We recently borrowed a 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 for a ‘last ride’ review before the 2019 Laramie Longhorn models – now in production – begin arriving in dealerships. While there is a lot of ‘hype’ about the new Ram 1500, we are here to tell you that the 2018 version pales very little when compared to the 2019.
The premium level 2018 Laramie Longhorn can no longer be ordered, says Ram – though other trims remain in production for now. With inventory on dealer lots diminishing, we think deals can be had on this most premium of Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4×4 pickups. This one is as good as it gets, you would be wise to take a look.
2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 as tested
Ram loaned us the 2018 Laramie Longhorn for a trip through Central Texas to attend the annual conference of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association (TOWA) near Galveston.
TOWA not only focuses primarily on actual outdoor activities but also considers the role that a proper vehicle plays in getting people to and from their outdoor activities. Accordingly, they have interest in what’s new in trucks and SUV’s. Several manufacturers including Ram brought trucks to this event for display and test drives. On display from Ram was the luxury-level 2019 Ram 1500 Limited Crew Cab 4×4 which impressed attendees with its new and innovative features. But, then again, a whole lot of folks were also pretty impressed with the 2018 Laramie Longhorn that was available for driving.
The Laramie Longhorn we brought came in a handsome monochromatic Delmonico Red Pearl Coat paint with the very rich Canyon Brown/Light Frost interior. It featured Premium – heated and ventilated – Leather Bucket seats with 10-way/6-way driver/passenger Power Adjustment and a full-size leather wrapped console with 115V power outlet in the comfortable and well-appointed front cabin.
Power and Drive Train
A 5.7L Hemi V8 powers Laramie Longhorn delivering 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque through the Torqueflite 8HP70 automatic transmission with adaptive electronic control to the optional 3.92 rear end. The 4×4 two-speed Electronic On-Demand Transfer Case features 2WD HI and 4WD Auto, 4WD Low and 4WD Hi settings.
As equipped, our test truck had a tow capacity over 10,000 pounds. The optional 32-gallon fuel tank gave it a rated highway range of over 600 miles that allowed us to go from Austin to near Galveston and back on a single tank.
Laramie Longhorn runs on 20-inch wheels mounted with P275/60R20 all-season tires. Exterior treatments include Halogen Projector Headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lamps, Automatic High Beams, Fog Lamps, Premium Tail Lamps, Chrome Grille, LED Cargo Bed Lighting, Chrome Belt Moldings, Tow Hooks, Locking Tailgate, Spray-on Bedliner and Dual Exhausts.
The rear seating is a heated premium leather bench with 60/40 folding split, flat floor and under seat storage.
Also included were Remote Keyless Entry and Remote Start, ParkView Rear Backup Camera, ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist, Power Adjustable Pedals, Premium 7-inch Driver Information Display, Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control, Dual Glove Boxes and lots more.
Infotainment is via a Uconnect 4C NAV and 8.4-inch display with 9 Alpine speakers and subwoofer with a 12-channel amp that features SiriusXM, Travel Link and Traffic Plus and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity and more.
Our Laramie Longhorn was fully loaded up or upgraded with all of the extras available including Skid Plate Protection, Trailer Towing Package with Power Fold-Away Mirrors, Power Sunroof, 4-corner Air Suspension, Ram Box Cargo Management System, 3.92 Rear Axle, Anti-Spin Differential, Monotone Paint, 20-inch Polished Aluminum Wheels and tires, Bright Bumpers front and rear, Chrome Tubular Side Steps and the special Longhorn Southfork Package with its Walnut Veneer accents, Leather Wrapped Grab Handles, Luxury Floor Mats front and rear and the large “LONGHORN” on the tailgate.
We particularly liked the convenience of the Active-Level Multi-Stage Air Suspension on our Laramie Longhorn – normally a 8.8-inch ground clearance – that lowers to 6.7-inches for loading or lifts, for off-roading, to 9.9 and 10.8-inches. It also features what Ram calls an ‘Aero’ mode that automatically adjusts chassis angle to minimize drag at highway speeds.
The sticker price for our test truck- including delivery – was $61,400.
2018 vs 2019 Laramie Longhorn
Taking a high-level look at the 2018 vs the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 – equipped roughly the same – we estimate that the delivered price for the 2019 could be about $6,000 higher.
It should be noted that the 2019 has a number of improvements including a larger cabin with reclining rear seats and other features not found on the 2018.
We also upgraded (from the 2018) the 2019 with the 5.7L Hemi eTorque ‘mild hybrid’ power plant that delivers more torque at startup and the fourth generation Uconnect system with the new ‘huge’ 12-inch center stack touch screen with split-screen capability.
In contrast, our 2018 had the special Longhorn Southfork Package which is not shown as available on the 2019 version.
Net/net, we think the $6,000 price premium estimate is fair.
Finding a 2018 Laramie Longhorn
A search of the 2018 Ram 1500 consumer website for available 2018 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 with short box trucks on dealer lots show approximately 1,600 similarly equipped units available as of mid-March.
Preparing for model changeover, we believe dealers are flexible on their pricing for 2018 models already. As the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 models begin to arrive expect them to be more aggressive in moving the 2018’s out.
If interested, contact your local dealer now and start dealing. The 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 is an exceptional truck and – similarly equipped to the 2019 model – has a MSRP about $6,000 less. With closeout pricing and incentives, you could score a super truck for a low price.
2019 Ram 1500 and Laramie Longhorn
Read about the 2019 version of the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn in our inwheeltime.com story from January here http://ticket-1994427.inwheeltime.com/looking-three-peat-luxury-truck-texas-ram-debuts-new-laramie-longhorn/. The new 2019 Laramie Longhorn can be ordered now. It starts at MSRP $51,390 for 4×2 and MSRP $54,890 for the 4×4.
To get more information on the full line of 2019 Ram 1500 trucks, visit: https://www.ramtrucks.com/2019/ram-1500.html