We will hand out our Best Pickup Truck of 2016 Award during Cars.com's Best of 2016 event Jan. 12 at the Fillmore Detroit. The awards presentation will cap two press days at the North American International Auto Show, which opens to the public Jan. 16 and runs through Jan. 24. There are six contenders for Best Pickup Truck of 2016, and we are providing a preview of each truck before the big reveal.
Our sixth and final preview focuses on the 2016 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty with the Cummins turbo-diesel.
We've been a huge fan of HD one-ton dualie turbo-diesel pickups for as long as we can remember, but we've never seen numbers like the ones from the new maximum-tow Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Cummins. Newly rated to deliver 900 pounds-feet of torque thanks to some mechanical changes in the turbocharger, injection system and exhaust, the Ram 3500 now has the biggest rear differential and rear axle in the segment.
The maximum payload for the Ram 3500 dualie is 7,390 pounds, and when it is equipped with the high-output Cummins engine tow package it can pull a 32,210-pound gooseneck trailer. This max-torque package is only available with the six-speed automatic Aisin transmission and hulking rear axle. It has the rest of the current-gen one-ton competitors scrambling back to their tech centers.
We had a chance to test the Ram 3500 with the Cummins turbo-diesel a few months ago and came away impressed; check out this video to see it in action.
Check back with us on Jan. 12 to see how the Ram 3500 turbo-diesel stacks up and who the big winner is.