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Which 1500 does Edmunds recommend?

Today's pickups are chameleons, capable of being everything from economy workhorses to luxury rides with tremendous cargo capability. The 2019 Ram 1500 offers broad options, and if we were getting one for work-and-play double duty, we'd go with the Big Horn with a handful of options — with one exception. If our "play" regularly included dirt roads, the Rebel would be the only sensible choice.

Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Smooth-riding suspension delivers luxury sedanlike comfort
  • Cabin is quiet, roomy and downright plush on higher trims
  • Plenty of towing capability supported by new technology aids
  • Off-road-focused Rebel trim promises big fun in the dirt and mud
  • Common driver assist features are limited to higher trims
  • The Ram 1500 is fully redesigned for 2019
  • Reduced weight and increased payload and towing capacity
  • More rear-seat space
  • New mild hybrid power system
  • Debuts the fifth Ram 1500 generation

Overall rating

8.6 / 10

The 2019 Ram 1500 is all-new and redesigned but hasn't abandoned its successes, namely a unique coil-spring rear suspension that delivers a smooth ride without sacrificing towing or hauling capability. Perhaps the Ram 1500's greatest feat is serving as a blank canvas to build your truck needs around. From work truck to luxury truck, the Ram 1500 offers a broad skill set.

For 2019, the Ram 1500 has shed weight. Ram says the new truck is nearly 225 pounds lighter than its predecessor despite adding stronger steel construction to its frame. Maximum payload and towing capacity also increase, while the class-exclusive air suspension receives fine-tuning for improved ride comfort, off-road capability and load-leveling.

A mild hybrid engine assist technology called eTorque appears on this new Ram. Not a hybrid technology in the traditional sense of a gas-electric car, eTorque stores electricity in a lithium battery and helps the automatic engine stop-start system work more smoothly. It also provides a bit of extra power in short bursts. For now, the Ram's previously available 3.0-liter diesel V6 isn't offered, but it could show up in the 2020 model.

Inside, the Ram delivers new technology highlighted by an optional infotainment system with a massive 12-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and multiple USB ports.  (Ironically, a single CD player is optional only on higher trim levels.) The new Ram's predecessor was one of the older designs among American half-ton pickups, but no more. Sharpened new design, additional technology, and increased capability vault the 2019 Ram 1500 back to its place as one of the top achievers in its class.

For more detailed information on this year's changes, check out our 2019 Ram 1500 First Look and our 2019 Ram 1500 First Drive articles.

Notably, we picked the 2019 Ram 1500 as one of Edmunds' Best Pickup Trucks, Best Off-Road Trucks, Best Trucks for Towing, Best Gas Mileage Trucks and Best Family Cars for this year.

What's it like to live with?

Edmunds purchased a Ram 1500 and drove it for two years and nearly 50,000 miles. To learn more about our experiences, visit the long-term page for our 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie. We cover everything from seat comfort to real-world fuel economy. Edmunds considers this our top-rated full-size truck, and although some customers reported quality concerns, ours was largely trouble-free. If you have questions about the Ram 1500, read our test. We've probably answered them.

2019 Ram 1500 models

The 2019 Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup available in a handful of body style, bed length and powertrain configurations. Most Ram 1500s come standard as a Quad Cab that can seat up to six passengers. The optional Crew Cab increases rear-seat legroom and offers full-size rear doors (Quab Cabs feature three-quarter-size rear doors). Quad Cabs have a standard bed size (6 feet 4 inches), while most Ram 1500 Crew Cabs offer either the standard bed or a short bed (5 feet 7 inches).

The Ram 1500 offers seven trim levels: Tradesman, HFE, Big Horn, Rebel, Laramie, Longhorn and Limited.

Standard on all trims is a 3.6-liter V6 (305 horsepower, 269 pound-feet of torque). Optional on all but the HFE is a 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp, 410 lb-ft). Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a 3.21 axle ratio, and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is available on all but the HFE. Lower axle ratios (3.55 and 3.92) are also available on most models.

The workhorse of the lineup, the Tradesman makes minimal concessions to luxury with 18-inch steel wheels, vinyl flooring and upholstery, and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touchscreen display.

