Ram 1500 Laramie Limited

2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited

Pros: Available turbodiesel V6 engine; excellent 8-speed transmission; impressive ride, handling, and quietness for a large pickup truck

Cons: Maximum payload and towing capacities don’t match some rivals; fuel economy with 5.7-liter Hemi V8; high step-in complicates entry and exit

CG Says: For 2016, all Ram 1500s have minor frame and body fortifications for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small front overlap crash test. The Ram 1500 lineup added two new trim levels midway through the 2015 model year: the luxurious, line-topping Laramie Limited, and the aggressively styled, off-road-oriented Rebel. Four limited-edition “buzz” models based on the Sport model (and finished in bright colors with special trim) are added for 2016. When Chrysler redesigned the Ram 1500 back in 2009, the company transformed its big rig from an also-ran to class leading. A steady stream of improvements in subsequent years has kept this pickup feeling fresh. The available Hemi V8 engine is potent, but the entry 3.6-liter V6 is no slouch either. The latter motor also delivers excellent fuel economy for a large pickup, and the optional turbodiesel V6 promises even better efficiency. Whether you want a workhorse in the Tradesman, a street cruiser in the R/T, an off-roader in the Outdoorsman, or a luxury liner in the Laramie Longhorn, the Ram 1500 has something to satisfy most any recreational and/or commercial need. Even if you’re a die-hard loyalist to another brand, you still owe it to yourself to check out these outstanding trucks. They might well win you over.

The Facts
Class Large Pickup Truck
Body Style(s) pickup truck
Passenger Count 3 or 6
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ram
Nation of Manufacture USA, Mexico
Base Prices (only select models listed)
Tradesman/Express Reg. Cab, 120 in. WB: $26,145
SLT Reg. Cab, 140 in. WB: $31,795
Sport Quad Cab, 140 in. WB: $39,370
Laramie 4×4 Crew Cab, 149 in. WB: $47,040
Longhorn 4×4 Crew Cab, 149 in. WB: $52,665

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
305
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-25

Optional Engine
5.7-liter V8
Horsepower
395
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
13-15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
19-22

Optional Engine
3.0-liter turbodiesel V6
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-29

Ram 1500 Rebel
2016 Ram 1500 Rebel