There’s a reason America loves trucks. They’re rugged and capable machines. Their abilities to go almost anywhere and do nearly anything let us get away from it all and give us a sense of independence. As time goes on, pickups get more and more technologically advanced under the hood and in the cabin. They showcase the changes of automotive evolution and the power of mental revolution.
We also love trucks because they help us create. The American Dream is the ability to make the lives we desire, whether that means starting a business or buying a home. Trucks have been a part of American creations for decades, from the construction of towering skyscrapers to the weaving of life-changing highways.
I recently spent a week in the 2019 RAM 1500 Laramie. Although the place my girlfriend and I were moving into had been built years ago, we used the 1500 to transport some of our furniture and many of our possessions into the space and create our new home together. I liked the all-new 1500 when I drove it during RAM’s media launch program in Arizona a few months ago. Having it be an integral part of making my new home made me love it.
2019 RAM 1500 Laramie Exterior
It’s not enough for a truck to be strong, it has to look strong, too. Judging by the design of the 1500 Laramie, RAM knows that well. The “unbreakable interlocking” design theme to the broad chrome grille, cases for the automatic LED headlights, and chiseled hood conveys solidity and sturdiness. More chrome on the front bumper, mirror caps, badges, door handles, and rear bumper made it clear that the 1500 Laramie knew how to look cool while getting work done. Two pairs of optional polished 20-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Dueler H/L tires bookended the spacious crew cab. As if the RAM grille up front didn’t make it clear already, the massive Ram’s head badge on the soft-drop tailgate at the end of the lined 5’7” bed removed all doubt about who made the handsome truck that my new neighbors saw rolling through our quiet little village just outside of Austin, Texas. The dual rear pipes let them know there was a big V8 under the hood.
2019 RAM 1500 Laramie Interior
The trip from our old apartment to our new place took 30 minutes and we made several journeys back and forth between the two, so my girlfriend and I were thankful for how comfortable the 1500 Laramie was. We were especially grateful that the front seats offered three levels of ventilation – a feature which should be standard equipment on any truck that’s ever going to spend time in Texas during the summer. Finding spots to secure our cold drinks was not difficult because the 1500 Laramie had plenty of cupholders in the door panels and at the front and rear of the center console. We could store odds and ends, such as small hand tools and vital bits of hardware, in the spacious area right below the center console’s front cupholders by just sliding them out of the way. I made some trips to our old place by myself, so keeping my phone charged was essential. The 1500 Laramie’s conveniently placed USB charging ports made that easy.
I’ve always found FCA’s Uconnect system to be simple and intuitive. The setup in the 1500 Laramie was no different. With just a few taps of the 8.4-inch touchscreen, I was able to connect my phone to the truck through Bluetooth, enter a destination into the navigation system, and connect to the onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. Once I plugged my phone in with a USB cord, I could use the helpful Apple CarPlay interface to place calls, check text messages, and input a destination on Google Maps.
The back seat made sitting in the second row a first-class experience. Not only was there more than enough legroom for all 5’10” of me, but the seat backs also reclined to make riding in the rear even more comfortable. USB ports and a 120-volt outlet were there to keep even more mobile devices full of juice.
2019 RAM 1500 Laramie Performance
My test truck had a variety of strengths, but its biggest one was under its hood. The tried and true 5.7-liter HEMI V8 generated a stout 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, which it routed through an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. It’s too bad that I didn’t have to move even more furniture because that combo enables the 1500 Laramie Crew Cab with the 5’7” box and four-wheel drive to haul 1,770 pounds of payload and, depending on rear axle ratio, pull as much as 11,340 pounds behind it.
The 1500 Laramie had plenty of thrust, especially because the eight-speed auto was willing to quickly downshift to offer more of it when I needed it. Unfortunately, lots of city driving and idling during my photography session meant I averaged only 13.8 mpg at the end of the week.
2019 RAM 1500 Laramie Safety
During my travels back and forth between my old and new apartments, the 1500 Laramie was ready to protect me with an array of airbags, Traction Control, and Electronic Stability Control. Its shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive system had a 4WD Auto setting for going over terrain with varying surfaces; all I needed to do was push a button and let the hardware and software do their jobs.
The Level 1 Equipment Group added automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, a front and rear parking assist system with the ability to stop the 1500 Laramie and prevent a collision, and tech that monitored my media rig’s blind spots and rear cross path while I backed out of parking spots.
2019 RAM 1500 Laramie Overall
Prices for the 2019 RAM 1500 start at $31,695*; the Laramie model has a starting price of $40,790*. The Laramie 4X4 that helped me and my girlfriend create our new home was handsome, well-equipped, and powerful and carried an as-tested price of nearly $52,000.
To find the 2019 RAM 1500 that will help you create your next home or the business that will change your life, go to an AutoNation RAM dealership.
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.