Ram 1500 Vehicle Reviews 

The All-New Ram 1500 is a Model of Refined Performance with a Rugged Twist

Car companies once employed hood ornaments to not only present a recognizable symbol front and center on their vehicles (free marketing is the best marketing, after all) but also to serve as a more helpful aesthetic: these gaudy ornaments were actually a top form of early parallel parking assistance, as the bold horned creature in front of you could help stand in as a reference point to help you determine where your tires are when squeezing into a spot on the side of the road. That's a functionality that's now been taken over by an array of sensors.

For what is most likely the vast majority of drivers, the hood ornament is not sorely missed.

With the modern day comes modern changes in technology, style, and drive, and though Ram may have retired its charging bull figurine, the aggressive Ram truck physique continues to show its namesake as one of America's most recognizable and longest-lasting pickups, in the capabilities and varieties of its 1500 truck line. As an all-new vehicle for the 2019 model-year, the latest Ram 1500 is quite simply more sophisticated and more capable than it ever has been before (and that sure says a lot).

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An iconic Dodge design lives on in the next-generation Ram 1500


While the Ram mascot is no longer leaping proudly and garishly from the hood, the Ram 1500 does now greet drivers and onlookers with a sizable grille--taken up in no small amount by a large RAM badging on many of its models--and large lower air intakes, asserting its dominance through flash, flair, and trappings. The Ram brand has never been one to go for subtlety, however the new 1500 is in fact smoother and sleeker in comparison with its predecessor. But the legendary Ram 1500 is more than just its looks, capturing attention with hundreds of potential configurations based on trim level, package option, powertrain, body style, and color too.

Trim levels start with an impressive range of standard models like the Tradesman, Big Horn, Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited; but it's not rare for Ram to invent special-edition, limited-run, and localized trim levels like the Ram 1500 Lone Star (a Texas exclusive) and also the Ram 1500 Kentucky Derby® edition. The Kentucky Derby® special edition is an all-new trim for this all-new truck, destined to become the new front-runner in both capability and style thanks to its distinctive new graphics and unique design. On top of those options, you then can decide exactly how to configure your Ram 1500. Your choice of a Regular Cab, Quad Cab, or Double Cab will determine how much interior space your truck will possess. 3 truck-bed lengths will be made available too; the short bed measures up at 5'7", the regular bed at 6'4", and the long bed at 8.0' for your hauling needs.

But we're not done quite yet. The choices keep on going, giving you exterior color options like Bright White, Maximum Steel, Rugged Brown, Diamond Black, Black Forest Green, Blue Streak, Billet Silver, Delmonico Red, Patriot Blue, Granite Crustal, Flame Red and Ivory. If you can't find a Ram 1500 truck that fits what you're looking for, you probably don't want a truck after all.

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As much diversity in performance as there is in style

Remember the ridiculous amount of choices that the Ram 1500 offers for body style/design configurations? Well, take a peek under the hood and its list of variety continues: factor in three engine configurations, and you begin to see why so many Utah drivers do end up choosing a 1500 when they shop for a truck. The new generation offers two different engines, one with two variations, ultimately resulting in 3 compelling ways to configure the engine under the hood.

But there's a twist- Ram has just introduced eTorque, a cutting-edge and all-new "mild hybrid system" that enhances towing capacity as well as fuel efficiency! The 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 with eTorque (later availability) boasts the best-in-class standard V6 horsepower, while also remaining efficient as well. Those that need more pickup power will certainly find the big, bad and legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 to suit their needs. When this renowned HEMI® engine is equipped with eTorque, you will have the best-in-class V8 towing at your disposal (exact specs to come).

Two driveline options, rear-wheel drive (standard on most) and four-wheel drive (optional on most), as well as a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and an available air suspension, put the finishing touches on Ram 1500's capacity to tack into the thick of it with reliability. It's the pickup that performs like an SUV, but that can still work like a truck. Pretty cool.


Remarkable towing capacities of the Ram 1500 make it a compelling option

There's no reason to lie about max capacity: there are other trucks in the industry that can tow more than the Ram 1500. However, within its light-duty pickup segment, the latest Ram 1500 certainly possesses some big bragging rights that you ought to be aware of before you buy. In the constant competition to be the biggest and the most powerful, light-duty trucks are able to pull now what heavy-duty trucks were responsible for a decade or so ago. Times are changing, and some enthusiasts admit that modern towing capacities are a little overkill for what the average hauler actually needs.

Standard for most trims, the Pentastar® V6 with eTorque can tow up to 7,730 pounds, very impressive for the base configuration and can largely satisfy the average driver. Moving right along to the HEMI® V8, this ferocious engine can tow 11,610 pounds without breaking a sweat. Add eTorque into the mix with this HEMI® and the Ram 1500 can trailer a whopping 12,750 (like we said, the best-in-class V8 towing)!


From the driveway to the highway, across the job site to well off-site, the Ram 1500 shows off handling designed to keep the trip an incredibly smooth one. Electric power steering comes together with a balanced suspension, well-suited to just about anywhere, and an air suspension is available to help smooth out ride quality even further.

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Smarter technology and a lavish interior - brains and brawn

You know what they say: don't judge a book by its cover. So, it doesn't make sense to judge a truck just by its exterior appearance alone. Sure, the new Ram 1500 truck looks tough and rugged on the outside, but on the inside, it's loaded up with modern features, new amenities, and tons of tech options to enjoy. 

Don't be fooled thinking that pickups cannot be luxurious, as the Ram 1500 is well-equipped with soft surfaces, pleasantly textured plastics, and, in higher trims, stitched leather notes and veneers of real walnut. Relaxation on the road comes together in the convenience and utility of Ram 1500's center-stack monitor, replete with large on-screen buttons and a clever instrument cluster screen for easy metric readouts with eyes on the road and hands at ten and two. Add in large cup holders as well as cargo bins with room to spare and optional Ram Boxes integrated into the cargo bed, and the workhorse easily transforms into the makings of a mobile office.

Top-of-the-line amenities and optional features which are newly available include a bigger touchscreen display, active noise cancellation, a booming 19-speaker Harman Kardon Sound System, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and even reclining rear seats among many others.

It goes without saying that the Ram 1500 is an experience unto itself, best had from behind the wheel. Facts and figures are important, and interested drivers are certainly encouraged to explore specs, capacities, and dimensions to make sure this model will fit their needs. But don't write off this loud and brash pickup truck until you've seen why Dodge made Ram a standalone brand in the first place.

Have any questions about our review? Contact our team at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Riverdale at your convenience to discover more about the striking new Ram 1500!

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