Big News For The 2019 Ram 1500

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According to Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, “Ram trucks have earned a reputation for long-lasting reliability, hard-working capability, comfort and refinement. We are pleased that the Ram 1500 has been recognized among the industry’s best interiors, and proud to be the only truck to earn this distinction”. The editors at Autotrader carefully review the latest models that are priced at under $50,000 for their 10 Best Car Interiors. They base their ratings on comfort, quality of materials and the strategies used to assist consumers in finding specific vehicles that hold the importance of quality interior style to a high regard.

In order to consistently offer consumers a premium interior feel that stays true to the rugged nature of a Ram truck, one-of-a-kind materials are paired with modern technologies and personalized interior themes. However, certain features are considered a priority like soft-touch materials and upper bolsters enhance the interior cabin and the use of premium surfaces.

“What’s on the inside of a car is arguably as important as what’s on the outside, since drivers and passengers spend all their travel time here,” said Tara Trompeter, managing editor for Autotrader. “Although there’s an all-new, fully redesigned 2019 Ram set to debut soon, we’re still smitten with the interior in the outgoing 2018 model. As you escalate through the Ram’s trim levels, the interior improves, with some top-end models offering luxury car levels of comfort and sophistication.”

The 2019 Ram 1500 offers consumers luxury while maintaining the balance of strength, technology, efficiency, power and comfort. Named the “Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) for the second year in a row — the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition, according to FCA, is the world’s benchmark for upscale pickup trucks. Consisting of premium quality materials, the Laramie Longhorn emulates traditional Texan design cues such as the leather from a hand-crafted cowboy boot, a horseman’s saddle or even an antique pocket watch. All of these design cues played a part in the creation of the Laramie Longhorns authentic interior cabin.

Throughout the Laramie Longhorn cabin, consumers will find a newly embossed alligator skin leather pattern that covers the surfaces of the center console, instrument panel, seats and door panel inserts. “Wherever you look, whatever you touch, the Laramie Longhorn is filled with more craftsman-like details, including wood surfaces and 100 percent full-grain leather seats, than any other truck in the segment,” says Mike Manley, Head of Ram brand. Satin chrome accents, a brushed-nickel metal badge flush-mounted on the console lid and a new “Longhorn” branding mark burned on the wood-trimmed upper glove box door are some additional one-of-a-kind details consumers will find in the Laramie Longhorns interior.

Adding to the authentic and traditional materials found inside the Laramie Longhorn, the wooden tandem doors on the center console are made from real barn-wood, which enhances on the incredible attention to detail. In order to create a luxurious and soothing environment, the interior cabin is accentuated with ambient lighting at night. Premium LED lamps with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) is surrounded by a chrome billet “RAM” grille and chrome header. The Laramie Longhorn Edition belt-buckle badge appears on the front doors and tailgate.

“The hard-working appeal of the Ram Lone Star has made it a favorite among Texas truck buyers,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand. “Trucks are an important part of Texas life, and Ram trucks are proven to last. Ram’s long-lasting reliability has helped the Ram 1500 cement the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup.”

Joining the 2019 Ram 1500 luxury truck lineup is the all-new Ram 1500 Lone Star. Debuted at the Dallas Auto Show on Valentine’s Day of 2018, the Ram 1500 Lone Star was dubbed as the original “Texas Truck” and is a favorite among Texas truck consumers.

The Lone Star’s interior cabin has been completely enhanced with all-new features and premium quality materials. In order to create an extensive combinations of interior and exterior themes, the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star offers a “Sport” and “Black” appearance packages. According to FCA, several option packages are available with the Lone Star in order to give buyers their choice of function-specific enhancements — they include a Bed Utility Group, a 4×4 Off-road Group, a Protection Group, Trailer Tow Mirrors and Brake Group, Max Towing Package and Premium Lighting Group.

