Heavy-duty truck comfort
ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: This 2014 Ram 2500 Laramie Restricted Crew Cab is a truly big truck. It is a real-existence Tonka toy with a 17,450-pound tow rating. I really like it.
I had a opportunity to mess around with the Ram Heavy Duties final yr, when the crew at Chrysler thoughtfully turned their proving ground into a huge playground for doing Truck Factors: Hauling bales of hay, pulling heavy agricultural products, driving above bumpy roads, etc. It truly is not surprising that the Rams excelled in that much more or much less controlled environment. What is surprising is that the trucks also excel in the wild — which is to say, on the streets of suburbia.
Driver self-assurance is virtually assumed with a motor vehicle of this dimension. It’;s the comfort aspect that catches you off guard. The trip is not as refined as that of the new full-size Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra or the Ram 1500 there are jostles and bumps and you drive above potholes, however fortunately, less lean in the corners than I’;d expected provided the ride h7
This crew cab’;s proportions are intimidating (given existing trends, I’;m certain the next generation of full-sized pickups will be similar), but you change extremely swiftly. Inside a number of miles I was whipping the truck by means of Michigan lefts, into parking tons and up my quite narrow driveway (power-folding mirrors would have been a welcome addition right here).
Within, you happen to be taken care of to a functional cabin dressed up with leather and wood. Seats are comfy. The view is commanding. Almost everything you might require, like the really beneficial shift-on-the-fly 4WD mode selector, is within easy attain.
Frankly, I could do with out the fancy trimmings I’;d adore to attempt a stripped-down Tradesman truck on for size. But for a person who depends on their motor vehicle for their livelihood, I could see the further expense currently being justifiable at least that is the line marketers like to drop. And anyone who needs to blow nearly $ 70K on a truck just to present off? Hey, it is America. Do no matter what you want. Just understand to park it effectively.
Also justifiable, dependent on your anticipated workload, is that 6.6-liter Cummins turbodiesel. It is a double-consider-inducing add-on at nearly $ 8K, but the output is amazing with a whopping 800 lb-ft of torque from 1,600 rpm. The Hemi-equipped trucks are not exactly slugs, but if you try out the 2 side by side, the Cummins is obviously far more satisfying. And then there are the fuel economy gains, which are somewhat hard to quantify as no official figures have been launched. If the created-in personal computer is correct, however, I returned virtually 16 mpg in mixed city/highway driving, with 4WD engaged for a good component of that.
When I final drove the Ram hefty duties, I was — possibly reasonably — accused of gushing about them. Possibly I’;m doing that once more, but if anything at all, I would say I came away from a weekend of genuine-globe driving even much more impressed with them. Of program, I have to note that other domestic automakers are also capable of constructing very very good heavy duty pickups. For now, although, Ram appears to supply the most enticing, roundly satisfying huge-truck bundle.
SENIOR Road Check EDITOR NATALIE NEFF: Graham, you can have your stripped-down Tradesman truck I will get a beast like this, gussied up with all the fixins that, back in the day, no “real” heavy-duty would be caught dead in: twenty-inch polished aluminum wheels, electrical power 10-way driver seat with memory, keyless entry, and so on. Certainly, give me all this Laramie trim with all $ 13,000 really worth of alternatives, including the luxury (sic) floor mats.
And even then this Ram is a mite lacking, if only for a single key piece of gear. These purty chrome-clad trailer-tow mirrors are only manual-fold versions. Make mine energy-retractable, please. That would make this large-ol’; Ram monster truck shut to perfection on wheels.
No doubt the never-ending snow-a-thon that this winter has wreaked had me enjoying this truck more than I might at, say, the height of summer season. All I know is the couple of times I climbed up into its pre-warmed (thank you, remote begin), leather-draped (Okay, mine would be pleather-draped) cabin and made my way down Woodward Avenue to the workplace, I couldn’;t support but dial up the 4-wheel-drive and plow through each and every intersection sideways, letting whatever wheel that could muster traction by way of the knee-substantial piles of slush and snow do its point, the 6.6-liter Cummins turbodiesel feeding limitless quantities of torque to individuals giant tires, hands flying opposite lock and back again, watching the street ahead through the side glass and yelling “Yippee!” to all those suckers floundering in mere vehicles close to me. If absolutely nothing else, this heavy-duty Ram is a hoot.
Parking, on the other hand, not so much. It’;s not for a lack of help the Laramie trim comes with regular rear backup camera, and the front, well, which is what massive bumpers are for, appropriate? But just managing a 90-degree flip requires a wide berth (turning diameter is virtually 47 feet), although its 79.1-inch width indicates passing on each and every opening in between that crookedly parked Honda Odyssey and off-center Chevy Cruze for the spacious hinterlands of strip mall-dom and hoofing it into Target.
Ok, that about sums up my complaints about the 2014 Ram 2500. It is hard to park.
2014 Ram 2500 Laramie Limited Crew Cab
Base Cost: $ 53,295
As-Tested Cost: $ 67,175
Drivetrain: 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel I6 4WD, 6-pace automated
Output: 370 hp @ 2,800 rpm, 800 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
Curb Weight: 7,726 lb
Fuel Economic system (EPA City/Highway/Combined): N/A
Alternatives: 6.6-liter Cummins turbo diesel, exhaust brake ($ 6,995) consumer preferred bundle 2FM which includes twenty x 8 polished aluminum wheels, Premium leather-trimmed bucket seats, energy 10-way driver seat with memory and electrical power 6-way passenger seat, ventilated front seats, rear 60/40 split folding seat, folding flat load floor storage, automated high beam headlamp management, heated steering wheel, keyless entry, leather-wrapped grab handle, luxury front and rear floor mats, monotone paint, rain sensitive windshield wipers, RamBox cargo management system, steering wheel mounted audio controls, wheel to wheel side actions, wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel ($ 2,295) Electrical power chrome trailer tow mirrors with guide fold-away, electrical power sunroof ($ 995) tri-fold tonneau cover ($ 500) 6-pace automated transmission ($ 500) fifth wheel/gooseneck towing prep group ($ 400) 440-amp rated dual alts, 220-amp alternator ($ 395) anti-spin differential rear axle ($ 325) single-disk CD player ($ 195) rear window defroster ($ 150) wood/leather wrapped steering wheel ($ 50)
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