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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Review: A Familiar Comfort Zone

While Ram's all-new 1500 truck impresses with more luxury and impressive towing capabilities, the marque has decided to keep the previous-generation light-duty truck going under the 1500 Classic designation. So, while the 1500 Classic can't compete with the brand new model, it offers a tried and tested, cheaper, stripped-down option for buyers who need a dependable truck, but want to spend less. It's a pretty smart move, if you ask us. Offering a combination of V6 and V8 gas engines, a torquey Ecodiesel, and either rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, the 1500 Classic is ready to get to work. While lacking the latest driver-assist safety gear, the 1500 Classic still has a comfy and spacious cabin, while cruising along on the highway more smoothly than many newer rivals. Alongside the likes of the even older Toyota Tundra, the Ram still feels surprisingly fresh, but you will miss some of the advances Ram has made with the all-new 1500.

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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 1500 Classic?

For 2019, the 1500 Classic continues as a more basic version of the 2018 Ram 1500. So, barring the unavailability of a few high-end features you would have found on the 2018 Ram 1500, this year's 1500 Classic is very much the same truck. However, there is new 'Classic' badging on the fenders to set this year's model apart, while three new packages are available: Chrome Plus (with smarter exterior trim for the Tradesman trim), Tradesman SXT (new features and trim for the Tradesman), and the Express Black Accent Package (offered on the Express trim).

Pros and Cons

  • Good value for a well-loved truck
  • Comfortable and quiet on the open road
  • Handling is solid and reassuring
  • Spacious cabin, especially in the crew cab
  • User-friendly ergonomics
  • Build quality is sound
  • Brand new Ram 1500 is more appealing
  • Most driver-assist safety features are absent
  • Towing capacity lags behind newer rivals

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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Tradesman
3.6L V6 Gas
5.7L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$27,645
Express
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$27,645
SLT
3.6L V6 Gas
5.7L V6 Gas
5.7L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$31,845
Lone Star
5.7L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$35,595
Big Horn
5.7L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$35,595
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2019 1500 Classic Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 209.0 in
  • Wheelbase 120.0 in
  • Height 74.6 in
  • Max Width 79.4 in

Exterior Colors

  • Blue Streak Pearlcoat +$100
  • Delmonico Red Pearlcoat +$100
  • True Blue Pearlcoat, Build Out: 10/04/2018 +$100
  • True Blue Pearlcoat, Build Out:01/08/2019 +$100
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat +$100
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat +$100
  • True Blue Pearlcoat +$100
  • Blue Streak Pearlcoat, (DISC) +$100
  • Delmonico Red Pearlcoat, (DISC) +$100
  • True Blue Pearlcoat, (DISC), Build Out:01/08/2019 +$100
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat, (DISC) +$100
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat, (DISC) +$100
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat +$200
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat +$200
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat +$200
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2019 1500 Classic Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo Diesel, 3.0L Turbo V6 Diesel, 3.6L V6 Gas, 5.7L V6 Gas, 5.7L V8 Gas, 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

While it may have first been introduced back in 2009, there's nothing wrinkly about the 1500 Classic's driving dynamics. It's always been one of the smoothest-riding trucks around, and that hasn't changed one bit, despite the introduction of newer competition. It's all down to the 1500's standard coil springs both front and rear, where many other competitors use a more rudimentary leaf-spring setup at the back. Bumps and road scars are soaked up with confidence, the Classic always composed and steady, and proving a well-sorted cruiser, so covering long distances isn't an issue at all. It's also nicely refined, with noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels kept to a minimum. Steering feedback and responsiveness are also excellent for a truck, the 1500 being easy to keep on track, with the helm remaining accurate.

2019 1500 Classic Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    3-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.0 in
  • Front Head Room 39.9 in

2019 1500 Classic Trunk and Cargo Space

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2019 1500 Classic Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic a good Truck?

By giving the previous-generation 1500 a new lease on life under the Classic moniker, Ram will please loyalists who simply want a capable, comfortable, and tough truck at a more affordable price. In that light, the 1500 Classic makes a lot of sense. Starting at over $4,000 less than the new 1500, the saving is quite substantial. In many ways, the 1500 Classic remains competitive with far newer rivals. The ride is really comfortable, while the well-designed cabin offers plenty of space for passengers. Three strong engines also provide a good combination of pace, with only the V8 being quite heavy on juice. However, the Classic's age does show in some ways. You won't find the latest safety technologies that are available in the new 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and some poor results from the latest available IIHS crash tests are shown up by the competition. Otherwise, the hardworking 1500 Classic makes a lot of sense as an accomplished and proven cargo-hauler.

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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Comparisons

Ram 1500 Ram
Ford F-150 Ford
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Ram 1500 Classic305 hp17/25 mpg$30,235
Ram 1500 305 hp20/26 mpg$37,090
Ford F-150 290 hp19/24 mpg$31,520

2019 Ram 1500 Classic vs Ram 1500

How does the older 1500 Classic stack up against the newer 1500? Well, as good a truck as the Classic is, the new 1500 is a true class-leader. To start off with, the 1500 is a really handsome sight to behold, with Ram doing a fantastic job of updating the design. While the V6 and V8 engines are used in the new generation too, they both get a mild-hybrid boost and are more rounded and efficient performers. Inside, the newer 1500 offers an even higher standard of build quality, along with a fresher design and far more technology than the Classic. Driver-assist features like lane departure warning are sorely lacking in the Classic, but the 1500 makes it available. There's also an optional 12-inch infotainment screen in the new 1500 that makes the Classic's setup feel positively ancient. Unless you are buying one of the basic-trim 1500 Classics and taking advantage of their high-value price tags, you should get a new 1500 instead - it's by far the better truck.

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2019 Ram 1500 Classic vs Ford F-150

One of these wears a Classic badge, but the other is a true American classic. The Ford F-150 continues to rule the sales charts, and has proven a mountain too big to climb for all competitors. Although they start off at a similar price point, the F-150 has a broader range and stretches all the way to over $70k. Both are excellent trucks with powerful engines, although the F-150's turbocharged motors have the edge for overall performance. The F-150 also has greater maximum towing capacity, outdoing the Ram by over 2,000 lbs in this aspect. Both are comfortable trucks, but here the Ram has the edge with its smooth and stable ride. The Ford, however, leads the way with much better safety scores than the Ram, as well as the availability of driver-assist safety features that you can't have on the Classic. Neither comprehensively outduels the other, but the F-150 has the edge.

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