In December we experienced the Ram 2500HD Limited, a sturdy, high-class pickup that’s at the top of the segment.
Five months later, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) decided to send us a different, less-aggressive version, but one that is practical for all types of consumers — the Ram 1500 Laramie. It shares the design and many features of its big brother while maintaining optimal usability.
Ram has established itself as one of America’s greatest trucks. Hauling, elevated ground clearance and luxury are key components of the Ram pickup line, which also offers a near-endless array of options. The Ram is a classy, comfortable pickup truck.
The 5.7L V8 HEMI engine in the tested Crew Cab 4X4 Laramie produced 395 hp, and a modest 410 ft.-lbs. of torque. Handling the grunt is the 8-speed automatic TorqueFlite transmission — so smooth and quiet you sometimes forget it’s doing all of the work. Our tester also got significantly better fuel mileage than previously tested pickups, a difference-maker for Ram.
Our optioned-up Laramie came with a laundry list of great additions, starting with the Night Edition package, a $3,495 option that provides 22-inch wheels, blacked-out everything, a sport hood and wireless charging pad. Delivering on the interior was an Advanced Safety Customer Preferred package and Laramie Level-2 Equipment Group. These include heated front and rear seats, safety options galore, Wi-Fi and the enormous tablet-style 12-inch, UConnect infotainment system. The UConnect system is one I cannot speak enough about — the best ensemble of user-friendliness that can be created and displayed in any vehicle. It’s perfect in every way and clearly the best in the business.
Power Running Boards, a Tri-Fold Tonneau cover, the RamBox Cargo Management system, a Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof and a 33-gallon fuel tank were additional options that came with our Laramie. These rang in at just over $4,000, well worth the price.
“The 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie has become one of our most popular models,” said Mike Koval Jr., interim head of Ram Brand, FCA-North America. “A significant reason behind its popularity is that the Ram 1500 Laramie features different options and equipment packages that make it available at a wide range of price points. With the Ram Laramie model, we’re offering safety features, luxurious appointments, leading edge infotainment technology, a full range of efficient powertrain options, off-road and towing capability, and a choice of interior and exterior appearance groups that appeal to nearly every type of buyer.”
Ram 1500 Laramie
As tested: $68,815
MPG: 17 city, 22 highway, 19.4 as tested
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