I am from Texas. I’ve never owned a truck. I’m hesitant to broadcast this fact because we really like living here and we don’t want anyone to come for our “Texas Cards.” My husband and I have dreams of buying a travel trailer and in order to pull the kind of travel trailer we want, a truck would be a necessity, so we have discussed buying a truck, but we just never have. I always thought of trucks as sturdy and practical, good for hauling a load of lumber of helping someone move. I never framed a truck in the context of a family vehicle before. Then we took the RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 on a road trip from San Antonio up to the Texas panhandle and I’m a changed woman.
If you’re a car or truck enthusiast, I’ll put the details in this post for you…after I tell you about what I love about the RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 from a mom’s perspective.
The space in the rear seat is praiseworthy
Next to the number of cup holders and charging ports, rear seat space is my litmus test on whether a vehicle is right for our family. This one did not disappoint.
My two eight-year-old boys still sit in booster seats by law. They’re kind of clunky and reduce the room my kids have to be comfortable in the rear seat. In a smaller rear seat, their legs are right up against the driver and passenger seat (which is no Bueno for the driver and passenger and I am always one of those people so I should know) and their go bags or toy bags or whatever they have to entertain them on a trip is crowded.
Not so with the RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4. My kids were ultra comfortable and there was much less complaining about riding in the car for an extended period of time. I mean…we had some “Mom are we there yet?” but it was the comfortable rear seat really made a difference for us as far as the quality of our trip went.
The view from the back
The view from the rear seat of the RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 is incredible. The kids sit high up, higher than they do in a minivan or most SUVs, so they can see things along the route a lot better. The windows are larger so the can see MORE.
We went to Caprock Canyon State Park on a day that was really cold…okay, Texas cold but Texas cold is cold for us…and we spent a lot more time inside the vehicle than we would have on a warmer day and my kids were able to see a lot of the sights from the back seat.
The RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 comfortably held two booster seats, our kids’ day bags and some of our camera equipment and everyone had plenty of room.
The cup holders…and yes, that is pretty stinkin’ important
You might think its funny that I list cup holders as a desirable feature but it’s important to me. If you ride around with kids or travel with kids, it’s probably important to you, too, whether or not you realize it.
For me, cup holders are something you don’t always notice right away but something you miss if it’s not there. You might ask “Well, how many cups does your family need to have on a trip, Jill?” I always have a bottle of water for myself in the car. Depending on the time of day or how long we’ll be driving, I’ll have another drink, whether that be my Tervis mug full of coffee or a soda. If we stop for a bite, we almost always come out carrying to-go cups.
I hate having to shuffle things around and trying to decide which open water bottle or tumbler has to sit on the floor or the seat so your half-full cup of Sprite from McDonald’s can rest in your cup holder. With the RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4, we had plenty of room. I really loved this feature and yes, I am really this enthusiastic about cupholders.
Aaaallll the charging things
When we’re on a road trip, my kids are typically watching movies or playing games on their devices. I have my phone plugged in. My husband has his phone plugged in. I might have a camera or a GoPro plugged in. We take a lot of pictures and video and the RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 allowed us to re-charge between stops and to stay connected.
The connected truck
Speaking of connected, we loved the ability to stay plugged in and connected without using our data plan. My husband and I work on the road…whoever isn’t driving is usually working in some capacity, so we appreciate the ability to stay plugged in and connected no matter where we were.
A Super-sized Infotainment System
I love having a map large map like the one in the RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4. It makes it easy to see the map and directions at a glance while keeping eyes on the road.
A Generously Spacious Cabin
We’re used to road tripping in a minivan or SUV and even though we’re pretty light packers, we usually end up using every bit of space allocated. Camera equipment, coolers, coats, sports equipment plus our personal bags usual cram jam pack the back of a minivan or SUV. Not so with the RAM 1500, Laramie Crew Cab 4×4…we had room for days.
I also loved how the gate kept everything tight against the cab while we were moving. We barely filled up half the truck bed and I felt like we took a lot of stuff with us. I also love these compartments of the truck bed that provide additional storage. This truck is ALL about storage, which would make it a perfect vehicle for families carrying around more sports and adventure equipment than we did on this trip.