But it's not totally devoid of conveniences or creature comforts. Standard features include automatic headlights, a locking tailgate, a Class III hitch receiver, trailer sway control, heated side mirrors, push-button ignition, cruise control, a 40/20/40-split folding bench seat, air conditioning, a rearview camera, rear-seat USB charge ports, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker audio system with dual USB inputs and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Tradesman can be upgraded with options that include a Class IV hitch receiver, trailer brake control, an electronic locking rear differential, towing mirrors, chrome exterior trim, a spray-in bedliner, cloth upholstery, a folding rear seat, satellite radio and a CD player.

The HFE is equipped like the Tradesman but offers increased fuel efficiency from its V6 engine. It's available only with rear-wheel drive. Ram had not yet revealed details on this specific trim level at the time of our review.

The Big Horn (called the Lone Star in Texas) adds more features such as 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, tinted windows, floor carpet, cloth upholstery, and a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat, but far more options are available for the Big Horn than the Tradesman. They include 20-inch wheels, an air suspension, LED headlights and taillights, side steps, power-adjustable pedals, dual-zone climate control, and Uconnect infotainment with the 8.4-inch touchscreen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Off-road underbody protection, larger fuel tanks and bed utilities are also available.

The Rebel is geared more toward off-roading and comes standard with specialized off-road tires, front tow hooks, skid plates, fortified shocks and suspension, an electronic-locking rear axle, a 3.92 axle ratio, and hill descent control. It also builds on the Big Horn's features with a Class IV hitch receiver, LED headlights and foglights, a 115-volt power outlet, a power-adjustable driver seat, front bucket seats, a larger driver information display and satellite radio.

The Ram 1500 moves into luxury territory at the Laramie trim level, which adds to many of the optional features listed above with front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, power-adjustable 40/20/40-split bench front seats, heated and ventilated front outboard seats, driver-seat position memory, power-adjustable pedals with memory, a heated steering wheel and keyless entry.

Other upgrades include dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 115-volt rear seat outlet, two rear seat USB inputs (one is charge-only), the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, a nine-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and emergency notification,

Moving deeper into creature comforts, the Longhorn adds 20-inch wheels, a spray-in bedliner, chrome side steps, power tailgate release, automatic high beams, automatic wipers, front bucket seats with upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated reclining rear seats, a leather-wrapped wood steering wheel, a navigation system, and, yes, a CD player.

Note that the Longhorn comes with a short bed, but the longer bed is optional. The Longhorn can also be ordered without the spray-in bedliner.

The Limited trim caps off the amenities with a standard adjustable air suspension, chrome exterior trim, power-retractable side steps, premium-leather bucket seats, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Many of a specific trim level's standard features are optional on the trim level below it. There are also several cosmetic appearance packages available, ranging from chrome to blacked-out grilles, exhaust tips and other accents. Options for all models include various bed utilities (adjustable tie-downs, bed lighting and RamBox bed storage), and components for off-roading, towing and trailering. More select options, like 22-inch wheels, are reserved for higher trims such as the Laramie and the Limited.

Optional advanced safety features (reserved for Laramie, Longhorn and Limited trim levels) include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, a surround-view camera system and a self-parking system. An optional Uconnect package with a large 12-inch touchscreen is also exclusive to those trims.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Ram 1500 Tradesman Crew Cab Standard Bed (5.7L V8 | 8-speed automatic | RWD) and Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab Standard Bed (5.7L V8 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD).

EdmundsScorecard

Overall8.6 / 10
Driving8.5
Comfort8.5
Interior9.0
Utility9.5
Technology8.5

Driving

8.5
The Hemi V8 engine and eight-speed transmission work so well together that we could recommend this truck on that basis alone. But the Ram takes things a step further with confident steering, handling and braking, too. Ram's decision to walk away from leaf springs continues to pay dividends here.

Acceleration

8.5
It's hard to argue with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. It feels strong off the line, and it serves up excellent roll-on acceleration when it's time to merge or make a pass. Our measured 0-60 mph test time was 6.6 seconds with a truck with economical 3.21 axle gearing. This is a no-nonsense truck engine.

