The 2016 Ram 3500 is the ultimate beast in Little Rock, and we're proud to offer this workhorse at Steve Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram -- Arkansas's favorite place to shop!
The 2016 Ram 3500 is available in several trims:
- Ram 3500 Tradesman
- Ram 3500 SLT
- Ram 3500 Big Horn
- Ram 3500 Laramie
- Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn
- Ram 3500 Laramie Limited
you're reading this review, we're guessing you frequently face some
absolutely massive towing and hauling challenges. While its baby
brother Ram 2500 can tow up to 17,980 pounds and carry a payload of
3,990 pounds, the 2016 Ram 3500 eclipses those figures by offering up to
31,210 pounds of towing capacity and a payload rating of 7,390 pounds.
But just because you need a truck that can move mountains doesn't mean
you have to suffer with a harsh, uncompromising ride. Depending on how
you equip it, the Ram 3500 can be one of the most luxurious pickups on
If all you need is a truck that can haul anything you throw at it, the base Ram Tradesman might be right for you. Niceties such as automatic headlights, tow hooks and an audio system with a USB port come standard on even the most modestly equipped 3500. Go up the price ladder and you'll find heated and ventilated seats, premium leather upholstery, LED taillights and a cargo-view camera. Opt for the crew or Mega Cab configurations and you'll find rear legroom to rival that in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class limousine.
In addition to the unique Mega Cab (extra-large crew cab) body style, the Ram 3500 also offers the option of a load-leveling rear air suspension. Available for both single- and dual-rear-wheel trucks, it supplements the 3500's standard leaf spring rear suspension with a dual-mode airbag system that helps level out the rear of the truck whether you're towing or hauling. We also appreciate the Ram 3500's three available engines, including a midrange 6.4-liter gasoline V8 with robust performance that slots beneath the immensely capable (but costly) Cummins turbodiesel inline-6.
The only two competitors in this specialized heavy-duty truck class are the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD (and its GMC Sierra sibling) and the Ford F-350. Neither come close to the Ram's tremendous 31,000-pound tow rating, but both can tow a significant amount without breaking a sweat. Where the 2016 Ram 3500 really differentiates itself is inside the cabin, thanks to its high-quality materials, impressive array of creature comforts and user-friendly tech features. If you're looking for a big truck that's dependable on the job and still up for a good time on the weekend, the 2016 Ram 3500 is a great choice.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2016 Ram 3500 heavy-duty pickup is available in three cab styles: two-door regular, four-door crew cab and four-door Mega Cab (a jumbo crew cab). The regular cab comes with an 8-foot bed only, while the crew cab has either the 8-foot bed or a 6-foot-4 bed. The Mega Cab rides on the same wheelbase as the long-bed crew cab, but pairs an even bigger cabin with the short bed. Buyers can choose between single-rear-wheel (SRW) and dual-rear-wheel (DRW) configurations for each body style.
The Ram 3500 is available in six trims. The Tradesman and SLT are available on all three cabs, while the crew cab and Mega Cab Rams also get Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Laramie Limited versions.
The Tradesman is the entry-level model and comes with black bumpers and grille, 18-inch (SRW) or 17-inch (DRW) steel wheels, automatic headlights, tow hooks, a limited-slip rear differential, a locking tailgate, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, an electronic vehicle information display, a tire-pressure monitor, a tilt-only steering wheel and a six-speaker stereo with a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack. Vinyl upholstery and flooring are standard, but a cloth bench seat is a no-cost option. Power windows and locks (including the locking tailgate) are standard on the crew cab, while regular cabs have manual controls. Available for the Tradesman and geared toward commercial users is "Work Grade" heavy-duty vinyl upholstery.
The SLT adds chrome exterior trim, chrome-clad wheels, an integrated trailer brake controller, power heated mirrors, a power sliding rear window (manual on regular cab), an overhead console, cloth upholstery, carpeted floors, full power accessories, keyless entry, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 5-inch touchscreen interface and satellite radio.
Next up is the Big Horn (Lone Star for shoppers in Texas), which includes 18-inch alloy wheels (SRW), chrome grille slats, foglights, remote ignition, a 10-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), premium cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and a 115-volt power outlet.
Stepping up to the Laramie adds 17-inch alloy wheels (DRW), two-tone paint, more chrome trim (including the bumpers), power-folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors with puddle lights, projector headlights, LED taillights, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, driver memory settings, a six-way power passenger seat (with power lumbar), heated and ventilated front bucket seats, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an upgraded 10-speaker audio system. On the entertainment front, there is an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, a 7-inch color driver information center, satellite radio and Uconnect Access, a subscription-based smartphone app that provides Wi-Fi, voice-to-text messaging and emergency assistance.
The Laramie Longhorn adds to the Laramie's substantial features list
by including a chrome mesh grille, cream-colored bumpers, running
boards, a spray-in bedliner, remote ignition, a full center console,
upgraded leather upholstery, wood interior and steering wheel trim, a
navigation system, HD radio, power-adjustable pedals (with memory
settings) and heated rear seats.
The top-tier Laramie Limited adds monotone paint, color-keyed bumpers, 20-inch wheels (SRW), additional chrome exterior trim, automatic high beams, automatic wipers, the RamBox cargo management system (includes bedside storage compartments, an adjustable bed divider and tie-downs), keyless entry and ignition and special black leather upholstery.
Many of the upper trims' features are available on lower trim levels as options. Other option highlights include a load-leveling rear air suspension, a cargo-view camera, fifth-wheel trailer preparation, off-road tires, a CD player and a sunroof.
Even though the 2016 Ram 3500 is built to tackle the most demanding of pickup duties, it remains comfortably composed in most everyday driving situations. The steering is responsive, and the truck tracks through turns in a confident manner. The ride is firm but not harsh, and the 3500 stays respectably composed over broken pavement.
On the highway, road and wind noise are nicely quelled. The diesel engine is a beast, providing plenty of power for towing and hauling heavy loads. It emits a telltale diesel growl under acceleration, but settles down to a murmur when cruising. We recommend either of the automatic transmissions with the diesel, as the extra torque you get compared to the diesel with the manual gearbox makes a big difference in towing ability.
***Based on edmunds ram 3500 2016 review