Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4X4 EcoDiesel

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The best all around pickup

Date Posted: September 13, 2016
By Ian Harwood

The ram EcoDiesel is the only half ton pickup in the market with an efficient V6 turbocharged diesel engine. It delivers an amazing amount of torque for towing, yet returns great fuel economy.

The Ram 1500 3.0L eco-diesel is a retired ranchers dream. This model is all about luxury and comfort for someone who wants only the best and no longer needs to worry about dusty roads or muddy boots. A heavy country feel is found all over the truck, consisting of the dark brown leather with its wide stitching and detailed embroidery that looks and feels like a fresh pair of cowboy boots or a horse’s saddle.

The Longhorn model features exceptional interior comforts including full leather throughout, real wood accents and an Uconnect® 8.4-inch touch display. The large touchscreen easily controlled everything in the truck, including the premium alpine audio system that cranked out some country twang to help set the mood. All vital vehicle information, for example, the fuel economy, trip control, and engine performance was displayed nicely on the front instrument cluster, which was controlled by a user-friendly rolling menu.  This model comes fully-loaded with all the features and tech ever needed including front and back parking sensors, back up camera, air suspension, navigation, power adjustable pedals, heating and cooling seats.

With a gross vehicle weight rating of 3152 kg (6950 lbs.), the small 240hp 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel engine certainly had trouble accelerating on some steep inclines, but then again this truck was built for comfort not speed. The engine however does have a class leading 420 lb-ft of low-end torque and is the only half-ton pickup to offer diesel as an option. As for having a diesel engine, you could hardly notice, it certainly wasn’t the same as a loud 6.7L Cummins spewing out black smoke every time you drop the pedal to the floor. With the ability to tow up to 9210 lbs. (4,178 kg) or haul a payload of up to 1,600lbs., (726 kg), the fuel efficient EcoDiesel will handle it all with little to no effort, including any cowboy’s camper or horse trailer. The 8-speed TorqueFlite™ automatic transmission helped provide exceptional fuel mileage of 29mpg, 8L/100km.

The Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn EcoDiesel looked and felt like a premium model. With a base price of $47,995, it features all sorts of bells and whistles that you might expect at this price point. While you do sacrifice some power and acceleration with the EcoDiesel compared to the 395hp 5.7l Hemi, you do gain a very smooth and fuel efficient ride that has wonderful low-end torque and is capable of some heavy payloads. Fuel efficiency is normally not that high on the list of concerns when buying a truck but this award-winning engine is currently the best all around full sized pickup in Canada.

 

Key Points

Starting at $47,995

3.0L EcoDiesel V6 with 8L/100km fuel mileage

240 horsepower/420 lb-ft of torque

9,210 (4,178 kg) lb maximum towing capacity

5-year or 100,000-kilometre* fully transferable Powertrain Warranty

Uconnect® 8.4-inch touch display

the fuel efficient EcoDiesel will handle it all with little to no effort, including any cowboy’s camper or horse trailer
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