When the fracking wildcatters hit the big one on the Car and Driver ranch, we can imagine ambling over to the wellhead in a Cummins-fired Ram 3500 Mega Cab 4×4 dualie. And we’re not alone. U.S. automakers make billions of dollars each year selling full-size pickup trucks by the, er, truckload. It’s a fairly unique American phenomenon, having so much heavy-duty rolling stock in so many personal hands that you’d be forgiven for thinking of it as a sacrosanct amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But what’s even more special is the way some brands have complemented that capability by slathering heaping dollops of luxury onto and into their HD rigs.
Take, for instance, our Laramie Longhorn–trimmed Ram test truck. German high-end luxury sedans take notice: The western-themed Longhorn has almost as much leather upholstery and trim as do the livestock the truck is trailering. It displays more six-shooter-style filigree on the dash and doors than Ted Cruz would at an NRA open-carry picnic. There are enough seat warmers to keep five large denim-shod butts toasty. Real barbed-wire-scarred fencepost wood trim? The Longhorn’s got it, and short of actual Longhorn horns splayed across the grille (not a Ram option—as of now), it’s inexplicably appropriate here. Yet the big Ram is also tech-savvy, having Chrysler’s latest Uconnect 8.4-inch touch-screen navigation, as well as voice-command, Bluetooth, and mobile Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities.
Dualie My Mega
The Mega Cab is just that—mega by means of an expansive four-door crew cab that’s been stretched a few inches to add a one-by-six-foot storage area behind the now-reclinable rear seats. The downside is the Mega Cab can’t be configured with the eight-foot cargo bed, only the “short” six-foot, four-inch one. But spanning nearly 21 feet nose to hitch, the Mega Cab is probably already long enough. Wide enough, too, as dualie versions like our test truck fill a traffic lane with few inches to spare. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by RON SESSIONS