2016 Ram 1500 Review

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The current-generation Ram 1500 has been one of the most value-packed half-tons in the segment from the moment it was introduced in 2013. Now that the pickup market is moving at warp speed (growing last month by 10 percent), Ram announced it will move most of its next-generation 1500 production to a bigger plant with more capacity.

Meanwhile, take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the current-gen Ram 1500 in our comprehensive Cars.com review to see how the current Ram half-ton measures up against the competition. Click here.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears and Angela Conners

 

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It needs to be value packed as the Ram 1500 is the least safe with the lowest capabilities ( payload and towing due to being heavy with a low GVWR ) of any 1/2 ton on the market.

lol -- Three years since significant drivetrain and chassis upgrades on the Ram 1500. Yet customer reviews on cars.com score the 2016 RAM 4.8 stars out of 5.

The 2016 Military Grade F150 POS scores 4.7 stars, and they just finished a major up-date!

Ford better hope Fiat never up-dates their truck....lol

http://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/ford-recalls-nearly-300000-vehicles-for-five-separate-issues/

"It needs to be value packed as the Ram 1500 is the least safe with the lowest capabilities ( payload and towing due to being heavy with a low GVWR ) of any 1/2 ton on the market..."

Posted by: I was a GM and Chrysler fan. Until they failed in the marketplace and went bankrupt and I had to move back in with my parents. | May 14, 2016 1:40:57 PM

The dude with the long name and the wrong facts is right, he doesn't need value packed when Ford offers him this....

There are also some Exploders with flaws in their suspension systems and F-Series Super Duty trucks with problems with their tires. With the gear downshifting problem in 2011-2012 Ford F-150 trucks and 2012 Expeditions, Mustangs, and Lincoln Navigators, the issue can cause a vehicle to suddenly slow and then to make things more dangerous the rear tires could lock-up or slide. So far there are three injuries reported related to this problem, but there may be unreported problems and accidents in the United States and Canada.

For the suspension problems in 75,364 2014-2015 Exploders, the rear-suspension toe links being improperly welded could cause a breakage of the link while the sports utility vehicle is moving, which could cause an accident.

There are also some recalls involving air bags that might not deploy even though accident force is enough that they should, as well as some driver’s seat mounting brackets being improperly welded. The vehicles affected by these two recalls include Ford Flex crossover utility vehicles, Ford Taurus sedans, Lincoln MKS sedans, and Mercury Sable sedans from 2007-2012, and 2016 Ford Fusion sedans.

http://blog.caranddriver.com/hot-news-2016-ford-f-series-super-duty-prototype-catches-fire-explodes/

haaaa yes....that's Military grade value!

What do CUV's and cars have to do with a pickup truck article?

That's call diversion you moron.

Consumer Reports has officially offered its opinion on the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, and it's not good. In fact, Consumer Reports said that a new truck buyer would be better off purchasing either the new, better-handling 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500 or 2015 Ram 1500.

As he defends Ram, it seems " Ford orgullosa de ser mexicana " doesn't know that many Ram trucks are built in Mexico for USA and Canadian markets.

Too funny!

"2013 Light-Duty Challenge: Autocross"

In first place after the loaded runs, the Ram posted a loaded best time of 47.1 seconds. This time, it was Ford in second place with a time of 48.5, and the Chevy came in third again with a time of 48.8. 1,000 lb payload.

2013?

Talk about desperate to try and save face!

Consumer Reports has officially offered its opinion on the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, and it's not good. In fact, Consumer Reports said that a new truck buyer would be better off purchasing either the new, better-handling 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500 or 2015 Ram 1500.


Posted by: HEMI V8 | May 14, 2016 1:56:43 PM


Consumer Reports Leadt Reliable Brands

1) Fiat
2) Jeep
3) Ram
6) Dodge
7) Chrysler

Yes, all FCA mainstream brand are in the Top 10 for reliability.

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/consumer-reports-least-reliable-brands/#slide-3671853

Keep defending mediocre FCA.

Laughter is the best medicine.

2015 FIRE RECALL FORD F150,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czyaZmYz9FQ

Safest truck on the road. lol

Ram Trucks | Heavy Duty & 1500 | America's Longest-Lasting Pickups.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMzZsVT93Ek

Ram Trucks burning to the ground

https://m.youtube.com/results?q=ram%20catcges%20fire&sm=3

Ford trucks burning on the assembly line.

