The half ton pickup truck is a very competitive segment which has many reputed contenders displaying their respective offerings. Ram is one of the oldest manufacturers in this segment which continues to play a significant role by manufacturing one of the best machines in its class. The latest offering of the 2015 Ram 1500 Longhorn Crew Cab is a luxury half tonne pickup truck which scores both in terms of quality as well as utility. Let’s have a look at its various aspects:
This truck follows the Classic Ram styling having a very masculine stance and bold exteriors. In the front, the massive chrome plated grill forms the center piece of the fascia with two headlamp unit placed along its sides. The truck looks very intimidating and has a very prominent road presence. In the profile view, the protruding wheel arches give the truck a purposeful mean look. The rear is kept very minimalist and features two simple tail lamps units and a twin exhaust setup to complete the overall look.
Being a Crew Cab, this truck has a proper seating compartment which is followed by the carriage bed that comes in two options- either a 5.7 foot long or 6.4 foot bed. These two sizes are more than enough to carry utility items from one place to another without any hassle.
The Ram 1500 is one of the best luxury pickup truck available in the market and some of its aspects are even better than some full size luxury sedans. There is loads of space available both in the front as well as rear compartments for its occupants, which makes the ride a very comfortable experience. The all black interiors with premium metal inserts make the cabin look very plush and up market. Use of high quality materials elevates the experience even further. The dashboard is very neatly laid out and features a 7 inch configurable touch screen display at the center. There are ample storage spaces available inside and power outlets are provided to charge your peripheral devices such as smart phones and tablets.
Overall the interior quality is at par with any luxury sedan available in the market, which certainly makes it a comfortable place for its occupants.
There are two engine options available with this truck. First, a 3.0 litre ecodiesel engine which is good for 240 horsepower and 420 foot pound of torque. This engine packs a powerful performance and has a 9200 pounds rated towing capacity. To sweeten the deal even further the engine returns an impressive fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon.
If you are not particularly concerned with the fuel economy, then you should definitely opt for the massive 5.7 litre HEMI V8 engine block which produces 395 horsepower and 407 foot pound of torque. This immense power is transferred to the wheels via a 8 speed automatic transmission which results in a 0-60 mph run in just 6.7 seconds. On the utility front, this engine is capable of towing a maximum load of 10,650 pounds which is more than sufficient for general use.
This truck has a feature list that is enough to overshadow even a high end luxury sedan. It comes equipped with heated and ventilated front seat, 10 way power adjustable driver seat, dual zone climate control, heated steering wheel, cruise control, auto dimming rear view mirror, high output premium audio system, power folding OVRM, rear view camera, park assist etc.
The truck also packs a lot of safety features such as multi stage airbags, side curtain airbags, 4 wheel ABS, automatic headlights, brake assist, real time tyre pressure monitoring system, traction control, stability control, sway control, hill start assist, rain brake assist etc.
The Ram 1500 Longhorn is a feature laden and a very capable pickup truck which provides a complete package of luxury and performance. Priced at around 47,000 USD, this truck is easily configurable and scores well on both utility as well as comfort.