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2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn: One of America’s most luxurious cabins

by Patrick Rall on

Full-size trucks have come a long way over the course of the past 20 years in terms of interior comfort and with the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn is the leader in pickup luxury. In fact, with amenities that have previously been reserved for the premium luxury models and features that you can’t even get on Europe’s priciest six-figure sedans, the new half-ton Ram truck in Limited form is one of the best luxury vehicles on sale in America today.

2019 Ram

I recently had a chance to spend a week driving the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn with the 5.7-liter Hemi and the 8-speed automatic transmission – both of which work together to make it one of the strongest, quickest and most-capable half-ton trucks on sale today. If you are shopping for a new truck and you like big power, you definitely want to opt for the Hemi when buying a 2019 Ram, but today’s review isn’t about the Hemi or any aspect of driving truck. Today, we are focusing on the aspects of the 2019 Ram 1500 Limited that everyone can enjoy and that is, of course, the interior.

The Longhorn

The Laramie Longhorn package for the 2019 Ram 1500 is technically one step down from the top-of-the-line Limited trim level, but when you add some options to the Longhorn, it has a similar layout to the Limited with the key difference being the distinct western-themed trim throughout the cabin. This includes saddle-brown leather seating surfaces and door panels with contrasting black leather on the other portions of the seats, other portions of the door panels, through the center console and across the dash. The black leather has brown stitching throughout the cabin and from the dash to the door panels to the steering wheel, the Laramie Longhorn features real wood trim with a natural grain look and feel.

Ram 1500 Dash

The Longhorn package also includes leather saddle bags similar to what you would find on a saddle on the back of the front seats, along with unique belt buckle-style badging throughout the captain and western filigree-style detail around the gauges.

Ram 1500

The materials in the Laramie Longhorn look and feel like something that you would be more likely to see in a $100,000 luxury sedan, but that is only the beginning. However, my test truck had a sticker price of $66,650, making it more capable and less expensive than luxury models with the same – or less – features.

The Seats

In addition to the front seats of the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn being wrapped in premium leather, they are filled with plush padding that is laid out to create remarkably comfortable seats. They have deep enough bolsters to cradle your body, but the area between the bolsters is big enough that it doesn’t cramp bigger drivers and front passengers. Both front seats have 8-way power adjustment along with heated surfaces and ventilation.

Ram 1500

While the driver’s seat is what will attract most buyers the most, the rear seating area of the 2019 Ram 1500 is worth raving about. Keep in mind that within the last 20 years, sitting in the back seat of a truck meant that you were sitting at an uncomfortable angle with your knees jammed against the back of the front seats and your head jammed against the roof as you quietly hated the passenger in the front seat. Needless to say, those trucks didn’t offer heated or ventilated surfaces, but the new Ram Longhorn rear seat is everything that 90s interiors were not.

Ram 1500

First, the rear seat back rests at an angle that makes for a much more comfortable ride and, like the front seats, the rear outboard seating positions have plush padding wrapped in premium leather. Next, the rear outboard seating positions are both heated and cooled, but here comes the wow factor.

There is so much interior space in the 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab that there is more rear seat legroom than every truck and almost every sedan sold in the USA. Those 45.1-inches of legroom allowed the Ram engineers to introducing a reclining rear seating system that allows the left and right-side rear riders to individually lean their seats by 8 degrees. That reclining amount doesn’t seem like much, but it makes a big impact in comfort on long rides in a segment where most rear seats are fairly uncomfortable.

Ram 1500

Finally, the center of the rear seat folds down to reveal a center console that includes an arm rest, a storage compartment and cup holders.

Plenty of vehicles including other full-size trucks have front seats that can rival the 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn, but nothing outside of luxury sedans offer the level of rear comfort. To get reclining rear seats that are heated, cooled and accompanied by a center console, you have to shop the highest-priced luxury vehicles from European and Japanese automakers – or you can buy a new Ram 1500.

Technology

The crown jewel of the Longhorn – and several other new 2019 Ram 1500 trim levels – is the 12-inch UConnect infotainment screen. Ram is the only automaker other than Tesla to offer a screen of this size and it is nothing short of magnificent. This huge screen can work as one large unit or you can digitally split it into two smaller units. Mind you, the “smaller” screens are the same size as the UConnect screen in my 2017 Hellcat Challenger, so the 12-inch screen becomes two 8.4-inch screens and that allows you to view two modes at the same time.

Ram 1500

For instance, while driving the Ram Longhorn to a local FCA media event in downtown Detroit, I had the screen split to display the navigation on one screen while the other was the radio display. This allowed me to flip between channels while sitting in traffic without going away from the navigation screen, whereas in my Challenger, I would have to flip back and forth while on the move. Of course, if you aren’t using your navigation, the big screen in its 12-inch configuration displays loads of information on whatever you are listening or the HVAC system in the most impressive fashion of any mainstream vehicle sold in the USA.

Best of all, around that gigantic screen is an assortment of traditional knobs and buttons that allow you to make adjustments to the climate control system or the radio without using the touch screen. As a result, if you are driving the truck with gloves on, you won’t need to remove one to adjust the temperature or radio station. Along the same lines, the steering wheel has controls for the radio as well, so you can change the station or the volume level without taking your hands off of the wheel.

Ram 1500

Below the big screen, there is a cool switch panel with controls for the integrated trailer brake, the adjustable suspension, traction control, tow mode and the parking systems. Below that, Ram has included a CD slot, a quartet of USB ports and the “Ramcharger” – a big wireless charging pad that both holds your phone and charges it.

Of course, the gorgeous screen is run by the FCA UConnect infotainment system, which is easily one of the best in the business today, and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is unrivaled in the truck segment – and most other segments.

Ram 1500

In offering the biggest screen among mainstream automakers, one of the most impressive speaker systems, one of the most awarded infotainment software systems and a high tech gauge cluster, there is no other truck on sale today that can compete with the Ram 1500 Longhorn. The only real competitors for this interior are the high-priced Tesla models, as that is the only brand with a similar screen setup. None of the premium luxury brands from Europe or Japan offer anything that truly challenges the new Ram 1500.

When you combine that technology with the massive cabin with unrivaled rear legroom, the plush seats wrapped in premium two-tone leather and the panoramic sunroof, you have a truck that offers one of the most luxurious cabins in the US market. That isn’t just one of the most luxurious cabins in the truck segment – because it is THE most luxurious interior that you can get in a truck – but compared to every vehicle sold in the United States today, the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn has one of the most impressive interior layouts from top to bottom and front to back.

If you want to read more about the driving dynamics and the working abilities of the 2019 Ram 1500, click here for our first drive.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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