We did point out, when Chrysler revealed the new generation of Ram 1500, that the truck seemed to be nice and luxurious to be any good at, well, being a truck. But turns out those Rebel and Longhorn were the range-topping models. The workhorse version is this, the 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman. It starts at $31,695 (excluding $1,645 destination charge).
Looking sort of basic and business-like, the Tradesman is an excellent choice for small business owners and commercial fleets. But that doesn’t mean it is spartan, or has outdated technology. The truck features a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with eTorque mild hybrid,and you can even order a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 or optional 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 eTorque for it. You even have the choice of all-wheel-drive. All of this means you are dealing with a properly capable pickup truck here.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman is available in two cab styles and two bed lengths: Quad Cab with 6 ft., 4 in. bed, Crew Cab short bed (5 ft., 7 in.) or Crew Cab with optional 6 ft., 4 in. bed. What’s more, the truck is capable of towing up to 12,750 pounds and offer up to 2,300 pounds of payload in a four-door quad cab configuration. And it does that despite the fact that it’s 225 pounds lighter overall than its predecessor.