If these vehicles get any larger, homes are going to wish to come back with RV-size storage doorways within the close to future.

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We’re a very long time faraway from the times when stuntin’ on the neighborhood required a European luxurious sedan. The pickup zeitgeist has elbowed its approach into the fold, mixing work and play within the type of high-dollar vehicles that allow drivers luxuriate whereas dragging round full trailers. The 2021 Ram 1500 Restricted Longhorn’s aesthetic of alternative won’t be everybody’s cup of sarsaparilla, but it surely’s exhausting to disclaim that this trim is a Twenty first-century redefinition of the nice ol’ original luxurious automobile.

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From the surface, the 2021 Ram 1500 Restricted Longhorn hides its fanciness. Except trim-specific badges on the edges and rear, this pickup appears fairly darn pedestrian. Its 20-inch alloy wheels look proportional to the physique, somewhat than the flashy 21-plus-inchers seen on some huge vehicles and SUVs. There is a mess of chrome on the surface, however most each Ram 1500 has that.

There are just a few seen upgrades if you understand what to search for. The Delmonico Crimson (sure, just like the steak) paint job is optionally available, however at $100 it is surprisingly reasonably priced. The locking RamBox storage answer, which is nice in the event you want a small trunk along with the mattress, asks for one more $995. Ram’s intelligent break up tailgate, which may swing open like French doorways in addition to do the standard up-down stuff, is a part of a $1,220 tenth Anniversary Restricted Longhorn bundle that additionally zhuzhes up the inside with upgraded bucket seats and a singular gauge cluster theme.

After which there’s the inside, which is pushing into the realm of caricature. Make no mistake: It feels rattling plush with actual leather-based, metallic and wooden just about wherever your eyes and palms can wander. But it additionally appears prefer it’s making an attempt only a smidge too exhausting, with simulated sawblade marks and hot-iron branding on the wooden, rough-cut suede strips between dashboard layers and complex carvings on the metallic trim. Should you’ve ever been to the Cow Palace in Amado, Arizona, it is so much like that: a shiny cowboy veneer over conventional fare. It isn’t my style, however I can not deny that it’s extremely well-executed and won’t solely make its house owners very blissful, it will present an aspirational trim for youthful truck-buyers to work as much as. If that is your solely car, you will not be left wanting for something — correctly, contemplating the Restricted Longhorn represents the lineup’s pinnacle.

Along with the high-cost fripperies, this Ram 1500 crew cab proves solidly succesful for staff and households. There are cubbies, drawers and different hidey-holes for each occupant. There’s a lot legroom within the again that you may splay all day, and in the event you want extra (or drier) storage than the mattress affords, the rear seats hinge upward, uncovering a flat flooring with trays to maintain issues from rolling round.

Git alongside, little doggies (and massive ponies)

Pickup vehicles boast oodles of functionality proper out of the field, so it is no shock the Restricted Longhorn would not add something past aesthetics. However its present setup is greater than ample.

My tester rocks the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 mated to a 48-volt eTorque gentle hybrid system, a $1,995 improve over the bottom 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and only a couple hundred bucks greater than the 5.7-liter sans eTorque. A motor-generator and a small battery pack search to spice up usability, eschewing a want for monster peak torque figures and as a substitute working as a 130-pound-foot torque fill at low revs when you must, for instance, pull a ship out of the water. It additionally extends the engine’s stop-start functionality, which is clean as heat butter on this iteration. Truthfully, more often than not you will not even know the system is working, which is excessive reward for any mildly electrified car.

Nevertheless, the mildness of the hybrid means it would not transfer the needle on gas economic system. The feds peg the 2021 Ram 1500 Restricted Longhorn at 17 mpg metropolis and 22 mpg freeway with four-wheel drive, whether or not or not there’s extra electrons within the combine. These figures aren’t too unhealthy for a V8-powered metal ingot, and I’ve no drawback assembly them in real-world use.

More often than not, you will by no means even know the hybrid system is working, which can be nice information for some hybrid holdouts.

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Because the Ram 1500’s eTorque stuff would not have an effect on peak figures, the 5.7-liter’s output stays at 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft, which is greater than sufficient to roast the rear tires with an unladen mattress if I am too exhausting on the throttle whereas turning onto a quick street. The usual eight-speed automated transmission is a peach, making its approach up or down the gears with ease.

