2016 RAM 3500 Overview
- Heavy-duty pickup truck offered in three cab styles: Regular, Crew, and Mega
- Adds new luxurious Laramie Limited trim for 2016
- Can tow up to 31,210 pounds and has a max payload capacity of 7,390 pounds
The 2016 RAM 3500 offers superb capability that makes it a fit for any work site with plenty of towing and payload capacity to handle jobs of any size.
RAM makes two heavy-duty pickup trucks, the 2500 and 3500. The 3500 is offered in three versatile cab styles: Regular, Crew, and Mega. There are also two bed sizes: 6-feet 4-inches, which is offered with the Crew and Mega Cabs, or an 8-foot bed that is available with Regular and Crew. Buyers can also choose between a single or dual rear-wheel setup. Exterior styling on the Heavy Duty ram trucks is similar to what you see on the RAM 1500 half-ton; a large, RAM branded grille leads the way with liberal use of chrome separating out the different trim levels.
Under the hood, there are three available V-8 engines. The base engine is a 383-hp, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that makes 400 pounds-feet of torque and takes gas or compressed natural gas. Also available is a 410-hp, 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that makes 429 pounds-feet of torque. Lastly, there is also 350-hp, 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel I-6 that makes 660 pounds-feet of torque when mated to a six-speed manual transmission. With the six-speed automatic equipped, the diesel’s output is bumped up to 370-hp and 800 pounds-feet of torque. Both V-8 engines only come with a six-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is optional. RAM also offers a robust powertrain warranty on its engines; gas engines get 5-year/60,000 miles, while diesel engines get 5-year/100,000 miles.
Inside, the 3500 features a new center console that has a holder for both a mobile phone and a tablet, which can be concealed with a sliding door. Bluetooth connectivity is also standard now across the model lineup. The 3500 is offered in Tradesman, SLT, Laramie, Laramie Limited, and Longhorn trim levels. The new Laramie Limited is a luxurious, modern take on the pickup truck and it gets many unique stylish touches like black wood trim pieces and premium leather.
Standard safety features include front airbags, antilock brake, electronic stability system, and a new switchable rear view camera display. The driver can now switch between a view from the rear bumper or a camera mounted above the cargo bed which makes reversing while using the gooseneck trailer hookup much easier.