The Ram 1500 lagged the Ford and Chevy half-ton full-magnitude trucks in our many areas butdoesn’t make it an evil decision. It actually has several things going for it that the others don’t, the most obvious being the convenience of a diesel, something Ford and GM still don’t offer in this light-duty part.
With 240 horsepower and a worthy 420 lb-ft of torque at just 2000 rpm, the Ram’s turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel has utter that’s user-friendly for truck work, such as towing and pulling dense merchandise, and it can touch into it while barely ending a secretion. Acceptable still, in a 2015 try-out we saved a decent 21 mpg in mixed driving, including expanses of freeway where the truck’s journey computer informed as much as 29 mpg. The diesel doesn’t come bargain-priced, however, increasing a premium of $3120 atop the base value of a hemi V-8 model.
Like the Ford and GM trucks, the Ram can be had in a whole passel of atmospheres, including three compartment magnitudes with two or four doors, three supplied cab sizes, breed- or four-wheel steer, and an extent of 11 trim stages. We steered a EcoDiesel instance for this appraisal, but the other powertrains include a 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and a 395-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. All are united with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Ram’s limit draw evaluating is 10,640 pounds, with a limit explosive of 1890 pounds when properly supplied. Base values extent from $27,340 to $53,515.
Change typically comes slowly to the world of pick trucks, where customers tend to elude immoderate acts from the tried-and-true, and the Ram 1500 is no omission. Aside from spinning out brand-new unique impressions on a fairly constant foundation—the most brand-new being the Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel, there really isn’t much brand-new for 2016. Body and framework modifications were made for 2016 to acceptable do fight with the security association for freeway Safety’s contesting small-overlap front crash try-outs (despite powerful A-pillars and increased structure to prevent wheel gets into the compartment, the Ram joined other full-magnitude trucks in getting dinged by IIHS). The center-console design has been modified , too, and there are brand-new cut collections and insignificant squeezes.
We like the Ram well enough to have transported one into the long-term collection a while back, and it rarely sat bone-idle. Even with the base V-6, our truck was an able draw automobile. The accessible diesel powertrain with its debased-end utter and decent fuel economy is superb for long-distance pulling , but the gutsy Hemi V-8 and its old-school gas burble is also uncomplicated to like.
And the ZF eight-speed—the transmission of decision for many luxury manufacturers, such as BMW—translations incredibly smoothly and adds to the Ram’s over-the-road enlightenment. We also like the accessible Uconnect information and entertainment system, which remains one of the uncomplicated of its kind to use and includes a 8.4-inch screen with USB, Bluetooth, satellite radio, secondary inputs.
The Ram has other lovable grades. Acknowledgments to its structure- and (optionally) air-sprung breed shaft find by five links, the 1500 steers surprisingly well for a truck—this mixture design is unique to Ram in the full-magnitude-truck collection. The compartment is relatively peaceful underway, and an unladen Ram hops around less over shocks than some trucks—it actually champion beings up to the communal boast of “carlike” controlling , making shares for its magnitude and mass.
It also has cozy rooms and smart retention spaces (an option named “RamBox”) in the regions of the supplied. The RamBox option narrows the bed’s weight floor, but the 51.0-inch width can still evaluate four-by-eight-foot expanse acceptables. The downside of the diesel is the outgo of entry. With the increased outgo over the fuel V-8, you’d have to framework up a deradful lot of miles before perceiving a payment at the pump.
Like its oppositions, this full-magnitude truck has grown awfully huge for unconcerned use, and the 32-inch raise to get anything up into the bed draws prevailing disorders. It’s solid to go erroneous with this truck in any design.