That the 2016 Ram 1500 remains a firm favorite as a full-size light-duty pickup underlines just how right the Ram 1500 got it when it was introduced in 2009. Continual improvements have, of course, helped maintain its position as a top pick, as have its smooth driving characteristics and array of choices. The 2016 Ram 1500 range has no less than 11 trim levels, starting with the entry-level Tradesman, unsurprisingly designed as a working tool, and extending to the Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited models, which bring near premium SUV levels of features as well as excellent road manners. If you want to venture off pavement, the Ram 1500 can be had in four-wheel drive, while the Rebel 1500 trim boosts its off-road capability.
The Ram 1500 really offers something for everyone. A variety of cab and cargo bed lengths let you pick between payload capacity or passenger space, or a mixture of both. The base 3.6-liter V6 won't suit those who need to tow, but it's quick and quiet, as is the diesel V6 above it. It is similarly refined and comes with the benefit of the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy in the lineup. For many people, only a V8 will do, and the 5.7-liter engine that tops the line is quick and capable. All Ram 1500s drive with a sophistication that's uncommon among full-size light-duty pickups, while the quality of the fit and finish and materials are similarly impressive. The 2016 Ram 1500 is a top pick, as it has always been.