2019 RAM 1500 Classic

2019 MODEL
$27,645 - $33,495

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2019 RAM 1500 Classic Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 14, 2019


RAM has always been the go to truck for getting things done type of people. The introduction of Classic branding in 2019 has created a kind of another market where trucks are down to being basic and are actually cheaper than the main offering i.e. RAM 1500 here. The challenge has turned fiercer for the competition for the mouth watering value and price it is offered at.

RAM 1500 Classic has 6 trims that begin from Tradesman trim for $28,590 for 2WD to top end Big Horn trim at $44,120 for 4WD. All trims levels accompany all-wheel drive choice for an additional $3,700. RAM accompanies 3 motor alternatives. The most widely recognized motor utilized in the RAM is 5.7 Liter HEMI V8 delivering 395 pull with 410-pound feet of torque and it's standard on everything except Laramie display accompanies a 3.6 Liter Pentastar V6 which makes a sound 305 drive and 269-pound feet of torque. At long last, there is one more motor which is choice on each trim. It's a 3.0 Liter V6 diesel that makes 240 ponies however an astounding 420-pound foot of torque.

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Pros

Built Quality

Optional Air Suspension

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Cons

Safety features could be more

Shy less towing capacity

What's New?

“Classic” name badging

Costs reasonable now


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27645

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

top speed

105 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

305 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

269 lbs.-ft @ 4175 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

68/67.5

dimensions

wheelbase

120.5 in.

length

209 in.

width

79.4 in.

height

74.6 in.

curb weight

4520 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

63 cu ft.

cargo volume

57.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

9160 lbs.

payload capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/25 mpg

highway range

650 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

 2019 RAM 1500 Classic in Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat color  2019 RAM 1500 Classic in Blue Streak Pearl Coat color  2019 RAM 1500 Classic in Bright White Clear Coat color  2019 RAM 1500 Classic in Delmonico Red Pearl Coat color  2019 RAM 1500 Classic in Rugged Brown Pearl Coat color
Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.5

Interior

9.0

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 RAM 1500 Classic Tradesman

Tradesman

power
305 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$27,645 - $32,245


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $27,645 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 3
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $32,245 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 3
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $27,645 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 3
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $32,245 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 3

 2019 RAM 1500 Classic Express

Express

power
305 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$28,895 - $33,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Express 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $28,895 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 3
Express 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,495 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 3

Expert Review

8.8

Overall Rating


Slam has 3 unique models beginning with a 1500 and goes up till the uncompromising 3500 arrangement. The Slam truck has a lot of alternatives for each sort of purchaser out there and the designs decisions are boundless which settles on the decision significantly progressively troublesome.


 

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

9.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 RAM 1500 Classic Features

2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Classic has 6 trims to suit everybody's needs and wants. Each trim dimension has unmistakable appeal that make it emerge from the adversaries in the city. The base tradesman begins from $28,590 and goes as far as possible up to Big Horn trim costing $44,140. With 3 trim dimensions you have 3 superb motor choices. A 3.6 Liter Pentastar V6 which makes a sound 305 pull and 269 pound feet of torque then you have the 5.7 Liter HEMI V8 delivering 395 drive with 410 pound feet of torque. In conclusion the new 3.0 Liter V6 diesel that makes 240 steeds yet an incredible 420 pound feet of torque.

Trims

Tradesman

Express

MSRP (2WD)

$28,590

$30,290

MSRP (AWD)

$33,190

$34,890

Features

Minimal luxury accoutrements and amenities

Skips hitch and adds

 

Exterior parts mostly black

Body-colored exterior trim

 

Class IV hitch receiver

Carpeting

 

Spray-in bedliner

20-inch wheels

 

Cruise control.

 

Trims

Big Horn

MSRP (2WD)

$42,845

MSRP (AWD)

$44,140

Features

110-volt power outlet

 

dual-zone automatic climate control

 

8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system dubbed

 

Uconnect Access

 

Upgraded cloth seating

 

Power-adjustable driver seat and leather-wrapped steering wheel round things out.

Notwithstanding the immense trim dimensions, 2019 Dodge Ram Classic has 3 versions that are best made for individuals searching for singularity. You have 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman denotes the beginning of new age of Ram trucks and furthermore 144" Run for the Roses, Ram 1500 Sport with Hydro Blue outside shading, extravagant inside and 22 inch all dark composite wheels, Southfork release which includes a walnut darker outside with monotone and two-tone choice and interiorly with Canyon dark colored and ice calfskin situate structures, Limited Tungsten Edition which resembles taking a truck and making it the most sumptuous and modern Ram has a wide selection of trims. With a consolidated aggregate of 6 trims including the unique releases ones, you're certainly ruined for decision.

