2016 Ram 3500 Limited: Capable and Luxurious

 

 

 

The 2016 Ram 3500 for sale has evolved drastically over the years, and the Limited trim has become equal parts luxury and performance. Apart from the 2016 Limited’s unique high-class design for the lineup, the interior comfort and sophistication is proving to be stiff competition for the competitors who are in the luxury truck market. And, even if it doesn’t get best-in-class towing like the Tradesman or SLT 3500 trims, it comes so close that they may as well have counted it. 

It’s trucks like the 2016 Ram 3500 Limited that provide a true understanding of what the modern truck has become: a vehicle that has superior working capability, without compromising comfort and convenience features. 

 

Capability and Performance

 

 

Even though it’s equal parts luxury and performance,l it’s still a truck. Therefore, I’m inclined to lead with the performance and capability this truck has. 

The design might look shiny and upscale, but don’t mistake that high-class look for weakness. This Ram 3500 is constructed with a 50 KSI hydroformed steel frame, which incorporates extra crossmembers for increased strength and mass efficiency. Also, the front and rear rail contours are made using the same hydroforming process for a more stable placement of suspension components. 

Before we jump into the engines and what this truck can do, it’s important to have a full understanding of just how durable and capable the limited is. Along with having an extremely strong frame, when the Limited is equipped with the optional diesel engine, it also gets an unsurpassed diesel powertrain limited warranty of 5-years/100,000 miles. When equipped with one of the gas engines, the 3500 Limited comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. It shows that Ram builds their trucks to last, and they have the confidence that both the frame and the engine will be able to handle anything for a long time. 

 

Engines

 

 

Now that it’s known that the 2016 Ram 3500 didn’t compromise durability for comfort, it’s time to show just exactly how capable this beast of a truck really is. This truck comes with three different engine options, and its capability and performance vary depending on which engine you choose.  

5.7-liter 

The standard engine option on the 3500 Limited is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), which helps strike a balance between efficiency and power. However, it’s still a Hemi V8 engine paired to a one-ton truck, therefore, its fuel economy isn’t going to be anything stellar. What is stellar, however, is the standard power the Limited offers. This engine produces 383 horsepower, and 400 lb-ft of torque, which allows the 3500 Limited a towing capacity that’s just shy of 13,910 pounds.  

6.4-liter 

The 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine is optional, and the second largest one in the lineup. This engine also comes equipped with fuel-saving technology, which helps offset the burly amount of power it dishes out. This engine can actually shut down four cylinders when cruising or driving downhill under light loads. This allows the engine to only work half as hard at that point in time, therefore saving fuel. When all the power is required, those cylinders will automatically activate again, which ends up pushing out a best-in-class horsepower and torque rating of 410 and 429 (respectively). The Limited lands a towing capacity that has 16,520 pounds, which is the max towing that’s rated when this engine is equipped to the work-oriented Tradesman trim. 

6.7-liter Diesel 

Finally, the optional 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine is able to crank out 385 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque when operating the Limited. With the optional transmission — the Aisin automatic — the Limited bumps up to 900 lb-ft of torque, and a towing capacity of 30,660 pounds. That towing capacity is only 550 pounds away from tying the Tradesman and SLT for best-in-class towing capacity in the one-ton truck segment. 

That towing capacity isn’t bad at all, and even if it’s not considered best-in-class, the loss of 550 pounds will be forgotten when you see what the inside has in store.

 

Interior Luxury

 

 

The 2016 Ram 3500 Limited trim is Ram’s answer to the consumer who wants a top-of-the-line luxury truck, without the southwestern theme that the Longhorn trim offers. Therefore, it only makes sense that this “black-tie” truck be loaded with black leather upholstery, along with unique pinstripe stitching in order to provide some contrast. The material of the leather seats in question is Natura Plus and is one of the most comfortable leather trims on the market. Also, the seats in the Limited are heated. 

The steering wheel is also wrapped in leather, and the console is also topped with a full-leather lid. That way, when you decide to rest your arm on the console, it will be comfortable. Is the leather wrapped steering wheel with high gloss wood and leather-topped center console a minor detail? Yes, but it shows Ram’s dedication to ensuring that everything is as comfortable as possible in the Limited trim. Further adding to the luxurious atmosphere of the interior, that console has a new cell phone/tablet holder that can be concealed with a real tambour wood sliding door, which is made out of Black Argento. That silver pinstripe that runs through the upholstery also runs through the wood. 

On the technology side of things, the 8.4-inch full-color Uconnect touchscreen is the largest one in the 3500/350 truck class. It has available SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a WiFi Hotspot, Voice Command, available navigation, and so much more. It’s all displayed in crisp, full-color. Accompanying the Uconnect’s versatility to play music in multiple formats, the 9-speaker Alpine sound system with a subwoofer comes standard on the Limited. This system is renowned for its crystal-clear definition, and the subwoofer for its bellowing bass. 

Concert-like quality for your music, intuitive technology, a lavished leather upholstery, and a cabin layout with materials that look and feel like you are sitting in a well-furnished house. On top of that, this 2016 Ram 3500 Limited has a near legendary towing capability, coupled with long lasting and powerful performance. What more could you want from a truck?