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Google Android Auto is getting a huge upgrade soon. If unfamiliar with Google Android Auto, it is a downloadable smartphone app that can be installed and operated for free. In an effort to more seamlessly connect consumer’s cars and phones, as well as improve driver safety, the Google Android Auto app replaces the smartphone as the interface when connected to the car. The infotainment touchscreen display then interacts with one’s smartphone via Android Auto, giving the driver options to various apps by using the touchscreen in the dash as the interface rather than the phone. This provides for drivers the ability to keep their eyes on the road rather than scanning their smartphone. Now with its new upgrades and add-ons, Google is packing a lot more features into the Android Auto app, but some wonder if it’s too much.
Recently, the new Google Android Auto platform was tested on a Range Rover Velar (yes, Google works with brands out of the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group, and the betrayal is bitter). The upgraded app is designed to help keep a balance between the driver and their smartphone, and the new features are really quite something.
Possibly one of the most interesting new features is the way the app shows up on the vehicle’s infotainment touchscreen. Once the Android Auto app connects the smartphone to the vehicle’s infotainment system, Google was immediately able to show off the Android Auto widescreen mode (seen below) due to the Range Rover Velar having a bit of a wide touchscreen. Contained within this widescreen mode was Android Auto’s improved media app in a split-screen that displayed the time and navigation to its right – much like the new split screen feature of the 2019 Ram 1500 new 12-inch vertical touchscreen display.
Included in the media app display was a nifty new feature that displays recent and new downloads the consumer may have acquired since the last time Android Auto was plugged in. At-a-glance, the driver could see albums, audiobook covers, and more that they could listen to while on the road. This new feature was called “content-forward-browsing” by Google. Moreover, metadata could tell the driver if a particular piece of music or an audiobook had already finished downloading, letting the driver know that playback wouldn’t be interrupted due to poor wireless connectivity via the mobile phone.
Looking for the most reliable pickup trucks? Look no further than Miami Lakes Automall. We have trucks from the two brands rising to the top of the charts, Ram and Chevrolet. Recently, we learned that Ram trucks are outperforming Ford, and Chevrolet is closing in on the automaker as well. Now, with a little fire that burnt down parts of the F-150 pickup Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan (you can’t prove anything!), consumers are going to see a bit of a hiccup in inventory and supply while production of the F-150 truck comes to a screeching halt for an undisclosed amount of time. With that in the air, Ram and Chevrolet are here to pick up the slack, and Consumer Reports just named several trucks between the two automotive brands as the “Most Reliable Pickup Trucks of the Decade.”
Consumer Reports is an American magazine published by a nonprofit organization dedicated to unbiased product testing, consumer-oriented research, public education, and support. Consumer Reports publications include reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research center. Such consumer products have a wide range, from noise-canceling headphones to automotive vehicles. Trusted for their unbiased reviews, Consumer Reports is one of several publications consumers can turn to when looking for the truth about a product’s quality and reliability.
Named on Consumer Reports’ list of “Most Reliable Pickup Trucks of the Decade” were the Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500HD, and Silverado 3500HD. The Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck may no longer be available as a new truck (production ended in 2013), but that doesn’t mean a consumer can’t find one used.
Wow, the 2019 Ram 1500 has really been dominating the auto industry recently. So much is going for this truck since its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. First, there were updates on trims such as the Ram 1500 BigHorn (also known as the Lone Star by Texans), Laramie Longhorn, and Tradesman, and then we found out the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck would still be as still as affordable as ever, with an MSRP starting at $31,695 (plus destination fee). There was also the presentation at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show; Ram and Mopar presented a new catalog of performance parts to personalize the new Ram truck. What’s more, consumers don’t even need to go for aftermarket accessories to enjoy the 2019 Ram 1500. WardsAuto just named it on their “10 Best Interiors” list, making the new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck a winner inside and out.
Is it really any surprise though? When the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck debuted, the body and the cabin were completely redesigned in comparison with past alterations. The automaker’s attention to detail is always superb, and this year consumer convenience and comfortability stood out in the interior more than ever. For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 integrates acoustic glass and active noise cancellation technologies to create an quiet interior cabin free of traffic noises and the loud music of our neighbors on the road. And it’s pretty clear when talking about technology, there’s one bit of the center console that really catches the eye.
Who said the Ram trucks can’t handle going off-road? If they missed the off-road feature capabilities, and the new off-road package for the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck, and our piece on “Three Amazing Off-Road Ram Trucks”, then here’s a little more evidence for the naysayers in one word – Mopar. Does anyone remember the off-road Ram Runner concept image that Mopar showed off several years ago at the 2010 Moab Jeep Safari event? Sadly, the kit is no longer available, but off-road enthusiasts need not worry. Take a look at how the new off-road package matches up with the kit by Mopar.
