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2016 Ram 1500 Walk Around


The Ram is the most distinctive of the full-size pickups, looking a bit like a miniature Freightliner.

Nearly every trim level of the Ram 1500 gets its own grille treatment. The mainstream designs look better to our eyes than the black grille on the Ram Rebel or the nostrils on the Limited. Upper-level models are further distinguished by LEDs and exhaust faired into the rear bumper.

The Ram Box is a big decision. It doesn’t improve the appearance of the truck but could add utility for owners who need lockable bed storage. Ram engineers say owners who have the Ram Box wonder how they ever did without it. The Ram Box can be unlocked with the remote key fob, a handy feature, and drains in the boxes allow them to be used as ice chests, making the Ram a great choice for a tailgate party.

On some trims, that tailgate includes a Ram logo as large as the Hollywood sign. LEDs

Regular Cab, Crew Cab, Quad Cab along with the various bed lengths are important decisions. Most find the Crew Cab to be the most useful, but even the Regular Cab offers storage behind the seats.

HFE high fuel-efficiency models feature active grille shutters that close for improved aerodynamics or open when needed for cooling, along with aerodynamic side steps, a seal between cab and bed, and a rear spoiler on the tailgate. HFE comes with a Stop/Start feature that some drivers like for its fuel economy, others find an annoying distraction. HFE only comes on Regular Cab versions and improves fuel economy only slightly.

Interior

The Ram cab is ergonomically excellent with easy to use controls. Big knobs make adjusting temperature and sound easy, even when wearing gloves. A big touchscreen is available that is both easy to read and easy to operate, better than the Ford screens.

The upper trim levels show great attention to detail, some of which may not be noticed immediately. The Ram Rebel, for example, features a delightful mix of materials and design, including a tread pattern on the seats that matches the tread design of the Toyo all-terrain tires. Deluxe two-color stitching and interesting graphics add charm and the rear-seat area is trimmed just as nicely as the front.

The Laramie Longhorn has handsome stitching and fine wood grain trim.

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