Braking

8.5
The Ram 1500 has powerful brakes that are easy to regulate smoothly thanks to a firm pedal and dependable consistency. And they're equally adept whether you're poking along in traffic or rushing into corners on a winding road. Our 60 mph panic-stop test took 132 feet, which is as expected for the class.

Steering

8.0
It feels well-connected while cruising straight, with modest steering effort that increases predictably in corners to keep the driver in the loop. The ratio is quicker than past years, so there's little need to go hand-over-hand in tight places. Still, it never feels jumpy or darty on the highway.

Handling

9.0
The Ram 1500 always feels balanced and coordinated, with nicely controlled body motions. Many pickups feel unsteady when cornering through dips (such as intersections with prominent cross-drainage), but the Ram's coil spring rear suspension and rear stabilizer bar put it in a class of its own.

Drivability

9.5
It's hard to imagine it being better than this. The power of the 5.7-liter V8 is easy to manage thanks to a throttle pedal that's neither too jumpy nor too dead. It also helps that there's plenty of torque, and the smart-shifting eight-speed transmission also seems to be in the right gear at the right time.

Comfort

8.5
The seats are so good that even the cheapest Tradesman with simple four-way controls feels supportive and comfortable. Rear coil springs give it a better ride than any other truck, and this new crew cab is tight and quiet. The new dash design includes nicely positioned vents and easy-to-use climate controls.

Seat comfort

9.0
The front seats are nicely shaped to provide comfort and support over long distances, and that even applies to the Tradesman and its basic adjustments. The rear bench is nicely shaped and has an agreeable backrest angle, and in higher trims it reclines a surprising amount. Yes, it has a reclining rear seat!

Ride comfort

8.5
It's smooth and steady on a wide range of surfaces, with body motion that's never allowed to get too buoyant or floaty. Rough road impacts are neatly absorbed with very little kick or shake. The Ram 1500 is probably the least "trucky" full-size pickup we've tested, and ours didn't even have the optional air suspension.

Noise & vibration

8.0
Admirably quiet inside, with low levels of wind and road noise — although the low-priced Tradesman isn't as hushed as pricier trims. The Hemi V8 makes some thunder when you lay into it, but it's a sound you don't mind hearing at all. When cruising at a steady speed, it fades into the background.

Climate control

8.5
The Tradesman has a system with easy manual controls, and the more full-featured automatic control system further up the range is simple and effective, too. The large vents make it easy to cool the entire cabin, and even a Tradesman with a front bench seat manages to have center vents for the rear passengers.

Interior

9.0
The Ram 1500 crew cab's interior is a very pleasing place to spend time. It's attractively and intelligently designed, easy to get in and out of, and easy to see out of. More than anything, it's very spacious, especially in the back seat, which offers class-leading legroom.

Ease of use

8.5
The nicely designed center stack protrudes just enough to put all the controls close at hand without feeling imposing. Buttons and knobs feel good to the touch and operate just as you'd expect. Push-button start and an electric parking brake are standard even on the budget-level Tradesman.

Getting in/getting out

9.0
The Ram has wide door openings, and the extra rear legroom means there's tons of foot clearance as you enter the backseat area. All four doors have their own chunky and well-positioned grab handles. Easy-grab door release handles, inside and out. You'll step up to get in, but no more than in any other truck.

Driving position

9.0
Every Ram 1500 has a telescoping steering wheel this year. There's a generous amount of tilt-and-telescoping adjustment range, too. The seating position gives you a commanding view of the road yet keep the pedals and controls within easy reach. Adjustable pedals are present in higher trims.

Roominess

9.5
Plenty of headroom, legroom and shoulder room in all seating positions. The amount of side glass and the design of the dash help it feel spacious, too. Newly redesigned crew cab offers more rear legroom than anything else in the class by a long ways, and the back seat even reclines in many models.

Visibility

8.0
It's easy to see over the hood, which steps down above the headlights to improve the view to the corners. The side glass is ample and the door mirrors are big, too. The rear view is good, but the center mirror is a bit skinny and the new Ram's tailgate is taller than before. A backup camera is standard, though.

