2016 RAM 3500 Review

2016 RAM 3500 Crew Cab

2016 RAM 3500

Serving Seneca, Anderson, and Greenville, SC


5.7-Liter V8

Fuel Capacity:

31.0 Gallons


383 hp


400 lb-ft


6-Speed Shiftable Automatic


One of three engines can dominate the drive. The 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 uses Variable Valve Timing to deliver 383 horsepower and 400 lbs-ft. of torque with a max towing capacity of 13,910 lbs. and max payload of 4,480 lbs. The 6.7L HEMI® V8 uses Fuel Saver Technology to get 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque with top towing at 16,520 lbs. and the previously mentioned top payload. With the best towing capacity, the 6.7-liter Cummi9ns® Turbo Diesel I6 offers 385 horsepower and 900 lb.-ft. of torque plus a maximum payload of 6,720 lbs. Contributing to a more cushioned ride is the three-link front suspension and the leaf springs incorporated in the rear suspension.


Depending on the trim level, the 40/20/40 bench seat is upholstered in cloth, vinyl or leather. In the earlier levels, seats adjust manually but beginning with the Lone Star, the driver gets 10 power adjustments, including power lumbar support. In the Laramie and later, the driver can store the seat position in memory and the passenger seat also power adjusts in six ways. An under-seat compartment in the rear allows for additional storage. So that you can recharge personal devices, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet come standard with a 115-volt outlet available on some trims. For convenience, the front armrest includes cup holders.


The six-speaker audio system is standard, although in the Laramie trim and higher, nine Alpine® speakers with subwoofer enhance the music. The available Uconnect® 8.4 allows control through an 8.5-inch touch screen. If you prefer, integrated voice command with Bluetooth® on the SLT and better allows for phone calls and system control while keeping your hands on the wheel. Hardware connections are available through the Media Hub and the USB port. When you need to know what's going on in the truck bed, look at the image provided by the available cargo-view camera. The available Parkview® Rear Back-Up Camera Systems shows what's behind the truck as you go into reverse, which makes parking and hooking up trailers easier.


You're protected by the 50 KSI hydro-formed steel frame that improves its strength by incorporating additional cross-members as well as a hydro-formed front and rear rail contours. The available Trailer Brake Controller, which is mounted on the dashboard, lets you manually or automatically operate the electronic brakes on specifically equipped trailers. Advanced multistage front airbags monitor impact severity so they inflate with varying levels of force. When you have your key fob with you, remote keyless entry unlocks your truck when you approach. For emergencies, the fob also includes a panic alarm that sounds the horn and flashes the lights remotely.

For towing and power, the 2016 RAM 3500 delivers as a heavy-duty pickup. Maximum towing capacity reaches a prodigious 31,210 lbs. with a top payload of 7,390 lbs. Seven trims are available, including the entry-level Tradesman® and SLT, the mid-level Big Horn® and Laramie®, and the top-of-the-line Laramie Longhorn® and Limited. Choose from one of 31 exterior colors including Agriculture Red, Tree Green and Holland Blue. Wheel sizes go from 17 to 20 inches in such finishes as Steel Chrome Clad and Aluminum White Gold Pocket. Crew, Regular and Mega cabs are available with boxes at 6'6” and 8'.

You can feel the power of the 2016 RAM 3500 for yourself by coming over to Lake Keowee Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM for a test drive.

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