RAM 1500 Laramie Sport 2024 Review

Is the RAM 1500 too big for the suburbs

RAM 1500 Laramie Sport – Its no secret that I like the bigger American style Pick-up trucks, so when the opportunity came to drive the latest RAM 1500 Laramie Sport, I grabbed it.

RAM 1500 Laramie Sport 4WD front 5 The Laramie Sport adds layers of features such as colour coded bumpers, grill, and mirrors, and 20-inch alloy wheels. It also comes standard with the clever RamBox style tub with side lockable partitions.

Inside its particularly comfortable with room for five adults in comfort. The Sport comes with a 12-inch digital drivers instrument cluster, surround cameras, additional safety features and adaptive cruise control.

All RAM 1500 pickup trucks are powered by the 5.7-litre V8 HEMI® engine, delivering 291kW and 556Nm through a silky-smooth 8-speed gearbox. This now comes with eTorque technology creating a mild hybrid system for better fuel economy. It wasn’t too bad. We got it down to around 10L/100 on the motorway and around 13l/100k in the urban areas.

RAM 1500 Laramie Sport 4WD transmission

The RAM also comes with a dual range 4WD system and up to 4.5T towing capacity.

As an outback touring or towing vehicle there is a lot of plus points for this truck. Its also well priced against some more traditional 4WD at $136,950 plus the usual costs.

The RAM 1500 Laramie Sport is a different choice for buyers rather than a LandCruiser, Defender or Patrol

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More Ram 1500 Laramie Sport thoughts

There must be a reason to buy the RAM 1500 Laramie Sport.

You want to tow something big. Or you want a practical 4WD for a large family.

Or, like me you simply love this style of pick-up truck and want one.

When you consider what you will pay for a large 4WD like a Toyota LandCruiser GR Sport, or Land Rover Defender, then the purchase price becomes good value by comparison.

Even large premium SUVs start to pale in comparison.

The RAM 1500 Laramie Sport has everything they have plus more for similar price.

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What is good?

  • Powerful V8 Hemi engine
  • 4WD touring and towing ability
  • Interior space and comfort

What is not so good?

  • Parking in suburban and shopping car parks
  • Smaller tub capacity with RAM boxes
  • Sheer size limits true 4WD off-road capability

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Also look at

Buyers of the mid sized Pick-Up trucks now have more choices. They could look at the factory backed models like the  Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Toyota Tundra, Ford F150 

There are a few after market conversion models from Harrison F Trucks, and Performax.

Alternatively buyers could look at the Nissan Patrol Warrior, Toyota LandCruiser GR Sport or the Land Rover Defender

RAM 1500 Laramie Sport eTorque HEMI V8 engine

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Model

1500 Laramie Sport 

Model Price $136, 950 MLP*
Engine 5.7L V8 Hemi e-torque Euro 5
Drivetrain 8 Sp Sports AT Dual Range 4WD
Power 291kW @ 5,600rpm
Torque 556Nm @ 3,950rpm
Safety N/A
0-100kmh / Top Speed TBA
CO2 Emissions 283g/km
Economy ADR 12.2L/100km / 98L capacity
Economy on test 10.2L/100k on motorway 13.2L around town
Max Range 803km estimated
Servicing 12Mth / 12,000km
Warranty 3yr/ 100,000 km
Roadside Assist 3yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excludes 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 means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating 

90/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
AWD/Towing Capability* 9 (4WD 4/5 Towing 5/5)
Technology/connectivity 9
Value for Money 9

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

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Dimensions

 RAM 1500 Laramie Sport

Overall Length 5916mm
Wheelbase 3672mm
Width 2084mm
Height 1971mm
Wheels 20×9.0 Steel
Tyres 275/55 R17
Max ground clearance Up to 217mm
Wading Depth TBC
Approach 20.4 degrees
Rampover 18.6 degrees
Departure angle 20.4 degrees
Turning Circle KTK 14.08m
Tub/Tray Length 1712mm
Tub/ Tray width / arches 1270mm
Tub/Tray Depth TBA
Kerb Weight 2671kg
Payload (kg) 897kg
GVM (kg) 3450kg
GCM 7713kg
Towing Capacity 4500kg
Tow Ball rating 450kg

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Summary

Final thoughts Ram 1500 Laramie Sport
There must be a reason to buy the RAM 1500 Laramie Sport.

You want to tow something big. Or you want a practical 4WD for a large family.

Or, like me you simply love this style of pick-up truck and want one.

About Rob Fraser 2503 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.