Quality

9.0
Interior materials and the switchgear on the Laramie and Limited are quite impressive. This is the best truck interior we've ever come across. The low-cost Tradesman is more utilitarian, but that's in line with its much lower price. Panel gaps are tight and consistent no matter which version we examine.

Utility

9.5
The Ram 1500's chassis has been upgraded to permit higher payload and tow ratings than ever before, and the optional RamBox remains unique in the segment. The redesigned crew cab has abundant storage and its much-improved rear-seat folding mechanism reveals a broad, flat load floor.

Small-item storage

10.0
The Ram offers dual gloveboxes and huge front and rear door pockets, as well as large sub-floor bins under the feet of the outside rear passengers. The center of the bench seat folds down to reveal a good-size bin, and the center console box between bucket-equipped trucks is by far the biggest and most configurable we've ever seen.

Cargo space

10.0
The back half of this huge crew cab is very well-suited to carrying cargo. The rear seat bottoms lift and fold straight up, revealing a floor that is completely flat and free of obstructions. The fold-up rear seat bottom is one piece in budget trims and split into 60/40 segments in more expensive ones.

Child safety seat accommodation

9.5
Huge crew cab with the most rear legroom in the truck class means that even the bulkiest rear-facing car seats fit with ease, with no need for front occupants to compromise their seating position. LATCH anchors are easy to access in the outer positions, as are the three tethers across the top.

Towing

8.5
Tow ratings for the V8 crew cab are about 11,200 pounds (4x4) and 11,500 (4x2) pounds with the 3.92 axle option. Other options include a zoomable backup camera for easy hitching, a blind-spot system that adjusts for trailer length, excellent flip-up tow mirrors and an integrated trailer brake controller.

Hauling

9.0
Payloads are up and are now very competitive. Cargo lighting is standard, movable tie-down rails are optional, and Ram is the only one that offers anything like the RamBox: a pair of large power-locking outside storage bins (now with 110-volt power inside), movable cleats and a movable cargo fence.

Technology

8.5
Ram has leapt ahead of the pack, and not just because of the eye-catching 12-inch touchscreen. The 8.4-inch touchscreen is impressive and widely available across the line, with better smartphone integration than many high-end luxury vehicles. Crash avoidance tech exists but is strictly optional.

Audio & navigation

9.5
Wow, that 12-inch screen and its sharp graphics and huge map display are amazing. It's optional, but the 8.4-inch Uconnect system that most will get still has impressive controls, graphics and sound. The standard 5-inch touchscreen audio in Tradesman lacks navigation but is capable and easy to use.

Smartphone integration

9.5
Multiple USB and USB-C inputs (front, rear and inside the console) feed into the 8.4- and 12-inch touchscreens. Both systems have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, not to mention Bluetooth streaming audio. The basic 5-inch system still has Bluetooth and dual USB inputs. All are easy to pair to and use.

Driver aids

7.5
Blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert systems are available on most trim levels, but parking-assist sensors and forward collision and lane departure mitigation systems are only available on the Laramie and above. None of these aids is standard on any trim level, which is odd.

Voice control

8.5
The voice control system recognizes most names with few errors, and the activation buttons are easy to find on the steering wheel spokes. That button will go straight through to Siri if you have your phone connected, and that's even true if your Ram has the basic 5-inch touchscreen audio system.