Ford says the faulty BCM was manufactured by Lear Corporation in Mexico. The problem was discovered after two F-150 pickups caught fire during manufacturing at Ford's Dearborn Assembly Plant in Michigan.

2011 FIRE RECALL!!!!

2016 Ford F250 burns to the ground.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy1UZfzICi4


Purchased a new Ford F-150 on 6/27/2015 from HemBorg Ford in Norco, Ca. External fan came on a few times as soon as the truck was started while we moved the truck in and out of our shop and would not shut off unless we turn engine off and restarted truck. On September 1 after picking the truck up from getting the decals the battery light came on. The following day I made a phone call up to our local mechanic to see if he could check out why the battery light was on since they are a half mile from where I lived. Pulled the truck out of the shop and let it run for about 30 minutes while I cleaned it to see if maybe the light was on because the truck had been sitting in the shop. I then got in the truck and drove off.

It is about 12 miles from our shop to the local mechanic shop but after getting on the freeway the Sync system notified me. I was going to lose power to some electric powered features or something of that sort. It didn't repeat it. It only said it once so I can't remember exactly. I turned off the radio and air thinking maybe it's a low battery issue. A few minutes later all the indicator lights came on and the truck lost power. I looked in my mirror to get over and to my horror I saw smoke pouring out from under the truck out the back. As soon as I pulled over the smoke was coming out from under the hood as well as flames were starting to come out too. I popped the hood and jumped out looking for my fire extinguisher and in panic could locate it. I ran to the front of the truck and tried to unlatch the hood, but the smoke and flames were pouring out.

A guy ran up and started with his fire extinguisher, but we couldn't get the flames down enough to get the hood opened. By the time the fire department got there, the front tires caught fire and blew into the field which started a 5-acre fire which did slightly damage some decks on a few homes. The fire dept didn't put any water on the truck because they were trying to save these people's homes and I watched in horror. The truck and all our equipment burn to the ground. Some people say why didn't we bring it in when the external fan came on but honestly most people would have even noticed it. I know because we own 9 Fords between our business and personal but since the truck was only at our shop and not in service yet it would be brought in before it was ready to go into service the Ford dealer.

I would have brought it to was father then my local mechanic so it wouldn't have made it either way. I am beside myself with this. Did the fan keep coming on because the computer was telling the truck something was hot? Why did the battery light come on (I did take a picture of the dash when I was pulling into the shop after we picked it up from getting decals and it shows the light on. Please help.

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/f150_fires.htm

http://www.warrantyweek.com/archive/ww20150716.html


GM and Ford were once setting aside roughly $500 per vehicle sold, before increased reliability and reduced warranty expenses allowed them to push that cost per unit below $350. Chrysler has been significantly and consistently above the $700 level for years, without any evidence of warranty cost reductions. And GM has not been able to keep its costs low, while Ford has avoided entering the warranty doghouse (so far).


http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/chrysler/2015/07/27/nhtsa-anthony-foxx-mark-rosekind-fiat-chrysler-recalls/30730931/


On Friday Marchionne and two other top executives signed a 37-page consent order that subjects the automaker to $105 million in civil penalties and a buyback involving hundreds of thousands of Ram pickups and Dodge SUVs. The order also requires FCA to offer incentives encouraging the owners of 1 million Jeep Grand Cherokees to take their vehicles to a dealer. The company also must pay for an independent monitor for three years.

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/27/us-auto-safety-regulators-fine-fiat-chrysler-record-105-million.html


The U.S. auto safety watchdog, toughening its stance against manufacturer defects, announced on Sunday a record $105 million (£67.69 million) in fines against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over lapses in safety recalls involving millions of vehicles

2015 Ford F-150 Recalled for Broken Steering Shafts.

Feds: Millions Of Fords Recalled For Fire Risk Haven't Been Fixed

Feds: Millions Of Fords Recalled For Fire Risk Haven't Been Fixed


Posted by: HEMI V8 | May 14, 2016 2:50:07 PM


Where's the link to support this comment?

Google FORD FIRES!!!

Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles After Numerous Fires!!!!

May 29, 2014

2016 Ford F250 burns to the ground.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy1UZfzICi4


Posted by: HEMI V8 | May 14, 2016 2:40:28 PM

Oh no. A prototype test mule catches fire. Say it ain't so! I do like how you don't mention that this truck was a prototype in you cheery picked deliberately misleading " 2016 Ford F250 burns to the ground " title.

