The all-new 2019 RAM 1500 brings increased refinement, more luxury and and less weight to a tried and true form that’s like nothing else. RAM has curated its brand image and DNA in a way that makes it different from Ford and GM, a style all its own and a feel that unmistakably unique.
For the all-new redesigned 2019 model, it becomes even more of what it has been with more utility and style particularly evident in our Laramie Longhorn tester. Ringing in at $67,335 it was well loaded with leathers, wood, electronics and cowboy western store panache. If there is such a thing?
Powered by a 5.7 liter HEMI V8 carried over from last year, it had 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Notably it does not have the annoying auto start-stop feature that has poisoned so many trucks. That is however standard with the mild-hybrid versions of the RAM.
The interior of ours featured the new large format vertical screen multi-media system handling all manner of navigation, audio and vehicle settings. It also houses many of the ancillary controls for HVAC and such, but hard controls in the form of buttons line either side of it for most common functions.
Rich rough sawn woods, branded logos and rugged leather set a theme for the Longhorn we just love. The exterior of the truck is equally decorated with lots of chrome, LED headlamps and 20” wheels. The motorized running boards were one feature we could do without as they are shin getters if you aren’t expecting them.
Power from its good ol fashioned V8 is good, mated to a great 8-speed automatic transmission. Its sound is reminiscent of those good old days but its fuel economy is a bit better. Rated at 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, we saw 17 mpg combined.
Handling is improved with a stiffer frame. Like RAM pickups before it, the ride and feel is well isolated and quiet, one of the least jittery and harsh trucks on the market. It was solid and predictable at speed on the highway and very pleasant on the back roads.