All-New Ram 1500 vs 1500 Classic

All-New Ram 1500

The all-new Ram 1500 is fresh on dealer lots, but we have even more exciting news for you. The Ram 1500 Classic will also be entering the 2019 model year and is set to be sold alongside the all-new model.

If you’re wondering how to tell the difference between these two remarkable pickup trucks, we’re here to help. Check out our Ram 1500 vs.1500 Classic comparison to learn more.

Styling Differences

Ram 1500 RamBox® Cargo One of the more obvious differences between the all-new Ram 1500 and the Ram 1500 Classic is in the styling. The new Ram has six new grille designs according to its trim level, differentiating it from the iconic crosshair front grille of the Classic. The body style is also lighter, longer, and wider than the Classic, with sharp lines that improve aerodynamics.

The Classic receives some styling updates of its own, however. A new “Classic” badge will be included for 2019 models, along with an updated RamBox® Cargo Management System that’s slightly higher on the bed than the previous version. There’s also a panoramic sunroof for more passenger and driver enjoyment.


Ram has always been known for variety and customization, though there are a few differences in the way the all-new Ram and the Classic are configured. The Classic will keep its three cab sizes: the Regular Cab, Quad Cab®, and Crew Cabs, and three bed lengths: 6-foot, 4-inch, 5-foot, 7-inch, and 8-foot. The all-new Ram 1500 will only offer the Quad Cab® and Crew Cabs, though the bed options stay the same.

Trim Levels

Ram 1500 Chrome PlusThe all-new Ram 1500 includes six trim levels from the original version, complete with all of the original customization options and a new 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The Classic will come in four trim levels and three packages:

  • Chrome Plus: This is a combination of the Tradesman trim and includes chrome bumpers, body-colored front fascia, carpeted floors, and remote keyless entry.
  • Tradesman SXT: This includes body-colored front fascia, chrome wheels, fog maps, a 5-inch radio screen, and a dual exhaust for the V8 powertrains.
  • Express Black Accent: This pairs with the Express trim and includes black wheels, black headlamp bezels, and black badging.

Performance and Towing

The all-new Ram 1500 will be available with a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 395 horsepower and eTorque, a standard version of the same engine. A 3.6-liter V6 engine with 305 horsepower and eTorque will be available as well, giving it a maximum towing capacity of 12,750 pounds. The Classic will also only come with two powertrain options: a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 305 horsepower, or a 5.7-liter V8 that generates 395 horsepower. With these new options, the towing capacity can reach a maximum of 9,160 pounds.

Experience the New 2019 Ram Models at Friendly DCJR

Though this all-new Ram 1500 vs. 1500 Classic comparison has shown the few changes for the new versions of these two pickup trucks, they share the value, customization, and capability that the Ram is known for.

Drivers in Penn Yan, Geneva, and Watkins Glen can learn more about both of these Ram models by visiting Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. Call or stop by today to see both in action and schedule your test drive!