2019 Ram 1500 Towing Capabilities

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2019 RAM 1500 Towing


The 2019 Ram 1500 is an impressive pickup truck for many reasons. From the always-attractive body design of the vehicle to the class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission, the latest model of the Ram 1500 certainly has a lot going for it. At Glenn Polk CDJR near Gainesville, TX, we are proud to carry a few different models of the Ram 1500 on our lot—both new and used. We can tell you all about this truck when you visit our dealership (and even get you behind the wheel for a test drive). In this post, we are going to focus on one specific aspect of the 2019 Ram 1500: the towing capacity that you’ll get with one of the eTorque models.


What Is eTorque?


Last fall, Ram Trucks made quite a splash by announcing the new eTorque system on its 2019 Ram 1500 model. For those who aren’t already intimately familiar, the eTorque system is an example of what is called “regenerative braking.” The idea is that a moving vehicle—particularly its spinning wheels—has considerable potential to generate usable energy. For pretty much the entire history of automobiles, this energy has been relied upon to keep the car moving forward or wasted in the form of heat produced during braking. Regenerative braking systems are intended to capture some of that energy so that it can be used more constructively. In the past, these systems have primarily been limited to cars, particularly hybrid or electric cars. The eTorque system on the Ram 1500 is one of the first systems to bring regenerative braking to the pickup truck market.


In essence, the eTorque system is a stand-in for the traditional alternator that you would find on most cars or trucks. The system harvests some of the energy from braking so that it can store it and use it later. Specifically, the eTorque system delivers energy to the Ram 1500’s crankshaft during low-speed acceleration. This function ensures that the truck can make better use of its engine power during lower-RPM acceleration, which in turn adds more torque to the equation and, crucially, helps increase the truck’s towing capacity.


What to Know about 2019 Ram 1500 Towing Capacity


There are three engine options with the 2019 Ram 1500. One of the three engine models—the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine—does not feature the eTorque system. Still, this engine delivers impressive 2019 Ram 1500 towing capacity, topping out at 11,610 pounds. The engine produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.


If you are specifically in the market for an eTorque 2019 Ram 1500 model, you have two options. The first is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with eTorque. This engine is not as powerful as the 5.7-liter HEMI, either in terms of horsepower (205), torque (269 pound-feet), or towing capacity (7,730 pounds). If you are looking for the absolute gold standard with the 2019 Ram 1500, meanwhile, you’ll go for the 2019 Ram 1500 v8 eTorque, which pairs the aforementioned 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine with the state-of-the-art eTorque system. While the core engine specs remain the same for the V8 HEMI, the extra power and torque from the eTorque system mean that this Ram 1500 can handle a towing capacity of up to 12,750 pounds. Do note, however, that to achieve this maximum towing capacity, you will need to spec out your 2019 Ram 1500 V8 eTorque with the tallest possible 3.92 axle ratio.


For comparison, only one engine for the Ford F-150—the 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 can rival the Ram 1500 V8 eTorque in terms of towing capacity. That engine can tow up to 13,200 pounds.


The cargo capacity for the Ram 1500 doesn’t stop with the truck’s towing capacity. While the truck bed payload capacity will vary slightly from one trim level to another, expect about 2,100 pounds on the low end and 2,300 pounds on the high end. Trim options include the Tradesmen, the Tradesmen HFE, the Big Horn/Lone Star, and the Laramie. The 5.7-liter V8 HEMI (no eTorque) is standard on the Tradesmen model, while the 3.6-liter V6 eTorque engine setup is the only available option on the Tradesmen HFE and is standard for the Big Horn/Lone Star and the Laramie. The V8 eTorque setup is available on the Tradesmen, Big Horn/Lone Star, and Laramie models.


As for fuel economy, the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque mpg is nothing to laugh at either. Where the standard V8 HEMI model can deliver a respectable 17 miles per gallon combined city/highway, the eTorque model gives that a small boost up to 19 mpg. 


Learn More about 2019 Ram 1500 Towing Capacity


Are you interested in learning more about the 2019 Ram 1500, about the eTorque system and what it can do, or the configurations you can use to spec-out your Ram 1500 to maximize towing capability? If so, stop by Glenn Polk CDJR today. We have numerous models of the Ram 1500 for sale, including several 2019 eTorque incarnations. We would, of course, love the chance to talk you through these great vehicles or schedule you for a test drive. Feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions.

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