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2013 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4X4

The Ram Laramie is a truck with a weird message. High-plains cowboy meets tech-savvy individual, and it actually pulls it off.

This is the 2013 dodge ram excuse me it’s not a dodge anymore it’s just the ram the 2013 ram 3500 laramie super cab 4 by 4 even the name of this thing is huge this is a gigantic truck i’m cheating a little bit because i’m on a hill right now but if i were to stand level with this vehicle the hood it comes up to my chin i mean it’s just like a massive thing it’s

Built to be strong not really fast everything about it is all about being beefy and able to take a lot of punishment and as you can imagine that sort of very strong construction actually makes this vehicle pretty well suited for you know things like navigating construction sites although and you’ll learn in a second it’s maybe not the best for off-roading sort of

Four by four type thing now you can get the ram 3500 with a 6.7 liter cummins turbo diesel that’s actually an inline 6 but with more displacement though it’s actually got some pretty big pots in there it’s turbocharged and so you get a little bit more power and grunt on top of that already sort of like torque enos of diesel the upshot of that is that while your

Power goes down to about 370 horsepower torque jumps all the way up to 800 pound feet so that’s just a lot of just you know not really speed but grunt that’s going to help you haul heavy things maybe not go so very fast now you would think that a vehicle with an engine this big with this much weight around it would get pretty bad fuel economy and if you look at the

Spec sheet the fuel economy is actually listed is not applicable because this isn’t really even counted by the epa as a consumer car it’s listed as commercial vehicle fortunately i was able to get about sixteen point six miles to the gallon out of this diesel engine but that was admittedly with a lot of very easy highway cruising so it probably represents what i

Consider to be maybe a best-case scenario for this game inside we’re seeing a lot of the chrysler dna sort of starting to seep through it particularly in the design and layout of the dashboard the steering wheel seems like the chrysler black bad should go right there in the center but then once you get from about the front of the seats on back the laramie longhorn

In particular starts will you know doing some very truck ish cowboy things for example the longer edition has all of this sort of brown leather that has embroidery on it that’s supposed to look a lot like the designs that you’ll see on the side of a cowboy boot this is the newest generation of the uconnect system the touchscreen interface the navigation system

On this 8.4 inch screen is still actually a garmin based but unlike the previous generation which kind of looked like a garmin nuvi just popped up on your dashboard when you hit the nav button this one has actually been restyled to look a lot more like the rest of the uconnect interface the benefit there is you don’t really get that sort of jarring switch between

Two interfaces but then you also get one of the best navigation systems and my on the market right now one of the other interesting things about this generation of you connect is that it comes with the ability to download you connect apps and these are actually apps that are installed in the dashboard that get downloaded over the 3g connection that’s built into

This now this generation of you connect actually comes with you connect apps and that’s sort of an in-dash app interface now right now the only episode i’ve seen available for download are you know you’re traveling cap that’s going to give you actually access to some information that comes over your sirius xm satellite connection and then yelp is the second app

That’s actually installed on here and that gives you user base reviews of destinations in the area one of the other interesting things you can do with the 3g connection that this vehicle has is turn on wi-fi hotspot now chrysler and their uconnect system is going to charge you a monthly fee for that but once you’ve got it turned on you’ll be able to share that

3g connection with other devices in the vehicle and a little bit further down here you’ll see you’ve got like a bank of buttons right here with a bunch of different controls for towing things like it’s right here to control the trailer and you’ve also got a couple of interesting button right here this is actually the button that is added with the optional diesel

Exhaust braking system so you can turn that on when you’re going down a very long descent and it will actually use a little bit more of the back pressure from the exhaust system to help slow the vehicle and you’ll kind of hear that little extra but when you do that get a big tachometer over here on the left a big speedometer over on the right and then another

Gauge over here that’s added by our optional urea injection system so this is the gauge for your diesel exhaust fluid and it basically gets sprayed on the exhaust fumes as they come out of the vehicle and helps catalyze some of the contaminants that are in that does help kind of clean up the emissions of the vehicle a little bit if you care about that but it is

One more thing to worry about when it comes time to maintain this vehicle so now we’re doing a little bit of a run the sort of dirt track and technical birth you need on now down here we’ve got controls for the four-by-four system we’ve got settings for 2wd which is actually a rear drive by switching the the knob over here to four-wheel drive block allows you to

Lock the four-by-four system into a 50-50 split and that gives you better traction for things like climbing hills and whatnot trade off those up those there’s the turn radius which is already did that great suffers a little bit in that 4 by 4 a lot in the final setting which i’d actually have to stop and go in a neutral form it’s going to be four by four low that’s

Going to allow you to shift into that low range on the transfer case and even further multiply than 800 pound feet of torque alright so we’re going to try to make a climb here when it’s a pretty steep one when you first get on the gas there’s not a lot of power but then that term when you’re in the 2wd the layer of sand over so we get a little bit of wheelspin but

We’re in the 4wd lock mode there is none of that it just goes right on up with that surgeon power on the road the ram 3200 actually behave well enough pretty smooth car on the highway although just like we saw on the unpaved trail all the way this vehicle sort of doesn’t really soak up so much as crashes over them leads to a lot of bouncing around the cabin and

Then also the engine sort of has three different temperaments there’s the low temperament when you’re just sort of cruising around town you get that good low end and diesel torque we give it a little bit more than the second stays it happens or the vehicle this brings a little bit more life to get a bit more acceleration but you have that sort of third mode that

You can take advantage of by you know really for putting the pedal cause of that turbo to spin up the boots age in the national order to fill up but it never really feels scary or dangerous i just always feel a little on edge like i’ve got to be paying a little bit more attention as should a lot of vehicles on the road now this ram 3500 laramie longhorn crew cab

With a cummins turbo diesel is going to start to it about 52 790 2654 the lower rear axle ratio on the transmission and 7790 five bucks for the urea diesel emissions fluid that’s going to get you a little bit cleaner emissions if you want a lot more juice for your electrical accessories their 395 for dual 220 amp alternators and the full uconnect system is standard

On this laramie longhorn addition as tested this example is going to ring in at fifty seven thousand eight hundred and thirty-five bucks now that’s a lot of money for a pickup truck but this is a big pickup truck that does a lot for your money so the only thing left to decide at this point is if it’s too much truck for you

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