Let’s start our 2019 Ram 1500 review from the ground up. It’s now built on the longest, lightest and most efficient frame in the half-ton truck segment, with side rails that are taller and fully boxed. Even though it’s the strongest Ram 1500 frame ever produced, it’s also 100 pounds lighter than its predecessor as it’s constructed almost entirely of high-strength steel. High Strength Steel wasn’t invented by the marketing department – it’s a specific grade of steel formulated from unique alloys and microstructures to achieve the desired properties.
Already the smoothest riding pickup in its category, the 2019 Ram 1500 moves beyond the already class-leading 2018 model with an all-new independent front suspension that features lightweight composite metal upper control arms, aluminum lower control arms and retuned geometry for improved responsiveness and handling. The exclusive rear five-link coil suspension design, now in its third generation, provides better articulation over obstacles than a leaf spring system, and the new progressive coil springs can handle a payload of up to 2,300 pounds and towing capability of up to 12,750 pounds.
The 2019 Ram 1500 is the only full-size pickup available with a four-corner air suspension system that provides for optimal ride and aerodynamic performance, in addition to its automatic load-leveling capability. In accession is a button on the key fob allowing the operator to manually lower the truck for ease of passenger access and cargo loading.
The 2019 Ram 1500 delivers significant gains in fuel efficiency with the eTorque mild hybrid system on second generation 3.6 L Pentastar V6 and the legendary 5.7 L HEMI V8 engines, which is the widest use of mild hybrid technology in the segment. The eTorque system combines a belt-drive motor generator unit with a 48-volt battery pack to enable start/stop function, short-term torque assist and brake energy regeneration. eTorque adds up to 90 lb.-ft. of torque to the 3.6 L Pentastar V6 and up to 130 lb.-ft. to the 5.7 L HEMI. A new generation of TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions provide improved efficiency with more powerful control computers.
With an overall cab length increase of four inches, the 2019 Ram 1500 is the most spacious interior in the segment, with a second-row that features reclining seats to eight degrees with best-in-class rear leg room of 45.1 inches, a true flat-load floor, and integrated RamBins that help offer a total over 9200 cubic inches of interior storage.
The 2019 Ram 1500 features innovative, state-of-the-art technology with award-winning fourth-generation Uconnect system and class-exclusive, 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen display featuring split-screen capability for dual-application operation. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity is enabled and 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capability is optional. Also available is the most powerful audio system ever offered in a pickup, the Ram-exclusive Harman Kardon audio system with 19 premium speakers, a 900-watt surround sound amplifier, 10-inch subwoofer, and active noise cancelation.
As an all-new design, engineers integrated a critical safety features into the design of the truck. Exclusive front splayed frame rail technology creates a highly efficient energy absorbing structure for all impact modes, including front-offset with frame-mounted high-strength steel tire blockers are fitted behind the front tires force wheels outward in the event of impact. Active safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Go and Hold, Forward Collision Warning-Plus which warns the driver if an impact appears imminent and assists driver response by deploying brakes, Ready Alert Braking and Trailer-sway Damping Control, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus alerts which assists the driver with corrective action along with ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park and Hill-start Assist which utilizes ultrasonic sensors to help the driver in tight maneuvers.
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