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2019 Ram 1500

Winner: Mainstream Brand

The all-new-for-2019 Ram 1500 exemplifies the use of technology to advance what a vehicle is capable of. Ram’s engineers used tech to improve fuel economy and the overall driving experience, make the interior the most luxurious available in a truck, expand the extensive list of advanced safety features, and make it safer to tow a trailer. And the manufacturer did all of this without sacrificing the pickup’s capability – in fact, the new Ram offers higher towing and payload capacity than the previous model.

Another aspect of the Ram 1500’s tech is in the cabin, where you can enjoy the fourth generation of the company’s excellent, easy-to-use Uconnect system, which offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus USB Type-C ports. Also available is a stunning 12-inch reconfigurable touch screen, which can be used in a split-screen-type layout to let you control two different systems, or it can be used to show the map as one vibrant, crisp visual display that dominates the center stack.

In addition to the best-in-class infotainment system, active-tuned mass modules bolted to the truck’s frame and active noise cancellation in the interior make the Ram cabin wonderfully quiet. Between the well-crafted design and materials, the beautiful 12-inch screen, and the lack of interior noise, it would be easy to forget this is the interior of a pickup truck.

The 2019 Ram 1500 is available with more than 100 safety features, including advanced safety aids you would expect to see in a premium sedan or SUV: adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection, lane-departure warning, a 360-degree surround-view camera, and a guidance assist that helps when parallel parking or maneuvering into a perpendicular space. One of the most impressive, though, is something that’s tremendously helpful to truck owners who tow. Connect your trailer to the Ram and within seconds the truck automatically determines the length of the trailer. Once this calculation is done, the Ram’s blind-spot monitoring system also takes note of what is on either side of the trailer and alerts the driver if there is a vehicle or object there.

Ram uses technology to make the 1500 safer, more efficient, and more luxurious, all in a truck that’s more capable than the model it replaces. That this company made an excellent truck even better thanks to use of smart, intuitive tech is why it has earned our 2019 Best Auto Tech Award.

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