It's actually pretty hard for drivers to mess up their choice when it comes to choosing a full-size pickup truck. The Ram 1500 doesn't have a wide range of competition, such as the Ford F150 and the Chevy Silverado, but it still remains the standout within the class as it's able to boast one of the most comfortable cabins that provides one of the smoothest rides and superior fuel economy over others in its range. However, drivers need to pay particular attention when driving the 2016 edition: its safety scores aren't all that high.

Exterior

The 2016 Ram 1500 isn't exactly a ground breaker when it comes to its exterior design. It adheres to the standard Freightliner look with a long, boxy appearance that doesn't have all that much wow factor. However, it is complimented with soft accents that ensure smooth air transfer around the vehicle and go a long way in helping its gas mileage, which is one of the best in its class. It is also slightly “rounder” in comparison to its predecessors, which marks a start in its move away from the traditional boxy look of these vehicles. It hasn't been eliminated altogether though.

Interior

Besides the exceptional comfort in the range, the particular landmark of the 2016 Ram 1500 is its 8.4-inch touchscreen navigation system. Based on UConnect Access, it allows users to receive up-to-date traffic reports using a cellular network, maps, and a host of other applications available through the system. It has even gone as far as to include 3D terrain imagery and lane guidance suggestions, based on live reports that the system is able to receive from satellites. It also comes equipped with aux-in ports along with a host of USB and memory card connectors, which allow drivers to plug in a variety of modern devices for charging and/or use through the touchscreen, such as videos and music files.

Under the Hood

Available in three different engine sizes, the midway 3.6-liter engine tends to be the pick for those who need a punchy engine that's able to still be reasonable on fuel. It is able to generate 305 horsepower and 269 pounds of torque, which roughly equates to a hauling capacity of up to 6,500 pounds. Its transmission is regularly cited as a problem though. It is reportedly stiff under highway driving conditions.

Price

Available at a sticker price of MSRP $26,145, the Ram 1500 is priced very fairly. But with higher trim levels and added bells and whistles, the price can quickly jump up to sixty grands.

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