Road test: 2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4

Overview Swanky and powerful pickup
Pros Award-winning interior, Hemi V8
Cons Thirsty, difficult ingress for short people
Value for money Fair
What would I change? Running boards a must

For a week, I was “that guy.” By way of explanation, in suburbia (at least where I live), “that guy” is the guy who owns a pickup truck, the guy you go to when you need something large and heavy picked up or removed — something that won’t fit in your crossover, compact sport-ute or sedan. If he’s a close friend or neighbour — and you don’t abuse the privilege too often — he’s usually happy to help out, especially if tempted with a case of beer or a fuel tank fill-up. If he’s not, well, that doesn’t much happen, because everybody wants to be friends with that guy.

In my neighbourhood, that guy is across the street, an affable sort with a Chevy Silverado. Unfortunately, he was away for the week and I needed to move a number of furniture pieces from one house to another. Left to my own devices, a couple of emails to my go-to contact at Chrysler Canada found me in an indecently upscale (just shy of $60,000) Hemi V8-powered Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4

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