Posted on December 7, 2018
2019 Ram 1500 is Motortrend's Truck of the Year | Toronto
It's unusual for one truck to meet all its customers' needs, but we believe FCA has pulled it off. The 2019 Ram 1500 can haul a load of rocks, cart your boat to your favorite fishing hole, handle the mud-slogged road from your cottage like a boss, and still look sleek, strong and sexy for your first date with Alice from accounting. It clings to the centre line with the finesse of a tight-rope walker for your commute through Mississauga, Brampton or Barrie. Motortrend's Truck of the Year
manages to rivet functionality to comfort and slips on just enough luxury to make it the most versatile ride you've ever experienced. Canadians have long-expected a lot out of our trucks and the evolution of the 2019 Ram 1500 does not disappoint, packing in more value and capability than your average pick-up.
New in 2019 is Choice!
Checking out its new styling, you will notice a few missing familiar features. Like the mini-Mack fender and the cross-hair grille for starters. Even the Ram signature logo often isn't where it used to be. You have seven grilles to choose from, three head and taillight selections and 15 new wheel designs with stronger six-bolt hubs. If that isn't enough to slow you down with analysis paralysis, you are also going to have to decide between an extended or crew cab and a 5-foot, 7-inch or a 6-foot, 4-inch bed. Just when you think you have enough keep you up at night, the 2019 Ram 1500 also boasts three different versions of its Uconnect infotainment system and you will have to figure out whether you want the 8.4 inch or the 12 inch touch screen. That's a lot to think about. You may want to start now.
Crew cab versions have seats that flip up, giving you more space to hide all your valuables. Like your laptop, or that special vintage red your wife asked you to get for your 15th wedding anniversary which, I must remind you, is coming up fast. Don't forget the card. Under the rear floormats are the RamBins you have grown to appreciate, but now they're even bigger. So, your kids are always fighting about who gets to ride shotgun? No more! The back seat reclines and is heated and cooled. Not at the same time, mind you, let's be reasonable. Prepare yourself for a new fight over who gets to sit in style and comfort in the back. Face it, the back is the new front.
Be honest, When you look at the inside of a truck cab, are you thinking, yeah that's okay for a truck? Prepare yourself. Every trim offers an unmatched style and beauty, from the Tradesman on up to the Limited. Is the interior a cushy office or the inside of a truck? With all of the updates, you will blissfully not have decide. The console lid doubles as a desk and there's space for your laptop, a bag, your phone and that cup of steaming brew. For the more refined truck owner, Ram gives you not one, but two choices of luxury trucks: The Laramie Longhorn with its saddlebags and the Limited with its contemporary flair. There's wood, there's metal, there's leather and they're all in the right places.
FCA has created the best melding of form and function in its coil-spring rear suspension. While this suspension does sacrifice some towing and capacity in a trade-off for a smoother ride, we are willing to wager you'll be pleasantly surprised. You also have the option of a four-corner air suspension with five ride heights and load leveling that beats out even the best of the other guys' offerings. Maximum towing capacity is still at a rewarding 12, 750 lbs and payload is up to 2, 320 lbs. How's that for streamlined engineering?
The Guts & the Glory
I bet you're wondering what's under the hood. Wait no longer! Two of the three Ram 1500 engines are mild hybrid power plants referred to as eTorque
, which improves fuel economy and performance. Small starter generators are enclosed in the rear wall of the cab to assist the stop/start system in providing torque, allowing the engine to remain at cruising speed longer, without having to downshift.
The eTorque system comes standard on the 3.6 litre V-6, giving it 305 HP with 269 lb-ft of torque. The eTorque V6 goes fast. It may not be able to pass the V8 on a freeway, but you are not likely to notice it much. For a bit more you can get, well, a bit more. The 5.7 litre V-8 cranks up 395 HP and 410 lb-ft of torque. How do you like them apples? We thought so. There is also a non-eTorque 5.7 litre V8 that generates output somewhere between the two eTorque systems. Rear-wheel drive is standard as is an eight-speed automatic. Also available are four-wheel drive, limited slip or locking rear axles and three final drive ratios.
The All-Important Bed
They've raised the bar on the bed. Rails are now 1.5 inches higher giving you more space for whatever you've got to haul. RamBoxes are optional and take up very little space. You've still got the Ram bed extender and cargo divider which can be stored against the cab when not in use. They were also not remiss in providing you with a way to keep an eye on your cargo. Once again, they have offered the CHMSL-mounted camera that makes you feel a bit better about monitoring that sloppy knot you tied. And, speaking of knots, you have the standard four tie-downs or you can add an optional extra four rail-mounted moveable tie-downs. Never a lack of choices! So, now you're wondering about bed accessibility aren't you? One of the optional air suspension benefits is the lowering of the bed's step-up height to that of the bumper step. On the standard suspension, there's a kick-down rear step that you can nicely hide away behind the rear bumper. It's true. They've thought of everything.
Remember when you had to get your neighbour, Bob, to direct you in hooking up your camper? A cringe-worthy experience, wasn't it? And let's face it, Bob isn't getting any younger and those new pop-bottle lenses don't exactly inspire confidence, do they? Fear not! Ram is back with their rearview cameras allowing you the peace of mind you deserve, before heading out on the open road with your spanky new trailer. Rely on the high resolution cameras and let Bob watch his game. And just because new technology is fun, you have the option of purchasing blind-spot sensors which measure the length of your trailer and then include it in your alert zone. Did I not tell you new technology is fun?
I bet you're wondering just how much weight you can tow? Feel free to pack that keg, because you can roll 8,300 lbs behind your truck. Heck, you can even throw in those BBQ wings and a five gallon pail of 'slaw, if you want.
Okay, 'fess up. Foremost on your mind when buying a truck is not usually fuel efficiency. But if your daughter comes home with an assignment from her Environmental Science class and she demands to know the size of your truck's carbon footprint, you can rest easier. The Ram's 2019 1500 V8 is the most fuel efficient in its class. The eTorque engine makes a big difference and if you combine that with the sleek aerodynamics, you've got a winner!