The Ram 1500 is the oldest of the Big Three trucks, debuting back in 2009. There have been some pretty heavy updates since then, most notably in 2013. This particular truck is the Laramie Longhorn trim, which is only eclipsed by the Limited model in the Ram 1500 lineup. It comes with a number of love it or hate it accoutrements and trim pieces. While a diesel V6 is available, this model has the tried-and-true 5.7-liter Hemi V8. In this guise, it makes 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.
My night in the Ram Laramie Longhorn Southfork edition was pretty chill. The Hemi delivered when I took off aggressively from lights, Uconnect was easy to use, and the rich interior was a comfy place to spend time when rush hour traffic weighed me down. The Southfork package adds a bit of bling, with flashy 20-inch aluminum wheels with silver inserts and chrome side steps, among other features. Plus, “Longhorn” is spelled out across the tailgate, which is cool. The truck is branded, like a steer, and it definitely makes a statement. On the downside, there’s belt buckles on the seat backs, which starts to get a bit cheesy.
Associate Editor Reese Counts: I really like the Ram. Like Greg, it remains my favorite full-size pickup truck. It’s handsome, it rides supremely well and every available engine is a peach. This class of trucks is a little too large for my lifestyle (I’d take a Chevy Colorado or a Toyota Tacoma), but I’d recommend it to anyone in the market for a big truck.
The basic things I like about the Ram are all here: The comfortable ride (made even better by the air suspension) good infotainment system and tons of pockets and cubbies. There’s a nice slot for your phone with a cord pass-through that keeps it in place and out of the way. It’s easy to drive and only feels really big when maneuvering through a tight parking lot. The current Ram is still really good, so I’m really looking forward to what’s next.