2019 Ram 1500 starts at $31,695, some models are cheaper than before
While the base 1500 pickup might increase in price, Rebel, Limited and Big Horn trims actually see price reductions.
Emme HallFormer editor for CNET Cars
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The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup is poised to hit dealers with a base price of $31,695 (plus a $1,645 destination fee). That price will net buyers a quad-cab Tradesman 4x2 equipped with a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine backed by Fiat Chrysler's new eTorque mild-hybrid system. Despite a lot more tech and refinement, that price represents a mere $800 more than the current 2018 offering.
And that's just the tip of the pricing iceberg. Expect to pay $44,695 for the off-road-ready Rebel. That works out to a whopping $2,700 dollars less than the outgoing model, while the Big Horn trim with a quad cab and two-wheel drive will go for $35,695 ($2,045 less than its 2018 equivalent). At the high end, the Limited crew cab 4x4 starts at $56,495 -- $300 less than last year's model -- and it comes standard with a burly 5.7-liter Hemi V8.
While highfalutin Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited models come standard with a Hemi V8 (eTorque is optional), other models will have to pay more for the extra cylinders. The 5.7-liter V8 engine adds $1,195 to the bottom line and an eTorque-equipped V8 ups it to $1,995 (For the record, adding a V8 to a 2018 model cost $1,450).
The Laramie trim crew cab will start at $42,145 and it's big brother the Laramie Longhorn crew cab at $50,195. Adding four-wheel drive will cost $3,550 and $3,500 respectively.
First seen at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the 1500 is unique in that it's the only full-size truck on the market to offer an electrified powertrain. The mild-hybrid eTorque tech consists of a belt-driven motor generator backed by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery. Together, they can provide an extra 90 pound-feet of torque in the 3.6-liter or 130 pound-feet in the larger 5.7-liter, and fuel efficiency is further improved through the use of a brake-energy regeneration loop and a stop/start system.
The Ram 1500 Limited trim line will come with FCA's latest Uconnect infotainment system displayed on a ginormous 12-inch, vertically oriented touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across all trims and drivers can get up to five USB ports (including USB-C outlets), two 115-volt power outlets and an optional wireless charging pad.
2019 Ram 1500 bulks up capabilities and efficiency, not weight
The non-eTorque Ram 1500's Pentastar V6 knocks out 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, while the unelectrified V8 is good for 395 galloping horses and 410 pound-feet. Power gets to the ground in both combinations through an eight-speed automatic transmission.