SOURCEFor 2016 bed lighting is now available on the Ram 1500. Bright LEDs shine from the rear corners next to the tailgate, giving owners better visibility when the workday lasts into the evening.
Inside, 2016 models will inherit a new center console design, which debuted in the Rebel and Laramie Limited trims. Laramie Longhorn will use its own variant of the tambour door found on the 2015 Laramie Limited. Bluetooth connectivity is now available on entry-level radios.
The Ram 1500 offers 11 different colors, including three new shades: Red Pearl, Luxury Brown and Pearl White. Other colors include: Maximum Steel Metallic, Blue Streak, Granite Crystal, Black Forest Green, True Blue, Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black and Bright White, and are all available in a monotone and/or two-tone, depending on the model.
The Ram 1500 continues with two mid-year 2015 offerings that carry into the 2016 model year, the Ram 1500 Rebel and Ram 1500 Laramie Limited.
Four new models based on the Ram 1500 Sport also make their way into the 2016 model year. The limited-edition trucks are available in Crew Cab 4x2 and 4x4. Among the features in the Sport trim, the trucks include a 395-horsepower HEMI V-8 engine, eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission, 3.92 gear set, dual exhaust, vented sport hood and 20-inch wheels. Colors include: Ignition Orange, Torred Red, Stinger Yellow and Ceramic Blue.
Interior treatments include body color accent stitching throughout the cabin, Sport embroidery on the seat backs, accent color Ram's head on the headrests and colored accent sport mesh on the seat inserts. The packages include the 8.4AN Uconnect system with navigation and standard rearview camera system.
There are no less than 11 trim choices of the half-ton available, and that’s to make no mention of the engine, cab configuration and box length options, of which there are three each.
One of the latest to join the stable is the Ram 1500 Rebel, an off-road-inspired variant that, at least in my humble opinion, is the best-looking new pickup on the market.
The Rebel comes only as a crew cab, the largest of the two four-door configurations available on the 1500, with a 5-foot-7 box.
Four-wheel drive comes standard, as does a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6, with a 5.7-litre HEMI V8, like the one under the hood of our tester, available as a $1,300 option.
Fuel economy for the smaller of the two is predictably better—14.6 L/100 km city and 10.1 L/100 km highway versus 16.2 L/100 km and 11.5 L/100 km, respectively—but the towing capacity drops by a shade under 3,000 lbs., from 10,150 lbs. to 7,180 lbs.
Both are very respectable numbers—maybe even too respectable with the V8,pushing into territory that arguably borders on too much for a half-ton truck—and both are very respectable engines, leaving it as a bit of a six-of-one-half-a-dozen-of-the-other choice with no wrong answer.
Either way, eight-speed automatic transmissions are on tap, which leads me to my only major gripe with the truck: The rotary select shifter included in TorqueFlite guise.
Shift-by-wire may be the future, but whatever happened to a column or console shifter?
For the record, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the rotary shifter in the Ram; it works just fine.
But every time I drove the truck I found myself reaching for a nonexistent shifter on the console to put it in gear or to rest my hand.
Which leads me to another frustration: The double-stacked centre console in our tester had a tendency to squeak and rattle uncontrollably when used as an armrest with the top storage compartment empty.
While this is most likely attributable to the fit and finish of this particular truck, it’s definitely worth looking into if you’re in the market.
The two-tone black and red seats are comfortable and supportive, and match up well with the red trim found throughout the interior, and the upgraded Uconnect infotainment system is as easy to use as ever and boasts a bright 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation.
If I had to nitpick it would be that, while some climate control functionality can be managed using buttons below the screen, some, including basics like airflow direction, can only be accessed by navigating through the infotainment system, which can be a distracting process while driving.
More gems can be found in the abundance of storage throughout the interior, of which I counted about a baker’s dozen or more cubby-holes in an around the front seats alone, capped with under-seat and in-floor storage accessible through the rear doors.
Moving outside, an expensive-but-worthy option to add is the so-called “RamBox Cargo Management System.”
An $1,195 add-on, the RamBox turns the truck’s bedsides into lockable, weatherproof storage space that, thanks to drain plugs, will make you the hit of the next tailgate party you attend.
The Ram 1500 Rebel also benefits from a bevy of exterior accents that set it apart from the crowd.
The blacked-out grille, which sheds the iconic crosshair look, wasn’t popular with everyone that saw it, but it was an attention-getter everywhere it roamed.
2016Ram1500Rebel-1Likewise, the bold, black ‘RAM’ lettering that dominates the tailgate wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, though it didn’t take away from my opinion of the Ram 1500 Rebel’s looks, and ties in well with the rest of the matte black exterior accents, including the wheel arch flares borrowed from its big brother, the Ram 2500 Power Wagon.
