The 2012 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn 4×4 MegaCab

The 2012 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn 4×4 MegaCab

This truck is massive and it definitely turns heads in more ways than one. In the first day of driving the Ram 2500 through the streets of Winnipeg, pulling up next to other pickup drivers, I’d get the occasional glance and “the nod.” The nod basically affirmed the manliness of this powerful, bold and beautiful truck. Nods were more pronounced from other Ram truck owners so I affectionately referred to them as “Ram nods” on several instances on Twitter.

In addition to the “Ram nods,” I also got “the look” on more than one occasion. Let’s just say that I’m not your stereotypical truck owner and wearing a suit and tie that day, made “the look” even more comical. As I smiled and waved back, the light turned green and I was on my way again. Basically, this truck was designed and built for cowboys. The look also established that this truck means business. Depending on what line of business you may be in, it’s built for heavy duty work, and heavy duty fun.

The exquisite leather trim in the Laramie Longhorn edition comes with soft premium leather highlighted by laser etched designs on the seats, glove box, and all across the front dashboard. The only thing missing is a hook to hang your cowboy hat. The premium leather package also comes with heated seats for our cold Canadian prairie winters and forced-air cooled seats for our blazing hot prairie summers.

On or off-road, the Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn owns the road. The front grill is bold and behind it, a 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel 6-speed automatic 350hp engine with a maximum towing capacity of 9,600lbs. This truck could literally move houses if it had to. The other engine option is a 5.7L V8 HEMI with an 8,800lbs towing capacity.

City driving isn’t so kind to the Ram 2500. Parking the truck in a shopping mall lot takes patience and skill. Equipped with a MegaCab and an 8’2” long box, the Ram 2500 occupies two parking spots and forget going into any underground parking garage. Trying to find a parking spot in downtown Winnipeg was next to impossible and just meant a longer walk to your destination.

The Ram 2500 is available in different trim levels beginning with the ST (starting at around 30,345), SXT, Tradesmen, Express, SLT, Outdoorsman, R/T, Big Horn, Sport, Laramie and on the top end, the Laramie Longhorn (starting at $50,745). Price as tested for the Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn Edition I drove last month was just over $73,000.

Competing vehicles that match up to the Ram 2500 include the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, GMC Sierra 2500 HD and the Ford F-350 Super Duty.