Some additional standard features in the Ram 1500 Lone Star include, bright front and rear bumpers, a bright grille surrounded with billet inserts, 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls are just some of the standard features included in the Lone Star. Active Level Air Suspension, electric-locking rear axle, Blind-spot Monitoring and 20-inch aluminum wheels serve as available options to further allow Texas consumers the ability to personalize the Lone Star to fit their lifestyle.

Since debuting in 2009 in the stand-alone division, the Ram Truck brand has consistently proven itself as an industry leader that offers reliable and long lasting pickup trucks. Come test drive the 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie, Ram 1500 Longhorn or the Ram 1500 Lone Star (Big Horn for out of Texas buyers) at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram located in Miami, FL. You can also check out social media for more updates on the upcoming all-new 2019 Ram 1500.  

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2019 Ram 1500 eTorque System

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After making its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Ram 1500 was the equivalent to a goodie bag kids get at a birthday party. Not only was it loaded with some awesome upgrades and improvements, the 2019 Ram 1500 is 225 pounds lighter, has a lower drag coefficient, a  stronger frame, an improved fuel economy and an increased payload and towing capacity. However, thanks to the all-new eTorque technology, most of those improvements wouldn’t have been possible. Let’s find out a little bit more about eTorque.

In the simplest of terms, the 2019 Ram 1500s eTorque system is an electrical generator which takes the place of the alternator. This new mid-hybrid system increases the fuel economy and, as a result, more torque is produced. Along with charging to the 12-volt battery of the 2019 Ram 1500, the eTorque system provides certain hybrid capabilities like auto stop/start, extended fuel shut-off, electric power assist, transmission shift management, regenerative braking and intelligent battery charging. Utilizing the traditional 12-volt battery, the Ram 1500s electricity is generated to its various electrical systems (including the main battery) and also maintains charge via the alternator or electrical generator. While, being able to output its own electricity to the Ram 1500, the eTorque system replaces the need for an alternator and maintains the 12-volt battery charged and allows for hybrid objectives.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! The eTorque System is actually a 48-volt system. While, utilizing the aforementioned motor/generator, there is also an eight-rib belt with two tensioners, a DC-to-DC converter meant to change 48 to 12 volts for traditional electrical systems, plus a small-suitcase sized battery back that can store up to 430 watt-hours of energy. After the fact, about 100 pounds of weight is added to the truck once the total eTorque system is included and can be located inside the rear wall of the cabin.

As a result of the Rams weight gain, the V6 engine gets a 90 lb-ft of torque boost and 130 lb-ft of torque is added to the V8 engine option. The 2019 Ram 1500 is offered with two engine options. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with VVT comes standard, and produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Once the eTorque system is added to the 3.6L engine, the torque gets a 90 lb-ft boost, in addition to the 269 lb-ft of torque, which totals to a whopping 300 lb-ft of torque.

For those wondering what VVT stands for – Variable Valve Timing is a technology specifically developed for automotive systems, mostly engines, to emphasize on the horsepower and assist in fuel efficiency. In order for that to happen, the frequency of an engine’s cylinders is tweaked and the valve lift takes action before the combustion cycle of the engine – the VVT has the potential to have a great effect on the engine performance as well.

The optional 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine with VVT, gets an even bigger increase in torque. Originally, the 5.7L engine can produce 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, yet once the eTorque system is put into play, an additional 130 lb-ft of torque is added. As a result, the total torque boost is 530 lb-ft. Only when the gas engines are at low speed does the power get an extra boost and have the ability to produce higher torque numbers on their own. The low speeds range from idle to 1500 rpm and also broadens the torque band as opposed to adding to peak only when the peak torque is available.

Exciting stuff is on its way so stay tuned…

Stay updated on all 2019 Ram 1500 news on the Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Social Media.

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It’s National Car Care Month, Show Your Ram Truck Some Love

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April is #NationalCarCare month. National Car Care month was Created by the Car Care Council to remind drivers to do a semi-annual car care inspection, which comes just in time for this summer’s planned road trips. So, when’s the last time you showed a little love to your truck? If it’s been awhile, here are some things you should do to keep your truck in tip top shape.

