Ram Trim comparison - Big Horn vs Laramie - McGrath Auto

Ram Trim Breakdown

The Ram 1500 has grown in popularity over the past few years due to great improvements in technology and comfort to pair with the impressive capability that Ram has always been known for. Here we are going to break down two of the most popular Ram 1500 trims, the Laramie and the Big Horn. We'll layout the standard and available features on each trim as well as different configurations available to make your decision easier.

Performance Overview

Ram trim breakdown - performance

Impressive Standard V6

Both Ram trims are fit with the same standard engine, the capable 3.6L V6 with eTorque. This engine has variable valve timing to give excellent power and efficiency at the drivers command. The eTorque system adds unique benefits to truck buyers like undetectable star/ stop events and more efficiency. The system saves by scanning current driving conditions and will add a little torque or take the opportunity to charge the battery. Both trims also have the same list of available engines to upgrade to including a V8 HEMI.

Ram 1500 V6 engine

3.6L V6 with eTorque

Horsepower: 355

Torque (lb.ft.): 383

Max Towing: 11,600 lbs.

Max Payload: 2,202 lbs.

TorqueFlite 8-Speed

The standard TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission is an impressive Class-Exclusive Mild Hybrid System that automatically scans for places to improve efficiency and improve shift changes. This delivers the power right when you need and feels quick and responsive compared to other trucks. Ram's eTorque system gives the truck an electric edge on the competition that you can feel from the driver's seat.

Other Engine Options

Ram 5.7L HEMI V8 Engine

5.7L HEMIĀ® V8 Engine

Impressive 395 Horsepower and 410 lb.ft. of Torque
Ram has some incredible engines to step up to including this 5.3L HEMI V8 and a 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel, both which deliver incredible power. The HEMI will only set you back $1,500 on the upgrade while the Turbo Diesel will cost you $5,000. Both worth the money in regards to pure performance and reliable towing.


Ram 2020 Lineup

Unique Styles

Ram is known for their bold, strong design that continues in the new generation of Ram pickups. These trims have similar personalities with minor differences that give the Laramie a more high-end feel. Both trims feature sleek chrome grills with the Laramie featuring more chrome and standard LED daytime running lights.

Ram Big Horn front grill

Big Horn

The Ram 1500 has a strong grill that is framed with chrome on the Big Horn with black inserts. The halogen lights that come standard can be upgraded to the more modern option with LED daytime running light. Both bumpers are chrome giving this affordable trim a sleek style that stands out on the road.

Ram Laramie front grill


The trims have similar exteriors with the Laramie having a more high-end style. The chrome grill inserts and chrome mirror caps pair well with the standard LED daytime running lights to give the Laramie a modern edge. The Laramie also has chrome door handles for a classy look from all angles.

Full Length Style

Shown here is the Laramie in Flame Red with LED taillights and the standard 18 inch painted aluminum wheels. There are also plenty of 20 inch wheel options to choose from for both trims with the Laramie having additional 22 inch wheel options.

Ram Wheels Big Horn vs Laramie

Learn More About The Ram

Check out more content on the Ram 1500! View our breakdown of two other popular trims, the Longhorn and Limited, or learn more about the newly updated 2020 Ram 1500. Here at McGrath we pride ourself on our car knowledge and we do our best to answer any questions that may come up in your car search. If your question isn't answered here please feel free to contact us over the phone, over text, or even through our website chat feature.

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Interior and Technology

Ram 2020 Lineup
Ram Big Horn Interior

Big Horn

The Big Horn has four cloth interior colors available, all feature grey or black seating with various accent colors. The darker options have a great two-tone look and make the cabin comfortable and durable. The Big Horn comes with a standard 5 inch infotainment system.

Ram Laramie Interior


The Laramie has two leather interior colors available, the two-tone Black and grey as well as the two-tone brown and beige shown above. The interior also has Laramie branding on the dashboard and the standard 8.4 inch infotainment system.

Infotainment System

The Laramie comes with a standard 8.4 inch Infotainment System while the Big Horn comes with the 5 inch version. Both trims can upgrade all the way up to the incredible 12 inch system with navigation shown here that completely changes the cabin of the Ram 1500.

Ram interior features - Infotainment
Ram 2020 Big Horn vs Laramie
Big HornvsLaramie
$36,790Starting Price$40,890
Black or Grey ClothSeating MaterialBlack or Beige Leather
5 inch DisplayInfotainment System8.4 inch Display
4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable
AvailableRemote-Start System
Available9-Speaker Alpine Sound System
Available8-way Power Driver Seat
AvailableLED running and tail lights
AvailablePick-Up Box Lighting
AvailablePower Running Boards
AvailableAdaptive Cruise Control
AvailablePark Assist
AvailableLane Keep Assist
AvailableHeated SeatsAvailable
AvailableActive Noise-Control SystemAvailable
AvailablePower SunroofAvailable
Ram trim breakdown features

Comparison Summary

You can't go wrong with either of these Ram 1500 trims, both have the same capable engine and each has a high-end feel. The Laramie has the slight edge on exterior chrome and available features for the truck buyer who's looking for a little more. Big Horn has a great sleek look in an affordable package that gives you the essentials plus some for a quality lower level trim.

In addition, both trims can be upgraded to the same more powerful engines to match your towing and hauling needs. There are plenty of configurations and packages available to add extra features onto each trim as well. If you have any further questions feel free to contact our experienced staff.

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