Ram trucks have been synonymous with power, reliability, and capability for decades, and the all-new Ram 1500 is no exception. While choosing a truck may seem like a fairly simple decision, deciding on the perfect trim level is where things can get a little tricky. To help narrow down your choices, we’ve compared two trims of the 2019 Ram 1500 – the Limited high-end trim with the Tradesman base trim. Between both models, there’s about an $18,600 difference in price so let’s explore what that contrast offers consumers.
2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman
Across the board, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has gained more power, and while each model offers exceptional features, is the price difference between the Tradesman and the Limited really worth it? Powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and the eTorque 48V mild-hybrid setup under the hood, the Ram 1500 Tradesman produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The 3.6-liter engine is designed with variable valve timing (VVT) in order to optimize performance and fuel economy. Moreover, the Pentastar engine is matched to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
Compared to the V8 option available on the Tradesman, the smaller, V6 engine packs a solid punch, as well. Furthermore, the 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman hits 60 mph in just 10 seconds and when properly equipped*, has a maximum towing capacity of 12,750 pounds. Regarding suspension, the Tradesman is fit with coil springs at all four corners, instead of the traditional rear leaf spring setup that most trucks utilize.
The fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, especially when equipped with the eTorque 48V mild-hybrid system, achieves 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The interior cabin of the Ram 1500 Tradesman is dressed with premium cloth seating and comes with a four-way manually adjustable driver seat, HD vinyl 40/20/40 split bench seat, and a rear folding seat – just to name a few of the standard features. The infotainment system features the previous generation of Uconnect, Uconnect 3, with a 5-inch touchscreen display and six-speakers located throughout the interior cabin. The 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman has a starting MSRP of $31,795 (plus destination fee).
2019 Ram 1500 Limited
The 2019 Ram 1500 Limited model also comes standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine matched with the eTorque system. optional 5.7L V* HEMI engine generates 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. The Limited, with the V* HEMI, has a city EPA of 15 mpg and 22 mpg on the highway. The Ram 1500 Limited also rides on 20-inch wheels compared to the 18-inch wheels offered on the Tradesman.
With proper equipment configuration, including the 5.7L V8 HEMI and 8-speed transmission, the Limited has a maximum towing capacity of 12,750 pounds*. The interior cabin of the Ram 1500 Limited model is designed with premium leather-trimmed seats, and one of the most notable features is the enormous 12-inch touchscreen display. Included with the fourth generation of Uconnect (Uconnect 4), the 12-inch display offers split-screen options, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto, HD radio, and comes with the integrated center stack radio design. There’s also the impressive, available Harman Kardon 19-speakers with a subwoofer and active noise cancellation so passengers can enjoy a quiet and luxurious driving experience.
The choice is yours…
Dubbed the “Truck of the Year” by Popular Mechanics, all models across the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup are lighter, stronger, and more advanced than ever. As previously mentioned, there’s about an $18,600 difference in price between the Tradesman and Limited trims. Sure, the Limited offers more luxury, but for those consumers who prefer the “less is more” approach, the Tradesman might be the way to go. Happy Hunting!
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*Equipment includes engine, drivetrain, bed size, and transmission.