Detailing

Detailing is a great way to keep your car’s exterior and interior looking great even as it ages. While you should routinely clean the exterior and interior of your car on your own, detailing is beneficial because it takes care of the little things you may not notice for yourself. There are different levels of detailing, and if you can afford one of the more expensive services, do it. Different aspects of detailing include buffing out scratches, cleaning upholstery and carpets, using protective products on the interior and exterior surfaces.

Vehicle Inspection

Do more than just get an oil change the next time you bring your vehicle in for an oil change and  pay to get it thoroughly looked at by a mechanic. Thorough inspections can help identify future problems before they become big problems. This will allow you the time to save up money to pay for the work you need to get done, as well as schedule an appointment and plan for optional transportation if your car will be in the shop for more than a day.

Invest a Little Bit

This is a great time to think about any of the little changes or buy accessories that might make your driving experience more pleasurable. Does sitting down on your leather seats burn the back of your legs after the car has been roasting outside all day? Maybe get some seat covers. Would you be a safer driver if you had a mount for your cellphone while you are driving? Want to get a backup camera installed? There are probably a lot of little things you could do to improve your car and make you want to keep it forever.

Glove Compartment

A lot of people get in the habit of storing all of their receipts in their glove compartment and after too long it just turns into an organized mess. Take the time to go through and organize the receipts you want to keep and throw away the ones you don’t need. You should also check to make sure that your glove compartment has easy access to all of the important and required documents you need in case you get pulled over or you get into an accident.

Want to give your truck a little TLC? Come by Kendall Ram, we can help you get everything you need to make your truck as fabulous as it was the day you bought it. Our service department can do a thorough vehicle inspection and our parts department has all of the items you might want to spruce up the interior or exterior of your truck.

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Ram Packages Add Features and Comfort to Trims

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Ram is a great brand for people in search of a truck that is more than just a truck for work. Ram trucks are available in a number of configurations, trims, colors, and there are a large amount of standard and available features.

One way for buyers to easily ensure their Ram pickup truck will have the features they want is to select one or more of the available groups or packages. The Ram 1500, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are all available with more than a dozen groups or packages and they range from appearance packages that give a truck a particular look, to interior packages that include select interior features or packages that offer a mix of interior and exterior features. Here’s a look at three of the most popular group packages offered on the Ram 2500.

Luxury Group

Available on any configuration of the Ram 2500 SLT, Lone Star, Big Horn and Power Wagon trims

The luxury trims on the Ram 2500 include the Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited, but not every buyer wants to be limited to one of those trims, so Ram introduced the Luxury Group to give buyers luxury features on luxury trims.

The Luxury Group includes a lot of convenience features that make everyday life a little easier. The vehicle’s exterior mirrors have turn signals, and they are heated and power folding. The package includes sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, an overhead console with a universal garage door opener, a glove box lamp and auto-dimming exterior mirror.

Off-Road Package

Available on all Ram 2500 trims equipped with 4×4 drivetrain and crew cab or mega cab, excludes Ram 2500 Power Wagon

The available off-road package includes a few different components that better prepare a Ram 2500 to conquer unpaved roads. The package includes Hill Descent Control, a trasfer case skid plate, an off-road decal and most configurations receive tow hooks. Hills descent control is a feature that functions when the truck is moving below 30 mph and is going down hills. The feature uses the electronic brake control and engine braking to sense terrain conditions and it will automatically slow the vehicle if the terrain is rough. Hill Descent Control also notifies drivers when the brakes are getting too hot and need to be stopped to allow the vehicle’s brakes to cool. The transfer case skid plate protects the vehicle’s 4×4 transfer case from being damaged by debris and the tow hooks are great for situations when the truck is being used to move a vehicle that is stuck.

Sport Appearance Group

Available on all Ram 2500 configurations of the Lone Star, Big Horn and Laramie trims

The Sport Appearance Group includes a mix of luxury, convenience and appearance features for both the interior and exterior of the truck.

