New 2016 RAM 1500 at Kayser Chrysler Center for Sauk City, WI
The 2016 Ram 1500 will win over full-size truck buyers looking for a diesel offering and an opulent interior, but safety scores need improvement. It's hard to go wrong when choosing a half-ton pickup. The Ram 1500 competes with an all-new, lightened Ford F-150, a recently redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, a two-year-old Toyota Tundra, and an all-new Nissan Titan is on its way. There is not a dog among them, yet the Ram stands out with comfortable cabins, a smooth ride, and excellent fuel economy from diesel and V6 engines with eight-speed transmissions.
Under the 1500's Hood
An air suspension replaces the rear coils with air spring-damper units. This gives the driver a choice of five ride heights (normal, aero, off-road 1, off-road 2, and park mode). That allows a high ground clearance when driving off road, along with generous departure and break-over angles. It also enables a lower step-in height. The air suspension smooths rough terrain and levels the truck when hauling or towing. At highway speeds, the HFE suspension goes into its lowest setting for better aerodynamics and hence better fuel economy, but there's less compliance left for bumpy surfaces and uneven textures; we thought it should be softer and more comfortable.
Design of RAM 1500
LED taillamps and side markers further distinguish upper-level models. Some models have dual exhaust fared into the rear bumper for a finished look. HFE models get aerodynamically designed side steps, a grille with shutters that close when the engine is not hot, a seat between the bed and cab, and a rear lip on the tail gate, all designed to reduce wind resistance and improve fuel economy. Also, the tailgates of some models are adorned with massive chrome nameplates that take highway branding to a new level. The Laramie Limited gets more chrome and its unique grille has nostrils, while the Ram Rebel goes with a black Death Race 2000 look.
Front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are available. Laramie and Longhorn editions have power-adjustable pedals, to allow for drivers of different heights. Blind-spot detectors aren't offered, but large, folding side mirrors designed for trailering enhance visibility, which is mostly excellent. We recommend opting for the big screen, navigation, and the rearview camera both to aid in seeing objects when backing up and as an aid to hooking up a trailer. Give us a call for more information on the 2016 RAM 1500 today!