The Ram 1500 is a great truck for both work and regular driving. This pickup also has a good amount of technology to keep up with the demand for more “luxury” trucks. The Ram 1500 has a few popular upscale trims, including the Rebel and Laramie.
Both of these trucks run well over $50,000. With more add-ons and packages, this price increases quickly. How well does the technology work? MotorTrend tested out the Laramie’s advanced computer system. For the most part, its tech functions well, but here are the features MotorTrend wasn’t happy with.
The Ram 1500 Laramie’s rear camera
Like most modern vehicles, the Laramie comes equipped with a backup camera for improved visibility. The camera’s feed is displayed on the center infotainment screen. The screen is split so you can see the camera feed on one side and the car’s home screen on the other.
This is useful in theory, but MotorTrend testers had difficulty reverting the screen to normal. After closing the camera view, selecting another function like navigation or music would bring the camera screen back.
They could fix it only by switching from full-screen to split-screen again. It’s a simple fix, but it definitely shows that the function needs work.
The park-assist feature
The Laramie comes standard with many safety features like rear-cross traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. Rear-park assist with stop is also included, making it easier to back out of parking lots. If the car’s computer senses the driver won’t be able to stop from hitting something, it automatically employs the brakes.
MotorTrend encountered multiple issues with this feature. It was difficult to disable, and the tester had to navigate many on-screen menus to figure it out. The tester had a steep driveway, which confused the car’s park-assist sensors.
Sensing that the truck was about to reverse onto the road, the function would needlessly activate every time the tester exited the driveway. The only way to counteract this was to turn off the feature each time the driver wanted to leave their home, which is a hassle.
Ram’s Uconnect feature
The Uconnect interface is standard in all Ram trucks. An 8.4-inch touchscreen is standard, but MotorTrend upgraded to a 12-inch touchscreen. This gives drivers plenty of space for the split-screen function and any apps they may want to install.
However, MotorTrend found Uconnect to be very buggy. When you open navigation, your bookmarked destinations are shown as default rather than the regular map. When using the split-screen mode, the screen would occasionally turn green and fail to display anything.
The touchscreen is also not very receptive to user inputs. The tester noted that they had to press an icon multiple times before the computer would register it. This issue was encountered most often while trying to set radio stations.
Good things about the Ram 1500 Laramie
These frustrations aside, the Laramie is still an excellent version of the Ram. While not as fancy as the Laramie Longhorn, you still get leather-wrapped seats and an enhanced speaker system. It’s also one of the only trims available in the Night Edition package.
In MotorTrend’s previous review, the Laramie proved itself to be a great work truck. Drivers experienced a smooth drive even while the bed was packed full of heavy mulch or camping gear. However, with the Laramie’s high price tag, a fully-functioning computer system is a must to justify the cost. Hopefully, the automaker will issue a software update.