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2016 Ram 1500
Select a Different Model (78 Available): Big Horn/Lone Star 2WD Long Bed Crew Cab
MPG (EPA) $ 15 CTY /22 HWY
Towing (Max) 10300 lbs.
Payload (Max) 1560 lbs.
Horsepower 395@5600
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2016 Ram 1500 MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Available EcoDiesel engine
  • Bold exterior looks
  • Rebel off-road model

You Won't Like

  • Dated interior
  • Might be too in-your-face for some
  • No SRT model

New for 2016

Two new trims have been added for 2016 including the bold Rebel and luxurious Laramie Limited. Rebel models feature a unique grille, a black off-road front bumper, air suspension, 33-inch tires, skidplates, two hooks, black, red, and gray interior colors, and more. Laramie Limited models feature a unique billet grille, all-black full-leather seating, real Black Argento wood interior trim, 20-inch forged wheels, revised center console with tamour wood sliding door, and unique badging. Bluetooth has been added to the base audio system.

Vehicle Summary

The full-size Ram 1500 is the brand's entry-level pickup that slots below the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickups.

Overview

Three engines and two transmission are offered with the 2016 Ram 1500, which is offered in both two- and four-wheel-drive variants. The base engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, rated 305 hp at 6,400 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque at 4,175 rpm, mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The Ram 1500 with Pentastar is EPA-rated 17/25/20 mpg city/highway/combined with two-wheel drive and 16/23/19 mpg with four-wheel drive or 12/17/14 mpg and 11/16/13 mpg with E85 for two-wheel and four-wheel drive, respectively. A two-wheel-drive HFE model is rated 18/25/21 mpg.

The optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 makes 395 hp at 5,600 rpm and 410 lb-ft at 3,950 rpm. The Hemi can be mated to a six-speed automatic or ZF eight-speed automatic. Fuel mileage for the Hemi and six-speed auto is EPA-rated 14/20/16 mpg and 13/19/15 mpg with two- and four-wheel drive respectively. Models with the eight-speed auto achieve 15/22/17 mpg and 15/21/17 mpg with two- and four-wheel-drive, respectively.

Although the Ram 1500 saw its last major redesign in 2013, Ram added the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel turbodiesel V-6 to the option list in 2014. The oil-burner makes 240 hp at 3,600 rpm and 420 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm. The EcoDiesel is EPA-rated 21/29 mpg city/highway.

Bodystyles include Regular Cab with 6-foot-4-inch or 8-foot box, Quad Cab with a 6-foot-4-inch box, Crew Cab with a 5-foot-7-inch or 6-foot-4-inch box. The Ram 1500 is available in 11 trims including the base Tradesman work truck, Express, HFE, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Outdoorsman 4x4, Sport, Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Laramie Limited.

Safety

The Ram 1500 has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and the Ram 1500 Quad and Crew cabs earned a Good rating in the moderate overlap front, side, and head restraints and seats tests, but only a Marginal in the small overlap front and roof strength tests as well as a Marginal rating for its headlights and LATCH ease of use.

Safety features include front, side, and side-curtain airbags, Electronic Stability Control including Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill-start Assist, Rainy Day Braking, Ready Alert Braking, all-speed traction control, and trailer-sway control. Available safety features include Rear Park Assist and ParkSense front and rear park assist system and rearview camera.

What We Think

The 2014 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman EcoDiesel 4x4 placed first in a three-way half-ton pickup comparison against the 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat 4x4 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71. We concluded: "Forget 'jack-of-all-trades.' This truck masters every one of them."

In our 2016 Ran Truck and Van Full Line Review, we said: "then drove a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Limited Crew Cab with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, rated 240 hp and 420 lb-ft, mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic. That truck pulled an enclosed trailer loaded with 5,800 pounds of rubber mats; in this configuration, the Ram 1500 is rated to tow up to 9,200 pounds. Like my long-term Ram 1500 EcoDiesel that I used to tow a new project car (which you can read about in the long-term Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Verdict review here), this tester had no problem towing a nearly three-ton load."

