2016 Ram 1500 Express Quad Cab 4 X 2 (1131)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Ram 1500 Express Quad Cab 4X2. Ram truck models come in a variety of trim levels, from the base Tradesman work truck to the loaded Laramie Limited model. The Ram 3500 HD is tow rated up to 31,210 pounds, depending on cab configuration and features.Ram pickups can be equipped with the available smart engine brake, which to keep the truck running along at a set speed on steep grades, and a transmission tow/haul mode, which holds the gears longer while towing. A couple of photos of heavier duty trucks towing heavy loads is also shown.

General Information: It is assembled in Warren, Michigan. Parts – US/Canadian 59%, Mexico27%; Engine Mexico and transmission – USA; Classification is Standard Pickups. Cars from Ram: ProMaster Cargo Van, ProMaster City, ProMaster Window Van, 1500 Pickup, 2500 Pickup, 3500 Pickup, 3500 Chassis Cab, 4500 Chassis Cab, Ram Cargo Van.

Handling & Performance:

Confident and solid. Lots of power as equipped with 5.7 liter V8 HEMI power. By most accounts the HEMI is unassailable. Sweet handling truck and most would agree the Ram is a rough and tough competitor. I speak from experience since I’ve owned a 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 Dual Wheel and sold it 3 years ago after 10 years of ownership.

Styling:

My favorite in the field and I have always liked the image of Ram being a “Tough” truck because I found the claim to be true. I also have owned big rig 18 Wheel trucks and my favorite there was a Peterbilt Truck and Transfer powered by Cummins. That fact also influences my leaning toward Ram trucks since they are equipped with Cummins.

Guts. Glory. RamThe newest marketing slogan since 2011 is, of course, is “Guts. Glory. Ram”, and you’ll likely be able to recall the deep rough sound of actor Sam Elliott giving voice to the words.

Fit and Finish:

Large but well-appointed and nicely pieced together not always expected for a tough workhorse truck.

Cost:

Competitive.

Conveniences and comfort:

Most everything you need but there is want too. Me, I would opt for power fold mirrors. If I could afford it, of course, and then I would want “Smart Cruise”, “Blind Spot Warning System” and, well that enough for starters. And if I were using this for dirty work I would opt for “Cowhide” in place of the cloth seats.

Consumer Recommendations:

I should also tell you I have owned three Ford Trucks and have been impressed by only one of them. The first was a 1955 ½ ton pickup and absolutely fell in love with it. But that was as a teen. Today I have been testing and reviewing virtually every truck on the market. Ram is the most impressive in today’s world.

Recognized Competition:

Ram 1500 Express Quad $40,000, Checrolet Silverado 1500 Crew $40,000, Ford F150 Super Cab $41,000, GMC Sierra 1500 Crew $40,000, Toyota Tundra Double Cab $43,000.

Good News:

Smooth ride, powerful when needed, great image, and great performer.

Bad News:

The MPG numbers of 15/22 mpg is accurate.

Standard Equipment:

5.7 liter V8 HEMI engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, Class IV Receiver Hitch, Trailer tow with 4-pin connector wiring and 7 pin wiring harness, 26 gallon fuel tank, spray-in bedliner, locking tailgate, front and side curtain airbags, rear airbags, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, stability control, cruise control, sentry key theft deterrent system, air conditioning, radio with 6-speakers, media hub for USB and Auxilliary, tilt steering column, rotary shift knob, display with vehicle information, power windows and locks, rear fixed window, 40/20/40 cloth bench seat, rear folding seat with underseat storage compartment, 17” steel wheels, auto Halogen quad headlights, power heated mirrors with manual fold away.

Gas Stats:

$2.30 / Gal avg. March 5, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

15 City and 22 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $30,280

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