The only thing longer than a full-size crew cab pickup truck is its name, today’s review of the 2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 making that point very clear. The Laramie Longhorn…

2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 Road Test Review

What's stylish to one person can be gauche to another, which is why automakers create so many different trim levels. This is especially true for pickup truck lines. Earlier this year I tested a 2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Crew Cab Laramie Limited 4x4 and since then I had the pleasure of driving the same truck in EcoDiesel Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn 4x4 trim.

You'd think by merely swapping Limited for Longhorn there wouldn't be much difference in the way these two trucks look, but the former is focused much more on urbanites whereas as the latter is pure country. Think rich rancher instead of a simple ranch hand, mind you, the 2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn 4x4 starting at a cool $58,495 plus freight and fees compared to $31,095 for the base 1500 ST. The Laramie Limited? It's priced even higher at $62,495.

In between workhorse ST and the dolled up Laramie Longhorn are SXT, SLT, HFE, Outdoorsman, Sport, Big Horn, Laramie, and Rebel models. Like I said, there's Read Full Story
Want the ultimate luxury pickup truck? Ram has a 1500 Laramie Limited with your name on it. Along with turbo-diesel power, an 8-speed auto, 20-inch alloys and an air suspension it comes with a full-leather…

2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Crew Cab Laramie Limited 4×4 Road Test Review

With the recent announcement that the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 will soon be eliminated from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' lineup, it appears the Italian-American automaker has little faith in its ability to make serious gains within the compact and mid-size car segments anytime soon, but due to a recent upsurge in crossover SUV and truck sales it hardly seems to matter overall.

Lower pump prices in Canada and the U.S. are spurring on sales of larger models, such as this Ram 1500, providing FCA Canada with record-setting 2015 calendar year sales that even resulted in bestselling automaker status. FCA's four-brand arsenal captured 15.4 percent of last year's new vehicle sales, outselling both Ford and General Motors' Canadian divisions for the first time ever, the latter automakers with 14.7 percent and 13.9 percent of market share respectively. While the mantra "timing is everything" seems to be part of the reason for FCA's success, with Ford F-150 production issues hurting sales Read Full Story
Need to tow heavy loads but don’t want to be depleted of all your resources at the pump? Ram’s 1500 EcoDiesel puts out 420 lb-ft of torque yet claims 12.1 L/100km city and 8.8 hwy with 4WD or 11.6…

2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab EcoDiesel 4×4 Road Test Review

Since Ram adopted the big rig look back in '93, they've been a solid number three instead of a distant third here in Canada, even as recently as calendar year 2014 coming very close to toppling combined Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra sales. Ram missed achieving this feat by a mere 1,484 models, which would be a significant margin if we were comparing Chevy Malibu to Chrysler 200 sales, but in the Canadian half-ton market where the two GM pickups found 90,005 new owners to the Ram 1500's 88,521 buyers, it was losing by a hair.

The Chrysler 200 ended up 3,409 units in the clear for calendar 2014, incidentally, but with 11,655 200 sales to the Malibu's 8,246 deliveries you get my point. This is where I'd like to say something witty like, GM had better watch out or Ram's trucks will soon oust them for second spot overall, but as it is the General's 6,237 unit lead as of October 2015 is probably too much for Ram to overcome in the next two months. This no doubt comes as a bit of Read Full Story
Perforated 10-way powered leather seats with heat and ventilation? A heatable leather-wrapped steering wheel? 8.4-inch infotainment? Is this a premium luxury sedan or maybe a top-tier sports car? No,…

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Quad Cab 4X4 Road Test Review

So who's kicking half-ton pickup truck butt in the Canadian market these days? If you guessed Ford with its F-Series you'd be right, but Chevy is no longer number two. That spot has actually belonged to Ram for some time.

It takes two General Motors brands to push Ram off the second-place podium, and not by much. The Ram brand sold 88,521 pickup trucks in Canada last year, an improvement of more than 10 percent compared to 2013. It'll no doubt be some time before Ram gets close enough to Ford for it to even see the big blue oval on the backside of an F-Series truck, but it's been outselling both Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks since 2010, the GM models only achieving 41,959 and 48,046 Canadian sales respectively last year for a total of just 90,005, only 1,484 units more than Ram. At the rate Ram is growing it may not be long before it passes right on by the General's combined dual-brand pickup sales, which may cause some soul searching in Oshawa. Just in case you were wondering, Read Full Story
With the new 1500 EcoDiesel, FCA’s Ram brand revolutionizes the half-ton pickup truck segment with the first-ever diesel-powered offering in North America. Now holding most fuel-efficient title in the…

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Road Test Review

One summer, when I was around ten years old, my uncle decided to drive us from the Croatian coast to the Alps of Slovenia. A wonderful vacation, though I still remember gagging on diesel fumes as we followed a string of heavily laden trucks along a mountain pass. We couldn't have imagined that in just a few decades, Dr. Diesel's engine would reach today's level of civility.

Dr. Rudolph Diesel either fell, was pushed, or jumped from the deck of a cross-Channel ferry while on his way to England. That was September 29, 1913, some time before his patented engine design became successful. The motor mounted in the Ram 1500 Diesel would have surely done the good doctor proud, it is a gem of a powerplant, ideally suited to light and medium duty trucks. The basic design has been proven over the years in European utility vehicles. In current form it produces 420 lb-ft of torque, the pulling power you need for both work and play. Measured fuel economy during my test, which included some Read Full Story