Cool Fact

The 2013 Ram pickup's Motor Trend 2013 Truck of the Year win was followed up the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel earning the 2014 Truck of the Year award. The first time a model earned back-to-back OTY awards.

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2016 RAM 1500 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: V8 5.7 Liter HEMI
Transmission Name
Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (8HP70)
Trim
Big Horn/Lone Star 2WD Long Bed Crew Cab
Class
Full-Size Pickup LD
Horsepower
395@5600
Standard MPG
15/22
Body Style
Truck
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Midgrade
Seating Capacity
6/6
Package Invoice Retail

Comfort Group

INCLUDES: Driver Seat, Heated; Passenger Seat, Heated; Steering Wheel, Heated
$421 $495

Trailer Tow Mirror & Brake Group

INCLUDES: [XHC] Trailer Brake Control
$391 $460

Engine: V8 5.7 Liter HEMI

Std Std

Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (8HP70)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Hills Green (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Bright Red (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Dark Brown (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Agriculture Red (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Omaha Orange (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Yellow (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Light Cream (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Bright Green (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Construction Yellow (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Holland Blue Pearl (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Tree Green (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, National Safety Yellow (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Power Tan (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Midnight Blue Pearl (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Blue Streak Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Light Green (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Timberline Green Pearl (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Black Forest Green Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, School Bus Yellow (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Flame Red

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Bright Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Bright White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Detonator Yellow (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Robin Egg Blue (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Maximum Steel Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Black (Fleet)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Granite Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, True Blue Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brake Assist With Preview

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Trailer Brake Control

CONTAINED IN: [AHC] Trailer Tow Mirror & Brake Group
$238 $280

Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc with 4 Wheel ABS

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav

INCLUDES: Audio System, Satellite Radio with Digital Media Card; Bluetooth®; Connection To External Entertainment Devices; Multi-Function Display Screen; Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info; Rear View Mirror, Automatic; Voice Activating System, Uconnect, with Phone
$425 $600

Storage Box

CONTAINED IN: [XB9] Rambox Cargo Management System
Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Uconnect, with Phone

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Voice Activating System, Uconnect, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Rambox Cargo Management System

INCLUDES: LED Bed Lighting; Rambox; Storage Box NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [MEB] MOPAR Chrome Steel Bed Rails (Dealer); [XME] Under Rail Bedliner (Fleet)
$1101 $1295

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Axle Ratio, 3.210

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Cylinder Shutdown

Std Std

3.55 Axle Ratio

$81 $95

3.92 Axle Ratio

$81 $95

Anti-Spin Differential Axle

$336 $395

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 26.0 Gallon

Std Std

32 Gallon Fuel Tank

$106 $125

Engine Block Heater

$81 $95

Power Supply, Mains

CONTAINED IN: [MJ_] Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
Std Std

Shift Lever Location, Floor

CONTAINED IN: [MJ_] Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
Grp Grp

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Rear-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Body Side Molding

CONTAINED IN: [MJB] Chrome Bodyside Molding
Grp Grp

Cargo Doors

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Body Side

CONTAINED IN: [MJB] Chrome Bodyside Molding
Grp Grp

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Rear Window Defroster

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [GWA] Power Sunroof
$166 $195

Power Sunroof

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [GFA] Rear Window Defroster
$846 $995

MOPAR Chrome Steel Bed Rails (Dealer)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [XB9] Rambox Cargo Management System; [CS7] Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
$336 $395

Chrome Bodyside Molding

INCLUDES: Body Side Molding; Chrome/Bright Trim, Body Side
$170 $200

Wheel To Wheel Side Steps

$510 $600

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Rambox

CONTAINED IN: [XB9] Rambox Cargo Management System
Grp Grp

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Chrome

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Step, Rear

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Ashtray

CONTAINED IN: [MJ_] Premium Cloth Bucket Seats; [AWS] Smoker's Group (Fleet)
Grp Grp

Smoker's Group (Fleet)