The Sport Appearance Group has a lot of black exterior features including black headlamps, flat black badges, black mirrors and black tail lamps. In addition to the black features other exterior features include bi-function halogen projector headlamps, Bilstein® front and rear performance tuned shock absorbers, 20-inch chrome wheels and on/off road tires.

The interior features included in the Sport Appearance Group are mainly luxury features. The Sport Appearance Group features a leather-trimmed front bench seat, which means the cabin has seating for six passengers, folding flat load floor storage, front center seat cushion storage, high back seats, and ventilated front seats.

Want to learn more about the available option groups on Ram 2500 models? Come in to Kendall Ram and we can explain all of the available features and options and we can help you find a truck that has the towing power and the features you want. We are open seven days a week and we have a huge selection of inventory.

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2018 Ram Models, Towing Capacities + Engine Options

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Ram trucks come with some pretty awesome features, but without a doubt, the best feature on a Ram truck is its engine. The entire Ram lineup consists of six different engines, and they are available on different trims and have different purposes.

2018 Ram 1500

3.6-liter V6 Engine

The standard engine on the Ram 1500 lineup is the 3.6-liter V6 engine and it produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. When the Ram 1500 is equipped with the 3.6L engine it has a maximum towing capacity of 7,600 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 1,880 pounds.

3.0-liter EcoDiesel Engine

The Ram 1500 is the only light-duty truck available with a diesel engine. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine is a great engine option because it provides a higher towing capacity than the 3.6L engine and it is also fuel efficient. The 3.0L EcoDiesel engine produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and it gives the Ram 1500 a maximum towing capacity of 9,210 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 1,600 pounds.

5.7-liter HEMI V8 Engine with MDS/ Fuel Saver Technology

The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine is the strongest engine option on the Ram 1500 lineup and it produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. MDS standard for Multi-Displacement System (MDS) and it conserves fuel by turning off half (four) of the engine’s cylinders when the engine is cruising at a constant speed. The 5.7L engine has a maximum towing capacity of 10,620 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 1,760 pounds.

2018 Ram 2500/ 3500

5.7L HEMI V8 Engine with VVT

The base engine on the Ram 2500 and 3500 is a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine with VVT, which stands for Variable Valve Timing. VVT helps improve engine efficiency by adjusting the opening and closing timing of intake and exhaust valves in each cylinder. When the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine is on the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 it produces 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The 5.7L engine gives the Ram 3500 a maximum towing capacity of 13,910 pounds and a max payload of 4,080 pounds, and it provides the Ram 2500 with a max towing capacity of 13,880 pounds a a max payload capacity of 3,050 pounds.

6.4L HEMI V8 Engine

The strongest gas-powered engine on the Ram 2500 or Ram 3500 is the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine and it produces up to 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. The 6.4L engine gives the Ram 3500 a max towing capacity of 16,480 pounds and a max payload capacity of 7,350 pounds and it provides the Ram 2500 a max towing capacity of 16,320 pounds and a max payload capacity of 3,890 pounds.

6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel

The Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are available with the 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine, and it can be paired to a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission, and the Ram 3500 is also available with an additional 6-speed automatic transmission.

When the Ram 2500 or Ram 3500 are paired to the basic automatic 6-speed transmission, the engine and transmission combination produces 370 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque and it gives the Ram 2500 a maximum towing capacity of 17,980 pounds (22,550 pounds on the Ram 3500) and a maximum payload of 3,160 pounds (6,720 pounds on the Ram 3500).

The 6-speed manual transmission and 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine produces 350 horsepower and 660 lb-ft of torque and provides the Ram 2500 with a maximum towing capacity of 16,890 (18,470 pounds on the Ram 3500) and a max payload of 3,060 pounds (6,640 pounds).

The special 6-speed automatic transmission that is available on the Ram 3500 increases the engines torque production to 930 lb-ft of torque and it provides a phenomenal towing capacity of up to 31,210 pounds.

