REVIEW: 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn Does Cowboy Right

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Several years ago, marketers at major truck makers figured out cowboys bought expensive trucks. Like, really, really expensive trucks. This lead to Western-styled trucks filled with expensive (profitable) upgrades. With nearly every truckmaker offering one of these themed models, only one stands out on top – the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn.

IMG_6160_BESTBathed in rich, luxurious leather materials and filled with all sorts of unique styling treatments, Ram’s Laramie Longhorn edition takes the Cowboy styling to a whole new level. Not only are the interior materials luxurious, the wood-lined trim, subtle touches and rear-seat saddle bag storage adds just the perfect amount of styling to the overall look and feel.

IMG_6155_BESTPlus, ranchers and cowboys quite often need lots of storage options for tie straps, rope, harnesses and other items. Ram gets this with numerous storage options throughout the cabin as well as the versatile and handy Ram boxes on the side of the bed. While critics will point to the lack of bed cargo space thanks to the Ram boxes, we were able to easily slide in a 4×8’ sheet of drywall.

IMG_6148_BESTOn the exterior, the Laramie Longhorn continues to shine with just the right amount of chrome without becoming overwhelming. The overall styling is among the best in the industry and our tester’s two-tone paint job really stood out anywhere we went.

IMG_6138_BESTPowering our 1500 is Ram’s new 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel engine mated to an 8-speed transmission. This truck returns exceptionally fuel economy with EPA estimates of 19/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined. While fuel economy varies by the user, we were able to mostly get those numbers with highway being slightly less due to weather conditions and changes in elevation.

IMG_6092_BESTA surprising part of the truck though is in the payload (852 lbs) and towing (8,550 lbs) capacities. Many people associate diesel with towing prowess. While towing with this truck, it handled our load of 3,420 lbs 18’ fiberglass boat just OK. We could feel the load with just the driver in the cabin. Plus, with the driver weighing 230 lbs, this only left us with 522 lbs of payload capacity. Add camping gear, boat gear, food and passengers and you would have to be careful to not overload the truck.

IMG_6140_BESTAre the towing and payload numbers concerning? Of course not, just something to keep in mind. If that is a con, the pro has to be the fuel economy, superior ride quality thanks to the rear coil springs, plush interior and easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system.

IMG_6131_BESTIn the end, Ram has been working hard to try to build enough of these trucks and for good reason. Getting 27 mpg in a full-size truck was unheard of just a few years ago. Add in all the luxurious features, versatility with storage options and great styling, this truck is very appealing. No wonder it almost makes up 30 percent of Ram’s entire truck output.

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn 4WD

  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic


  • 92 Rear Axle – $50
  • 0L V6 EcoDiesel – $3,120
  • RamBox Cargo Management System – $1,295
  • Trailer Brake Control – $230


Price – $55,970 including $1,195 destination



  • Exterior/Interior Styling
  • Storage Options
  • Fuel Economy


  • Dial shifter
  • Payload/Towing Capacities
Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl

Hailing from Western Nebraska, Tim has covered the automotive industry for many years. He has written for a variety of outlets including Truck Trend,, and others. He is a married father of three and an avid golfer.