The 2016 RAM 1500 features a smooth-riding coil spring rear suspension, a powerful V8 engine, a smooth and efficient six-speed automatic transmission, and a quiet cabin with straightforward controls and audio.
This 4-wheel drive RAM is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic. Rather than a traditional shift lever, the eight-speed is controlled by a rotary knob on the instrument panel. The V8's fuel economy with the six-speed checks in at 15 mpg combined (13 city/19 highway).
The cabin is as good as it gets in the pickup segment. The interior boasts an attractive design, with satisfactory materials and intuitive controls that are reasonably easy to reach. The front seats themselves are soft, yet strike an adequate balance between support and comfort. The crew cab's rear seat is very comfortable, offering loads of legroom and an agreeable seatback angle.
Standard features include 20-inch aluminum wheels, foglights, a seven-pin wiring harness, automatic headlights, a locking tailgate, carpeted floors, air-conditioning, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, vinyl upholstery, a tilt-only steering wheel, cruise control, a 3.5-inch driver information screen, privacy glass and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port and an auxiliary input jack.
Safety equipment includes four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, hill-start assist, trailer-sway control, front-seat side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags.