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2016 Ram 1500

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2016 Ram 1500

Ram 1500 highlights

Customer reviews

4.8 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

4 out of 5


  • Exclusive coil-spring rear suspension provides a smooth ride
  • Upscale interior and good refinement with all engine choices


  • There's a bewildering choice of 11 trim levels, before you start picking options
  • Coil-spring rear suspension affects towing capacity

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 29 highway, 24 combined

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2016 Ram 1500 is a top choice for a light-duty truck

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.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

5 customer reviews
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Above Average
RepairPal gave the Ram 1500 an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ram 1500 3rd out of 27 among Fullsize Trucks.

RepairPal reliability rating**

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**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

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Sport 2WD 2D Regular Cab

* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.