A 2019 RAM 1500 (Classic) with V6 as a daily/family driver?

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  1. SimmZ

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    Hi everyone, I am located in Canada and here's my story; I am 38 years old, I am working in IT for 18 years now and I have two kids (8 & 12 y.o.) and my wife. My current vehicle is a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan and this is my second Caravan, since I had the opportunity to trade my 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan at the dealership (change for change) in 2016 for a much more equipped model for a incredibly low price (remaining stock unit). Now that I drove this Caravan for 3 years and overall that I drove a Caravan for almost 6 years, for me it's the time to look for something else. The main reason why I choose the Grand Caravan at first, back in 2014, it's because it was THE cheapest brand new vehicle that can tow 3500 pounds because I wanted to tow a small camper. Honestly, I can't say that I don't like my Grand Caravan, since honestly this is still in my mind, the "best bang for buck" on the market if you look at a large vehicle as well. Now, the reason why I want to give up on minivans is because of the lack of an AWD option and because I live in the great north Canada, where the winter a freezing cold and last like 8 months per year. Only the Toyota Sienna is still featuring AWD, but it's way over my budget.

    My first idea was to trade the Caravan for a mid-sized 7-passenger SUV such as the Kia Sorento V6 AWD or the Nissan Pathfinder S V6 AWD. Which are both roughly 38K$ in Canada (CAD$) brand new. Both feature a 5000 pounds towing capacity (in fact the Pathfinder is even rated to 6000 pounds). But honestly I have some doubt regarding the space for the passengers and I think I am right to think that the 3rd row is barely usable for small children and not intended for adults. In fact, my daughter which is 12 years old is already 5'5" (remember she's 12 y.o.!) and I am pretty sure she will fit very tight/bad in the 3rd row in a few years.

    So after visiting my Chrysler dealership for regular maintenance on the Grand Caravan, I looked at the 2019 RAM 1500 Classic, which is basically the old and well-known generation and who currently has a MAJOR rebate of 17,000$ CAD over MSRP (25% OFF MSRP). So currently I am looking at a 2019 RAM 1500 Classic, 3.6L V6, CrewCab, 5.7 box, 4x4, SXT Plus Tradesman with all of the optional groups (chrome groups, 20-inch wheels, 8.4 Uconnect system, towing pack, 3.55 axles, rear locking diff, remote start, cold weather groups, premium interior, etc.) for 38K$ CAD! With this model, I am keeping the 1st row BENCH seat, so that I keep a 6-passenger seating capacity, which is only 1 person under my Grand Caravan and this is exactly what we are needing. Then the reason why I specifically look at the 3.6L V6 is because it will be my daily driver and I have absolutely no interest for the HEMI since my camper is only weighting 2000 pounds! The RAM 1500 Crew 4x4 with the 3.55 axle is rated to 7200 pounds towing capacity with is WAY over our needs. Also in Canada the equivalent of the US "Gas Guzzler" tax for the HEMI needs to be paid YEARLY and it's very expensive (it's around 275$-300$ PER year). Compared to a mid-sized SUV, the RAM 1500 rear bench is like a living room, 3 adults can sit extremely fine and it's pretty much the same for the front bench seat, so a total of 6 adults can site comfortably, which is NOT the case at all for a mid-sized SUV. Front seats are good, second row is acceptable, but 3rd row is mediocre as well...

    I also need to specify that this is not our only vehicle in the driveway, it'll be MY daily driver for going to work (a tiny 9 miles per day), but we also have a super-loaded 2018 Hyundai Elantra who does 38 mpg in CITY. Based on EPA ratings, the RAM 1500 V6 is at rated only 1 mpg under in the city that the Grand Caravan and pretty much identical MPG rating on the highway. So except if for some reason it's bullshit, I don't feel uncomfortable with gas mileage.

    However, I would like to discuss about this idea with current people that are using a RAM 1500. I just want to know if you ever regret it for some reason or if you have any major cons to expose that I could forget...

    Thank you so much! :)
     
  2. Harley Harrold

    Harley Harrold USAF Retired 36+ years service Military

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    Wahrsuul Senior Member Military

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    If I could have found a 3.6/8spd in my price range, that's what I'd be driving now. If you like it, I'd say buy it.
     
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    Go for it. I have a 16 v6 crew cab. Two car seats in the rear and all my tools in the back when needed. I also have a fiberglass bed cover. Mpg is great better than my wife's 16 odyssey by 4-5 mpg. It does everything better than a similar suv or mid-size pickup like Colorado, Tacoma or ridgleline. Not sure why people even buy those things except for their smaller dimensions. Mpg is on par or better with the ram v6 plus you have the extra room for people and cargo.

    The ride is also better than most trucks unloaded. Most people who don't use a third row. Would be better serve with this setup IMHO.
     
  5. GrumpyOleMan

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    I have a '19 Classic quad cab with the V6 and 3.55 and yes, it is my daily driver. I have no regrets. Gas mileage is excellent and improving (I only have 5k on the odometer) and the V6 is quite impressive when towing. It's not a Hemi, but it isn't meant to be. I would buy the V6 again without hesitation.
     
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    Umm what province are you in that has a yearly gas guzzler tax?

    Either way you should be able to get it even cheaper since sales have slowed down a bit since march, I ended up at 33% under MSRP without trying.
     
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    I have a 17 RCSB 3.6. I've had it 15 months now, already has 42k miles. I bought it new. Needless to say, it is a daily driver, and great at it!

    Do I miss my old Cruze's 38 mpg, yes. But at 25 mpg, but more comfortable and bigger, I'm more than happy.
     
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