Consumer reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
Vehicle Problems and terrible customer support
Ryan ,08/28/2019
Limited 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (5.7L 8cyl 8A)
I purchased a 2019 Ram 1500 Limited and started experiencing problems with the touch screen technology within the first week of ownership. That was the first of many problems I had over the course of a year including the side view mirrors not tilting, windows randomly rolling down, side steps deploying at random times, squeaks etc. etc., ultimately resulting in a case filed with FCA. That was over a month ago and still no resolution. One of the reasons I was told that things were taking so long was that the Area Manager was on vacation!!! To sum it up- Ram quality is terrible and FCA could care less about their customer.
3 out of 5 stars
Disappointed long time Dodge/Ram owner.
Steven,09/14/2018
Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (5.7L 8cyl 8A)
I have had several versions of the Dodge ram 1500 since it was redesigned in 2009. They have all performed very well with high-quality interiors and technology. I was very excited when I bought my 2019 Ram Laramie this past July. Within two weeks of ownership, the phone system stopped functioning properly and the audio quality sounded as though only one speaker was working. I have the Harman Kardon Soundsystem which is wonderful. But in order to get the phone sound quality back to all speakers, you have to turn off the surroundsound manually for each call. That was the fix that Chrysler has so far. The new heavy duty brakes are squeaking like crazy. The incredibly smooth ZF transmission has intermittent clunking when down shifting when coming to a stop. The air conditioning is not as cold as my previous Ram 1500. The final straw which prompted me to write this review, was when the truck stalled at a light yesterday. The truck is so quiet on the inside that I didn’t even know it stalled until all the alarms went off telling me to put the truck into park and restart it. When trying to contact Chrysler Corporation, I get an overseas call center with an agent but most likely has no idea what a truck is. The Chrysler dealership in Palm Springs, CA has been very helpful but they are baffled at the truck’s issues and their arms are tied waiting for Chrysler to get the bugs worked out. If I had known I was going to have all these troubles I would have kept my old truck. I believe Chrysler released this truck too early without properly testing all if it’s systems. I will open an official complaint with Chrysler and will start the Lemon Law procedure If it’s not repaired within the legal amount of time it takes Chrysler to repair it. It takes a long time but the law does work ( used it with a defective Ford product years ago). I will say, the truck is very quiet and very roomy. The interior is incredibly comfortable compared to my previous truck. The ride quality is the best. That said, the technical issues outweigh the comfort. I would recommend not buying one of these trucks until after the bugs are worked out. Maybe a 2021 model.
1 out of 5 stars
Official Lemon by law and RAM says too bad!
Brian Tepesch,07/29/2019
Limited 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (5.7L 8cyl 8A)
I had to take my brand new 2019 new style RAM 1500 into the shop 5 times within the first 2 months and 1500 miles due to the check engine light randomly coming on. They replaced many components including the entire engine. I was without the truck for over 30 days, so by law it is a lemon. I just want a replacement as this truck that has had a lot of work done to it is not, and never was, the truck I was sold. Best part, RAM says too bad, and for confidential reasons they will not replace it. Confidential... as in the loyalty of the company doesn't match the loyalty of this 3rd generation RAM owner who has owned numerous RAMs including this 3rd in a row new purchase??? Loyalty only lives on the consumer side these days, and RAM proved it with how they have responded to this situation.
3 out of 5 stars
Nice truck but questionable reliability
SY,03/21/2019
Limited 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (5.7L 8cyl 8A)
I really liked the truck, took a test drive and had to have the truck. Lot’s of great technology, 12” infotainment screen, unbelievable comfort and the 4 corner air suspension gives it an extremely smooth ride. I’ve owned the truck just under a month and it has 568 miles. I was headed to work early one morning and the truck lost power. It coasted to a stop and once it stopped wouldn’t move again. Called Chrysler’s roadside assistance and had to wait over 3 hours for the tow truck to arrive. After sitting at the dealership for 3 days, I finally got a call letting me know the transmission failed. The dealer is unsure about when they will receive the transmission but said hopefully it won’t take more than a week or two to get the truck back. Really like the truck but I’m so disappointed about the transmission failure and am concerned I made a mistake with this truck purchase.

Safety

Our experts like the 1500 models:

Forward Collision Mitigation
Warns the driver of an imminent impact and, if necessary, can initiate emergency braking.
Blind Spot Monitoring
Alerts you when a vehicle is in your blind spot and can extend its coverage when you're towing a trailer.
Lane Departure Warning Plus
When the system detects the vehicle drifting from the lane, can apply steering effort to assist the driver with corrective action.

NHTSA Overall Rating

4 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover19.8%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2019 Ram 1500 First Impressions

2019 Ram 1500 eTorque First Drive

Think Fuel Economy, Not Torque

Although the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is already in dealers and in our own garage, something has been missing: the base V6-equipped variant. Ram is debuting the V6 models later this year in order to prioritize the release of the more popular V8 models.

