Posted on February 26, 2018
2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Full Review Video | Mississauga, Brampton
The last full redesign of the Dodge Ram 1500 was in the very successful 2010 model year. A big hit during that last retooling was the inclusion of a link-coil rear suspension, among other popular changes and enhancements. Well read on, and enjoy the video, because when you see what the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 has going for it, we’re confident that you’ll be heading straight for our showroom serving Toronto, Mississauga and the entire GTA. It’s available for sale, right now. All you need to do is call our New Car Manager, Rich, at 905-819-0001 and he will hook you up with a test drive.
The carmaker cares about passenger comfort, both in terms of airflow and space. The crew-cab option brings in a helpful increase in the bumper-to-bumper length with an added 3.9 inches. The wheelbase expansion of 4.1 inches also expands the crew cab interior, with a rear legroom boost to 45.2 very comfortable inches. The Dodge Ram 1500 used to lag a little in this department, but the new, roomier crew cab challenges the competition. For obvious reasons, it’s a change best experienced in person.
Forget forever the tired old stereotype of pickups as purely rural vehicles. The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 serves both town and country. Savvy pickup lovers inside and outside the GTA will want what the 2019 Dodge Ram offers: a good-looking truck with a classy-looking interior comprised of high-quality materials. The fourth-generation Uconnect system is easily be paired with an 8-inch touchscreen or the even bigger 12-inch. Uconnect delivers crisp graphics and speedy touch response: less squinting, less struggle to access helpful apps and tools on the road. It all functions smoothly using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the engineering team at Dodge Ram has listened to drivers, adding multiple USB and micro USB input ports. Life is busy and we’re spending a fair bit of time in our vehicles: it makes sense to have technology that reflects our needs.
Dodge Ram’s design team also worked to offset the challenges of extra length with a steering gearbox that’s 15 percent quicker, boosting driver efficiency as the U-turn radius is slightly reduced. There’s a winning change-up everywhere you look on the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500. And here’s a new detail that may not jump out at you even when you’re standing beside this beautiful vehicle: Dodge Ram has added an auto-retracting front spoiler. Driving under 35mph? It stays tucked way, ensuring smooth clearance of driveways and so on. Travel over that velocity and the spoiler drops a full 2.5 inches, smoothing air-flow and improving fuel economy. Just like that.
Engine output stats from the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 (305 horsepower, 269 pound-feet of torque) and 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (395 hp, 410 lb-ft) are relatively similar to previous models, but both have actually been enhanced by the eTorque mild hybrid system and its 48-volt lithium-ion battery tucked behind the driver’s seat. No, the Dodge Ram 1500 isn’t trying to be a Prius. You’ll still have your beloved 8-speed automatic transmission, giving you the same great drive. eTorque enhancements come standard on the Pentastar V6 and optional on the Hemi V8. Test drive it and you’ll feel what we’re talking about.
Did Dodge Ram make New Year’s resolutions? Maybe. Turns out the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 has lost about 225 pounds. A full hundred pounds of that weight loss came right off the fully redesigned frame. Engineers retained the 98% high-strength steel alloy and optimized the cross-sectional shape of the frame members, while expanding aluminum use on the tailgate, engine mounts, front axle housing, steering gear and on two frame crossmembers for added fuel economy. Leaner is meaner, right? If towing is on your to-do list: the max payload and tow ratings of the purpose-equipped versions have increased to 2,300 pounds and 12,700 pounds, respectively.
Off-road warriors can choose between the Rebel and a new 4x4 Off-Road package. Each of these adds an inch of height compared to the regular Dodge Ram 1500, and both use a lifted version of the coil spring suspension instead of an air-suspension system. Locking rear differentials and hill descent control come on both; the Rebel has a tough front end, extra clearance, 33-inch tires, and the option of air suspension. Who knows what you’ll get up to on weekends with these kinds of choices?
If, like the rest of us here at Team Chrysler, you reallllly want to experience the newly redesigned 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 in person, call our New Car Manager, Rich, at 905-819-0001.