Bigger’s better

first_img“Stop!” she shouted all of a sudden. “The mirror’s gonna knock all your stuff off the shelves.” Our garage is big enough for her PT, a Lincoln Navigator and my stuff. But even folding the Laramie’s big mirrors back wouldn’t help. And, the cab is so tall that the satellite receiver node didn’t look like it would clear the garage door. Didn’t try docking the Laramie in the garage even when it was empty. The truck is just over 20 feet long and just over 6 1/2 feet wide. The cab alone is 9 feet long. It requires a new municipal code for jumbo parking spaces in addition to the regular and compact variety. Some of the diminutions even grew for the 2007 model year, which features what Dodge says is the largest pickup cab ever. Big sums up this truck. It’s got a big name, big body and big price tag. And the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab 4×4 is big enough to go just about any place. Except our garage, which was the first place I tried to take it. The wife snugged her PT Cruiser as close to the south wall as possible and started guiding me in. This Mega Cab option offers a super-size 143.2 cubic feet and includes the only reclining rear seats available in a pickup truck. They can tilt from a 22-degree to 37-degree seat-back angle. Shaq would be comfortable back there, too, with 44.2 inches of legroom, the most of any pickup in this class. The rear seats split 60/40 and can move forward and back. Up front the center console is the size of a small table and there is plenty of storage space. “The 2007 Dodge Ram Mega Cab offers the most interior passenger space, cargo capacity and functionality of any pickup truck on the market,” said George Murphy, senior vice president of Global Brand Marketing at the Chrysler Group. The Mega Cab is a comfortable space, too. Drive Time’s test model featured a DVD-based GPS navigation system with a six CD/MP3 changer. There was also an entertainment system in the rear seat and a built-in hands-free communication system. The leather seats are wide and comfortable. And this is a truck that can supply moments you only dream about. Mine came on the way to work one morning at the intersection of Corbin Avenue and Vanowen Street. A Hummer pulled up next to the Laramie at a red light. And I looked down on the somewhat startled passenger. But this is a vehicle that is more suited on a job site or ranch. The Laramie seems to have enough muscle for just about any task. This one, painted a distinctive electric blue pearl color, featured a 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine that can turn out 650 foot-pounds low-end torque when matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. In other words, you can haul stuff. The maximum trailer weight is 15,900 pounds and the cargo bed payload is 2,970 pounds. Dodge says this model also leads the full-size truck class with these numbers, too. Largest interior cargo volume of 72.2 cubic feet. Largest cargo volume behind rear seat with 7.7 cubic feet. Largest flat floor load area of 16.8 square feet. Largest rear door opening of 34.5 inches wide and 35.5 inches high. Largest rear door open angle of 85 degrees. No wonder we called it Big Blue. And it is getting some pretty good user reviews, too. “Love this truck,” Nathan from Lebanon, Ore., wrote on Yahoo.com earlier this month. “I just returned from a trip to Elko, Nev., and pulling 11,000 lbs. over the mountains did well … At the end of a long trip you don’t feel wore out or beat up. Plenty of space for everyone.” The only thing he’d change? Give Big Blue a bigger rear end. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more