Come by Kendall Ram to see which of these engine options will meet your needs in your next Ram truck.

 

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4 Reasons to Get Built-In Navigation System on Your New Ram Truck

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At this point in time, almost every new Ram truck features a built-in touchscreen as well as Uconnect, which is FCA’s name brand infotainment system. There are different levels of Uconnect systems, but the most basic Uconnect system provides drivers access to the radio, provides controls to the A/C and other car functions, but there are also really advanced Uconnect systems like Uconnect 4C with navigation, and it offers drivers directions to their next destination, and if you are buying a new Ram truck, you should definitely get Uconnect 4C with navigation, and here’s why.

Never Waste Time Getting Lost or Stuck in Traffic

First and foremost, navigation systems ensure that drivers never get lost and that’s extremely beneficial when driving in a new area or you are in a rush to get to a destination. Even if a driver does take a wrong turn, the navigation system will automatically reroute the driver to get them on the right track again. Secondly, navigation systems are beneficial to drivers even when a driver knows where they are going because navigation systems identify traffic delays and the system can provide a faster alternative route! The traffic rerouting feature is very helpful for people that have a daily commute that often gets backed up, which is something very common in South Florida.

Hands on the Steering Wheel, Eyes on the Road

Sure, navigation systems are available on smartphones, but navigation systems that are built in to vehicle ensure a driver keeps their hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road, because a driver doesn’t need to ever look at their phone for the next set of directions. Additionally, when the nav system is built in to the vehicle, the navigation system will temporarily mute the music or radio when the navigation system is speaking the next set of directions. Not only do smartphones not have that type of capability, but a lot of drivers actually make wrong turns because they missed the directions due to the audio, and then take their hands off the steering wheel and eyes off the road to look at their phone and figure out where to go next.

Convenience of Nearby Stores

Built in navigation systems like Uconnect 4C with navigation provides more than just directions. Drivers can use navigation systems to search for nearby stores including gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores and fast food locations, and that feature is really beneficial when in a new city!

Ahead of the Game

If you are investing in a new Ram truck, you are going to want it to last you forever. It’s worth spending a little extra money to get the most advanced tech features that way your truck’s tech doesn’t feel outdated in just a few years.

Want to see a Ram truck in person?

Come into Kendall Ram to scope out our large selection of new Ram pickup trucks. We can show you all of the advanced tech features like Uconnect 4C with navigation and even teach you how to use it. Kendall Ram is open seven days a week, so come by today!

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Ram’s Rebel and Power Wagon Fulfill Off-Roading Needs

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The truck segment has become increasingly competitive over the last few years and that’s because consumers love the fact that a truck gives them the versatility to do almost anything. Plenty of trucks offer seating for up to six people, a large area for cargo in the truck bed and the power to tow, however, only two trucks, the Ram Power Wagon and the Ram 1500 Rebel, offer all of those features as well as fierce off-roading capabilities.

2018 Ram 1500 Rebel

Introduced in 2015, the on- and off-road Ram 1500 Rebel brought Ram’s light-duty lineup full circle. Rugged and bold, the Ram 1500 Rebel has a unique grille and tailgate and it’s equipped with features that make it fun to drive. The Ram 1500 has a four-door crew cab configuration with a 5’7” truck bed and it is available with two engine options and the option of two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive.

Available Engines

  • 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine: 310 horsepower / 269 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.7L HEMI V8 Engine: 395 horsepower / 410 lb-ft of torque

 

Maximum Towing and Payload Capacities

3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine
    • Maximum Towing Capacity: 7,250 pounds
    • Maximum Payload Capacity: 1,630 pounds
5.7L HEMI V8 Engine
    • Maximum Towing Capacity: 10,140 pounds
    • Maximum Payload Capacity: 1,370 pounds

Off-Road Equipment + Features

The Ram 1500 Rebel has some special off-road equipment that other Ram 1500 models don’t have, including a Four-Corner Air Suspension, which gives the Ram 1500 Rebel a ground clearance of 10.3 inches, which is higher than any other Ram 1500. The Ram 1500 Rebel rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels with matte black details and all season tires. Since unpaved roads can be muddy and messy, the Rebel is equipped with front wheel well liners and black wheel flares, which provide extra clearance and coverage. Other off-road features include the standard tow hooks and class IV receiving hitch.

