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2019 Ram 1500 – Best Pickup Truck of 2019 WINNER

The 2019 Ram 1500 is not only a well-timed redesign in one of the most competitive automotive segments in the world, it also provides a level of quality and design that could have the competition chasing it for years to come. That may sound like an exaggeration, but the more time we spend in the new Ram 1500s, especially in the upper trim levels, the more we’re blown away by the quality and attention to detail — we’ve never seen anything like this in a pickup truck and have been in few luxury sedans, crossovers or SUVs that meet this standard.

But the new Ram half ton is not just a pretty face (or, in this case, interior) that can’t hold its own in the rough-and-tumble world of a hardworking pickup. The entire frame is completely reengineered from different types of high-strength steel, making for a stronger, safer and lighter platform so it can deliver higher payload and towing numbers than ever before.

Additionally, the simplicity and invisibility of the 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain system (standard on all 3.6-liter V-6 models and optional for the 5.7-liter V-8) worked quite well in just about every real-world situation we could throw at it, and it works seamlessly with the new standard automatic engine stop-start feature. EPA fuel economy estimates are 17/22/19 mpg city/highway/combined, and we even found the truck to return respectable towing fuel economy when pulling a 6,000-pound trailer in our latest Challenge. The new Ram 1500 even offers a quality off-road option with the Rebel, now with an upgraded frame, cabin and powertrain, and, for the first time, in the quad-cab configuration with a lightly lifted coil-spring suspension for a more economical price.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles put its money where the heart of the market is by stuffing more technology and safety systems into the 2019 Ram 1500 than before, and with all the styling details added to the standout interior, the results here don’t lie: This new pickup is turning heads for all the right reasons.

For buyers looking at the half-ton class, there’s bound to be a Ram 1500 flavor just right for you, whether the pickup is for family use or work duty or is dedicated to that rutted trail leading to the hunting cabin. As for how much better this new Ram 1500 is than the other nominees, our half-ton-Challenge judges selected the new Ram (dressed in top-notch Limited clothing) their unanimous winner in subjective scoring, largely based on its exceptional ride quality, best-in-class interior and superior storage capabilities, inside and out. Add to that more efficiency and a more robust frame, and no matter what you need your pickup to do, the new Ram 1500 will do it with more style and composure than anything else with a bed.

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