2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab


Ranked #11 in Fullsize Pickup-truck

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Starting MSRP $32,960 - $56,200
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Key Spec of 2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular Unleaded


305 hp @ 6400 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Potent engine options

Lacks technological advancements

Two new trims have been added to the line-up - Rebel and Laramie 

Smooth ride

Subpar towing capacity

Added Bluetooth connectivity to the infotainment system

Attractive and quiet cabin

Confusing rotary shifter 

Maximum towing capacity increased to 10,650 pounds

2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2016 RAM 1500 is the automaker’s entry-level pick-up truck. Since its new generation back in 2009, the 1500 hasn't changed much but it surely doesn't feel dated once you've had a hands-on experience with it. For the year 2016, it receives only a few minor changes, and it also hosts the introduction of two new trims which are Rebel, and Limited. 

Over All Rating

8.1Out of 10

Notable Rankings

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Express$32,960 onwards
Tradesman$33,570 onwards
  • AM/FM/Satellite-Prep
  • Manual front air conditioning
  • Vinyl Seat trim
SLT$37,380 onwards
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • AM/FM/Satellite-Prep
Big Horn$37,835 onwards
Lone Star$37,835 onwards
Laramie$41,510 onwards
  • 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
Laramie$41,510 onwards
  • 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
Sport$41,550 onwards
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front Fog/driving lights
Outdoorsman$41,885 onwards
Rebel$43,270 onwards
  • 17-inch aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • Cloth/Vinyl Seat trim
Longhorn$48,785 onwards
  • 20-inch aluminum Wheels
  • AM/FM/HD/Satellite
  • Navigation system
  • Parking assist

Used RAM 1500 Crew Cab For Sale

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Price Drop, $6208
21 Dec 2022
Hillsboro, TX

2016 RAM 1500 Lone Star Crew Cab

Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft. SB (5.7L 8cyl 395 hp 8A)

Est. $176/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,662 Below market
RMV: $18,647
Mileage 153,452 mi.
Listed On 06 Dec 2022 (104 Days)
Price Drop, $1000
26 Jun 2022
Alvin, TX

2017 RAM 1500 Tradesman Crew Cab

Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

Est. $217/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,916 Below market
RMV: $22,916
Mileage 100,194 mi.
Listed On 11 May 2022 (313 Days)
Price Drop, $5
5 Mar 2022
San Benito, TX

2016 RAM 1500 SLT Quad Cab

SLT 4dr Quad Cab 5.6 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,412 Below market
RMV: $21,407
Mileage 143,002 mi.
Listed On 04 Jan 2022 (440 Days)
Austin, TX

2016 RAM 1500 Lone Star Crew Cab

Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft. SB (5.7L 8cyl 395 hp 8A)

Est. $225/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,877 Below market
RMV: $23,457
Mileage 128,444 mi.
Listed On 13 Aug 2022 (219 Days)
Taylor, TX

2016 RAM 1500 Express

Express 2dr Regular Cab 6.3ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 305 hp FFV 8A)

Est. $190/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,788 Below market
RMV: $19,813
Mileage 121,692 mi.
Listed On 19 Jun 2022 (274 Days)
Lodi, NJ

2016 RAM 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab

Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft. SB 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 395 hp 8A)

Est. $190/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,731 Below market
RMV: $19,726
Mileage 169,790 mi.
Listed On 20 Sep 2022 (181 Days)
New Britain, CT

2015 RAM 1500 Tradesman Crew Cab

Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

Est. $217/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,575 Below market
RMV: $22,570
Mileage 109,496 mi.
Listed On 12 Oct 2022 (159 Days)
Smyrna, GA

2015 RAM 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab

Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab 6.4 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

Est. $176/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,027 Below market
RMV: $18,026
Mileage 139,646 mi.
Listed On 18 Nov 2022 (122 Days)
Price Drop, $1000
31 May 2022
Oxford, MA

2015 RAM 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab

Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft. SB 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A)

Est. $230/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,576 Below market
RMV: $23,575
Mileage 138,415 mi.
Listed On 05 Feb 2022 (408 Days)

Colors and Styles

Build Car
Adrenaline Red

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The vast line-up for the 2015 RAM 1500 Crew Cab will now have 11 trims with a base price of $32,960. For the competition, the RAM 1500 goes up against the Ford F-150, GMC Sierra 1500, and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500



The never-ending line-up of the 2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab has a total of 8 trims. The Tradesman is the base trim priced at $32,960 and offers basic features like 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, 40/20/40 split front bench seat, vinyl upholstery, 3.5-inch driver information display screen, 6-speaker sound system, cruise control, tilt-only steering wheel, locking tailgate, and air conditioning. 

