First Drive: Ram 2500 4X4

by Michael Satterfield

The RAM 2500 might just be the best heavy-duty pickup truck that you can drive every day. Our Laramie Longhorn edition 2019 test truck came loaded with all the creature comforts you could want in a luxury sedan, coupled to the utility and pulling power in line with all of its rivals. Our truck as the 6.7 liter Cummins diesel with 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft, however, if you really need to tow RAM offers a 400 horsepower/1,000 lb-ft version. Even with those monster power figures and being the size of a small barge, I averaged 18.5 MPG while driving all around Texas.

The ride was by far the best I have experienced in the Heavy Duty lineup, combined with the luxurious interior, it made the long road trip down to San Antonio very comfortable. Once in the city, the parking sensors and cameras made parking do-able, even if it was a little stressful at times. On the highway, the optional adaptive cruise control with stop and forward collision warning helped reduce driver fatigue, increased fuel economy, and honestly just made the long drive much more pleasant.

If you are considering a heavy-duty crew cab truck, the Mega Cab is the way to go, offering limo-like room for rear-seat passengers, with great behind the rear seat storage, it was the perfect place for my shotgun when I went to the skeet range, and also came in handy storing items you would like to keep out of sight when parking. The level of technology and luxury inside will impress even the most snobbish of luxury car owners, with heated and ventilated seats, a massive 12.0-inch touchscreen, a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and the reclining rear seats which are also heated so passengers can also enjoy some comfort and luxury too.

The Laramie Longhorn edition gets several signatures touches like western boot-inspired stitching details, rich wood trim, and beautiful gold details with fine etchings on the dash and around the gauges. The little details really do make the Laramie Longhorn stand out.

As far as truck capabilities it is built like a tank, our tester was equipped with the optional 5th wheel towing prep group, auto-leveling rear air ride suspension, and skid plates. Not that my basic run to the garden center needed anything this heavy-duty, but it is always good to use a truck when you have one to do some truck stuff. The bed height is good and made loading and unloading easy if you were hoping for a complicated tailgate with a step or ladder system, you'll need to look elsewhere, this one is just a tailgate.

All of this luxury and utility comes at a price, our tester has a base price of $60,700, but after options and the destination charge of $1,695 the total MSRP came in at $80,450. While that is a lot of money for a truck, to put it into perspective, Hyundai's flagship Genesis G90 Luxury sedan starts at $69,350
and can't tow a boat.

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