Revolutionary or Evolutionary

2019 Ram 1500 Limited Crew Cab 4×4

2019 marks the fifth-generation Ram. Like every generation before it, it has out done itself yet again by raising the bar.

The Dodge Ram, the light-duty pickup, has proven itself to be a trend setter in the past, always paving the way for Ford and Chevrolet in many categories.

The 2019 is an entirely new truck from the frame up. In fact, Ram claims the new frame is not only more rigid, but also significantly lighter than the one it replaces. By trimming some fat, it has boosted performance and efficiency. It carries over the powertrain with a Hemi 5.7-liter V-8 with 395 hp, matted to an 8 speed automatic, with a standard rear-wheel drive, although our test vehicle did have the optional 4×4.

Light-duty pickup trucks and luxury have become synonymous. It is no coincidence Ram is the most luxurious truck in its class. The level of detail was astonishing and up to par with high-end luxury cars. Stitched pinstripe throughout the interior, leather wrapped and stitched interior handles and so much more. In total, we are talking 58% more leather than the competition. No shortness of technology either: Apple car play, Keyless go, 19 speaker Harman Kardon premium sound, and by far the most impressive, largest in class 12-inch touchscreen (reminded me of the Tesla).

No need to argue about who gets shotgun. Rear seating is again, best-in-class with most legroom. Now, luxury is nice, but let’s not forget it is a truck and should serve as utility purpose. Ram took care of that, another best-in-class with interior storage volume: under seat storage, bins and a rear flat load floor.

Driving the Dodge Ram was more of an SUV type sensation rather than a truck. The air ride suspension does give it all the comfort you need. Parking and maneuvering could not be easier with the surround-view camera and parallel/perpendicular park assist with stop. Cabin noise is drastically reduced with active noise cancellation – ‘Frame-mounted active tuned mass modules work in harmony with the available interior active noise cancellation system that helps reduce ambient sound to provide a Best-in-Class Interior Quietness’.1

The truck is not missing a bell or single whistle, a lot of the features and technology we have almost become accustomed to with so many new vehicles. I can not call this revolutionary, but the pickup has been taken to new heights and a new standard is here, it’s certainly evolutionary.

MSRP: $56,195   

MSRP (As tested): 64,800
Fuel Economy (combined city/hwy) : 17 MPG
Engine: 5.7 liter, V8, 395 HP

1 referenced by www.ramtrucks.com

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