2019 RAM 1500 Just when it appears the automotive business has misplaced its approach with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every countryman, a easy automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this automotive has been the 2019 RAM 1500.
Typically derided by lovers as appliances, the no-frills commuter automotive will get the vast majority of customers the place they need to go within the manner they wish to get there, safely and at a value. The 2019 RAM 1500 does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive trade has gotten slightly nuts: the common transaction worth for a brand new vehicle is more than $37,000, in response to Kelley Blue Ebook. Simple in charge the automakers on this period of no accountability however we’re those paying these large costs for large autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For just under $23,000, the 2019 RAM 1500 puts every greenback to practical use.
Although it rides on a new platform, the 2019 RAM 1500 blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball recreation. On closer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents around the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears more composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that tried too laborious to be totally different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is extra streamlined and less indignant, and the whole look is smoother entrance to again. But still, the one time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 RAM 1500 in the US is constructed on Toyota’s two decades of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Total output with the fixed ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the front wheels. The system uses exhaust warmth to heat engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats quicker, too, which might be vital for cold-weather customers cautious of the cold vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical car.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot as the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a stunning bit of pop. Extra importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg mixed, similar as hybrid variations of the Honda Perception, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For traditional hybrids and not using a plug, the 2019 RAM 1500 trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Around town, with the electronically controlled brake set within the drive mode, the 2019 RAM 1500 averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week round city. Setting EV mode helps conserve energy underneath low throttle up to about 20 mph, and then again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there’s sufficient charge within the battery.
The battery is positioned below the rear seat, so you don’t lose a lot cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a good load floor. Rear seat room is sufficient enough to fit two teens, and total it felt roomy enough for a household of 4.
The only trim within the Hybrid comes standard with Toyota Security Sense 2.zero, with computerized emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise management that works each at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph right down to a stop. It also comes with the eight-inch contact screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to remain aggressive.
Priced at solely $three,000 more than the 2019 RAM 1500 and $1,200 less than a equally equipped Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 RAM 1500 is the peerlessly sensible, remarkably affordable around-town automotive.
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