Rugged and ready for the road ahead.
The Dodge RAM 1500 pickup truck has been making a name for itself since its first release in the early 1980s. Today, the 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 is part of the fifth generation and is a great option if you're looking for a full-size pickup truck that's rugged, spacious, and versatile. Whether you're looking purely for a workhorse truck or want something large enough to accommodate a growing family, this full-size pickup has options to suit you. Here's what we'll cover in this 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 review:
- Key Specs & Features
- 5 Reasons to Buy
- What You Need to Know
- Similar Vehicles
- The Bottom Line
Key Specs & Features
- The 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 is offered in two different cab configurations: a Quad Cab with seating for up to six passengers (which is standard on most trims) and a Crew Cab, which offers additional rear legroom and full-size doors.
- The 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 is also available in two bed sizes: a standard six-feet, four-inch cab and a shorter five-feet, seven-inch bed.
- A 3.6L V6 engine at 305 hp is standard across all trim levels, although a more powerful 5.7L HEMI™ V8 at 395 hp is optional.
- The 2019 Dodge RAM with the available 5.7L HEMI™ V8 engine and Max Tow Package, has a maximum towing capacity of an 12,750 pounds when properly equipped.1
5 Reasons to Buy
1. Multiple Cab and Bed Options Available
The 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 is offered in several cab and bed configurations to meet every driver's needs. All 2019 RAM 1500s offer seating for up to six people, but those who need a little extra rear-seat legroom will want to check out Crew Cab models, which have a larger cab with full-sized rear doors. Crew Cab models come with either a short (five feet and seven inches) bed or a longer (six feet and four inches) bed. The smaller Quad Cab comes standard with the longer bed.
2. Respectable Engine Offerings
There are two engine offerings of the 2019 Dodge RAM 1500, and both offer ample power. The standard engine is a 3.6L V6 at 305 hp, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. However, a more powerful 5.7L V8 engine at 395 hp is optional on every trim level as well. This engine is also paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, though four-wheel drive is optional across all trims.
The 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 boasts towing of up to an estimated 12,750 pounds with the available 5.7L HEMI™ V8 engine and Tow Package when properly equipped.1 This makes the 2019 RAM 1500 an excellent choice for those who need to tow on a regular basis. Combine this with optional features, such as flip-up tow mirrors and a blind-spot monitoring system that adjusts based on trailer length, and the RAM 1500 gives you more confidence for towing and hauling.
4. Generous Standard Equipment
The 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 is offered in six trim configurations, but even its base Tradesman trim includes some decent standard equipment. This includes the Dodge Uconnect infotainment platform, a five-inch touchscreen display, trailer sway control, and heated side mirrors. The base Tradesman trim also comes with push-button start, a locking tailgate, and a six-speaker sound system.
5. Clever and Ample Storage
Regardless of cab or bed size, the 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 is designed with storage space in mind. The rear row of seats is able to be lifted and folded easily to free up floor space for additional storage as needed. The RAM 1500 also has an optional "RamBox," which features a pair of power-locking storage bins on the outside sides of the truck bed. Small item storage in the RAM 1500 is also generous with dual gloveboxes, large front and rear door pockets, and under-seat storage bins in the rear row.
What You Need to Know
2019 Dodge RAM 1500 Trim Levels
The 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 is available in six trim configurations: Tradesman, Big Horn, Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited.
The base Tradesman trim offers relatively basic features, including:
- 18-inch steel wheels
- Five-inch touchscreen interface
- Vinyl flooring and upholstery
- Front and rear stabilizer bars
- Folding rear bench seat
Next up is the Big Horn, which adds a number of additional features, such as:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Floor carpeting and cloth upholstery
- Split-folding rear bench seat
- Tinted windows
The Rebel trim takes things up another notch and includes:
- 18-inch aluminum wheels with off-road tires
- Front tow hooks
- Bilstein™ off-road shocks
- Hill descent control
- 115-volt power outlet
The Laramie trim offers a number of luxury features, such as:
- Leather upholstery
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Automatic dual-zone climate control
- 8.4-inch touchscreen interface
On the Laramie Longhorn trim, you'll find:
- 20-inch wheels
- Spray-in bedliner
- Upgraded leather upholstery
- Leather-wrapped wooden steering wheel
- Built-in navigation system
Standard equipment on the top-tier Limited trim includes:
- Chrome exterior accents
- Adjustable air suspension
- Power running boards
- 12-inch touchscreen display
2019 Dodge RAM 1500 Color Choices
The 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 is offered in 12 exterior color options:
- Bright White
- Ivory White Tri-Coat
- Billet Silver
- Maximum Steel Metallic
- Granite Crystal
- Diamond Black Crystal
- Blue Streak Pearl
- Patriot Blue
- Black Forest Green
- Flame Red
- Delmonico Red Pearl
- Rugged Brown
When it comes to full-size pickup trucks, the 2019 RAM 1500 has a lot to offer. Still want to see what else is out there? Check out a few similar trucks.
Coming off a fresh redesign for the 2019 model year, the 2019 GMC Sierra marks the beginning of this full-size truck's fourth generation of production. This truck comes with a standard 4.3L V6 engine at 285 hp, though more powerful options are available on some trim levels. A turbocharged 2.7L four-cylinder engine at 310 hp is offered on the SLE trim, for example—and a 5.3L V8 engine at 355 hp comes standard on the SLT trim.
The most powerful engine offered on the 2019 Sierra is a 6.2L V8 at 420 hp, which is optional on the SLT, AT4 and Denali trims. Standard equipment on the 2019 Sierra base trim includes 17-inch steel wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen interface, smartphone integration, and a locking tailgate.
Also fully redesigned for the 2019 model year is the Chevrolet Silverado. Available in eight trim levels, the 2019 Silverado comes standard with such features as 17-inch steel wheels, smartphone integration, a seven-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system.
A 4.3L V6 engine at 285 is standard on the 2019 Silverado, though a number of other engine configurations are available. The LT trim, for instance, gets a turbocharged 2.7L four-cylinder engine at 310 hp, and the LT Trail Boss and LTZ trims are upgraded further with a 5.3L V8 engine at 355 hp. Optional on some trims (including the LTZ and High Country) is a 6.2L V8 at 420 hp, which is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is part of the truck's third generation of production (2016-present) and is offered in six trim levels. Standard features on the 2019 Tacoma base SR trim include a composite bed, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, and 16-inch steel wheels. The 2019 Tacoma also comes standard with driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
A 2.7L four-cylinder engine at 159 hp is standard, though a more powerful 3.5L V6 at 278 hp is included on the TRD Sport trim and above.
The Bottom Line
The 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 is a great choice if you're looking for a full-size truck with capable engine options and plenty of cabin/cargo space. You can take your research even further by checking out these related articles.
1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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