The Ram 1500 has a wide variety of performance options for 2019, capable of meeting a variety of criteria. The bottom of the range is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that's found through out the FCA range. It does just fine as a base engine, as 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque is plenty for most light-duty applications. Any real heavy lifting will require you to upgrade to the 5.7-liter V8 with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. This is enough power to make the Ram feel quick and tow up to a whopping 12,750 pounds. Interestingly, both the V8 and the V6 have an optional partial hybrid system that can boost low-end torque and help save some gas around town, although we haven't yet experienced it in action.
All wheel drive is optional on most models, as is an air suspension that helps with ground clearance and aerodynamics at high speeds. The Ram 1500 feels composed on both roads and rough terrain, the suspension helping to separate the driver from discomforts for a smooth ride on almost all terrain. Sound deadening works wonders to provide rest to the weary driver after a long day's work.
If you're planning on getting the Ram Rebel off-road trim level, it's definitely worth upgrading to the V8 as a naturally aspirated V6 doesn't really scream "rebellion" in our minds. All wheel drive is standard in this model, as is as a higher suspension set up, off-road Goodyear tires, and an electronic locking rear differential. The Ford F-150 Raptor will still leave you in the dust out in the desert, but you'll also be a bit more equipped for run of the mill off-road challenges.