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1500 Classic
Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - November 12, 2018

2019 RAM 1500 Classic OVERVIEW

Ram has a new 1500 pickup truck, but the previous-generation model hasn’t gone away. Renamed the Ram 1500 Classic for 2019, this model targets entry-level and commercial buyers. If you’re fine with an older model that lacks some of the newer one's refinement and amenities, then the 1500 Classic may be the right choice for you.

What's New for 2019

The Ram 1500 Classic is a carryover model.

Choosing Your RAM 1500 Classic

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is a full-size pickup truck. It's available in Regular, Quad, and Crew Cab configurations. Three bed lengths are available, depending on the chosen cab: 8-foot, 6-foot-4-inches, and 5-foot-7-inches. Customers have a choice of rear-wheel drive (4x2) or four-wheel drive (4x4). Ram offers two gas engine choices: a 3.6-liter V6 or a 5.7-liter V8. Both engine choices work with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2019 Ram Classic 1500 comes in Tradesman, Express, and Big Horn trims. A Special Services Vehicle (SSV) model is available for commercial accounts. Standard features include quad-halogen headlights, heated side mirrors, 17-inch steel wheels, vinyl seats, air conditioning, and a six-speaker audio system.

Ram offers multiple packages, depending on the trim. A Tradesman SXT Group ($2,895, brightwork trim, front fog lights, 20-inch aluminum chrome clad wheels, a 40/20/40-split cloth bench seat, and a UConnect system with a color display) kicks things off with the base model. On some models, you’ll find a RamBox Value Package ($2,945, RamBox cargo management system, spray-in bed liner, premium cloth bucket seats, power sunroof, and an 8.4-inch UConnect display). You’ll also find a Trailer-Tow Mirrors and Brake Group ($895, tow mirrors, receiver hitch, and trailer brake control), a Heated Seats and Wheel Group ($545, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel), and Black Appearance Group ($395, black-clad aluminum wheels and blacked out exterior embellishments).


The Ram 1500 kicks things off with the Tradesman, which starts at $28,990 (all prices include the $1,695 destination fee) with the Regular Cab and 6-foot-4-inch bed. Like all models, this one comes standard with the 3.6-liter V6 engine with 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque and the eight-speed automatic transmission. The 5.7-liter V8 engine with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque is available for $1,450, while four-wheel drive costs $4,600. This model has heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers, a trailer hitch trailer with tow wiring, vinyl-covered bench seats, and a wide-angle rearview monitor.


The middle-of-the-road Express starts at $30,490, representing a modest price increase. It also comes standard with the Regular Cab and 6-foot-4-inch box, and adds such features as 17-inch painted aluminum wheels and a body-color grille, front fascia, and rear bumper. Available packages include the Trailer-Tow Mirrors and Brake Group ($815), Power and Remote Entry Group ($735), Popular Equipment Group ($695), Express Black Accent Package ($395), and the Express Value Package ($2,395).

Big Horn

At the top of the Ram 1500 Classic line is the Big Horn, which comes standard with the Quad Cab, 6-foot-4-inch bed, and 5.7-liter V8 engine. Costing $41,490, this model adds s a front and rear park assist system, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a seven-inch digital cluster display.

CarsDirect Tip

The middle child of the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic lineup, the Express, offers the best value proposition. This model includes nicer wheels, styling, and interior touches for just $1,500 more than the base model.

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