2014 Ram 2500HD Laramie Longhorn Quick Test
This Laramie Longhorn 2500 Is Tough On The Outside But Soft On The Inside
With truck manufacturers announcing they are using aluminum in their new ½-ton trucks, it’s nice to know heavy-duty trucks are still just that. The ’14 Ram 2500, for example, has a new frame that uses 50,000-psi-yield-strength steel and includes two additional crossmembers for fifth-wheel use. Speaking of fifth-wheels, even the wiring is included, so you’re ready to go when it comes to hauling the big loads.
And if you’re smart enough to opt for the diesel engine, you’ll get the 6.7L turbo that has 850 lb-ft of torque. Sure, it now has diesel exhaust fluid for emissions control, but this engine is legendary. It’s a big part of what makes this truck a brutal tool that can do any job.
But this Ram truck is not all about brawn. The Napa soft leather seats are about as luxurious as you can imagine. This Laramie Longhorn edition has nicer leathers and better woodgrains than ever before. But there are improvements the eye might not notice that make the truck even better. Laminated windows help reduce wind noise, as do the recessed doors.
And convenience items abound, like the programmable trailer brake settings. You can have one setting for your toy hauler, one for the boat, and one for the garden trailer. Just push a button and the trailer brakes are ready for whatever you are hauling.
Some lament the continued efforts of truck manufacturers to make their vehicles cushier than luxury cars, but we think it can be done without the expense of losing capability and toughness. Tough on the outside—soft on the inside. Maybe that’s it.
“And if you’re smart enough to opt for the diesel engine, you’ll get the 6.7L turbo that has 850 lb-ft of torque.”