Power Sunroof, Navigation, Back Up Camera, Uconnect 8.4-inch Touchscreen/SiriusXM/Hands-free/NAV, Heated & Cooled Front Leather Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Remote Start, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Driver Memory Settings, Power Adjustable Pedals, Dual Climate Control, Bluetooth, Heated Steering Wheel, 9-Speaker Alpine Audio System with Subwoofer, Power Sliding Rear Window, Rain Sensing Wipers, Step Bars, Spray-In Bedliner, Trailer Tow, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, 5.7L V8 HEMI w/FuelSaver MDS and only 109,675 KM!
The 2016 Ram Laramie Longhorn offers unparalleled luxury, capability, and unmistakable bling.
It’s hard to go wrong when choosing a full-size pickup. The Ram 1500 competes with the Ford F-150, a recently redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, a Toyota Tundra, and a Nissan Titan. There is not a dog among them, yet the Ram stands out with comfortable cabins, a smooth ride, and excellent fuel economy and an 8-speed transmission.
The Ram is easily distinguished from the others with its Freightliner looks. Its interior looks fantastic and features a big screen and controls that make it among the most intuitive to operate. We like the Laramie Longhorn, with its Southwestern leather and burl walnut.
The 5.7-liter V-8 generates 395 hp and 407 lb-ft. Known as the “Hemi” for its hemispherical combustion chambers, the V-8 is the best choice for towing and it offers the quickest acceleration performance. Ride quality may be the smoothest in the class.
A big 8.4-inch touchscreen that incorporates Uconnect Access, adding on a host of features including voice recognition, apps, and wi-fi hotspot capability. The navigation system offers voice-activated features and there’s also a 7.0-inch configurable gauge cluster that replaces a conventional gauge cluster and can quickly communicate information with loads of customization and up to three readouts at a time. For example, the driver might configure the transmission temperature gauge to be in the foreground when towing. An auxiliary port is provided, along with ports for USB and SD cards and iPod control via USB. A rotary shift knob is used to control the automatic transmission. Twisting it switches from “Park” to “Drive.” It is more space-efficient and is designed to be easy to use when wearing work gloves.
Cubby space for storage is abundant. Bins can be found above the center stack and ahead of the center console, along with big cupholders, large door pockets, and other trays. The center console on bucket-seat models holds an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and there are charge ports everywhere. The dash is well-designed and attractive. The Ram seems to get better attention to detail and quality than the other pickups.
From the driver seat, the Ram feels more refined than its competitors, as its ride quality is smoother and steering more precise than you’d expect in a full-size truck. Running at speed on the freeway, the Ram 1500 is impressively quiet and composed.
CAR & DRIVER -What We Like: We like the Ram well enough to have brought one into the long-term fleet, and it rarely sat idle. The gutsy Hemi V-8 and its old-school exhaust burble is also easy to like. And the ZF eight-speed—the transmission of choice for many luxury automakers, such as BMW—shifts incredibly smoothly and adds to the Ram’s over-the-road sophistication. We also like the Uconnect infotainment system, which remains one of the easiest of its type to use and includes an 8.4-inch screen with Bluetooth and satellite radio, plus USB, SD, and auxiliary inputs.
Looking for a half-ton pickup with clever outside-the-box thinking? You’ll want to look closely at the 2016 Ram 1500. A unique coil spring rear suspension gives it the smoothest unloaded ride, but it can still tow your trailer like a champ with its stout Hemi gasoline. Excellent cargo management and an attractive interior completes the package.
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