Keep driving your Mexican built Ram and Mexican built faux HEMI. Just hope your truck isn't one of the defective trucks that FXA can't fix and have been forced by the government to buy back while they get fined a record amount for building POS vehicles.

local Ram dealers are very aggressively humping the lease deal.

Ram 1500 Express crew V8 8speed

It is a very compelling offer. 990 down, 36 mos @300 per. 30k miles max.

For someone like me who drives less than 10k per year it is very persuasive.

SHAKE & BAKE!!! FORD BOYS!!!!!

SHAKE & BAKE!!! FORD BOYS!!!!!


Keep driving your Mexican built Ram and Mexican built faux HEMI. Just hope your truck isn't one of the defective trucks that FXA can't fix and have been forced by the government to buy back while they get fined a record amount for building POS vehicles.

Posted by: I was a GM and Chrysler fan. Until they failed in the marketplace and went bankrupt. | May 14, 2016 3:03:39 PM

I'll keep driving my class leading Ram. Longest lasting truck on the road. Most capable and best MPG. I'll spit on your burning Ford to suppress the FLAMES!!!!

2013 Ford models hit with trio of recalls, 465k for fire risk!!!!!!

HOUSTON I THINK WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

"What do CUV's and cars have to do with a pickup truck article?"
Posted by: I was a GM and Chrysler fan. Until they failed in the marketplace and went bankrupt now I wear adult diapers. | May 14, 2016 1:54:53 PM

You're right dude with the long name and wet pants. I assumed that you could read more than on sentence....that would be asking a lot. You know the part that talks about the POS 2016 F-Series Super Duty pickup.

But hey if reading you want, then reading you get....

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/29/from-pickups-to-peanuts-recalls-to-watch.html

http://www.wandtv.com/story/31851423/ford-pickup-truck-suv-and-car-recall

http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2016/01/27/ford-adds-almost-400000-ranger-pickup-trucks-to-ai

It's so easy folks...you cast a line and the fish bite....lol

2013 Ford models hit with trio of recalls, 465k for fire risk!!!!!!
Come on Hemi those aren't fires....that's military grade recycling!

Here's the prototype working just as Ford designed it! You know...recycling!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FS6oBuMxxU

"I was a GM and Chrysler fan. Until they failed in the marketplace and went bankrupt now I wear adult diapers" Tell Hemi that fire's are a good thing.....lol

I was a GM and Chrysler fan. Until they failed in the marketplace and went bankrupt. is a brain dead moron! He brags bout Fords lower warranty cost, but fails to tell you Ford offers you 40,000 less miles compare to GM or Ram.

@papa jim--That does sound like a good deal. I put below 10k miles a year total on all my vehicles.

Consumer Reports recommended the 2016 F150 over the gm and ram trucks, look it up. The gm and ram trucks have poor reliability.

@ johnny does

I was a GM and Chrysler fan. Until they failed in the marketplace and went bankrupt. is a brain dead moron! He brags bout Fords lower warranty cost, but fails to tell you Ford offers you 40,000 less miles compare to GM or Ram.


Posted by: johnny doe | May 14, 2016 5:17:19 PM

You're not that bright are you? Maybe do so research first. Or remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.

" Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will reduce the powertrain warranty on most model-year 2016 gasoline-engine vehicles from the current five years/100,000 miles to five years/60,000 miles. "

" In March GM did essentially the same thing, dropping powertrain coverage on Chevrolet and GMC vehicles from five years/100,000 miles to five years/60,000 miles "

" Ford already has a five-years/60,000-miles powertrain warranty. "

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2015/05/ram-cuts-powertrain-warranty-for-2016.html

FIAT hairdresser ride made in Mexico.
No thanks.

'Consumer Reports recommended the 2016 F150 over the gm and ram trucks, look it up. The gm and ram trucks have poor reliability."
Posted by: Thomas | May 14, 2016 5:40:19 PM

Thomas must be the only bonehead left on the plant to mention Ford and reliability in the same sentence....lol....that's rich!

First of all, the exterior design of this truck is truly great. FCA has also improved the interior and constantly improved the mechanical side, chasis. If correctly executed, the all new RAM could finally pass the Silverado on sales, at least until GM introduces their all new trucks.

Below is excerpt from the Cars.com link.

Sierra with the 6.2-liter took first in the zero-to-60 in just 5.9 seconds (rounded to tenths), empty. But second place went to the F-150, again with an EcoBoost V-6

You see that Ford guys, second place to GM.

