We’re all on a budget when we’re shopping for vehicles. If you’re in the market for a new pickup truck, you may be targeting the Ram 1500. Of course, the decision isn’t so cut and dry, as you’ll have to also decide on a trim. Understandably, you’ll be targeting some of the most affordable options in order to remain within your budget, but which do you ultimately opt for? We’ve got you covered.
To learn more about the 2016 Ram 1500‘s most affordable trims, including the Tradesman, Ram 1500 Express, and Black Ram 1500 Express, continue reading after the break…
The least expensive of the options ($26,145), the vehicle includes a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, a unit that’s capable of cranking out 305 horsepower. The system can also deliver a 20 city/28 highway mile per gallon fuel efficiency, impressive specs for such a rugged pickup truck. The engine is accompanied by the Torqueflite 8 eight-speed transmission, which certainly plays a role in the 10,650-pound maximum towing capacity (which teams up with the standard Class IV receiver hitch) and the 1,880-pound maximum payload.
The driver and passenger can appreciate the Radio 3.0 technology, and the driver will enjoy the automatic headlamps and the spray-in bed liner. Customers can also opt for the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera, allowing them to see all the happenings behind their truck. Finally, there are 11 available color options with the Tradesman trim, including Brilliant Black, Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Black Forest Green Pearl, Blue Streak Pearl, Delmonico Red, Flame Red, Maximum Steel Metallic, Granite Crystal Metallic, True Blue Pearl, and Luxury Brown Pearl Coat.
Ram 1500 Express
The next trim level comes in at $27,525 and includes upgraded mechanics and technology. The eight-speed transmission sticks around, but customers now have the option to add the available dual exhaust system. They can also opt for the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, the most powerful option for the Ram truck. The vehicle can deliver 395 horsepower and 410 pounds-feet of torque, and drivers can also expect a 10,650-pound towing capacity and a 1,810-pound payload. When all is said and done, drivers can expect a 15 city/22 highway mile per gallon efficiency.
That’s not all for the Ram 1500 Express’s features. Instead of the standard radio included in the previous trim, drivers can now enjoy the UConnect System with the accompanying five-inch touchscreen. The truck also features 17-inch aluminum wheels, an appreciated inclusion for anyone looking to deck out their pickup.
Black Ram 1500 Express
This special edition pickup is next on the list at $28,840. You won’t mistake this trim for any of the others, as you’ll be opting for an entirely-black 1500… and we’re not kidding. The exterior is all black, including the black quad halogen headlamps and the semi-gloss black 20-inch aluminum wheels. These features make the 1500 that much more intimidating, as if the Hemi V8 didn’t already do that.
While the engine and mechanics basically stay the same (except for an improve 25 highway mph), there are several other exclusive add-ons included in this trim. Drivers will notice the Active-Level four-corner air suspension system, which will help improve the vehicle’s drivability. They’ll also feel good with the Remote Keyless Entry with AllSecure Locking System, ensuring that the truck’s owner is the only person who can access the 1500’s unique capabilities.
There are several affordable trim options for the 1500, each with their own specific capabilities and style. Regardless of your choice, we’re certain that you’ll be happy riding in your new Ram 1500.