Here's Why The Ram 1500 Limited Is Worth $60,000
A review of the 2019 Ram 1500 Limited.
When you think of a pickup truck, you most likely picture the Ford F-150. The Ram 1500 has always been an afterthought of sorts, buyers would look at the F-150 and Chevy Silverado before even considering the 1500. Times have changed, and the 1500 has now passed the Silverado and has its sights set on the best-selling F-150. It's the most luxurious truck in America, and is now packed with technology. Fiat Chrysler knows it's their ticket to success, meaning it might become the best pickup truck in the world.
2019 Ram 1500 Limited
The Ram name was first introduced in 1981 on the Dodge Ram D100, however the first truck to carry the 1500 nameplate was introduced in 1994. It could be equipped with an assortment of V8's as well as a turbo diesel and a V6. Currently, the Ram 1500 is on its 5th generation (2019-present), and is fitted with more technology, safety, and luxurious features than ever before.
Ram trucks are not cheap, and options add up very quickly. Some packages, like the Advanced Safety Group package, are not worth their price and should come standard. This 1500 is the highest Limited trim, which already starts at $55,285, and is fitted with an optional $3,500 4X4 system, a $1,395 5.7 L HEMI V8, $100 Delmonico red pearl-coat paint, and $2,095 22-inch polished wheels. If you don't want to do the math, these extras and fees bring the price up to $62,275, which is a hefty price for a pickup truck. With that being said, however, the equivalent (Minus options) 2019 F-150 trim, also called the Limited, starts at over $67,000 when fees are added. Although the F-150 starts at a much higher price than the 1500, it does come with more features. The pricing for all Ram 1500 4X2 trim levels are below. If you were to purchase a Ram 1500, don't option the 22-inch wheels unless you really care about style.
2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman: $35,135
2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman HFE: $35,940
2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn/Lone Star: $37,985
2019 Ram 1500 Laramie: $41,985
2019 Ram 1500 Rebel: $46,185
2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn: $52,685
2019 Ram 1500 Limited: $55,285
Engine, Performance and Drivetrain
This 1500 is powered by an optional 5.7 L HEMI V8 that generates 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, which is plenty to carry all your animals in the bed. All this power is delivered through a not-so-great 8-speed automatic transmission-Trying to save fuel much? The ride isn't too backbreaking, but it isn't a luxury sedan or a race car. Rear wheel drive (4X2) is standard, and 4X4 is a $3,500 option. Buyers living in an area that doesn't receive a lot or any snow shouldn't bother with 4X4, unless you plan to drive in a muddy area.
2019 Ram 1500 Limited
Don't get your hopes up-it's a truck at the end of the day. When driving this Limited, 17 city and 22 highway is possible, it just depends on how you drive. Other 1500 trim levels and their base-engine fuel efficiency figures are below. Let's compare: An equivalent 2019 F-150 would accomplish roughly the same, at 17 city/23 highway.
2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited: 4X2: 20 city/25 highway.
2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited: 4X4: 19 city/24 highway.
2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman HFE 4X2 (Only drivetrain option): 20 city/26 highway.
How Many Animals Can I Carry and Tow?
It is a good question, this is important for all the farmers out there. A 5'7" box is equipped on this specific Limited, meaning 53.9 cubic ft of cargo space. Towing capacity is 6,280 lbs, but other models can pull up to 7,520 lbs, a figure that is about 500 lbs less than the max F-150's towing capacity. With all that said, you can haul about 4 cattle with your Ram 1500 Limited. Unfortunately, a cow will not fit in the bed of a 5'7" box ram. Darn.
The Ram 1500 has the best interior in its class, and it's filled with surprises. Needless to say, this Limited's interior is a nice place to be, with its leather bucket seats, massive 12-inch infotainment screen, heated and ventilated front seats, 8-way power front seats with power lumbar, and heated leather steering wheel, it's like sitting in an upper class luxury sedan. No need to worry if you take the farm dogs along for a ride, they will appreciate the rear heated seats. Buying the Limited, or any high trim 1500, might not be the best use of money if you live on a farm or in a swampy area, as the interior will just get dirty and materials will wear faster, making them more frustrating to clean. Going for a lower trim like the Tradesman or Big Horn might be smarter due to their more durable materials.
With the previously mentioned 12-inch infotainment screen w/ navigation, a 9-speaker audio system, wireless charging, and a 7-inch instrument cluster, the 1500 Limited is packed with technology.
In addition to the abundance of features and tech, styling is very well done in the 1500. Wood trim is sprinkled throughout the cabin and buttons are very well placed. The infotainment screen is a bit intrusive, but is worth its features.
2019 RAM 1500 Interior
Surprisingly, the Ram 1500 can be optioned with a vast amount of driver assistance features, and earned the Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS in 2019. This 1500 comes with blind-spot monitoring with cross-path detection, parking sensors, and advanced airbags. Now, there's only one fault with the 1500's safety: As you can see, there aren't many safety systems onboard. While that may be true, most trim levels have a few packages containing all the necessary driver assistance features. One of the packages, Advanced Safety Group, includes the following on the Limited trim level: Adaptive cruise control with stop & go, advanced brake assist, full-speed collision warning, lane keep assist, park assist, and a surround view camera. This is an abundance of features, however it does come at a substantial price of $1,695. Overall, the safety of the 1500 is mixed. It has a great safety rating, but doesn't come standard with any driver assistance features.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Limited is worth its price. If you're looking for an F-150 alternative, definitely consider the 1500. This Limited model we reviewed, on the other hand, is not worth its $62,000 price tag. It has an abundance of useless options, we're looking at you 22-inch wheels, and isn't as good as the comparable F-150 Limited. In general though, the 1500 has you covered, whether you need a durable work truck or a luxurious ranch cruiser.