With dual-cab utes commanding crazy prices and four-wheel drive SUVs seeing costs go crazy, a list price of $128,850 (plus on-road costs) for a Ram 1500 Laramie with Ramboxes actually doesn’t seem that big of an ask, even if it’s $4000 more than what you would have paid earlier this year.
After all, this isn’t your average work truck. In fact, it’s such a primo piece of kit, the Ram 1500 has won awards for being the best luxury vehicle on the market in the US. Seriously.
Some of that must come down to the standard equipment list, which is extensive, and includes: 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, power side steps, part-leather seat trim, 5x USB ports and 4x USB-C ports, a wireless phone charger, 12.0-inch touchscreen media system, 19-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, 7.0-inch driver info cluster, sat nav, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and more.
It’s pretty loaded for the money, but one massive consideration you need to keep in mind: buyers who choose a Ram 1500 Laramie at the moment will miss out on a range of standard safety gear that the previous version came with due to the global semiconductor shortage.
All the following items are now missing, but were fitted to the vehicle I tested: pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, trailer sensing technology, a 360-degree surround view camera, and auto parking technology that are all now missing from the Laramie.
Premium paint - so, all colours but the Bright White you see here - adds $950 to the price.