It's always been that way, get used too it.

Geez...the RAM fanboys are getting feisty & desperate; I know, it's tough to continue backing a sinking brand & Fiat's future looks grim - listen guys, it's not too late to switch brands; we won't tell anyone, you won't loose face & we promise we won't hold it against you...heh...heh.

Otherwise, there is still time to cut the losts & reconsider Fiat's 'buy-back-program' to return their garbage trucks.

Or better still, maybe 'Ford orgullosa de ser mexicana' has contacts across the boarder to sell back their trucks :-)..ha..ha..

Ford doesn't build a truck for my needs. G.M. neither. Their is only one Combat proven Power Wagon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGUooVCHpyc

@ LMAO or any 80's F-BODY lover for that matter.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-13/the-iroc-z-is-your-best-investment-for-a-classic-camaro

HEMI V8

I am a subscriber of Consumer Reports and I read everything word for word and I never seen anything that they recommend the Chevy Silverado over the F-150.
I would admit that Consumer Reports doesn't like the new F-150 but they were dragged kicking and screaming to recommend it cause of most their subscribers own one (cause they are the top seller) and the owners reported good marks for the F-150.

You have to understand Consumer Reports is held hostage by their subscribers cause they don't accept advertising and their only money if from those who subscribe.
That's the point you should have made instead of making up something they didn't say.
You know and I know if you own a certain make of truck you're going to say wonderful things about it and the F-150 is the biggest seller.
I am on your side here cause I understand PUTC is taken over by the F-150 owners, but you have to overlook that cause the F-150 is the most owned truck, the biggest seller.

The biggest factor I personally use on what is the best truck is I simply look at the number of certain models of trucks less than 3 years old are flooding the used market. People don't get rid or trade in the trucks they love, they keep them forever, but the trucks they don't like you'll find a lot of them for sale used. This is easy to do just go to www.cars.com or auto trader and use their search to find the numbers of certain used trucks for sale.

People don't get rid or trade in the trucks they love, they keep them forever, but the trucks they don't like you'll find a lot of them for sale used.
Posted by: Lou_DC

That's not correct. My friend, dentist changes his car every 2 years, even he told me, that this car is the best he ever had, he is going to get a new one in the summer. He drives just very little. There are people leasing cars and they like to have a new car very often, doesn't matter what.
I got pre owned truck from the guy, who had it for 1 and1/2 year. Welder.

I can't afford to waste money like that, but I wish I could get a new truck every 2 years.
It wouldn't be ford or GM, for sure.

Wow. Amazing how much time some of you losers waste posting comment after comment when nobody cares what you have to say in the first place. Get a life!

As for the comment about Ram having the lowest payload, keep in mind Ram uses far more conservative measures, more realistic, no exaggerations for the sake of comparison. Having towed a large fifthwheel with the 3500 versions of all three majors over an 11-year period of fulltime RV travel, I can attest the Ram does the far better job. It won't be the fastest but it's fast enough. It will not be screaming at 3800 rpm going up the big hills, it'll pull them easily at around 2100 to 2300 rpm. And it will last far, far longer without major problems.

Been there, done that. I'll take the Ram every time.

@Done
I didn't bash ford in this thread. I am happy with RAM. I just need to replace my windshield after winter and it's ready for new season again.


Consumer Reports has officially offered its opinion on the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, and it's not good. In fact, Consumer Reports said that a new truck buyer would be better off purchasing either the new, better-handling 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500 or 2015 Ram 1500.

Posted by: HEMI V8 | May 14, 2016 1:56:43 PM

You may want to reread what consumer reports actually says. You have to subscribe. Here is a preview.

Owner satisfaction
F150 85%
Ram 1500 75%
Chevy and GMC 1500 74%

Reliability
Ford 150 +25% above average
Ram -37%below average
Chevy 1500 -50% below average
GMC 1500 -50% below average

The reliability benchmark is the Toyota Tundra

@ Lou_DC; your personal view how/why Consumer Reports/PUTC are influenced by sheer numbers of F150 readers/owners is pure crap & just another anti-Ford propaganda again.

Consider this - the fact that F150's higher sales numbers VS other brands; it would be interesting to know if this % factor is considered in the equation when statistic studies are done by JD powers/Consumer reports & others. For e.g - F150 averaging yearly 270000 owners VS Tundra's 35000 will obviously make a difference.



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