The SLT is the next-in-line trim priced at $37,380 and gets chrome exterior trim, heated mirrors, a 5-inch touchscreen display, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, cloth upholstery, keyless entry, a rear backlight, and a power-sliding rear window.

The Outdoorsman is an off-road-oriented trim of the 1500 which costs $40,960. It only with an AWD drivetrain in Crew Cab configuration. It gets 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, heavy-duty rear shock absorbers, black fender flares, a larger fuel tank, tow hooks, auto-dimming mirrors, front bucket seats, rubber floor mats, remote engine start, a 7-inch driver information display, and an upgraded infotainment system which is an 8.4-inch touchscreen display.

Moving up the trim ladder, the Sport is priced at $41,550. It adds a more powerful V8 engine, 20-inch wheels, LED interior lighting, LED tail lights, projector headlights with LED accents, rearview camera, and Uconnect Access. 

The Laramie is priced at $41,610 and gets similar features to the Sport trim and adds dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, memory settings for the driver’s seat, 6-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat, and a 10-speaker audio system

The Rebel is a newly introduced trim that is also off-road-oriented just like the Outdoorsman, but performs better. It carries a price tag of $43,270 and gets front, and rear Bilstein shock absorbers, LED fog lights, and keyless entry in addition to the features standard on the Outdoorsman. The interior is similar to the Sport but it adds a 6-way manual adjusting passenger seat, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and a unique cloth, and vinyl upholstery. 

The Longhorn gets the V8 engine, a unique exterior styling, LED bed lighting, a larger fuel tank, remote ignition, front, and rear parking sensors, wood interior trim, upgraded leather upholstery, HD radio, and a navigation system. 

The Longhorn Limited is the luxurious version of the Laramie which is also a newly introduced trim for this year. This is the top-tier trim priced at $48,785. In addition to the features standard on the Laramie, it gets monotone paint, side step bars, a self-leveling air suspension, heated rear seats, a fancier, and premium leather upholstery, automatic high beam headlights, and chrome bed rails. 









Longhorn Limited



















Key Features

Automatic headlights

Heated mirrors

17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires

20-inch wheels

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Front, and rear Bilstein shock absorbers

V8 engine

Premium leather upholstery


6-speaker audio system

Chrome exterior trim

Heavy-duty rear shock absorbers

LED interior lighting

Leather upholstery

LED fog lights

Unique exterior styling

Heated rear seats


Cruise control

5-inch touchscreen display

Black fender flares

LED taillights

Memory settings for the driver’s seat

6-way manual adjusting passenger seat

LED bed lighting

Chrome bed rails


Vinyl upholstery

Satellite radio

Larger fuel tank

Projector-beam headlights with LED accents

6-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat

Heated front seats

Remote ignition

Automatic high beam headlights


Air conditioning

Bluetooth connectivity

Tow hooks

Rearview camera

10-speaker audio system

Heated steering wheel

Front, and rear parking sensors

Self-leveling air suspension 


3.5-inch driver information display 

Cloth upholstery

Auto-dimming mirrors

Uconnect Access 


Unique cloth and vinyl upholstery

Wood interior trim

Monotone paint


17-inch steel wheels

Keyless entry

Bucket seats


Upgraded leather upholstery


Rear backlight

Remote engine start


HD radio, and a navigation system


Power-sliding rear window

8.4-inch touchscreen display


Which Trim should you buy?

While the Tradesman is a no-nonsense work truck, and the Longhorn leans more towards luxury, the Sport trim somewhat offers both. It gets the more powerful V8, and an upgraded interior as well. Overall, the Sport offers a combined deal of performance, and an array of features at a reasonable price. 

