There's a lot to like about the 2016 Ram 1500. Chrysler's entry in the tough truck field, the 1500 matches the competition's strengths while forging its own path in looks, power and features. The automaker is not resting on its laurels, though. Updates on the Ram 1500 for 2016 are numerous. Engineers have made frame and body modifications to help the pickup qualify for the IIHS' small front overlap crash test. Inside, there's a new center console design. Bluetooth connectivity for audio is now standard. Three new exterior colors (Red Pearl, Luxury Brown and Pearl White) are available.
But the biggest change to the 2016 Ram 1500 is the addition of two new models to the lineup. The Ram 1500 Rebel is aimed at the buyer who wants their truck to stand out especially when off-roading. The exterior comes with an all-new black-out front grille, a new black off-road front bumper design, a billet silver skid plate, front tow hooks, and all-new 17-in. aluminum wheels. Inside, premium vinyl seats are finished in Radar Red and black with fabric inserts. Unique stitching and embroidery can be found throughout the interior from the headrest to the upper seat bolsters.
The high-end Ram 1500 Laramie Limited aims to take opulence to an all-new level. It, too, sports a new front grille design and comes standard with 20-in. forged multi-surface aluminum wheels. Ram says the latter are unique to the truck segment. Inside, luxury touches like solid black premium Berber carpet inserts and a Black Argento wood sliding wood on the new console bin redefine luxury vehicles beyond the traditional sedan body styles.
Four new "buzz" models also make their appearance in 2016. These limited edition models are based on the 1500 Sport trim. Unique features include a standard Hemi V-8 engine, Uconnect with navigation, a rearview camera system, and the choice of four exterior colors: Ceramic Blue, Ignition Orange, Stinger Yellow, and Torred.
The full lineup of the 2016 Ram 1500 consists of the entry-level Tradesman, followed by the SLT/Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, the Sport (and buzz models), the HFE, Outdoorsman, the Rebel, the Laramie, the Laramie Longhorn, and the Laramie Limited. Shoppers have a choice of up to three cab configurations, bed lengths, wheelbases and engines depending on the model and trim selected. Both standard features and options are plentiful; the Tradesman alone comes equipped with air conditioning, automated headlamps, cruise control, cloth seats, a vinyl floor covering, a receiver hitch, and an audio system with six speakers.