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The 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab: The Beast Of Luxury

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In today’s world, we’re a little spoiled in terms of demanding more than just the average function from your vehicle. These days, consumers require state-of-the-art technology while lusting after a beautiful exterior style. Fortunately, the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab has just that and then some.

Under The Hood

For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab has a powerful 395 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and a Multi-Displacement System (MDS) included. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), VVT improves engine breathing, which improves engine efficiency and power. Ram’s fuel-saving MDS seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed, and V-8 mode when more power from the new 5.7-liter HEMI engine is in demand. The 5.7-liter engine has the option of upgrading to an eTorque System and is matched at an eight-speed automatic 8HP75 transmission.

Once equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 engine, the Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab has a maximum towing capacity of 11,340 pounds and a payload capacity, when properly equipped, of 1,770 pounds. The HEMI engine also allows for a pretty sweet entry-ramp acceleration on the highway. The Ram 1500 Laramie has a fuel economy of 20 mpg on the highway, mainly due to the active air dams and upper grille shutters to improve its aerodynamics at higher speeds. FCA engineers also decreased the Ram 1500s weight by 225 lbs. This is due to the high-strength steel, composites, and aluminum to shave the extra pounds.

Inside + Out

The exterior style of the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab is sleek and can make anyone look like a Star Wars Villain – thanks to the sculpted hood, shiny headlamps, and elaborate in-your-face grille design. As mentioned in our “2019 Ram Storage Compartments, Even Some Hidden Ones Too” article, the interior and exterior of the 2019 Ram 1500 are loaded with plenty of storage space and hidden cargo compartments. The interior cabin screams luxury and comfort, specifically with the full leather trim, chromed-metal fixtures, and a large bench seat in the second row. For the 2019 model year, the interior cabin has been expanded by 4-inches, so the second row now has 45.1-inches of legroom and the seat can recline up to eight degrees.

Additionally, all of the seats in the Laramie trim come heated, and only the front seats offer A/C venting. So, why not in the second row? That’s due to the 40/20/40 fold-down bench seat that can be configured in order to make more room for cargo that isn’t able to be stored in the pickup bed. Along with the under seat storage option, the Laramie trim also offers RamBins. 5.5-inches longer than the previous Ram model, the RamBins can fit up to a 4-inch drop hitch with integrated tie-down loops for additional assistance in securing extra cargo. Returning for 2019 is the RamBox Cargo Management System that can be installed into the sides of the truck bed (optional add-on).

In terms of entertainment, no expense was spared in the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie trim level. Given the option of a 12-inch touchscreen, the Laramie trim is standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The impressive 12-inch touchscreen is easy and intuitive while having split-screen capabilities allowing two applications to operate at the same time. For our techie friends, there are numerous USB ports around the cabin including a USB-A and the newer USB-C for ultra-fast charging. Furthermore, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound System is an optional feature, while a 9-speaker system with a subwoofer comes standard. The 8.4-inch display includes Uconnect 4 that features Apple CarPlay/Google Android Auto capabilities for added convenience.    

We won’t lie, parking this beast is a bit of a challenge in the city but some added walking distance really does the body good! Come test drive the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab at the Miami Lakes Automall today!

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2019 Ram Storage Compartments, and Even Some Hidden Ones Too

While any Ram pickup truck, used for personal or commercial use, offers premium capabilities to take on any job – sometimes hard-working truck owners require additional storage and organizational options. The 2019 Ram 1500 is equipped with a Best-in-Class interior storage volume, in-floor storage, and a RamBox Cargo Management System among other cargo compartments that are available.

RamBox Cargo Management System

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Available in either 6-foot-4-inch (quad cab) or 5-foot-7-inch (crew cab) truck beds, the Class-Exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System is a secure storage compartment that can be installed into the side rails of a light-duty or heavy-duty truck. Durable and efficient, the RamBox system allows truck owners to have an additional place to store tools and other items. Not only does the RamBox offer a convenient location for more massive objects, but it can also be locked for additional security by utilizing the remote keyless entry, class-exclusive all-secure central locking system. The RamBox includes cargo box lighting, cargo bed extender and divider, and car bed rails with four adjustable tie-down cleats.

As previously mentioned, the RamBox is available on either 6-foot-4-inch or 5-foot-7-inch truck beds. To give consumers a better idea of just how much the Rambox is capable of, it can hold about 140 standard beverage cans. Furthermore, the maximum cargo bed volume for the 2019 Ram 1500 is 61.5 cubic feet and has the ability to hold a significant amount of 4×8 sheets of plywood.

Hidden Storage Compartments

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Along with the RamBox Cargo System, the interior cabin of the 2019 Ram 1500 also includes some hidden storage compartments. Beginning with the rear flat-load floor, this hidden storage compartment, according to Ram, provides additional passenger comfort, usability, and extra cargo storage. The under-seat storage is another concealed cargo compartment. The Class-Exclusive under-storage can be located after folding up the rear bench seat and is capable of storing up to 40 liters using the fold out feature. Lastly, 5.5-inches more extended than the previous Ram models, the Ram Bins can fit up to a 4-inch drop hitch with integrated tie downs for added assistance in securing extra cargo.

