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Everyone looking for a heavy-duty pickup should definitely pay attention to Dodge Ram. This is a reliable truck shipped in multiple versions to accurately meet commercial & personal demands. Despite an intense rivalry, the model manages to find its customers in different markets, primarily thanks to goodness. All other privileges of the car are specified in Dodge Ram review.
Lineup & Competitors
The 2016 lineup of Dodge Ram trucks includes 1500, 2500 & 3500 models, each available in up to 6 trim levels as well as a triple of packages. Each vehicle is available in three body types: regular, crew cab & mega cab. To add, the chassis features two bed lengths and four wheelbases. The current key rivals of the truck are Nissan Titan, Chevrolet Silverado, Toyota Tundra, and Ford F-150.
Dodge Ram 1500 Overview
Each Ram boasts a muscular silhouette and plenty of room for the goods. Whatever modification is concerned, the car offers a rear-wheel/four-wheel drive (part-time, full-time) & a solid chassis which in combination ensure outstanding towing capacity – 10.650 pounds.
The range of powertrains offered for the Ram 1500 is introduced by a 3.6-liter V6, yielding 305 hp & 269 p-f of torque. The engine collaborates with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The truck’s fuel efficiency index makes up 17/25 mpg (city/highway); such showings are due to the implementation of lightweight materials in the chassis’ construction as well as low-rolling resistance tires, aerodynamic features (grille shutters), PWM controlled alternator, and a thermal management technology.
The model is shipped also with a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 that is capable of 420 p-f of torque. Its EPA index equals to 20/29 mpg (city/highway). The 5.7-liter V8 is able to generate 395 hp & 407 p-f of torque.
The chassis accommodates air suspension (option), power steering and automatic load-leveling that lowers the rear-end of the pickup to facilitate with loading/unloading. If there is need, it’s possible to raise or lower the bed (changing ground clearance).
Interior facilities are ample. Hence, the cabin is furnished with a 8.4-inch touchscreen that gives access to UConnect system, Sprint 3G data, Wi-Fi hotspot connection, voice recognition, a navigation system with lane assist, Sirius Travel Links, weather reports & 3D terrain imagery. The fascia boasts enlarged gauges with customizable features, a USB port and SD-card slot.
Standard safety pack consists of a rearview camera, stability control, hill-start assist and a kit of airbags. Optionally, it’s possible to add front & rear parking sensors.
Dodge Ram 2500 Info
To continue with Dodge Ram review, it’s vital to provide info about the 2500 model. It is differentiated by a larger grille, an updated bumper, chrome-plated fenders, a gap above the bumper, a bigger central bulge. The truck’s towing capacity approximates 18.000 pounds. Top trims add LED ancillary lights and LED taillights. The powertrain range brags about a 3.6-liter TDI V6, generating 240 hp, and a 5.-7-liter HEMI engine.
The cabin is trimmed in fine materials; upper trims received leather upholstery, wooden panels and metallic detailing. Depending on the trim, the model comes with either a 5- or 8.4-inch display, base or heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, text-to-voice infotainment system.
Dodge Ram 3500 Performance
The 3500 is a 4-door pickup, estimated for 5 passengers. The car comes with a rear-wheel drive but allows for a 4-wheel drive option. It houses 6.7-liter inline 6 engines with direct fuel injection, yielding 350 hp & 660 lb-ft of torque, 370 hp & 800 lb-ft of torque, and 385 hp & 900 lb-ft of torque. The powerplant is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that integrates manual shifting mode. The vehicle is able to overcome 0-60 mph distance for 8.6 seconds, reaching the top speed of 103 mph.
For the 2016, Dodge Ram is offered in six trim levels: SLT, Tradesman, Power Wagon, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Outdoorsman. The available packages are Lone Star, Big Horn & SLT.
Among other things, the Tradesman modification comes with vinyl flooring, air conditioning, cruise control, tilting steering wheel, locking tailgate as well as optional heated mirrors, Sirius radio, limited slip differential, etc. The SLT trucks boast remote keyless entry, power windows, a sliding rear window, fog lamps, optional front bucket seats, adjustable pedals, and driver memory system.
The Power Wagon trim is available only as a crew cab. The list of facilities includes electric locking differential (front & rear), front antiroll bars, Bilstein shocks, full skid plates, etc. The Ram Laramie and Laramie Longhorn add more chrome-plated details, dual-zone climate control, power and heated seats, rear window defroster, optional moonroof, leather upholstery, remote start, aluminum wheels, ‘smart’ headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers.
Finally, the Outdoorsman truck versions are available only for the 2500/3500 crew cabs. They feature HomeLink, a power outlet, Bluetooth connectivity, tow hooks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog-lights, and many other options.
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