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  • A Fond Farewell to Our Staff Favorite 2019 Ram 1500

A Fond Farewell to Our Staff Favorite 2019 Ram 1500

2019 Ram 1500 Long-Term Report 6 of 6

Jul 28, 2020
View the Rest of This 2019 Ram 1500 Long-Term Report!
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Ram 1500 Storage and Charging Solutions - Report 4
How Well Does the Ram 1500 Tow? - Report 3
2019 Ram 1500 Long-Term Report 2
Long-Term: 2019 Ram 1500 Report 1
It's with much sorrow that we come here to report that our 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie is no longer with us. No, it didn't meet an early demise, rather it was taken home by its rightful owners likely to be sold to its next happy owner. After more than 13 months, our time with our 2019 Pickup Truck of the Year winner has come to a close.
Why the sorrow, you ask? Simple, the 2019 Ram 1500 was probably the best long-term vehicle that this author has had the pleasure of living with. The Ram 1500 drove great, looked amazing, attracted all sorts of attention, and had no issues that required servicing. We had two small recalls addressed, both of which were fixed with a software update. One oil change was performed when the truck commanded it at 8,701 miles. And we replaced one tire, but that wasn't the truck's fault.
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If we were to order the truck again, there are a few things we'd likely do differently. First, we'd skip the eTorque. Sure, it's only a $200 upcharge for 2020 over the standard 5.7L Hemi V-8, but in living with the system, we really didn't find that it added any value. We had more than a few instances of rough engagement and couldn't find any fuel economy savings. Maybe if we had ordered the standard 3.21:1 axle ratio, we would have seen better results.
The four-corner air suspension is great; however, it's a feature that we found we could really take or leave. On a truck outfitted like ours, a Laramie Sport with 22-inch wheels, we'd be just as happy on steel springs. That said, if we opted for a more off-road oriented package the height adjustability would be welcome, so it definitely has its place. For $1,800, we could really go either way. On the same note, the power running boards were a tad redundant on a truck that could lower for entry and exit. We'd order them on a steel spring truck and forego them on an air suspension truck in the future.
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We absolutely loved having the Sport Appearance Package on the truck, as we truly believe it's what got us all the compliments. We even had someone ask, "Who's driving the Viper truck?" They thought, from afar, that our 2019 Ram was an older SRT truck. The Sport package comes with 20-inch wheels, and in the future, we'd probably just keep them over the 22s. We really dig the look of the 22-inch wheels, but we likely could have avoided our highway mishap with just a touch more sidewall.
We'd also order the truck with a factory bedliner. This was an oversight on our part for sure, but having a truck with just a painted box for a year was difficult. Aside from the obvious and instant scuffing of the paint, anything we put in the bed immediately slid from side to side. We picked up a factory Ram bed divider part way through the test, and it was a lifesaver. Also on the "wish we had thought of that" list is the fuel tank. Silly us; we didn't think to check the box for the optional 33-gallon fuel tank, and you've had to listen to us complain about our low fuel range for a year now.
And then there was ParkSense. In theory, the truck should have been able to both perpendicular and parallel park itself. And we've used the feature on other test vehicles in the past with great success. However, this truck just couldn't figure it out. In repeated testing, it would either fail to park or straight up drive onto a curb. We quit trying the system pretty early on and never really went back.
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Don't mistake our honesty for criticism; we really did adore the truck.
The 12-inch Uconnect infotainment system was outstanding and worked like a charm. We also really enjoyed the sound quality—and quantity—from the 19-speaker Harmon Kardon stereo system. We found the 360-degree camera system to have among the highest resolution on the market, which made it incredibly useful. The trailer brake controller worked seamlessly, and the air suspension did a great job keeping loads level.
Power from the 5.7L Hemi V-8 was great. It came on quick and hit hard, thanks to the optional 3.92:1 axle gears. We had no issues merging with traffic or showing V-6 Chargers who was boss off from stoplight to stoplight. The eight-speed transmission is pretty dialed as well. Shifts were always on time and with the right firmness, at least for our tastes. The truck was always in the correct gear for the moment. We never did get used to the rotary knob shifter, though. Sorry Ram, it's just not for us.
At the end of the day, this is a truck that we're really going to miss. We drive a lot of vehicles, and saying goodbye to this one gave us the feels. Fortunately, this feeling is affirmation that we chose the correct truck to name our 2019 Pickup Truck of the Year. The Ram 1500 couldn't have been more deserving, and we wish Ram continued success with the truck in the years to come.
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Report: 6 of 6

Previous reports:
Long-Term: 2019 Ram 1500 Report 1
Long-Term: 2019 Ram 1500 Report 2—Let's Talk About Tires
Long-Term: 2019 Ram 1500 Report 3—How Well Does the Ram 1500 Tow?
Long-Term: 2019 Ram 1500 Report 4—Ram 1500 Storage and Charging Solutions
Long-Term: 2019 Ram 1500 Report 5—Ram 1500 Power and Performance Update
Base price: $46,140
Price as tested: $67,020
Long-Term Numbers
Miles to date: 12,108.6
Miles since last report: N/A
Average mpg (this report): N/A
Test best tank (mpg): 19.61
Test worst tank (mpg): 9.33 (towing)
Maintenance
This period: None
Problem areas: None
Logbook Quotes
"I am really going to miss this truck."

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