If you’re in the market for a full-size pickup truck, the 2019 Ram 1500 ranking first place with an overall score of 9 out of 10 according to U.S. News. While the light-duty, half-ton pickup underwent a redesign for the latest model year, it seems to be agreeing with the truck-buying public. One of the most notable changes is that it’s dropped 225 pounds in spite of the 2019’s stronger all-steel frame construction.
The Ram 1500, like its competitors, doesn’t come without a bit of a sacrifice to the pocketbook. There is a reason why pickup trucks carry such high price tags. Upgraded technology, enhanced safety features, and emissions and fuel efficiency concerns all play a part in the demands of the modern truck design and cost. Let’s take a look at the seven trim packages the Ram 1500 offers and their respective price points.
The Ram 1500 Lineup
While most of the Ram 1500s come standard with a Quad Cab with six-passenger seating, there are options available. The standard or short bed is another design configuration that is left to suit your particular taste and needs.
Each model comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that provides 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. With the exception of the HFE, all trim packages offer an optional 5.7L V8 configuration that delivers 395 hp and 410 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic transmission with a 3.21 axle ratio and RWD puts either engine configuration in motion. All models except the HFE offer a four-wheel-drive option.
The Tradesman is definitely the workhorse of the lot. Its 18-inch steel wheels and vinyl upholstery and flooring are intended to provide the basic, albeit well-constructed, necessities to get through the workday.
With a nod to modern conveniences, the Tradesman includes such details as automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, a locking tailgate, trailer sway control, push-button ignition, cruise control, a rearview camera, air conditioning, and a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with dual USB ports.
The Tradesman’s entry price is $34,845.
Like the Tradesman, the HFE is built for durability. Equipped with the same features as the Tradesman, the biggest difference between the two models is the increased fuel efficiency provided by the HFE’s V6 engine. It’s also only available with RWD.
The MSRP starting price lists at $37,895.
Big Horn/Lone Star
Upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, and tinted windows begin the list of enhancements offered with the Big Horn. The interior features a more sophisticated presence with carpeted floors and cloth upholstery.
The key difference between the Big Horn and the entry models is the Big Horn offers many more options than the Tradesman or HFE.
The Big Horn starts at $39,190.
The Laramie introduces Ram 1500 fans to the luxury side of the pickup domain. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power seats, front and rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel, and keyless entry all create an elevated experience.
Adding to the infotainment arena, dual rear-seat USB ports are included in the package.
The Laramie’s MSRP begins at $42,990.
The Rebel caters to those who are looking for a premium off-roading package. Off-road tires, skid plates, front tow hooks, fortified shocks and suspension, and an electronic-locking rear axle are all standard components.
The Rebel’s entry price is $44,490.
Continuing into the world of luxury, the Longhorn’s standard 20-inch wheels, chrome side steps, spray-in bed liner, and power tailgate augment the 1500’s exterior appearance. Upgraded leather upholstery, a navigation system, and a CD player accentuate the interior.
An entry Longhorn price is $50,990
The Limited’s standard amenities include chrome exterior trim, adjustable air suspension, power-retractable side steps, blind-spot monitoring, and premium leather bucket seats.
The Limited’s beginning MSRP is $53,690.
Once you begin touring all the possibilities the Ram 1500 has to offer, you’re biggest question won’t be, “How did it make it Number 1?” Instead, you’ll be asking yourself how you’ve made it so long without owning one.