Mopar Ram Runner Kit
As noted, back in 2010, Mopar showed up with the “Mopar Ram Runner Kit”. Developed in conjunction with Baja off-road racer Kent Kroeker, the kit had a number of components, including an additional Pre-Runner Stage II Lift Kit, off-road front bumper, off-road front and rear fenders, off-road rear-tire carrier, sport performance hood and cat-back exhaust. For people interested in more ground clearance, there was also the Pre-Runner Stage II LIft Kit. It included the following: a 5-link coil-spring rear suspension, 4130 chromoly lower control arms, upper control arms rebuildable high-angle ball joints, and forged steel, high-angle tie rods. This kit added fourteen inches of suspension travel in the front and rear, and provided 13 inches of ground clearance in the front and 16 inches of ground clearance at the rocker panels.
2019 Ram 1500 Off-Road Package
The Ram 1500 has always had off-road capability available, but nothing like the capability with the 2019 1500. A new off-road package has been added for the next-generation pickup truck, and it may match up with the old Mopar Ram Runner kit. The package adds a one-inch suspension lift, with or without available four-corner air suspension, an electronic-locking rear differential, and 32-inch on/off-road tires on (standard) 18- or (available) 20-inch wheels to provide additional grip. Denoted by rear-fender decals equipped with the 4×4 Off-road Package, any 2019 Ram 1500 modded with this package will be unmistakable from the rest. The transfer cases have also been upgraded with BorgWarner 48-12 for part-time 4WD operation with Hi and Low ranges and the BorgWarner 48-11 for on-demand 4WD.
Some truck owners out there have at one time or another realized they have no clue how to hitch up a trailer to their truck. Loading cargo into a vehicle is one thing, but hauling it all as a separate unit a part from the vehicle can be a little tricky at first. Aside from getting the proper trailer, assuming the object(s) being towed require one, a truck owner needs to know how to properly connect the trailer to their truck, or they may lose all of their cargo before even leaving the driveway. Worse if things come undone while on the highway, so let’s chat about loading up a truck and connecting the hitch.
Keeping a Center of Gravity with Cargo
Weight is important to keep in mind when loading cargo onto a trailer. Making sure the weight is balanced will help to avoid issues while on the road. Most experienced truck drivers would say to keep a good ratio of 60 percent of the cargo weight towards the front half of the trailer (unless directed otherwise by the trailer manufacturer), and make sure it’s the heavy stuff first, to keep the truck’s center of gravity closer to its rear axle. The remaining 40 percent of the cargo goes towards the rear half of the trailer- using some of the heavy stuff works here too to keep an equal balance across the trailer. Your best bet is to put the heaviest cargo over the trailer axles.
Mudding and water-fording are terms known mainly by Jeepers. Vehicles like the Jeep® Renegade, Jeep Wrangler, and even the Jeep Compass are made to go off-road, and they are able to handle varying terrain or the occasional rock crawling. Now that the 2019 Ram 1500 has been unveiled and it has new off-roading features, the light duty Ram truck can also play in the mud and get a little dirty. But first, there are some modifications one should look into before turning their pickup truck into a mud monster.
When going mudding, it’s a good move to make sure one’s vehicle can handle deep mud or water. The 2019 Ram 1500 is available with several wheel options, and they range from 18 to 22 inches, but when it comes to off-roading, tires matter more than the size of the wheels. To really improve the mudding or off-roading experience, make sure the truck is fitted with tires that match the activity, such as multi-terrain or all-terrain tires made for rocky terrain and going off-road, or swamper tires made for getting out of a nasty mess.
To keep those wheels turning, beadlocks are also a good addition. Beadlocks help keep the tires in check when going off-road and mudding, and although some drivers lower the air pressure in their tires for better traction and sidewall flexibility, beadlock wheels mechanically lock the tire bead to the rim. This takes the decrease of tire pressure for better traction out of the equation and helps ensure that the tires remain in place no matter how wild one may maneuver their Ram truck while out on the trail.
Now that the 2019 Ram 1500 has debuted, other Ram truck models will start to debut as well. Most likely, the Ram 2500 and 3500 will get updates soon enough. Although there hasn’t been a whole lot of news surrounding 2018 Ram 2500 or the Ram 3500, both trucks shine on their own. So much so, that Ram incorporated the heavy duty trucks into several limited edition packages over the course of 2017 for the 2018 model year.
Ram 2500 and 3500
Able to powered by one of three engines for the 2018 Ram 2500 and two engines for the 2018 Ram 3500, both heavy duty pickup trucks have the powerful and legendary 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel Inline-six cylinder engine in their arsenal. Able to generate up to 370 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque on the 2018 Ram 2500, 385 horsepower and 930 lb-ft of torque on the 2018 Ram 3500, this engine provides some incredible towing power. Properly equipped, the 2018 Ram 2500 can tow up to 17,980 pounds and carry a payload of 3160 pounds. The 2018 Ram 3500 heavy duty pickup truck recently recorded a best-in-class fifth-wheel towing capacity of 30,000 pounds!
The 2019 Ram 1500 truck debuted back in January at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and since then it’s quickly taken over the spotlight for light duty pickup trucks. More news about the truck and its capabilities have come out, and we’ve seen some new high-end and luxury trims, Mopar and Ram teamed up for the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, and most recently we got the starting MSRP. Yes, the pricing for the 2019 Ram 1500 has been announced, but before we talk about the affordable price range, let’s remember what Ram is bringing to the table.
