2019 RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn: Exquisite Detail
  • Kristin Shaw

2019 RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn: Exquisite Detail

Updated: Oct 1, 2019

Let's say that you're in Paris, and you look up to see a building that looks more like sculpture than concrete, wood, or steel, you know you're in the presence of art. You might sigh and think, "They don't make them like that any more" and you'll be right.


Step into the cabin of a 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, and you'll have that same feeling. The good news is that they DO make them like that these days, and this vehicle is a work of art in a sea of utilitarian truck cabs. Work trucks have an important purpose, to be sure. However, not everyone who drives a truck hauls equipment - some are DIY specialists dealing in fabric and furniture, or perhaps they're antique traders or interior decorators. They want a luxurious setting for their ride, and the RAM 1500 Longhorn Laramie delivers that and more.

My 10-year-old son climbed into the back seat of the truck when it arrived, and he said, "Mom, I really like this. It has barbed wire design on the floor mats. And I have a seat heater!" It's those kinds of details that makes this particular vehicle special. Look closely and you'll see the filigree etchings on the dash, with that pattern repeated digitally on the speedometer dial.


Starting at $54,390, the Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 includes an array of features, including:

5.7L HEMI eTorque engine; the eTorque replaces the alternator, charging the 12-volt battery, restarts the motor when the automatic stop/start system is engaged, and assists as a mild-hybrid. Tire-fill alert. Spray-in bedliner. 2nd-row in-floor storage bins. Rear power sliding window. ParkSense rear front and rear park assist with stop. Rain-sensitive windshield wipers

The truck we tested included more than $15,000 in optional features, which takes it to the next level of luxury. The Advanced Safety Group, which includes lane keep assist, adaptive cruise, collision warning, surround-view cameras, and more, adds $1695 to the price, but we think it's worth it.


YES, women like trucks. And absolutely YES, you're going to love this one.


FEATURES WE LOVE


It's gorgeous from top to bottom; the comfort factor is high. In fact, Consumer Reports awarded it a 5 out of 5 in customer satisfaction; that's hard to beat.The Tesla-sized infotainment screen is easy to use and fun.Audio controls are comprehensive: the driver can toggle through Sirius channel by Sirius channel on the back side of the steering wheel.If you start the truck remotely in the winter, the heated seats and steering wheel activate at the same time. Giant storage console that would fit a purse or even a laptop. The RamBox, which is a cargo storage area on either side of the truck bed, is perfect for tailgating or camping. There is a lighted, hinged door to each one and a stopper for draining ice. Level One equipment group includes a 19-speaker (!!!) Harman Kardon premium stereo. With the quiet cabin, the acoustics are terrific.


ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT


The blind-spot indicators are small yellow-green triangles on the outside edge of the side view mirrors, and they could stand to be a bit bigger and more prominent for maximum use.We'd like to see the Advanced Safety Package included in every truck; safety is paramount.


IF THIS VEHICLE WERE A SONG, IT WOULD BE


"The Git Up" by Blanco Brown. Country, with a spunky dose of modern sass. I think if I had heard this song back in grade school when I was coerced into learning to square dance with boys who didn't want anything to do with the girls, the whole experience would have been more fun.


Gon' and do the two step then cowboy boogie Grab your sweetheart and spin out with 'em Do the hoedown and get into it (whoo, whoo, whoo) Take it to the left now and dip with it Gon' throw down, take a sip with it Now lean back, put your hips in it (Whoo, whoo, whoo) let's have some fun

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