2019 RAM 1500 Classic Engine and Performance

8.5/10

The swagger-heavy Ram 1500 is the coolest pickup around, even if competitors have eclipsed it in some ways.-Car Connection

In the motor division, Dodge Ram has 3 decisions, a 3.6L V6 pentastar motor with 305 strength and 269 lb-ft of torque, a 5.7L HEMI V8 with 395 pull and 410-pound feet of torque and 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel which creates 240 ponies and great 420-pound feet of torque.

Models

Ram 1500

GMC Sierra

Ford F150

Chevy Silverado 1500

MSRP

$28,590

$38,790

$34,150

$36,195

Engine

3.6L V6 24V VVT

Vortec 5.3L Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI

3.3L Ti-VCT V6

4.3L

EcoTec3 V6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

305 hp

355 hp

290 hp

285 hp

Torque

269 lb-ft

383 lb-ft

265 lb-ft

305 lb-ft

In comparison, Ram 1500 comes first in every aspect be it the price point at $33,295, the 8-speed automatic transmission and the impressive 305 horsepower. The Silverado only has an edge in the torque department with 305-pound feet of torque as against 269-pound feet in the Ram 1500. Ford F-150 is second best in terms of power at 290 horses and price point of $34,150.

Acceleration

Dodge Ram is a huge pick-up truck. Understandably it won't have a supercar timing. It does 0-60MPH in 7.6 seconds and a quarter mile time of 15.6 seconds. Pretty decent for a truck with huge dimensions and heavyweight.

Models

Ram 1500

GMC Sierra

Ford F150

Chevy Silverado 1500

0-60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.5 sec

6.1 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter mile

14.7 sec

15.9 sec

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

Engine

3.6L

5.3L VVT

3.3L

4.3L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.8

NA

8.0

8.8

In comparison, Ram places last with those times and Ford F-150 is super quick with a blistering time of 6.1 seconds for 0-60MPH and a quarter mile time of 14.7 seconds. Chevy Silverado does 0-60MPH in 7.4 seconds and a quarter mile in 15.1 seconds.

Handling and Steering

2019 Ram 1500 has 4 wheel air bag suspension which makes the setup more advanced than its rivals. Its ride is carlike and if you still crave for smoothness Ram offers an optional air suspension package which is only available for the Limited trim. Its body movement is minimal and overall control isn't an issue in daily driving but it's not as steady as Ford F-150 or the Chevrolet Silverado.

Braking

Dodge Ram 1500 has 13.2 ventilated discs in the front and 13.8 inches ventilated discs in the back. The tyres are all seasons. With a kerb weight of 4945 lbs., it isn't a light vehicle which is aptly drops it's stopping distance to 123ft from 60-0MPH.

Model

Ram 1500

GMC Sierra

Ford F150

Chevy Silverado 1500

Brake Front(in)

13.2

13.8

13.8

13.0

Brake Rear(in)

13.8

14.1

13.7

13.6

Curb weight(lbs)

5541

6242

4529

5036

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

138

121

124

In comparison, Ford F-150 is the lightest among all the competition at 4529 pounds and has big brakes of 13.8 inches in front and 13.7 inches in the rear which gives it the best stopping distance of 121 feet from 60-0MPH. Chevy Silverado is the heaviest at 5036 pounds and has less meat in its brakes which stops the car from 60-0MPH in 124ft.

Payload Capacity

2019 Dodge Ram Classic has an ability to carry 1,500 pounds of payload capacity in its cargo box.

Model

Ram 1500

GMC Sierra 1500

Ford F-150

Chevy Silverado 1500

capacity (lbs)

1500

1920

1680

1980

In comparison, The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 has 1,920 pounds of payload capacity, an increase of 110 pounds over the 2019 Dodge Ram Classic. Chevy Silverado has a payload capacity 1,980 pounds which earns it a second place and Ford places at 1,680 pounds.

Towing Capacity

With a rated towing capability of 10,620 pounds for a 2WD Dodge Ram, it shows the immense pulling power the vehicle holds.

