2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge Preview: 2019 Ram 1500 Limited


By Brian Normile

It's time to preview the last of our competitors in our upcoming 2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge: the 2019 Ram 1500 Limited. We've already shown you the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country, 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat, 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT and 2019 Nissan Titan Pro-4X, and now we have the final challenger, and very likely the one you've heard the most smack talk about.

The Ram 1500, like the GM siblings, came to the Challenge following a comprehensive, top-to-bottom, bumper-to-bumper full redesign. The frame, suspension, powertrains, plus full interior and exterior were all significantly updated for 2019 to better compete with the top-selling Ford F-150.

This particular Ram was a Limited trim level, the highest in 2019 Ram 1500 lineup. Standard features at this level include the 12-inch multimedia display with navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, front and rear air suspension, and power running boards. Standard safety features include front and rear parking sensors and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic detection for a base price of $56,195 (which excludes the $1,695 destination fee).

Options on our tester included the 5.7-liter V-8 with eTorque mild-hybrid technology, which also adds an active noise control system, adding $2,645 to the final price. The $2,695 Level 1 Equipment Group included a 19-speaker premium Harmon Kardon stereo, adaptive cruise control that works down to a full stop, front collision detection and automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, brake assist to apply additional braking force to avoid a collision and a surround-view camera. It also added comfort and convenience features like ventilated rear seats and automatic parking tech that allows for hands-free parallel or perpendicular parking.

The rest of the options on our tester were an a la carte affair: $200 for the Granite Crystal Metallic paint and $195 for a body-color bumper; $550 for the bed cover; $95 to replace the 3.21:1 axle ratio with a 3.92:1 ring and pinion; $545 for the electronic rear locking differential; $545 for a bed cargo management system with four movable tie-down hooks; $1,295 for a panoramic sunroof; $445 for the 33-gallon fuel tank; $995 for the RamBox bed storage system; and finally $295 for the integrated trailer brake controller.

Together, all the options totaled $10,500, then add in the $1,695 destination fee and you have our test unit Ram 1500 Limited's total price coming in at $68,390, the highest priced half-ton in the test.

Come back Monday to find out which of the five trucks won our 2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge. Any guesses?

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I’m still about the crosshairs..
That front end looks a little too carlike. The rest of the truck looks pretty good though.

Find an ID that doesn't have the word FORD in it if you want to be taken seriously. Ford is on the verge of being a "former" automaker and your favorite truck is about to be joining the ranks of Mercury and Edsel in the history museums.

Posted by: papajim | Nov 9, 2018 8:27:09 AM

Or.....Couldn't they file bankruptcy and let the public eat the losses? Then reemerge in 9 months as "New Ford" in a robust economy that will likely have over 4% GDP. Their stock would be booming, profits would be amazing and FINALLY........GM guys could say "Ford is copying us" and they wouldn't be lying!!!!

I'm a GM guy and I like this Limited Interior better than the SLT I don't like the lap top center stack... It's just too much..


Paint is additional charge on RAM. All colors are additional cost on Limited. $100 to $500.
I'm not joking, paint is additional cost.

Reading through the comments reveals a near absence of bipartisanship within the trucking community. People! Can we not just all get along?

Definition: bipartisanship

Bipartisanship is a social condition where liberals get everything they want and conservatives try to feel good about it.

Try to remember the last time liberals in this country compromised on anything.

Nada. If their football team wins the Super Bowl they're out in the streets setting fire to stuff and breaking windows. Compromise?

Rams have most features , many of which no one else even offers.

Etorq.....good city mileage but adds weight and complexity cost

Air suspension .......great ride and adjustability adds weight and cost.

Coil springs ......great ride and handling benefits

Ram boxes .....very versatile but are costly and add weight

Best interior featuring huge screen tons of storage and true luxury materials and design.

Ram needs : upgraded V-8 engine. Hemi great but could use more power. Even lower weight....lost 225 lbs but needed to lose more to be on equal footing with Ford and GM. Increased reliability....Ram is far better than in the past but still needs improvement as do Ford and GM. Tundra , with its old design and stellar reputation is pretty good here.

Ram truck is the most improved truck over the last 20 years.
Around 1990 Dodge trucks sold less than 100,000 trucks a year.
Now Ram "Dodge" Trucks are challenging Chevrolet for second in brand sales.

Why would you want these light colored seats in a truck, very ugly for one, and get dirty way too quick. Both the Ford and Ram trucks have these light interiors, I guess these are more people movers than work trucks. May as well buy a SUV.

Everyone can suck on my pecker for all I care. I'm older and wiser than all of you idiots.

Its expensive but then again they are all are... It doesn't charge 1K for "special color" which is cool. Looking forward to seeing how it tests out. The E torque mild hybrid sounds very interesting. Ram boxes are always nice and its styling/interior are certainly going to be hits. Fiat has brought a serious contender.

Everyone can suck on my pecker for all I care. I'm older and wiser than all of you idiots.
Posted by: papajim | Nov 11, 2018

fake papajim

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