Interior

Though the outside of the Ram 1500 Rebel has a rugged look, the interior is comfortable and well-equipped with modern features. The Rebel comes standard with heated front seats, and all seats are covered in premium cloth that has an embossed tread pattern. The truck has a convenient  rear underseat storage compartment, 8.4-inch touchscreen, HD radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Uconnect 4C, which is the newest version of FCA’s infotainment system.

Starting MSRP of 2018 Ram 1500 Rebel is $45,295 (plus destination fees).

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

Ram’s other off-road truck option is the Ram 2500 Power Wagon, which is a larger and more powerful heavy-duty off-road option. The Ram 2500 Power Wagon is a four-door crew cab and it  only available with four-wheel-drive and one engine.

Engine

  • 6.4-liter HEMI V8 Engine: 410 horsepower / 429 lb-ft of torque

Towing Capacity

  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 10,030 pounds
  • Maximum Payload Capacity: 1,510 pounds

Off-Road Equipment and Features

The Ram 2500 Power Wagon has some extra off-road features that aren’t available on the Ram 1500 Rebel. One of the coolest features on the Power Wagon is the 12,000-pound electronic WARN Winch that has a 90-foot cable. The winch is ideal for helping vehicles out when they are stuck and it can also pull heavy equipment that needs to be moved.  The Power Wagon has an electronically disconnecting front stabilizer bar as well as front and rear axles.

The Ram 2500 Power Wagon has a bold look completed with “Power Wagon” decals all around the truck. The truck has 17-inch wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear All-Terrain tires and Bilstein® Gas-Charged Monotube Shocks. The truck’s interior includes a five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth with integrated voice command and a rear underseat storage compartment.

The 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon has a starting MSRP of $52,295 (plus destination fees).

Kendall Ram is conveniently open seven days a week and we have a huge selection of Ram trucks. Come visit us and test drive a vehicle or view our Ram 1500 Rebel inventory or our Ram 2500 Power Wagon inventory.

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2019 Ram 1500 vs 2019 GMC Sierra: Luxury Trucks

If you can’t wait for the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 like us, then you know the period of time before its available at the dealership can be frustrating. With nothing else better to do than reaffirm the power of Ram trucks by comparing them to the competition, we can only do so much before we’re able to drive the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 ourselves! So how does the competition stack up? Let’s find out.

All-New 2019 Ram 1500

First things first, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup has already been named “Best of Show” by Cars.com to open 2018. It also raised the bar among fans and critics alike by becoming lighter, stronger and upgrading throughout.

2019-Ram-1500-Kendall-DodgeThe redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 comes with an all-new eTorque 48-volt mild hybrid system, which supplies better fuel economy for both V6 and V8 engines and it also increases torque, which is very important when it comes to towing.

On the technology front, Ram upgraded everything, especially for the luxury trims. Every all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is available with an optional large 12-inch touchscreen and the most up-to-date Uconnect 4 system and both features enhance the vehicle’s entertainment and tech capabilities. Also available is 4G WiFi hotspot availability and a 360-degree camera and exclusive content direct from SiriusXM with 360L.

Perks of the 2019 Ram 1500 Luxury trims

The 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn interior takes comfort a step further with a standout two-tone color, emboss alligator skin pattern leather throughout and full-grain leather dashboard that really sets the tone for luxury. Patches and built in embroidered patterns that say Laramie Longhorn Edition can be found throughout the interior, including the high end treatment found in the 2019 Ram 1500 Limited.

