The Best Family Truck of 2019: the Ram 1500

Many people use their pickups for hard work, but trucks can be equally as useful as a trusty family hauler. If you are looking for a new truck for your family, consider the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500. It was recently named the Best Family Truck of 2019 by the editors at Edmunds, and you can test-drive it here at Kevin’s Royal Auto.

“The 2019 Ram 1500 is the benchmark for durability, technology, luxury and efficiency,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “This award from Edmunds, combined with their 2019 Editor’s Choice award, supports our efforts and highlights a rapidly growing interest from customers who use our pickups as family vehicles.”

Before naming their winners for the best family vehicles, Edmunds’ testers put 300 vehicles through hundreds of miles of real-world testing. They gathered data in over 30 categories ranging from technology, comfort, value, and performance.

Edmunds editors were most impressed with the 2019 Ram 1500 for its comfortable, exclusive coil-spring rear suspension, class-leading legroom, reclining rear seats, and available luxury features.

You and your family will also appreciate features like the available 12-inch Uconnect® touchscreen system, 360-degree camera views, class-leading towing capabilities of up to 12,750 pounds with the available V8 engine, and even best-in-class available V8 4×4 combined fuel economy.

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Showcases New Tech

For the 2020 model year, Ford plans to introduce a new Ford Explorer Hybrid model with an innovative new transmission system, which Ford calls “modular hybrid technology.” This technology, which you’ll be able to test here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, will simultaneously improve the Explorer’s efficiency and capabilities.

The new transmission system will make its debut in the 2020 Explorer. Ford also plans to incorporate it into new F-150 and Bronco hybrid models. The system will work with the 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and will add an electric motor for more power and torque.

“Hybrids are more than just fuel efficiency,” said Dave Filipe, Ford’s vice president of powertrain engineering. “Whatever solutions we provide have to be no-compromise, especially as we get into the larger vehicles. We need to create something different to get the right answer for this customer segment.”

The 2020 Explorer Hybrid will have a combined output of 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque. With its hybrid system, it will have an estimated driving range around 500 miles and will still be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Joining the Explorer Hybrid next year will also be a 2020 Escape Hybrid and an Escape Plug-in Hybrid. These smaller models will use a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and will be able to drive up to 85 mph using only battery power.