Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab

Pros: Impressive ride, handling, and quietness for a large pickup truck; excellent 8-speed transmission; Crew Cab’s cavernous interior

Cons: Hemi V8’s thirst; high step-in complicates entry and exit

CG Says: The Ram 1500 half-ton pickup is redesigned for 2019, gaining a host of new high-tech safety and convenience features, a lighter body structure with enhanced aerodynamics, and new powertrain technology aimed at improving fuel economy. Initially, the 2019 Ram 1500 will be available as a Quad Cab (an extended cab with abbreviated rear doors) and Crew Cab (a full 4-door cab with full-length rear doors); a “regular” two-door cab will be added later in the model year. The previous-generation 1500 will continue for 2019 as the Ram 1500 Classic (see separate review). The 395-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8 returns, and will be joined later in the model year by “e-Torque” mild-hybrid versions of both the Hemi and a 3.6-liter V6. The e-Torque system uses a 48-volt motor/generator in place of a traditional 12-volt alternator to provide quick start/stop capability and a bit of increased low-end torque for better acceleration, as well as improved fuel economy. A turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 is expected later in the model year. All engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and as before, part-time and full-time 4-wheel drive systems are available. The new Crew Cab body is four inches longer for increased rear-seat legroom. Available comfort and convenience features include heated/ventilated front and rear seats, parallel park assist, surround-view camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, power-adjustable pedals, panoramic sunroof, and power release tailgate with hand-swipe feature. Available safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation, front and rear obstacle detection with automatic braking when in reverse, blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive headlights, and adaptive cruise control. The Ram 1500 has long been a Consumer Guide Best Buy, and the new generation is an impressive revamp of an old favorite. Ram’s unique coil-spring rear suspension provides an exceptionally smooth ride and composed handling for a pickup. The Hemi engine is as powerful as ever, but its fuel economy is still subpar even by large-pickup standards; the forthcoming V6 and diesel engines will certainly do better, and hopefully the e-Torque system will pay dividends as well. Even with its thirsty Hemi, the Ram 1500 is an outstanding truck that deserves a look.

The Facts
Class Large Pickup Truck
Body Style(s) regular cab, extended cab, crew cab
Passenger Count 3 to 6
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ram
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices (only select models listed)
Tradesman Quad Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $33,340
Big Horn/Lone Star Quad Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $41,685
4WD Rebel Quad Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $45,590
4WD Tradesman Crew Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $39,940
Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab, 5.7-ft bed: $52,135
4WD Limited Crew Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $58,535

Base Engine
5.7-liter V8
Horsepower
395
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21-22