Whereas the Ram 1500 Restricted Longhorn might possess luxury-car ranges of inside high quality, experience high quality is just a little more durable to match. You’ll be able to’t actually conceal body-on-frame development, so even the very best of trims will nonetheless incur shudders over harsh bumps and freeway operation stays boaty-floaty, though the optionally available air suspension might clean a few of that out. On gently curved roads within the manifold forests of Michigan, although, the Ram is a clean operator. Visibility is nice, however keep in mind there is no getting across the absolute monstrous dimensions of contemporary crew-cab light-duty pickups: Count on near-constant vigilance, lest an errant breeze ship your fenders over the dashed white traces. The throttle and brake are tuned properly, making for smooth stops and begins that prioritize consolation.

If you wish to get some Truck Stuff executed, Ram’s very happy to allow you to pay extra money to make that occur. My tester consists of the $995 Trailer Tow Group bundle that provides reverse steering management, path tire strain monitoring and an built-in brake controller. There’s additionally a $840 Off-Street Group bundle that throws in a locking rear axle, hill-descent management and a buttload of skid plates. Package it out proper, and you may drag greater than 11,000 kilos behind you — or throw practically 2,000 kilos of no matter within the mattress.

Whether or not you are working or not, the Restricted Longhorn’s seats will hold you comfy.

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I haven’t got a cowboy joke for tech

Uconnect. That is it; that is the tweet. Stellantis’ long-running infotainment system will get higher and higher with each iteration, and the story stays the identical for the 2021 Ram 1500. Its honkin’ 12-inch portrait display is a 12 months or two previous now, but it surely’s no much less spectacular or succesful, displaying a number of pages onscreen concurrently and providing easy shortcuts between numerous corners. You’ll be able to even drag and drop stuff onto the dock on the backside of the display, in case you are like me and wish one-touch entry to a surround-view digital camera. And sure, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are each accounted for.

The one bummer is that it isn’t low cost. The 8-inch Uconnect getup is customary, however the huge boy will be optioned individually for $1,395, or it may be discovered as a part of the $3,895 Longhorn Degree 1 Gear Group bundle that additionally features a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, energy working boards, ventilated rear seats, wi-fi system charging and blind-spot monitoring. Why it isn’t customary on a $56,875 pickup truck is a query for the bean counters.

Gone are the times when vehicles would present up at dealerships utterly devoid of newfangled security applied sciences. Most now carry not less than some customary security methods, and within the Ram 1500’s case, that features ahead collision warning, automated emergency braking and parking sensors. The great things is tucked away in a $1,695 Superior Security Group bundle that provides full-speed adaptive cruise management, lane-keeping help, automated parking help and a surround-view digital camera system.

Ram’s optionally available portrait display is a beautiful infotainment setup that makes good use of that gargantuan dashboard.

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Right down to brass tacks

The 2021 Ram 1500 most intently resembles a luxurious automobile when your eyes are pointed on the window sticker. The Restricted Longhorn is the second costliest trim, beginning at $56,875. With all of the bells and whistles talked about above, its out-the-door value is a staggering $71,400 — and do not forget, nearly none of that cash goes towards boosting functionality. Actually, I am not fairly certain the place that cash goes. Sure, the leather-based may be very fancy, however on the identical time, the window switches are unchanged from once they first appeared within the Dodge Journey years in the past.

The Restricted Longhorn trim leans exhausting on Western aesthetics, but it surely’s not like that is a singular alternative within the section. The Chevy Silverado has its Excessive Nation trim, however its inside design is hella dated and feels nowhere close to as luxurious because the Ram. The Ford F-150 King Ranch has about the identical stage of over-the-top campiness. Not like another competitor, although, it is obtainable as a full-on hybrid and never only a gentle one.

In all honesty, lots of truck-buyers have their minds made up already because the tribalism concerned in choosing a light-duty pickup appears to stretch past fans. What I can say, then, is that in the event you’re searching for a Ram 1500 that may function each a correct work machine and a car comfortable and fancy sufficient behind the wheel to make you are feeling particular, the Restricted Longhorn is greater than as much as the duty.

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