The 2019 Ram 1500 also features a class-exclusive reconfigurable center console. Yes, a center console isn’t necessarily hidden, but the amount of storage space is surprising. The center console can charge up to five cell phones, hang file folders, has space for a 15-inch laptop, and also includes Type-C USB high-speed charging ports.

The under-seat storage feature is optional on the Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, and Rebel crew cab models only and the floor console is standard only on the Rebel trim.

Mopar Cargo Accessories

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For the 2019 Ram model year, the folks at Mopar decided the all-new pickup truck would not be complete without some sweet accessories.

Some of those optional accessories include:

  • Class four hitch receiver – tow rating of 12,750 lbs
  • Ball mount adapter kit – three drop sizes available
  • Pickup box adjustable utility rails
  • Cleats that slide along the rail system to secure cargo of just about any size
  • Cargo bed divider
  • Bed sliding toolbox
  • Bed mount cargo carrier
  • Ski and snowboard carrier   

Along with all the previously named storage options, it’s definitely safe to say that consumers can pack their Ram 1500 in full, stay organized, and not waste any space. Interested in test driving the all-new 2019 Ram 1500? Visit the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory lineup. Stay updated with all things Ram by following us on social media.

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The Seven-Year Itch Is No Match For The Ram 1500

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We’ve all heard the common phrase “The Seven-Year Itch.” You know, the supposed decline of happiness in a marriage after (you guessed it) seven years. Fortunately for Ram enthusiasts, this won’t be an issue. According to a study administered by iSeeCars.com, Ram 1500 owners are more inclined to keep their pickup trucks over seven years. Here’s why…

The survey consists of analyzing over six million used vehicles that are at least five-years-old or older. Researchers only examined vehicles that were owned for more than five years and in production for more than nine years, in order to avoid effects from short-term leases. The average age of each vehicle was determined when they were first listed for sale. The study discovered that pickup trucks, as a segment, are owned longer than the overall average of 7.4 to 7.7 years. Comparatively, there is little difference in ownership within the pickup truck segment as it ranges from 7.2 to 7.8 years.

“Pickup trucks are often used as work vehicles and are known for their durability,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “Pickup truck drivers are likely to place more value on function and reliability rather than keeping up with modern design and technology trends.”  

When it comes to brand names, the Ram 1500 offers long-lasting durability and affordable parts. A common misconception is that older cars are less reliable, but when properly cared for, Ram trucks can hit over 200,000 miles with minimal maintenance issues. That means any truck developed by the legendary Ram brand can still be found in phenomenal condition. Not only that, but parts are affordable and easy to find. For example, consumers can find a part that once belonged to a 2014 or 2015 Ram 1500 model, and chances are, there won’t be an issue installing it into a more recent model.

Aside from durability and affordability, the Ram 1500 also has great overall safety and a plethora of standard safety features onboard. Some of those safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Front and Rear Head Airbag
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks

Additionally, any model that is equipped with Uconnect has the ability to immediately connect to 911 in the event of an emergency situation. So, whether consumers prefer a new or used Ram 1500, there is little room for disappointment. Come test drive the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 today at the Miami Lakes Automall. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, we offer a huge variety of new and used cars. For more information, visit our website or follow us on social media.

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All Cars Go To Heaven, Even The Chevrolet City Express

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All good things must come to an end – General Motors announced their decision to discontinue their small work van, the Chevrolet City Express. But fret not, there are still plenty of work van options to choose from. Final orders were taken in September of 2017, so this will be its last production year. Since its debut in 2014, General Motors partnered with Nissan Motor Company to develop the City Express – a spin-off of the Nissan NV200.

At the time of its release, the Chevrolet City Express was set to be a direct competitor to the Ford Transit Connect and the Ram ProMaster City. According to the U.S. Vice President of GM fleet and commercial sales, Ed Peper, he stated that the company saw “tons of opportunity” in the small commercial van market. Yet, with what seemed like a promising future, where did the City Express go wrong?

Since its initial debut in February of 2014, the Chevrolet City Express gained little traction from the public in the emerging segment. The only time sales peaked (at 10,283 units sold) was in 2015, which was also its first full year on the market. To date, less than 30,000 City Express units have been sold since its official release in November 2014. Contrary to the City Express, its direct competitor, the Ram ProMaster City was also released in 2015. However, their sales did significantly better – more than 11,000 units to be exact. Furthermore, Nissan sold more than 17,300 NV200s and Ford also sold more than 52,200 Transit Connects.

Fortunately, the discontinuation of the Chevrolet City Express will not affect the sales of the Chevrolet Express. Since its launch in 1995, the Chevrolet Express has received minimal updates including a small facelift in 2003 and occasional engine updates. The traditional commercial style and truck-like construction of the Chevrolet Express is ideal for workers on the move. Moreover, for those consumers interested in looking outside of the Chevrolet box, the Ram ProMaster City is another quintessential option for commercial workers.     

