1996 Dodge B150

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1996 Dodge B150 Review

The ultimate sturdy workhorse.

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Overview

The 2996 Dodge B150 is available with a shorter 109.6-inch wheelbase and a larger 127.6-inch wheelbase. The shorter wheelbase has a passenger capacity of five to eight occupants, while the longer wheelbase can comfortably fit up to 5 to 12 occupants with optional seating. It offers buyers who regularly have to transport many passengers in a much more spacious and comfortable option than mini vans or sedans. It serves multiple uses and can commonly be seen on the road as an emergency vehicle, a personnel carrier for schools or churches, or cargo van.

The Range

Body Styles: van, wagon
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6, 5.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge B150 Ram Wagon van, Dodge B150 Ram Wagon van SLT

What's New

The 1996 Dodge B150 adds an electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission. Anti-theft protection has also been enhanced with improved ventilation for vehicles without air conditioning. Side and rear cargo doors now open wider than previous models, and new color options are also available.

Exterior

Stylistically, the 1996 Dodge B150 is rather bland. The vehicle hasn’t been redesigned in quite some time and has a wide, tall, long boxy shape for several decades. Minor cosmetic changes occurred to the front end in 1994, specifically, giving it a more pronounced chrome grill. It also features a sliding slide door and a rear swing-out door.

Interior

The 1996 Dodge B150 is roomy in the front and back. The second and third seats can be folded flat to create a bed for napping or unexpected overnight accommodations. There is also a tabletop available for snacking or dinnertime that extends out from the sidewall. The interior is mostly upholstery with additional vinyl. The option of a cloth rear seat interior has been added as well, and extra storage is available under the passenger seat.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Dodge B150 comes standard with a 3.9-liter 175 horsepower V-6 engine and three-speed automatic transmission. However, a 5.9-liter 230 horsepower V-8 engine with four-speed automatic transmission is available with the upgraded SLT trim. This V-8 engine moves Dodge’s land yacht around with virtually no problem at all. Unfortunately, fuel economy is an issue of concern for most buyers these days, and the V-8 engine falls short in that regard. Standing nearly 80 inches tall and just shy of 80 inches wide, the Dodge B150 is well balanced on the road. The B-Series vans are constructed body-over-frame with independent coil front suspension and rear leaf springs. This improves overall ride quality and also enhances durability.

Safety

The 1996 Dodge B150 doesn't have any government crash test rating available.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge B150 Ram: 15/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Passenger space
  • Comfort

You Won't Like

  • Parking
  • Effort to close sliding doors
  • Rattles when in motion

Sum Up

The ultimate sturdy workhorse.

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