The 2019 Ram 1500 is the result of sweeping changes aimed at improving the huge workhorse's handling and fuel efficiency. It weighs less, but it is actually a little bigger. A new, more fuel-efficient engine is standard on some trims. And two more are on the way, including a new diesel engine. There are also updates to the interior, with lots of great technology and places to stow anything from a tape measure and pencils to gloves and phones. Here are the answers to questions you may have about the new Ram 1500.
What changes were made to the Ram for 2019?
Ram has put lots of effort into making the 2019 Ram 1500 more fuel efficient. There is a hybrid option, and the whole truck has been reworked to be more aerodynamic. Active grille shutters and a front splitter have been included in the new design to automatically lower it when the truck is going over 35 mph. If you get the Ram Rebel, the 4x4 Off-road package or the four-corner air-spring suspension, you lose the shutters and splitter, but the truck sits about one-half inch lower when you reach higher speeds.
The sides of the bed are one-half inch higher, and the tailgate is fitted with a small spoiler along the top edge to mitigate drag. The hood has been formed to push the airflow up over the truck and away from the windshield.
The overall truck is larger, but it weighs less. Ram used high-strength steel to make a lighter ladder-type frame. They also replaced the old-style parking brake with an electronic parking brake and various components are now made of aluminum, all of which contributed to the weight loss.
How much does a 2019 Ram 1500 cost?
The 2019 Ram is about $4,500 more expensive than the 2018. A 4x2 Tradesman, the base trim, with a Quad cab and 6' 4" box has a base MSRP of $31,695. A 4x4 Tradesman has a base price of $35,195. A crew cab with a 5' 7" box raises the price to $37,995, and the crew cab with a 6' 4" box takes the price up to $38,295.
The Ram Big Horn is the next step up in trim levels. It starts at $35,695. The Laramie base price is $40,690, the Rebel is $43,995, the Laramie Longhorn starts out at $51,690, and the Limited trim starts out at $55,485.
Is there a hybrid engine for the 2019 Ram 1500?
There is. The new engine option for the 2019 Ram 1500 is the 3.6-L V6 24-valve VVT engine with eTorque. This is the standard engine in all V-6 models. Here's how it works: the alternator is replaced with a motor generator unit that charges a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. The battery provides a quick 90 lb-ft torque boost for V-6 engines and a 130 lb-ft boost for V-8 engines. The MGU also improves the stop/start feature, making stops and restarts less noticeable.
The 5.7-L V8 HEMI MDS VVT engine, which is standard on the higher trims, will be available with eTorque later in the year. A diesel engine will also be available later in the year, but it won't be equipped with the eTorque system.
Have any changes been made to the 2019 Ram 1500 interior?
Ram made lots of changes to the interior of the 2019 Ram 1500, including a rotary shift knob located on the dash. The higher trims come with an 8.4-inch touchscreen with a customizable home screen that has split-screen capability and pinch-and-zoom technology. It also comes with the Uconnect 4 infotainment system. That system includes Bluetooth streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and navigation.
If you still have CD's, you can use the standard CD player. It's located just above the wireless phone charger. There are also three USB ports in the front seat and two in the back.
Uconnect 12.0 with a 12-inch touchscreen is standard in the Limited and an available option in the Laramie Longhorn. Lower trims get a 5-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 3.
Lots of small storage areas are scattered throughout the cab with fun and useful imprints like the parade of historical Ram trucks, a protractor, a ruler and helpful conversions. There's even a ruler etched into the plastic protector along the backseat passenger footwell.
The backseat area has about 5 additional inches of legroom in the crew cabs. If you get bucket seats in the front, you'll get an additional cubic foot of storage space with the reconfigurable center console.
Did Ram improve the safety features in the 2019 model?
Standard safety features include a ParkView Rear Back-up Camera, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Remote Keyless Entry with All-Secure, traction control, and the Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System. An Advanced Safety Group option is available on the Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited for $1,595. It includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Advanced Brake Assist, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warn Plus, Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Parallel & Perpendicular Park-Assist with Stop and a Surround-view Camera System.
The Level 1 Equipment Group includes Blind-spot with Cross-Path and Trailer Detection, Parksense Front/Rear Park-Assist w/Stop, Rain-Sensitive Windshield Wipers, Automatic High Beam Headlamp Control, Remote Tailgate Release and more for $1,600.
Will the 2019 Ram get better mileage than the 2018?
The EPA hasn't released mileage figures for the 2019 Ram 1500. Hopefully, with the improvement in aerodynamics and weight loss, they will be better than the 2018 model. The 2018 Ram 1500 gets 13 to 17 mpg in the city and 18 to 25 mpg on the highway.
What is the maximum towing capacity for the 2019 Ram?
That depends on the trim. The Laramie Longhorn and Limited can tow up to 11,540 pounds when properly equipped. The Rebel can tow up to 11,470 pounds. The Tradesman, Laramie and Big Horn can tow up to 12,750 pounds. Those are all figures for 4x2's. If you get 4x4's, those numbers drop slightly.