Nevertheless, the changes introduced with the V6-equipped Ram will undoubtedly boost its desirability.

Revised V6 and Transmission

For the skinny on the changes elsewhere to the Ram 1500 for 2019, head over to our First Drive.

Let's dive right into changes ushered in with the V6-equipped 2019 Ram 1500 then. Its engine is the updated version of the corporate 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that's found elsewhere in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. Compared to the 2018 Ram's V6, the new V6 has a higher compression ratio (now 11.3:1) and a two-stage valve lift system, among other refinements. Output is unchanged at 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, though the new engine's peak torque arrives later in the rev range (4,800 rpm instead of 4,175 rpm). V6-equipped Rams also receive the TorqueFlite 850RE eight-speed automatic found in the current Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee, replacing the 845RE found in outgoing V6 Rams.

While the changes to the V6 don't liberate any additional grunt, efficiency has improved. That's even before you consider the fuel-saving effect of eTorque, which is a mild hybrid system that's standard on the V6 and optional on the V8. There are some differences between the implementation of eTorque on the two engines, but they're fundamentally both belt-driven starter generator (BSG) systems with a 48-volt twist. This jump in voltage broadens eTorque's capability over earlier 12-volt mild hybrid efforts by other automakers. Still, eTorque essentially boils down to a fancy stop-start system with side benefits.

eTorque's Bits and Pieces

Ram's eTorque mild hybrid system consists of a belt-driven 48-volt motor/generator, an integrated inverter, a short run of power cables, and a small module situated behind the rear seats. The module houses a 430 watt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and a DC-DC converter that spits out the 12-volt current used by the rest of the truck. The latter allows eTorque to take the place of the conventional belt-driven alternator.

These relatively simple hybrid systems don't add much weight. The eTorque system on the V6 Ram adds about 105 pounds to total curb weight, or 90 pounds on the V8 Ram. The reason it's less with the V8 is because the V8 system is bundled with a lighter aluminum spare wheel and a smaller 23-gallon fuel tank. (The standard V8 tank holds 26 gallons; a 33-gallon tank is optional.) Max payload and towing capacities for eTorque-equipped V8 Rams, naturally, drop by a hair compared to regular V8 Rams.

Saving Fuel Is the Point

While the eTorque system is capable of delivering a max of 90 lb-ft of torque to the V6's crankshaft (130 lb-ft in the V8), it does so only at very low engine speeds. As such, the peak power and torque figures you're familiar with are unaffected by the presence or absence of eTorque. Furthermore, eTorque does not provide electric-only propulsion. Instead, the idea behind eTorque is to bolster fuel economy.

When you lift off the throttle or lightly brush the brake pedal, eTorque provides regenerative braking by applying a load to the motor/generator to produce electrical energy that's then stored in the battery. Later, during low-rev acceleration events, the battery delivers this juice to the motor/generator to provide torque assistance to the engine. We're talking small amounts of assistance here and there to fill in little dips in the gasoline engine's power delivery. The eTorque system is capable of doing this in chunks measured in milliseconds. In so doing, eTorque relieves the engine of the propulsion burden, one tiny chunk at a time.

eTorque also functions as a very refined stop-start system for the same reason. Its ability to fill dips and flatten bumps in the engine's power delivery helps make stops and starts smoother and more responsive than they would be with a conventional 12-volt-based stop-start system. At low engine rpm, the mild hybrid system also helps quicken gear changes and reduces shift shock.

If you give the Ram 1500 full throttle from a standstill, eTorque's boost to propulsion is already on the wane by the time the accelerator pedal touches the carpet; at 1,200 rpm, eTorque's torque contribution declines sharply. Beyond 2,000 rpm or so, eTorque is essentially along for the ride, propulsion-wise.