INCLUDES: Ashtray; Cigar Lighter
$51 $60

Cigar Lighter

CONTAINED IN: [AWS] Smoker's Group (Fleet)
Grp Grp

Front & Rear Rubber Floor Mats

$81 $95

Console

CONTAINED IN: [MJ_] Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
Grp Grp

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger Area

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Instrument Panel ; Chrome On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [AGF] Comfort Group
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Leather-trimmed, tilt steering wheel

Std Std

Storage, Below Seat

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

LED Bed Lighting

CONTAINED IN: [XB9] Rambox Cargo Management System
Grp Grp

Black heated driver and passenger power door mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Std Std

Extra Cost Colors

$383 $450

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 6

Std Std

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Daytime Running Headlamps, Low Beam (Fleet)

$34 $40

Daytime Running Headlamps, High Beam (Fleet)

$34 $40

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Roll Stability Control

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent

Std Std

Parksense FT/RR Park Assist System

INCLUDES: Parking Distance Sensors, Front ParkSense Front Park Assist Radar; Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkSense Rear Park Assist Radar
$336 $395

Parking Distance Sensors, Front ParkSense Front Park Assist Radar

CONTAINED IN: [XAG] Parksense FT/RR Park Assist System
Grp Grp

Parking Distance Sensors, Front ParkSense Radar, Rear ParkSense Rear Park Assist Radar

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkSense Rear Park Assist Radar

CONTAINED IN: [XAG] Parksense FT/RR Park Assist System
Grp Grp

Seat Upholstery, Leather

$1190 $1400

Driver Seat, 10-Way Power 40/20/40 Split; Passenger Seat, 40/20/40 Split (Center Seat, 40/20/40 Split)

Std Std

Driver Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [AGF] Comfort Group
Pkg Pkg

Driver Seat, Reclining 10-Way Power Adjustable Bucket

CONTAINED IN: [MJ_] Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
Grp Grp

Seat Upholstery, Canyonbrown/Light Frost Beige Premium Cloth Bench Upgraded Cloth/Velour

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Canyonbrown/Light Frost Beige Premium Cloth Bench

N/C N/C

Premium Cloth Bucket Seats

INCLUDES: Ashtray; Console; Driver Seat, Reclining 10-Way Power Adjustable Bucket; Passenger Seat, Bucket; Power Supply, Mains; Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding; Seat Upholstery, Upgraded Cloth/Velour; Shift Lever Location, Floor
$213 $250

Seat Upholstery, Canyonbrown/Light Frost Beige Premium Cloth Bucket

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Black/Diesel Gray Premium Cloth Bucket

N/C N/C

Passenger Seat, Bucket

CONTAINED IN: [MJ_] Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
Grp Grp

Passenger Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [AGF] Comfort Group
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

CONTAINED IN: [MJ_] Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
Grp Grp

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Upgraded Cloth/Velour

CONTAINED IN: [MJ_] Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
Grp Grp

Seating, 6

Std Std

Amplifier

CONTAINED IN: [RC3] 9 Alpine Speakers W/Subwoofer
Grp Grp

Audio System, 1-Disc CD Changer

CONTAINED IN: [RH1] Single Disc Remote CD Player
Grp Grp

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, Satellite Radio

Std Std

Audio System, Satellite Radio with Digital Media Card

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Disc Autochanger

CONTAINED IN: [RH1] Single Disc Remote CD Player
Grp Grp

Single Disc Remote CD Player

INCLUDES: Audio System, 1-Disc CD Changer; Disc Autochanger
$208 $245

9 Alpine Speakers W/Subwoofer

INCLUDES: Amplifier; Speakers, 9 Upgraded Alpine
$255 $300

Speakers, 9 Upgraded Alpine

CONTAINED IN: [RC3] 9 Alpine Speakers W/Subwoofer
Grp Grp

Antenna

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Wishbone/Rear Beam w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P275/60SR20 All Season OWL

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [WFJ] Wheels, 17 X 7.0 Aluminum Chrome
$191 $225

Tires, P275/60SR20 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 17 X 7.0 Aluminum Chrome

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [TUB] Tires, P275/60SR20 All Season OWL
$-425 $-500

Wheels, 20" Alloy Chrome

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Marginal
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Marginal
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4