The Big 3 are at it again in the 2019 model year for full-size trucks; each of whom is trying outdo the other with, well, what seems to be a bigger grill. But moreso, they’re redoing their designs and trying one-up the other in every conceivable way. So, who has won? Here’s a convincing argument that the Ram Limited has done the best job.
Ram has pulled out all the stops for this model and in my humble opinion it elevates it way above Ford’s F150 and GM’s Silverado; best seller doesn’t always mean best. So what’s the recipe for the new Ram since the outgoing model was already very good. Well, start off by making it lighter by using more light-weight materials, such as high-strength steel and aluminum, making the new Ram an average of 225 pounds lighter than before. Next upgrade the interior to be the most luxurious in class, add active air dams to help it move through the air more cleanly and finally give it the best ride in its class by using coil springs and in the case of my tester, air suspension for an extra velvety ride.
Every variant of the 2019 Ram 1500 is available with the eTorque mild-hybrid system, which I loved on the Jeep Wrangler 4 cylinder. It comes as standard on the base 3.6-liter V6 and $1,450 extra on the 5.7-liter V8. eTorque is able to add up to 90 lb-ft of torque to the six-cylinder engine and 130 lb-ft to the V8.
Unfortunately my test truck did not have eTorque, but the V8 has plenty of go, since it puts out 395 hp and a hefty 410 lb-ft of torque, enough to move the beast from 0-60 in 6.1 seconds. It’s a perfect match for the smooth and well programmed eight-speed automatic transmission, which never skipped a beat, dropped down a few cogs without hesitation and gave the Ram the performance it needed. I never felt like it was lacking power and given something to tow, up to it’s 11,340 lb max, I’m in no doubt it would have no problems at all.
My tester was loaded with $11,195 worth of options, base starts at $56,195, which included blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert system, and front and rear parking sensors. Checking the box for the $2,695 Level 1 Equipment group, gives you adaptive cruise control, automatic front braking, a lane-departure warning system, lane-keep assist, a surround-view monitor that offers a 360-degree view of the vehicle’s surroundings, very helpful when parking this 19ft long vehicle.
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