The 2019 Ram 1500 Limited provides the 12-inch infotainment touchscreen, dual-split screen function, SiriusXM 360, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Harmon Kardon 19 speakers with subwoofer, active noise cancellation and stands out amongst the luxury trims of the competition. The 2019 Ram 1500 Limited is also wide and spacious with 45.1 inches of legroom.

GMC Does Their Best to Keep Up

The new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali has gotten some attention for looking bigger than a light-duty half-ton. While the new Sierra 1500 crew cab is larger than before, GMC has only made promises so far about having best-in-class headroom and legroom. The 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 is noticeably less roomy at 40 inches of legroom, nearly half a foot less of total space than the 2019 Ram 1500 Limited.

The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is equipped with premium leather and real open-pore wood trim finishes with aluminum accents to give customers a high end look. Included are LED headlights, fog lights and fancy wheels that are sized up to 22 inches and the truck lost around 300 pounds by adding aluminum to the truck’s doors and hood.

GMC has also claimed to have best-in-class cargo box measurements with 63 cubic-feet of space, but this hasn’t been shown to the public yet. One thing that is certain of the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is that their GMC IntelliLink infotainment system only has an 8-inch screen. That’s not even close to the 2019 Ram 1500, which is available with a 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen.

GMC Leaves More Questions Than Answers

There’s no doubt there’s a lot left to learn about the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 as the debut didn’t come with official numbers for the horsepower, torque, towing or payload numbers. They have mentioned a plan to offer a new 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel engine. However, we’ve seen enough to know what pickup and luxury pickups we want to drive, and that’s the all-new 2019 Ram 1500.

Where You Can Drive Ram

There’s no better place than Kendall Dodge Jeep Chrysler Ram  to find a new Ram 1500, with nearly 200 new 2018 Ram 1500 pickups. Starting with our professional and courtesy staff to our entire repair team that works to ensure all vehicles they take, there’s success at repairing, maintaining and ensuring you get a better vehicle back than before.

Visit us at Kendall Dodge Jeep Chrysler Ram for a test drive on any of our new Ram trucks today!

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Ram v. Ford Heavy Duty Pickup Trucks (Spoiler Alert: Ram Wins)

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If you have a big boat, a trailer, or any other heavy items that require transportation, you need a heavy-duty truck, but which pickup truck do you choose? The options are pretty slim and most people would say the two biggest competitors are Ram and Ford, but we think the clear winner is Ram trucks.

Engine and Power

The Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 is available with three different engine options, which means more buyers can customize it to get the amount of power they need. The Ram 3500 engine options include the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, the 6.4-Liter HEMI V8 (standard in the Ram 2500 Power Wagon), and the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel V6 engine. The base engine, the 5.7-liter V8 engine, can produce up to 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, the 6.4-liter V8 produces up to an impressive 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque.

The Cummins Turbo Diesel engine is available with a couple different transmission options, which results in different horsepower and torque. When paired to a six-speed manual transmission, the 6.7L engine produces 350 horsepower and 660 lb-ft of torque and when paired to the six-speed automatic transmission it produces 370 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque. Buyers looking for the most powerful heavy-duty truck on the market will want to opt for the new 2018 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine paired to the AISIN six-speed automatic transmission because this engine produces 385 horsepower and 930 lb-ft of torque.

Ford is a different story. The Ford Super Duty options, the F-250 and F-350 are only available with two engine options. The options include 6.2-liter V8 engine and a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel engine. The 6.2-liter V8 produces up to 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, while the 6.7L Power diesel option can produce up to 450 horsepower and 935 lb-ft of torque.

Off-road Capabilities

For many truck drivers, off-roading is either a needed feature for work purposes or a fun and necessary feature for adventure. That is why both Ram and Ford have specialty off-roading, but Ford only offers a light-duty off-road trim and Ram offers a light-duty and heavy-duty off-road trim option.