While the Ram 1500 Rebel doesn’t share the Power Wagon’s solid front axle, it does seem to at least lean on that truck’s off-road prowess for inspiration, with transfer case and front axle skid plates, and a tapered front bumper that greatly improves the truck’s approach angle.
The Ram 1500 Rebel is also an inch taller than the rest of the 1500 pack, and features standard Bilstein shocks and air suspension at all four corners that includes a rock-clearing “off-road” height.
In the very light and low-speed four-wheeling I did in the truck, I saw no reason to believe it couldn’t tackle most problems it may encounter on the trail—though tow hooks are standard equipment, too.
Base price: $51,895
As tested: $63,135 (freight included)
SOURCEThe Laramie Limited's all-new grille is the most obvious change to the exterior that is beset with chrome accents. Its novel billet-port grille breaks from the long tradition of crosshair styling with bold "RAM" lettering and updated styling cues add more flare to the nostrils. Illumination comes from premium bi-function automatic halogen projector SmartBeam headlamps with chrome surround up front, and chromed taillamps with LED turn/stop/running lights out back. It rides on standard 20-inch aluminum, satin carbon premium painted face, multi-insert wheels with chrome accents wrapped by P275/60R20 BSW all-season tires, or unique 20-inch forged multi-surface aluminum wheels wrapped in P275/60R20 OWL all-season tires.
The cabin is the apex of modern truck luxury created for the customer who appreciates plush details like subtle stitching accents, elegant pin-striping, and modern and distinct patterns. A new console bin houses a cellular phone and tablet holder, which can be concealed with an innovative tambour wood sliding door made from Black Argento wood, the timber selected for the upscale interior. The silver pin-stripe theme runs through the wood and a satin chrome handle rolls the door open with ease. Riders will also enjoy solid-black premium Berber carpet inserts, which can easily be removed from the floor mats to reveal practical double-duty slush mats, as well as the attractive all-black headliner and the black-trimmed pillars.
The cockpit is wired with an impressive cache of communication and technology features, including an 8.4-inch Uconnect system with 3D navigation, a standard rearview camera system with dynamic gridlines and ParkSense front and rear-park assist system, as well as steering-wheel mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone, streaming audio, voice command, and text message reader. Remote keyless entry provides access to doors, tailgate, and RamBox (when equipped), plus remote start, the illuminated entry system, and the engine immobilizer security system with panic alarm.
The Laramie Limited is available in a six-passenger Crew Cab body style (five passengers with the available bucket seats), with a choice of a 4-by-2 or 4-by-4 powertrain, as well as 5-foot, 7-inch bed set on a 140.5-inch wheelbase or a 6-foot, 4-inch bed on a 149.4-inch wheelbase. Crew Cab models sport a power-sliding rear window with a backlight, and a standard locking, removable tailgate with lift assist. Hard-core users with the need to carry goods and gear in the bed will appreciate the optional RamBox cargo management system, which includes lockable and drainable weatherproof integrated storage bins. In the back, there are rails with four adjustable cleats and a dual-purpose bed divider/extender.
Standard is a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with variable-valve timing that produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque; mated to an eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission with a center stack rotary shifter; this combination delivers 15 city/22 highway mpg fuel economy. Optional is a 3.0-liter turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with center stack rotary shifter, which creates 240 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque and brings 21/29 mpg. When properly equipped, maximum trailer weights range from 6,760 lbs. up to 10, 360 lbs., depending on powertrain and box size.
We drove the newly-trimmed version of the light duty diesel (an upcharge of $3,120) for a week recently in New England; one of the top diesel benefits is its punchy low-end torque. Getting in the tall truck was easy with the standard wheel-to-wheel sidesteps and, once aboard, we relished the comfort of the front leather bucket seats, with heat and ventilation in the front and heat for the rear bench. Leather also adorned the grab handle and the steering wheel, which comes heated, as well.
We liked the well-lit cabin with the optional power sunroof ($995), the standard power-adjustable pedals and the trucker-friendly, class-exclusive Ram Box cargo management system with the illuminated drainage ($1,295) and LED lighting ($1,295). In addition to the great power-on-tap and the smooth-shifting eight-speed transmission, we appreciated good driving ergonomics and precise, well-weighted steering. Our only caveat? There's no hiding the pickup is diesel-powered. We'd go for a bit more noise-proofing inside the cabin.
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited
» TYPE: 4x4 or 2x4 Crew Cab pickup truck
» BASE PRICE: $51,295 (plus $1,195 destination), as tested, including destination: $61,480
» DRIVETRAIN: 3.0-liter turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6 engine; eight-speed automatic transmission
» HORSEPOWER AND TORQUE: 240 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque.
» FUEL: Diesel
» EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY: 21 city/29 highway mpg
» WEBSITE: 2016 Ram 1500 - Light Duty Diesel Pickup Truck #limited
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