Engine and Performance


The base engine of the 2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab is a 3.6L V6 that manages to produce 305 hp @ 6,400 RPM and has a max torque output of 269 lb-ft @ 4,175 RPM. The engine is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission the power is sent to the rear wheels as standard but some trims have an option for an AWD drivetrain. There are two AWD setups to choose from - one is a traditional part-time system with manual mode selection whereas the other additionally offers an auto AWD mode. Both have a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing.

A 5.7L Hemi V8 is available on some trims, and is standard in Sport, Longhorn, and Limited. This engine is capable of producing 395 hp @ 5,600 RPM and has a peak torque of 410 lb-ft @ 3950 RPM. This engine can either be paired to a 6-speed automatic or an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

The towing capacity of the V6 engine is 6500 lbs which is subpar in this segment. If you’re looking for some serious hauling capabilities then the V8 is the right choice for you as it can tow up to 10,650 pounds. 


2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab







3.6L V6

4.3L V6

3.5L V6

4.3L V6







8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic 

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic


305 hp @ 6,400 RPM

285 hp @ 5,300 RPM

282 hp @ 6,250 RPM

285 hp @ 5,300 RPM


269 lb-ft @ 4,175 RPM

305 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

253 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

305 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

0-60 MPH 

8.8 seconds

6.9 seconds

5.8 seconds

6.9 seconds


16.8 seconds

15.2 seconds

14.5 seconds

15.1 seconds


125 MPH

115 MPH

106 MPH

123 MPH

The RAM 1500 produces the strongest powertrain figures in the segment but it is the slowest in terms of 0-60 MPH and quarter-mile timings. The fastest pick-up truck regarding the same is the Ford F-150 taking only 5.8 seconds to reach the 60 MPH mark, and 14.5 seconds to complete a quarter-mile. Another noteworthy mention here is the price of the RAM 1500. It is the most affordable pick-up truck in its class.

Fuel Economy


All of the pick-up trucks in this segment are powered by a V6 engine and an RWD drivetrain that results in a closely matched fuel economy among the 2016 Ram 1500 and its rivals. The figures mentioned below are for the standard V6 with the RWD drivetrain, with the AWD faring slightly worse. It manages to give a fuel economy of 16/23/19 MPG (city/highway/combined).

Opting for the 5.7L V8 will drop these numbers even further. For the RWD it checks at 14/20/16 MPG whereas the AWD results in 13/19/15. This is however for the 6-speed automatic transmission. The 8-speed automatic transmission's ratings are 15/22/17 MPG for the RWD, and 15/21/17 MPG for AWD.


2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity (Gallons)





Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)





As far as the RAM 1500’s competition is considered, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and the GMC Sierra 1500 provide identical fuel economies. Both manage to provide a slightly better range in the cities. The F-150 has the smallest fuel tank capacity of 23 gallons whereas all others have a 26-gallon fuel tank.



The interior of the 2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab is attractive, modern, and well-organized, regardless of the trim and this is one of its strong suits. The dashboard and the center console are designed with an upright theme to offer more space for the passengers. The layout is simple yet practical. The seats are soft, comfortable, and provide adequate support. There is no shortage of space in the front as well as in the rear seats. The lower trims feature vinyl upholstery. 

Moving up the trim ladder will upgrade the upholstery from cloth to leather. Features like heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats are seen only in the higher trim levels.


2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab 

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

Seating Capacity





Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)





Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)





Cargo Bed Capacity (cubic feet)





The RAM 1500 has the least cargo volume. It can hold up to 50.3 cubic feet of load whereas the Silverado 1500, and the Sierra 1500 have the best in class cargo space of 53.4 cubic feet. Some of the standout features of the interior are:

  • Cruise control
  • Power-adjustable seat
  • Vinyl, cloth, or leather upholstery (depending on the trim)
  • 40/20/40 split-folding front bench seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Single-zone air conditioning 

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab also features a handy infotainment system with a beautifully put-together interior. The lower trims are equipped with a 5-inch touchscreen display while the higher trims get an upgraded 8.4-inch touchscreen display. Right below the screen, you'll find a cluster of knobs, and buttons that are perfectly sized, and well-labeled used to manipulate the functions on the screen. 

