2019 RAM Laramie LongHorn: A Closer Look
Slideshow: The RAM goes into 2019 with improvements over the previous model year. Here's what you need to know.
2019 RAM Laramie LongHorn
Aside from the obvious aesthetic upgrades, the Ram 1500 truck has plenty of improvements in the 2019 models. The frame is stiffer, yet the engineers managed to shave about 225 pounds off the gross vehicle weight. To reduce wind drag, the windshield is slanted, and there is more cladding underneath.
The suspension has been fine-tuned to provide a more comfortable ride. The Ram is a good money maker for FCA, selling about a half million a year, so the company is putting a lot of effort to make things right.
RAM Engine Choices
There are three engines offered, starting with the base V-6 rated at 305 horsepower. Next is the proven 5.7 V-8 Hemi at 395 horsepower, which we had, rated at 15/21 mpg. The third is an e-Torque 5.7 Hemi that uses a mild hybrid system to increase bottom end power. Even with a mass of about three tons, the V-8 provided plenty of acceleration in traffic.
RAM Price Sheet
While the base price of a Ram starts at about $33K, this particular truck has the Longhorn package, which raised the stakes to $53,695. This includes a list of goodies too long to post here, but the item that stands out is the sea of high-grade leather that is spread throughout the cabin. It not only looks good, but it also smells good! But wait, there's more! This truck has another option list that drove the final tab to $67,335. This includes useful items like a bigger 33-gallon fuel tank and a power sunroof.
The cabin is well designed, with excellent materials and workmanship. Most buttons and switches are large enough to operate when wearing gloves.
The second-row seat area has plenty of room for passengers or gear.
Transmission shifting is done from a knob on the dash. This is a better place for it than the lower console as it saves interior space. The buttons provide 2-wheel drive or various 4-wheel drive modes.
The center console has plenty of storage space, making it a great work truck, as well as a luxuriously spacious family cruiser.
The large navigation screen is an extra cost option. It also operates as a finger touch control for the infotainment system.
Longhorns come with a spray in bed liner and remote tailgate release.
Two storage bins provide a good place to secure tools.
In one week of driving, we put 400 miles on the clock. The ride is certainly the most comfortable you will get on any truck sold. On the freeway, it is not only smooth, but also very quiet. We also took this rig in the dirt, where the 4x4 system and high ground clearance beautifully allowed travel on rough trails.
Cost of Entry
The Longhorn package isn't cheap, but there is a lot of stuff here for the money. The base Ram is certainly cheaper to buy, but has all the improvements for 2019 so it is worth looking at too. For those with a little more cash to spare and looking for more luxury in a pickup truck, the Ram Lamarie Longhorn is as good an option as you can find on the market.
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