Classic reliable?

    To determine whether the Ram 1500 Classic is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 1500 Classic. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 1500 Classic's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 1500 Classic is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2019 Ram 1500 Classic?

    The least-expensive 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $45,200.

    Other versions include:

    • Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) which starts at $48,900
    • Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) which starts at $45,500
    • Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) which starts at $45,200
    • Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) which starts at $49,200
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    What are the different models of Ram 1500 Classic?

    If you're interested in the Ram 1500 Classic, the next question is, which 1500 Classic model is right for you? 1500 Classic variants include Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A), and Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A). For a full list of 1500 Classic models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2019 Ram 1500 Classic Diesel Overview

    The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Diesel is offered in the following styles: Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A), and Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A).

    What do people think of the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Diesel?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Diesel and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 1500 Classic Diesel 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 1500 Classic Diesel.

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    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Diesel and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 1500 Classic Diesel featuring deep dives into trim levels including Laramie, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Diesel here.

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    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

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