This system is paired to a 6-speaker audio system in lower, and middle trims but the higher trims like Laramie get a 10-speaker audio system. Lower trims also feature a 3.5-inch driver information display. Higher trims get a better, and bigger 7.0-inch display. Features like Bluetooth, voice commands, Wi-Fi Hotspot compatibility, smartphone integration are optional. Some of the key infotainment features are:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Satellite radio
  • USB port
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Speed compensated volume control



The looks of the 2016 RAM 1500 haven't changed much over the years but it received minor updates. It continues with its unique styling, and looks which stand out from its competition. The front fascia changes according to the trim you choose. Almost every trim gets a trim-specific special grille style. Some trims like Laramie Limited, Rebel, etc. get RAM badging instead of the RAM logo. The front side also features automatic projector beam headlights, fog lights, a massive contoured hood, and a body-colored front bumper with tow hooks. 

The side profile is like a typical pick-up truck missing out on body lines. The fender flares are either body-colored depending on the trim. Also depending on the trim, the RAM 1500 features 17-inch wheels or 20-inch wheels. Body-colored power side-view mirrors and a comparatively low ground clearance of 7.6 inches are some more features. 

The rear end of the car also experiences changes depending on the trim. Some trims feature a black rear bumper with a single exhaust outlet while higher trims feature a body-colored rear bumper with dual circular exhaust outlets. LED lights in the bed and LED taillights are also some of the features seen only on the higher trims.


2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)





Length (inches)





Width (inches)





Height (inches)





Ground Clearance (inches)





Wheelbase (inches)





The RAM 1500 is dimensionally the smallest among its rivals. It especially features the shortest wheelbase of 140 inches and a low ground clearance of 7.6 inches. The Ford F-150 is the longest truck and has the longest wheelbase of 145 inches. All other trucks except the RAM feature an 8.7-inch ground clearance. Some of the key exterior features are:

  • 17-inch or 20-inch wheels
  • Automatic projector-beam headlights with LED accents
  • Fog lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Power adjusting heated side-view mirrors
  • Tow hooks



Regardless of the configuration, the 2016 RAM 1500 managed to earn an overall 4-star rating from the NHTSA, and a "Good" rating in most of the crash tests performed by the IIHS. The NHTSA awarded it four stars in the front crash protection test, five stars for side crash protection, and four stars for rollover potential. From the IIHS, it received "Good" on most tests except for the small overlap crash test and roof-strength tests for which it scored "Marginal". 

Standard safety equipment includes airbags, ABS, stability, and traction control, hill-start assist, trailer sway control, etc. Some features like front, and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, navigation system, etc are reserved only for the higher trims. Some key safety features on offer include:

  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Cruise control
  • Fully integrated trailer-brake controller (optional)
  • Sentry Key Theft Deterrent system
  • Advanced multistage front airbags

Final Verdict

When compared to its competition, the 2016 RAM 1500 Crew Cab falls short on many occasions. It can’t compete with them in terms of towing, and payload capacity, safety performance, and cargo space. The areas where it excels are its interior, fuel economy, and in its incredible handling capabilities. The 2016 RAM 1500 costs the least among its rivals making it the most affordable truck in the segment. Overall, the RAM isn’t a bad choice, but if you’re looking for a work-focused truck then we’d suggest you go for one of its competitors.


vehicle bio

base price$48785

body style4dr Crew Cab

engine type

displacement345 cu in

horse power395 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque410 lb.-ft. @ 3950 rpm

transmission8-Speed Shiftable Automatic


length229 in

wheelbase141 in

width79 in

curb weight5246 lbs

height78 in

ground clearance9 in


passenger volume125.3 cu ft

cargo volume50.3 cu ft

passenger capacity5 Seats

fuel economy

city/combined/highway15/17/22 mpg


basic warranty3 yr./ 36000 mi.

RAM 1500 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $48,245
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,910$1,536$1,137$712$257$5,552
Taxes and Fees$3,173$250$241$233$223$4,120
Total Cost-To-Own$16,239$8,009$7,377$9,385$7,235$48,245
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