Even though Chrysler redesigned the Ram 1500 for 2019, the previous-generation Ram 1500 continues to be sold under the name “Ram 1500 Classic.” Surprisingly luxurious and refined, the Ram remains fully capable of doing dirty work when duty calls. A unique coil-spring rear suspension gives it a smooth ride and the interior is whisper-quiet.
Ram 1500 Classic Road Test

Even though Chrysler redesigned the Ram 1500 for 2019, the previous-generation Ram 1500 continues to be sold under the name “Ram 1500 Classic.”

Surprisingly luxurious and refined, the Ram remains fully capable of doing dirty work when duty calls. A unique coil-spring rear suspension gives it a smooth ride and the interior is whisper-quiet. Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice. You can also get a diesel.

All Ram 1500 Classics come with an efficient, slick-shifting eight-speed automatic, a pickup-truck exclusive. Most get a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that delivers seamless power and still returns a class-average 15 mpg overall. A 3.6-liter V6 engine is standard, aiding fuel economy and a significant savings over the Hemi. It does an admirable job motivating this big truck, as long as your towing needs are modest.

Best Version to Get
Most buyers will get the midlevel model Big Horn (the trim adds a lot of features for not much money). Watch for regional option packages; they also combine a bunch of popular features, usually at a hefty discount. Pick the bed size and number of doors to suit your needs. Crew cab models have the m...
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