Model

Ram 1500

GMC Sierra 1500

Ford F150

Chevy Silverado 1500

Drive Train

2WD

4X2

2WD

2WD

Power Train

3.6L

6.0L

3.3L

4.3L

Weight (lbs)

10620

9500

12700

9800

In comparison, Dodge Ram has the least towing capacity in comparison to the competitors, the Ford and Chevy tow a massive 12700 and 9800 pounds respectively. But F-150 is the clear winner here.

2019 RAM 1500 Classic Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram is big and ginormous in every aspect. This spectrum does not do justice to it but it still fares decent in fuel figures. It does 17 MPG in city driving cycle, 25 MPG highway and 20MPG in combined driving cycle. The fuel tank on the upper end RAM trims is 32 gallons giving a good 540 mile range with hemi V8 engine. The other engines would do better but they have 26 gallon fuel tank.

Model

Ram 1500

GMC Sierra 1500

Ford F150

Chevy Silverado 1500

MPG (city)

15

19

20

18

MPG (highway)

21

24

25

24

MPG (combined)

17

20

22

20

In comparison, Dodge Ram is last in city driving cycle. F-150 gives 20 MPG and 18 MPG for Silverado for city driving cycle. But Ram does best on highway equaling F-150 at 25 MPG. It's surprising and should be noted that Ram has an eight speed automatic transmission whereas F-150 has 6 speed automatic but both get the same MPG on the highway.

2019 RAM 1500 Classic Interior

9.0/10

The cab provides abundant space in both rows, and the rear seats are among the largest in the class, providing enough head- and legroom for almost anyone to sit comfortably.-cars.usnews

When you first look inside youre greeted by a very rich looking cabin. It can be with a variety of different interior color combinations. On the longhorn, you have special canyon brown and cattle tan interior choices

Door trim comprises of luxury materials. You have stitched leather from the power window console that extends across to the upper half of the door. In the middle part you have wood and aluminum insert and leather. Only the front 2 windows are one touch up and down. The mats on the limited are all weather and carpeted floor mats with aluminum scuff plate.

The seats on top 3 trims are 10-way power adjusting with 2-way lumbar support and 2 person memory function. The leather seats are soft to touch. Perforation and unique stitching is quite appealing.

RAM was the first brand to make a luxury truck and with continuous updates from its launch, it still feels quite impressive. The upper dash is covered in stitched soft touch plastic and while lower portions are hard to touch everything fits together really well and feel solid. It's quite surprising to note that it has been around for nearly a decade.

Seating and Comfort

Dodge Ram 1500 offers good interior comfort. The truck can take up to 2 passengers with no hassle. The front and rear head, shoulder and legroom is good in Regular Cab model due to wide body, tall stance and long wheelbase.

Model

Ram 1500

GMC Sierra 1500

Ford F150

Chevy Silverado 1500

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

41.0/66.0/41.0

42.8/64.8/45.2

40.8/66.7/43.9

42.8/66.03/45.27

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

NA

NA

NA

NA

In comparison, RAM boasts 40.3 inches of legroom and 39.9 inches of headroom that does place it as one of the lowest in class behind Chevy Silverado and F-150. Ram does make up for that space by allowing you to fold up the seat which gives access to covered storage area. Silverado has the best space in the front passenger compartment of the car. 2019 Ram 1500 Classic still lags the front legroom but has the highest space at the 45.2 inches of legroom.

Infotainment

Uconnect system is standard for the 2019 Dodge RAM Classic 1500, the size remains the same at 8.4 inches. The graphics have been refreshed with a more modern look. There are 7 tabs on the screen namely Radio that controls FM/AM bands, Media which has Bluetooth controls for smartphones and other sources of media such as CD, USB and AUX, Apps tab which displays all the vehicle functions including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Satellite navigation is very responsive and pinch to zoom is supported and finally you have Phone tab which displays synced contacts, reads messages and scroll through other phone features.

2019 RAM 1500 Classic Exterior

The Ram 1500 remains gloriously, unabashedly, an American pickup.-Car Connection

2019 Ram 1500 model has an upscale looking chrome grille with RAM Lettering. This design also comes on the long horn and tungsten edition. The regular trim comes instead with a more traditional RAM grille, but it does have the extra chrome mesh to fill in the quadrants.

Tailgate is not easy lower like on most rivals on the limited you do get a standard spray in bed-liner and new for 2019 model, the LED lights in the cargo box now have their own button.

