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RAM 1500 Laramie 2021 4WD PickUp Review

Ram 1500 – Sometimes I have a vehicle that simply feels good to drive such as the RAM 1500 Laramie Pick-Up truck I had this week.

The latest 1500 DT model was released in Mid-2021 and comes with a host of luxury, safety and technology updates that sit it firmly in the luxury SUV class.

Powered by a mild hybrid 5.7L Hemi V8 that produces power of 291kW and torque of 556Nm. There is a nice V8 burble as you would expect but also some innovative fuel saving technology as well. Make no mistake though this heavy Truck is thirsty.


The 12 inch vertical configurable touchscreen has intuitive split screen display capability. It is a standout feature as are the little luxuries like heated and cooled front seats, heated outer rear seats, premium sound system, 360 degree surround camera system and smart phone integration.

Space is the key to the Laramie, with huge multi-function central console bin, plenty of head room and an abundance of rear leg room, enough so that my 190cm frame sits comfortably.

The RAM 1500 Ute starts at a touch under $80,000 and goes through to just under $140,000 and actually is well priced compared to luxury SUVs without the space or practicality.

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Im Rob Fraser

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A special mention to the Uconnect® 4 system and class-exclusive, 12-inch fully configurable touchscreen with split-screen display functionality make for a hi-tech environment. 360-degree Surround View Camera with bird’s-eye perspective of vehicle, Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlay® functionality, voice-controlled satellite navigation, multifunction USB ports and an integrated wireless charging pad add to the fully-connected experience.

This is a Motoring Minute

Im Rob Fraser

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Space everywhere
  • Packed with safety and luxury features
  • V8 Burble
  • No HUD
  • V8 Petrol is thirsty
  • No reach adjustment for steering


RAM 1500 Laramie PickUp  

Model Price From $114.950 MLP*
Engine 5.7L V8 Mild Hybrid
Drivetrain 8 speed Auto Dual range 4WD
Power 291kW @ 5600rpm
Torque 556Nm @ 3950rpm
Safety N/A ANCAP
CO2 Emissions N/A
0-100kmh / top speed N/A
Economy ADR / Tank 12.2 L/100km ADR, 13.5 L/100km over our test / 98L
Servicing 12 months / 12,000 km
Warranty 3yr/ 100,000 km with 3 Yr. conditional roadside assist

 *MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options.

*RDAP is a recommended drive away price.

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
4WD Ability / Towing 9
Technology / connectivity 9
Value for Money 9


Overall Length 5916mm
Wheelbase 3572mm
Width / Height 2084mm / 1971mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 226mm / N/A
Approach/Ramp over/Departure 20.4 / 18.6 / 20.4 degrees
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 98 Litres / 14.08mts KTK
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 2455kg / 3450kg / 7950kg / 833kg
Tub L / W(between wheels) / /H 1712mm / 1270mm / N/Amm
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 4500kg / 450kg

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