The Fuel Economy Upside

Although final testing hasn't yet been completed for V6 models, the EPA city and combined fuel economy numbers of the 2019 Ram 1500 V6 are expected to be 2 to 3 mpg higher than the 2018 model. That improvement cannot be attributed solely to eTorque; rather it also reflects the new truck's lighter weight, slipperier shape and more efficient V6 engine. The system's effect is more noticeable when you examine V8 models. EPA numbers for a four-wheel-drive V8 eTorque truck are 19 mpg combined (17 city/22 highway). These figures are 2 mpg higher for combined (and city) and 1 mpg higher for highway than for the V8 without eTorque.

Two mpg may not sound like a whole lot, but for a light-duty truck, it's big. When it comes to the actual amount of fuel (and associated dollars) saved, 2 mpg is more meaningful in a Ram than it is in an already miserly compact hybrid car. Ram engineers are confident that eTorque's fuel economy numbers will be readily achievable in the real world, too.

However, eTorque's influence intrinsically relies on low-rev operation. If you option your V6 Ram with the shorter 3.55 or 3.92 axle ratios instead of the standard 3.21, the engine's operation will skew toward somewhat higher revs any time the truck is moving. Likewise, switching on tow/haul mode has a similar effect. eTorque will still help in both of these cases, but its effect will be blunted somewhat.

What It's Like to Drive

We drove eTorque-equipped versions of the V6 and V8 Ram, and the overriding impression is one of civility. eTorque is largely invisible in operation. The nature of the mild hybrid system's integration is such that the engine behaves in a way that is utterly familiar — there's no engine-off coasting or electric-only operation, and unusual noises are limited to the occasional faint whoosh of the battery's fan.

The flip side to the power delivery's familiarity is that there's no noticeable uptick in available thrust either.

When applying the brake pedal, the handoff between regenerative braking and the friction brakes is well-executed. Light brake pedal applications have a slightly synthetic hybrid-y feel if you're really looking for it, but it's nothing to get worked up about.

The stop-start function of eTorque makes for shudder-free shutdowns of the engine and restarts that are devoid of lurches. It also responds snappily enough that even stop-start-averse folks will probably be won over. Gear changes are exceptionally smooth, whether at eTorque-assisted low revs or at higher engine speeds.

The Most Refined Pickup

A Ram crew cab with the V6 drives in an unstressed and competent way, and we'd happily recommend the V6 if you're shopping for a new Ram. Mind you, the V8's shove is even better, and so is its mellifluous engine note. But there's always the money factor. On a Big Horn Crew Cab 4WD truck, for instance, the V8 is $1,195 dearer than the V6, and adding eTorque to the V8 costs an additional $1,450. It will take years for the fuel savings of eTorque to equal what you paid up front, but the value will be there eventually.

The 2019 Ram 1500 has uncommonly elevated refinement among full-size pickups, and eTorque's modest enhancements to drivability only burnish this impression. Even if its fuel savings are on a multiyear timetable, its improved manners can be enjoyed daily. The 2019 Rams with the eTorque-equipped V8 are available today, and the V6 will hit dealers by the final few months of 2018.


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Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Overview

The Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab is offered in the following styles: Big Horn/Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Big Horn/Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Big Horn/Lone Star 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Big Horn/Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Big Horn/Lone Star 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Rebel 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Big Horn/Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Rebel 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Laramie 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A), and HFE 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A). Pre-owned Ram 1500 Crew Cab models are available with a 3.6 L-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 305 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab comes with four wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What's a good price on a Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab?

Price comparisons for Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab trim styles:

  • The Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Big Horn/Lone Star is priced between $33,369 and$49,150 with odometer readings between 4527 and84019 miles.
  • The Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Laramie is priced between $40,844 and$57,999 with odometer readings between 8039 and69999 miles.
  • The Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Rebel is priced between $38,880 and$54,995 with odometer readings between 5591 and76771 miles.
  • The Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Limited is priced between $45,612 and$57,986 with odometer readings between 8710 and77962 miles.
  • The Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Longhorn is priced between $45,733 and$57,950 with odometer readings between 19181 and62297 miles.
  • The Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Tradesman is priced between $27,895 and$39,950 with odometer readings between 13212 and125041 miles.

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Used 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Listings and Inventory

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Ram 1500?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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