The headlights however they are all mostly the same. These are premium Bi-functional Halogens with LED day time running lights and turn signals. All the trims have halogen fog lamps. Coming to the mirrors, they are body-colored, heated, power folding and auto-dimming across all across the trim. All trims but Laramie do come with running boards with chrome accents.

On the rear, RAM 1500 Classic has a distinct look which is good since most trucks tend to look the same when viewed from the back. The stand out feature of the back would be the giant RAM badging which comes on the limited only and tungsten would make it body colored the taillights also have a distinct and premium look to them as they are LED and have chrome around them. Dual chrome exhaust to pump out that burble the engine creates.

Dimensions and Weight

2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Classic is pretty long at 229 inches. These trucks are larger than most 7-seater SUV which are currently available in the market. Ram 1500 Classic has a width of 79.4 inches and a height of 76.9 inches with a ground clearance of 7.6 inches. These trucks are built tough and can go through any terrain due to their rugged design. Wheelbase is 140 inches which provides for good space in the cabin.

Model

Ram 1500

GMC Sierra 1500

Ford F150

Chevy Silverado 1500

curb weight(lbs)

4945

6242

4529

5036

Length(in)

229.0

239.5

243.7

239.5

Width(in)

79.4

80.5

79.9

80.0

Height(in)

76.9

78.2

75.6

74.17

Ground clearance(in)

7.6

9.6

8.7

8.73

Wheelbase(in)

140.0

153.7

145.0

143.50

In comparison, Ford F-150 is the longest among the competitors at 243.7 inches and a wheelbase of 145 inches makes it the cabin with most space for passengers. In height and width department, the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 is the best at 82.1 and 77.5 inches respectively. Chevrolet Silverado has the highest ground clearance at 8.73 inches which makes it the best option if youre looking forward to go off-road.

Bed Dimensions

2019 Ram 1500 Classic has a bed length of 67.5 inches and a width of 66.4 inches. It is sufficient enough to carry most of your daily cargo from one place to another. Also Ram has dedicated cargo box on the insides of the bed which help in storing tools and other items, so that they don't clank while youre driving on the road.

Models

Ram 1500

GMC Sierra 1500

Ford F-150

Chevy Silverado 1500

Width (inch)

66.4

71.1

52.8

55.0

Length (inch)

76.3

79.4

65.8

71.2

With a bed length of 71.2 inches Silverado gives it the first place but it falls short in the width department. Ford F-150 has the smallest bed which has a length of 65.8 inches and a width of 52.8 inches.

2019 RAM 1500 Classic Safety

2019 Dodge Ram comes with array of safety features to keep you and your family safe in any unforeseen circumstances. Some features are: -

  • Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • ParkView Rear Back Up Camera
  • Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System
  • Speed Control
  • Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

 

2019 RAM 1500 Classic Competition

Chevrolet Silverado

Between Silverado and Ram, Ram is the best. It has got an excellent but optional air suspension, an 8-speed automatic transmission and a ride quality that makes you feel that youre gliding over the road. Also, Ram has been getting regular updates since 2009 whereas Silverado has mostly remained the same since launch.

Ford F-150

Ford F-150 has been the best-selling pick-up truck in America for a very long time. In terms of that, Ford F150 is better than Dodge Ram 1500. With regular updates like tweaked EcoBoost engines, 10 speed automatic transmission, intuitive Sync 3 infotainment, extensive list of safety options and it keeps the list going on. Dodge Ram 1500 might have the edge with air suspension but in overall circumstances like towing, fuel economy etc. gives the win to F-150.

GMC Sierra 1500

GMC's kid Sierra along with Silverado are still the frontrunners in light truck market. With a lot of options to choose from and a very competent pricing. Sierra is or shall we say was good choice if RAM didn't introduce 1500 Classic with lower pricing this year.

2019 RAM 1500 Classic Final Verdict

2019 Dodge Ram Classic has been coming of age and it shows in the interior and lack of active features but still today it is the most luxurious truck you can buy. The ride quality is absolute gem with a handling to match. It is the cheapest among the truck category which acts as an advantage in its favor. And now with the classic range the prices have got down even more. The payload might be on the lower side but the cargo box feature is a neat idea. Towing is on the lower side which shifts the buyer's concentration to other suitable options. But with a great fuel economy, best infotainment and with such a great pricing makes it a really good buy.