The Ram 1500 is all-new for 2019, so where does this leave the 2018? It’s in a very good place, thank you very much, with plenty of features, capability, and style. Yes, trucks have style, which is why they’re offered with all sorts of special editions like the Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten Edition.
There was a time when a truck was a truck. It did stuff. It towed stuff and hauled stuff and worked. You know, serious stuff that required a serious truck. These trucks weren’t always fancy and that was a very good thing. No one wants expensive leather seats and wood trims covered in the grime of a work day.
But then trucks changed, most would say for the better. Instead of being laser-focused on work, they expanded their focus to include the time when the working man wasn’t out at the farm or ranch or construction site. And if we’re honest, a huge number of truck buyers never do any of that stuff anyway. Not everyone buys a truck for work.
The Limited Tungsten Edition package is new for 2018 and runs $1,825. It takes all the impressive work capability of a traditional Ram 1500 and adds a long list of cosmetic enhancements.
- 20-inch x 9-inch Satin Carbon/Mineral Gray Wheels
- Satin Carbon Wheel Center Cap
- Bi-Function Projector Black Headlamps
- Body-Color Door Handles
- Body-Color Exterior Mirrors
- Body-Color Pained Front Steel Bumper
- Tungsten Chrome Exterior Badging
- Tungsten Chrome Body-Side Molding
- Tungsten Chrome Ram Grille
- Black and Silver Stripe Rotary Shifter
- Sport Tail Lamps
- Body-Color Ram Tailgate Nameplate
- Body-Color Running Boards
- Sport Performance Hood
Nothing on that list makes this version of the Ram any more capable, but it does give it stand out styling. It looks like something special and it’s an attention-getter, especially if you find yourself parked alongside other trucks. Be prepared to have a little conversation about your fancy set of wheels.
Our Ram 1500 Limited Crew Cab 4×4 sits at the top of the model lineup. There are a whopping 11 different trim levels with a mind-boggling number of choices. There are 4×2 and 4×4 models, three different cab configurations, three box sizes, and three engines for starters. Price on the base Tradesman is $27,095 while the top-end Limited we drove starts at $53,595. Options brought our final sticker up to $63,870.
The plush Limited includes a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s a strong engine and it effortlessly eases the Ram 1500 into even heavy highway traffic. It feels powerful from the driver’s seat and if you’re hard on the accelerator the sound is nothing short of fantastic with a rich throaty noise that sounds exactly the way a truck should sound. Four-corner active air suspension makes sure the ride is smooth and well-mannered without too much bounce and sway.
It can tow up to 10,170 pounds and manage a payload of 1,520 pounds making it quite the workhorse. The optional Ram Box Cargo Management System added 4 adjustable tie-down hooks, bed cargo divider/extender, and the Ram boxes themselves. These integrated storage compartments add lockable storage along the bed walls. It’s great for easy access to smaller items or stowing small bags like groceries that would otherwise roll around in the bed.
The interior of the Limited is decidedly upscale with an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, which is one of the most intuitive systems available. Standard features include power adjustable pedals with memory, premium leather seats that are 10-way adjustable for the driver and heated and ventilated for the driver and front passenger. There’s also a heated second row and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood accents.
The Ram 1500 Limited combines the capability of a work truck with a wide variety of style and convenience features. It’s the best of both worlds for those who want a truck with the feel of a luxury car.