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It's hard to go wrong when choosing a full-size pickup. The Ram 1500 competes with an all-new, lightened Ford F-150, a recently redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, a 2-year-old Toyota Tundra, and an all-new Nissan Titan. 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 V-6 engines with 8-speed transmissions.
The Ram is easily distinguished from the others with its Freightliner looks. Its interior looks fantastic and features a big screen and controls that make it among the most intuitive to operate. We like the Laramie Longhorn, with its Southwestern leather and burl walnut.
The Ram is big on style and its aerodynamic big-rig design looks good. Every trim level gets its own grille design—seven at last count—and you might like some better than others.
Special grilles on the 2016 Ram Laramie Limited and Ram Rebel distinguish those models, each a unique design that replaces the traditional crosshair and replaces the Ram logo with the Ram nameplate. The designs are controversial and we are not sure we like them. The Laramie Limited gets more chrome and its unique grille has nostrils, while the Ram Rebel goes with a black "Death Race 2000" look.
The 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi produces 395 hp and 407 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a choice of 6-speed or 8-speed automatic. Variable valve timing and a cylinder shut-off system are used to improve fuel efficiency, but the Hemi still generates a throaty growl under acceleration. With this engine, a Ram can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 6.7 seconds, according to the truck maker. It also offers the highest towing rating of the lineup: 10,650 pounds on a long-bed model with rear-wheel drive. For towing heavy trailers on a regular basis, however, we recommend looking at a Ram Heavy Duty pickup.
The Ram 1500 comes in three body styles, the most basic being the two-door Regular Cab, which has a sliver of cargo space behind its bench or optional bucket seats. It's the one seen most often in fleets. Next up is the Quad Cab, which has four front-hinged doors, with full-size openings up front and shorter ones in the rear. The four-door Crew Cab has four real doors, real leg room and head room for rear-seat passengers, and extra thoughtful storage touches.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.