The 2018 Ram ProMaster City is a smart choice for fleet operators, due to its low price and high functionality. Considered the most capable work van in America, this commercial van offers plenty of capability for small-business consumers. All variants of the Ram ProMaster City are offered standard with a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir I4 engine and a class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter engine delivers a best-in-class 178 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. The ProMaster City provides two configurations – the Tradesman Cargo Van and Passenger Wagon; each offer their own trim levels as well.

In order to provide commercial works a reliable work van, the Ram ProMaster City offers a best-in-class 131.7 cubic feet cargo capacity paired with a best-in-class 28 highway mpg. Due to this, workers are able to transport more, use less gas, and save money on maintenance costs. According to Ram, due to the front-wheel-drive configuration, the ProMaster City has fewer mechanical parts than rear-wheel-drive system that requires a rear differential. As a result, maintenance costs are significantly lower. Furthermore, servicing the ProMaster City isn’t required as often, due to the 10,000 mile oil change intervals.

Some additional standard features include, 60/40 split rear doors, a Parkview rear backup camera, 5-year/unlimited-mile rust through limited warranty, and dual sliding doors that open up to 26-inches. Lastly, the Ram ProMaster City has a starting MSRP of $23,995 (plus destination fee). Here at the Miami Lakes Automall, we offer plenty of 2018 Ram ProMaster City work vans. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, consumers can also visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection. Keep up with the conversations and follow us on social media!

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Then and Now: Ram Power Wagon

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The Ram Power Wagon has definitely evolved since its debut in 1945. Despite the fact that the Power Wagon hasn’t really changed, numerous variants have been developed throughout the past 73 years. This Military inspired pickup truck has quite an extensive background, including its “Power Wagon” name.

History + Variants

FUN FACT! Prior to the “Ram Power Wagon” name, its original name was actually the Dodge Power Wagon.

The Dodge Power Wagon was mechanically derived from Dodge’s 1942-1945 WC series military trucks and was developed with the intention to compete with military-based Ford/Marmon-Herrington and GMC trucks. The following year after making its debut in 1945, the Dodge Power Wagon became the first civilian 4×4 truck available. It was powered by a 230-inch flathead Inline six-cylinder (I6) engine and paired to a four-speed transmission, a two-speed transfer case, and included a part-time four-wheel drive (4WD) drivetrain. This specific model was equipped with 16-inch wheels and had a power take-off switch to reroute the power to the auxiliary equipment. Lastly, the Power Wagon had a maximum payload capacity of 3,000 pounds and a gross vehicle rating of 8,700 lbs.

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There weren’t many significant changes made to the power wagon from 1945 to 1956. As previously mentioned, the Dodge Power Wagon models were derived from the original “Military Type” model. In 1952, the Willock Chassis Swivel debuted. The most interesting aspect of this pickup truck, is that it allowed for the wagon’s truck bed and cabin to rotate independently from one another. Unfortunately, it was short lived and production ended six years later in 1958. By 1957, significant changes began and Dodge introduced the light-duty W100 and W200 pickup trucks for their segment at that time. Throughout the next few years, the W300, W500, and W600 were introduced to the lineup. Yet, in 1977, the Dodge brand discontinued production on all medium-duty models.

As the Power Wagon began to grow in size and weight, a big block 383 V8 engine became an available option starting in 1967 – including various engineering and styling enhancements. Although the basic “look” of the Power Wagon was preserved, in 1972, significant changes were introduced like various grille designs and exterior paint options. A couple years later, the extended “Club Cab” was released and brought along several benefits with it. Not only did sales numbers increase, but it became noticeably popular with families and campers. Over time, the four-door Crew Cab grew to be far less common, and because of its rarity, it became a collectors item.

“What’s In A Name?”  

All good things unfortunately must come an end, and in 1981, the Dodge Power Wagon nameplate was discontinued. As a result, it was exclusively called “Power Wagon” and the name “Dodge Ram” began. The name “Dodge Ram”, depending on your generation, might sound familiar. In 1989, the Cummins turbo-diesel engine was released as an available option, but that only lasted until about 1993. Soon after the respective name plate “Dodge Ram” made its return in 2005 with the Dodge Ram 2500 model, however, the Ram Brand split from Dodge for good in 2009.

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2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

Today, consumers can expect a lot from the 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon. Powered by a 6.4-liter Heavy Duty V8 HEMI engine that’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the 6.4-liter V8 can produce 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. Exclusive standard features include: front and rear locking differentials, a 4.10 axle ratio, a maximum towing capacity of 9,910 pounds and a payload capacity of 1,470 pounds. With the Power Wagon’s 8.3-inches of ground clearance, the optional side steps might come in handy. Finally, the Power Wagon is only available as a Crew Cab with a 6’4” box.

Interested in test driving a 2018 Ram 2500? Visit the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for our entire new car inventory selection. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.  

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