Keeps Your Bottoms Toasty
The Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 will keep you comfy along the ride. This beauty has luxury features like heated and cooling seats with separate controls for the driver and passenger sides.
That Ram Sure is One Sexy Ride
You always think of trucks as workhorses…at least I do. But the butter soft leather and wood trim in the cab is very luxurious, while still maintaining that rugged, “I’m a truck” vibe. This is not grandpa’s dirty old pick up truck.
The 2019 RAM 1500 4×4 is a super-smooth ride…but just rugged enough to make you feel like you are driving a truck. I never thought a truck replacing the family car would be an attractive or even a practical option for us but this definitely makes me rethink that.
As someone who isn’t used to driving a vehicle this big, I was surprised at how comfortable I felt behind the wheel. If someone told me that the RAM 1500 Longhorn was going to be my regular, everyday mom vehicle starting tomorrow, I wouldn’t be mad at them.
Just the facts, ma’am
Here are some technical facts about the RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4:
If you’re in the market for a rugged yet still comfortable and classy truck, this one will set you back about $65,000. The base price is in the $45,000 neighborhood but the add-ons will set you back…and honestly, the add-ons are what make this truck so seriously sweet.
The 2019 models introduce RAM’s eTorque technology, which is a mild hybrid that works with existing technologies such as cylinder deactivation, variable valve timing, and fuel shut-off to improve the performance of those systems and expand their use. eTorque technology eliminates the need for an alternator. It works as a 48-volt but can switch to a traditional 12-volt for duties that don’t include working with the engine directly. Our Ram representatives used the metaphor of the system being a weight spotter for the engine.
We averaged about 14 MPG with mostly highway driving, which is lower than what’s been reported (an average of 17 MPG, 15 city, 21 highway) Most of our driving (like 85 percent) was highway driving and about half of that was driving straight into the wind, which crushes your fuel economy. The display on the dashboard let us know what kind of gas mileage we were getting and when we’d need to fill up – which was welcome because we drove through some fairly remote spots.
- advanced multistage front airbags
- supplemental front seat side airbags
- park view rear backup cam (AWESOME!)
- 3.21 rear axle ratio
- class iv receiver hitch
- 7 pin wiring harness
- keyless go
- remote start system
- ready alert braking
- rain brake support
- dampened tailgate
- tire fill alert
- active front air dams
- capless fuel fill
- u-connect with 8.4 display (seriously sweet)
- patriot blue pearl coat (this was exclusive to the truck we drove…so pretty)
- leather trimmed bucket seats
- full length upgraded floor console
- customer preferred package 25H, which includes: adaptive cruise control with stop and go, advanced brake assist, full speed forward collision warn plus, lane departure warning plus, parallel & perp park assistance with stop,
- surround view camera system
- bed utility group with 4 adjustable cargo tie-down hooks, pickup box lighting, and spray in bedliner
- off road group with e-locker real axle, front suspension skid plate, fuel tank skid plate, full size spare tire, hill descent control,
There are so many conveniences and so many bells and whistles on this beauty. There are probably a lot of neat things about this truck that I just didn’t have time to discover during a one-week period of time, but other than the things I listed above, my big takeaway is that I like driving this truck. The RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 strikes the perfect balance of being rugged and smooth. It’s a lot larger than what I am used to driving and I thought I would be intimidated when I first got behind the wheel or that there would be a big learning curve.
There really wasn’t, outside of learning to maneuver a larger vehicle into parking spaces. I liked the feel of the truck and I was surprised at how comfortable I was driving it.
I recommend this as a vehicle for a family who road trips frequently. It’s so comfortable and smooth and the storage space can’t be matched. If you go off-road or on rugged terrain, all the better. We could totally see ourselves traveling around Texas and beyond in this sleek yet rugged beauty. The cost to fill ‘er up is the only detractor and that’s the biggest complaint I hear from any truck owner who loves their truck. Big vehicle = more fuel usage and that’s something that just comes with the territory.