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

2021 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 2021 Ram 1500 adds a new high-performance TRX powered by a 702-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8. Ram claims the TRX is the most powerful production pickup truck and can accelerate 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The 4WD TRX is aimed at the Ford F-150 Raptor and has off-road tires and suspension. Production of the TRX Launch Edition is limited to 702 units. The regular 1500 range adds standard full-speed collision warning to Laramie, Rebel, Longhorn, and Limited. The optional Trailering Package now includes Trailer Reverse Steering that allows the truck to be steered by a knob while backing a trailer. A new head-up instrument display is available and pedestrian detection is now included with Advanced Safety Group. The Ram 1500 half-ton pickup was redesigned for 2019 and is offered as a Quad Cab (an extended cab with abbreviated rear doors) and Crew Cab (a full 4-door cab with full-length rear doors) styles. Ram is available with a 395-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and “eTorque” mild-hybrid versions of both the Hemi and a 305-hp 3.6-liter V6. The eTorque 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. There is also a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 with 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. All engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and as before, part-time and full-time 4-wheel drive systems are available. 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 favorite, and this 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; although the V6 does better and the diesel engine is better still. Even with a thirsty Hemi, the Ram 1500 is an outstanding truck that deserves a look.

The Facts
Class Large Pickup Truck
Body Style(s) extended cab, crew cab
Passenger Count 5-6
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: $33,940
Big Horn/Lone Star Quad Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $38,485
4WD Rebel Crew Cab, 5.7-ft bed: $50,515
4WD Tradesman Crew Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $40,540
Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab, 5.7-ft bed: $53,375
4WD Limited Crew Cab, 6.4-ft bed: $61,545
4WD TRX Launch Edition Crew Cab, 5.7-ft bed: $71,790

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6/electric motor (3.6 eTorque)
Horsepower
305
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-25

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

Optional Engine
5.7-liter V8/electric motor (5.7 eTorque)
Horsepower
395
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22-23

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 (EcoDiesel)
Horsepower
260
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-33

Optional Engine
supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (TRX)
Horsepower
702
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
10
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
14