What the critics say
The 2019 Ram 1500:
The fifth-generation Ram 1500 is “perhaps the first of its breed.” Though pickups have been getting plusher for years, the truck division at Fiat Chrysler has beat its rivals to attaining an optimum blend of brawny utility and everyday comfort. Lighter, stronger, and longer in the cabin than its able predecessor, this 1500 also upgrades what was already the best ride in the class. All told, the refinements produce a breakthrough: “a pickup that reflects how people who buy pickups actually use their pickups.”
Color us “pretty smitten.” Inside, the seats are fantastic, the overall look “professional and clean,” and though we like the dash best with its standard screen, it can be had with a 12-incher that’s “as big, bright, and idiot-proof as the menu at Denny’s.” The Ram’s 12,750-pound tow rating and 2,300-pound payload capacity are merely competitive with Chevrolet’s and Ford’s numbers, but that’s enough: This is an “endlessly useful” vehicle.
Ram, it can be presumed, will eventually sell this 1500 in a stripped-down version with a two-door cab and 8-foot bed. These days, though, that’s a niche. Most truck buyers today want a “do-everything” truck that’s as comfortable as a luxury sedan. If you’re one of them, “Ram has ticked every box on your wish list.” ■