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of the 2019 RAM 1500. Base trim shown.

2019 RAM 1500 First Drive

Mark Williams

Just outside of San Antonio, we got out first chance to get behind the wheel of the 2019 Ram 1500. The pickup truck debuted at the Detroit auto show in January, but we haven't had a chance to drive it until now. We did some driving on-road and off-road — and even got a chance to do a little towing.

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Our first impressions of how it drives? We are very impressed with the frequency-damping shock absorbers that use new technology on the coil suspension. Upgrades were also made to the available four-corner air suspension, and now it's smarter than it was before; it offers a slightly softer ride when needed and stiffens appropriately during more aggressive driving.

Some things weren't as impressive, however. The 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 hasn't received any upgrades, which means that, while it feels a bit more responsive thanks to the lighter weight of the new Ram 1500, it doesn't wow with its performance. Our unscientific fuel-economy calculations during the drive event resulted in a combined rating of around 20 mpg, in line with the previous generation's performance.

Inside, the 12-inch multimedia screen impressed, with a host of information readily available. One complaint about the new interior is the lack of a power-adjustable steering wheel and column. It still tilts and telescopes manually, but powered controls would be preferred.

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What Drivers Are Saying


ram trucks never gave me any issues

by pacer mopar from thunder bay on October 17, 2018

bought these trucks since 1974 they never left me walking or any major issue. drove many miles and I wonder why anyone would by a foreign make. Read full review


Most luxurious, quiet truck ever

by chrisfisher1975 from Roselle, IL on October 16, 2018

Bought a 2019 Ram 1500 Limited quad cab four wheel drive... the huge 12? touchscreen is awesome, so many things you can control, heated steering wheel, heated and AC seats, very fast, very quiet, very ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2019 RAM 1500 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 RAM 1500 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    3 months/3,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    125-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 1500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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