The Ram 2500 Power Wagon is fitted with all of the off-roading necessities including a 4×4 drivetrain, a 6.4-liter HEMI engine, 33’ Goodyear all-terrain tires, a 12,000-pound electronic WARN winch with a 90-foot cable, Bilstein shocks, and an electronic sway bar.  

Size and Storage

Size and cargo space in both the cab or the truck and the bed are always important to truck owners because hauling both the family and all the gear for an adventure calls for a lot of space. Ford and Ram are neck-and-neck when it comes to comfortable and spacious cabins. Ram is unbeatable when it comes to both cargo space in the bed and the cab size.

In regards to storage, both trucks come with different bed size options. The Ram heavy duty trucks come with either a 6.4’ bed or a 8’ bed, depending on how much space the driver needs. The Ford super duty trucks come with either a 6’8’ bed or a 8.4’ bed which are both slightly bigger than the options given by Ram. However, Ram trucks are available with the RamBox Cargo Management System which includes two lockable storage boxes that are located on both sides of the truck bed. The lockable storage boxes make it easy for someone to store cargo they want locked up, but not necessarily in the vehicle, which is nice when items are really dirty or messy or carrying things like hunting or fishing equipment. Additionally, the cargo boxes have drains so they can also be used like coolers, which is a really great feature when tailgating.


See? We knew we would convince you too. If you want more engine options, a heavy-duty off-road truck, a huge cab, and convenient bed storage options, Ram heavy duty trucks are really the only answer. Check out our Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 inventory.

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New Ram Limited Tungsten Edition is Full of High Quality Features and Materials

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In 2017 Ram announced the addition of the Limited Tungsten Edition to the Ram 1500, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 lineups. The new trim level is the most luxurious trim offered by Ram, if not the entire truck industry. Fitted with all of the convenience features one can think of and a beautiful interior design, the Limited Tungsten Edition is definitely for drivers that need power but love comfort, convenience and style.

“The Limited Tungsten Edition is the highest trim level Ram has made available,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “The new Tungsten Edition is an example of how Ram directly responds to customer input by offering the industry’s most luxurious pickup. Premium truck buyers will recognize the attention to detail, surrounded by quality materials.”

What is Tungsten?

The name of the new luxury trim comes from the trim’s use of Tungsten, which is a rare metal that has unique properties as well as an eye-catching shiny silver appearance. Of all of the metals, tungsten has the highest melting point and it is much harder than many steels. Due to its hardness, toughness and resistance to heat, Tungsten is used in heavy-duty or high energy industries like the aerospace and automotive industries, including Formula 1 cars and rockets. Though Tungsten found on vehicles like the Tungsten trim is typically not pure, when the metal is added to other metals, it makes them much, much stronger (and prettier).

Limited Tungsten Edition

The Ram Limited Tungsten Edition features shiny Tungsten Chrome on the truck’s wheels, grille, accents and badging. Designed to be sophisticated and sleek, Tungsten Edition trims are available in bold and classic colors like Delmonico Red Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic and Pearl White.

The interior of the truck sets it apart from other trucks on the market. The truck’s interior is available with a Light Greystone suede ceiling cover and “Natura Plus” Frost and Indigo-colored premium leather and carpeting. The vehicle has heated and ventilated leather seats, real wood accents, a heated steering wheel, a leather instrument panel and leather on the doors and arm rests. The vehicle’s indigo carpet is protected with rubber floor mats and carpeted inserts that snap in to the floor.

All of the vehicle’s style changes are great enhancements to the advanced tech features that are available on the Ram Limited trims. The Ram Limited and the Ram Limited Tungsten Edition are equipped with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Uconnect 4.0, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The trims also feature improved audio systems that provide drivers with a state-of-the-art listening experience.

University Dodge Ram is the largest Ram dealer in Florida and the Southeastern U.S. and we are one of the first dealerships to get all of the latest inventory. Not only do we have a huge selection of Ram trucks and vans, but we also have a helpful staff that can help you understand how the truck works, their special features and answer any questions you may have. Come by and take our models for a test drive or view our Ram truck inventory online.

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