Significance:

Ram puts a major emphasis on efficiency for the latest generation of the 1500. The biggest update is that mild-hybrid tech is now standard on the V6 and an option on the 5.7-liter V8.

The engineers improve the truck's aerodynamics through high-tech tricks like incorporating active grille shutters and an automatically extending front spoiler. 

The Ram also goes on a diet by using more high-strength steel and some aluminum. The tweaks take 225 pounds out of the Crew Cab model.

Cool Factor:

Opening the doors reveals one of the 2019 Ram 1500's biggest successes – its interior. Whether someone is looking for a utilitarian work truck or a luxury hauler, this pickup can fit the bill. High-end versions are available with amenities like real wood and metal trim. A new 12-inch version of the Uconnect infotainment system is available to take a prominent spot on the center stack. Five USB ports and two 115-volt outlets can keep a variety of devices fully charged.

The truck also has ample storage space. A gargantuan center console can swallow 38 liters, and there are bins underneath the rear seat that can hold items as long as four feet.

How It Compares:

Ram is already touting the 2019 1500 for the utility of its completely revised cabin and for its safety. A revised front-end structure allegedly can absorb crash forces better. The company even expects to receive the top Good rating in the small-overlap test Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which would be a major improvement over the current model's Marginal score – the agency's second-lowest grade.