Power and Capability
The second vehicle to sport it, the 2019 Ram 1500 comes with the option to add the new eTorque system from FCA into its powertrain (standard on the V6 engine). With two engines currently available to the pickup truck, a 305 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and a 395 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine, both are able to generate torque at a standstill thanks to the new eTorque system. When revving up, the V6 can deliver 269 lb-ft of torque with an additional 90 lb-ft with the eTorque system. The V8 HEMI on the other hand can generate up to 410 lb-ft of torque, and if opting in for the eTorque system option, the V8 HEMI receives an addition of 120 lb-ft of torque to its threshold.
For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck has been given a new 4×4 off-road package. Already designed to act as an off-road vehicle thanks to Ram’s four-corner air suspension system and a front and rear stabilizer bar, the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup has even more options. Available on most trims, drivers can now go off-road by opting in for the off-road package that adds a one-inch suspension lift, with or without the available four-corner air suspension, an electronic-locking rear differential, robust skid plate protection (transfer case, steering, engine and gas tank), tow hooks, hill-descent control for added off-road capability, and 32-inch on/off-road tires on (standard) 18- or (available) 20-inch wheels to provide additional grip.
With the 2019 Ram 1500 coming out soon, and the pricing having been announced, we thought this would be a good time to do a comparison. At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell seven brands, including the top-selling truck brands, Ram and Chevrolet. To keep things fair however, we’ll match up both 2018 models when looking at their power and capacities. After all, we all know the specs to look for are their capabilities.
First things first, let’s clearly define the configuration of each truck. The highest trim on the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a High Country with a crew cab and four-wheel-drive. It is also available with a short truck bed or standard truck bed. To give both trucks the best chance, we’ll go with the standard 178” or 6’5” truck bed. That means for the 2018 Ram 1500, we’ll also go with a crew cab, also available with two truck bed sizes, and the Limited trim (the highest trim level), and we’re hooking it up with a 6’4” truck bed and a 4×4 drivetrain.
Ram trucks are definitely shaping up to be something else this year. The newly redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck made its first debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and again showed up with Mopar during a Mopar and Ram webcast presentation at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. There, they talked about the new Mopar catalog featuring over 200 new features for the Ram 1500. Going forward, Ram trucks are set to take on Ford, the world’s leader in light duty and heavy duty trucks in decades. Now, with new engines popping up on both, let’s take a look at both truck brands and do a little comparison of their engines.
2018 Ram 1500
Let’s look at the powertrain lineup of the 2018 Ram 1500 pickup truck, being that the 2019 Ram 1500 won’t be available for awhile. Three engines are available on 2018 Ram 1500 trucks – a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, and a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. Not too different from its 2019 lineup, aside from the to-be-determined return of the EcoDiesel and a new eTorque system that has been added for additional torque and hybrid capabilities.
The standard engine of the three is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with VVT, able to generate 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. With the eTorque system in the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, that torque capability comes out to 359 lb-ft of torque. When paired to the eight-speed automatic transmission and a 4×4 drivetrain, this engine on the 2018 Ram 1500 truck can get a fuel economy of 17/25 mpg city/highway. So far, so good.
Next up on the list is the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, able to deliver a total of 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. When paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission, this engine can grant a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Here’s hoping it returns to the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck lineup.
Returning to the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty truck is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 (with VVT and MDS), currently found on the 2018 Ram 1500 as well. Able to generate 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, this engine isn’t as strong as the EcoDiesel when it comes to towing. The eTorque system in the 2019 Ram 1500 truck will change that, adding an extra 130 lb-ft of torque. That will give trucks with the HEMI V8 a total of 540 lb-ft of torque! Amazing.
2018 Ford F-150
The 2018 Ford F-150 light duty pickup truck is available with four engines at the moment. Six if we count the to-be-released 3.0L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel engine and the Raptor DOHC 24-valve, High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Comparable to the three Ram 1500 engines above, the 2018 Ford F-150 light duty pickup truck can sport a new 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine. That’s twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT), a variation of variable valve timing (VVT) that alters the open/close valve lift events of an engine’s cylinders, optimizing it to increase the power output of the engine. This engine generates 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.
At this time, Ford has no diesel engine in the F-150 lineup. The EcoBoost engines are not to be mistaken for the same thing. They are turbocharged gasoline engines made to match the same horsepower and torque of engines that receive its air intake via atmospheric pressure, but with better fuel efficiency and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
A V8 engine is available on the 2018 Ford F-150 lineup and it’s a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that is able to deliver 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. It claims the “best-in-class” payload, but that’s only if properly equipped. Ford doesn’t go into defining what that means, but one can safely assume it needs a trailering package of some kind if it’s going to beat the payload of the 2018 Ram 1500 truck, touting another 20 lb-ft of torque over the 2018 Ford F-150.
Well there it is. Ford may be ruling the truck industry at the moment, but come 2019 their reign may just come to a final end. What do you think? Does Ram have what it takes to be crowned King of Trucks? Let us know on social media, or shop for a Ram 1500 pickup truck at Miami Lakes Ram and test it out for yourself.