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2016 Ram 1500 Sport Review

The 2016 Ram 1500 in Miami has a lot of different models. One of the models is the Sport, and it’s geared towards those who are looking for a more… sporty ride with their truck. It has a few aesthetic upgrades compared to the standard Tradesman model, as well as some performance enhancements that give it a more sporty feel when driving. On the technology side of things, it comes standard with an upgraded Uconnect system operated on an 8.4 inch touchscreen that opens up even more technology options for the Ram 1500.

Along with these changes, it still has the same Ram truck work-ethic; letting you have fun on the road as well as on the job site.

Design

The first thing you will notice with the 2016 Ram 1500 Sport is the different front bumper. Even though the truck has retained the same basic design, the black plastic-like material on the front bumper has been swapped out for a shinier metal type of material. Above that, a new grille rests in between a pair of LED bifunctional projector headlamps; which come standard on the Sport. This grille is quartered into four parts around the Ram’s head logo that sits directly in the center. The quartered grille has chrome accents that run over it, and behind it remains dark. Providing a welcoming sense of depth to the front-end of this model, which is lacking in the base model. The LED bifunctional projector headlamps are also accompanied by a line of powerful LED daytime lights that run underneath each one. Adding not only safety, but also increasing the aesthetic appeal of the front even further.

A unique hood design is added to the Sport if the R/T package is selected for the regular-cab model, and it also adds a new body color, 22-inch wheels, and a black grille with R/T badging. If you opt for the standard Sport, the hood remains the same, but the wheels still get slightly upgraded from the base model. The wheels are 20-inches, and made out of polished aluminum. Therefore, it sits slightly higher than the Ram 1500 Tradesman, which lets people know this is a truck that wants to play as well as work.

Ram 1500 Sport with R/T Package shown

Ram 1500 Sport with R/T Package shown

Rounding off this design is a dual exhaust system that juts out the back of the truck, adding the final sporty touch to it. It’s a nice looking model, but other than these aesthetic changes the design remains relatively similar to the other models; just more fun looking. Which isn’t a bad thing, since the base model already has a handsome and effective design.

Performance

The Ram 1500 Sport sees quite a few performance upgrades, the primary one being the engine. The Sport comes standard with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, which gives it the kick it needs to be a sporty truck. The 5.7-liter V8 engine is the most powerful engine offered by Ram for the 1500 lineup; and it’s a powerful one. The Hemi V8 puts out 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet torque, which is more than enough to either rip down the road or tow. Just because it’s a sporty truck doesn’t mean it lost it’s towing power, it’s still a Ram after all, and it gets the same towing capacity as the base model: 10,650 lbs.

This engine also has fuel saver technology that helps improve fuel-efficiency when possible, allowing half of the cylinders to shut-down when the engine is operating on a lighter load. Which is what gives it the 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for 4×2 models with an eight speed automatic, and 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard on all Ram trucks is the Torqueflight 8 eight-speed transmission, and that extra “8” number means that it’s been around for a while. The tried and true Torqueflight transmission has been Ram’s choice for years, and provides superior acceleration in lower gears and improved fuel-efficiency thanks to silky-smooth gear shifts. It also incorporates a thermal management system, which is a system that optimizes the Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) temperature for better overall performance. This ensures that the transmission won’t run too hot by keeping the fluid at a proper temperature, which means it will last longer by not working as hard. A concept that also helps improve fuel efficiency when working with the engine to move the Ram 1500 Sport down the road.

Optional on all Ram trims is the active-level four-corner air suspension, which would be a beneficial addition to the Ram Sport. Why? Because it offers automatic load leveling that’s designed to specifically help improve the capability of trucks in the 1500 lineup, and maintain exceptional performance under any condition. The air springs now allow drivers to raise and lower the vehicle to one of five ride height settings, which is helpful for off-roading, an activity the Sport is more than capable of handling. You can adjust the ride height manually through your dashboard, which makes adjusting it simple and effortless. If you forgot to lower it when you are trying to cruise down the highway, don’t worry about it. There are smart sensors that come integrated with this system, and they will automatically lower the truck at highway speeds. That way, the extra air drag added on from the raised height won’t decrease your fuel economy; or speed.

Along with the increased engine performance and the optional suspension upgrade, the Ram 1500 Sport also gets equipped with a performance oriented gearing ratio and a limited-slip differential if you upgrade to the R/T package. Which makes towing and cruising down the highway even easier and more efficient for the truck.

Technology

On the technology side of things, the interior has seen some major changes. Primarily, the Ram 1500 Sport gets the 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect infotainment system. This overall package is a huge upgrade for the Sport, considering the base model only comes with Ram’s standard Radio 3.0 system.

The Uconnect 8.4 system comes with a touch screen display that’s full color, and it allows the Ram 1500 Sport to double as a heavy-duty truck and entertainment center. It comes with features like climate control, GPS, Bluetooth capability (which means hands free operation of your cell phone), as well as wheel mounted buttons too make using it even easier. This system is all operated on an 8.4-inch full-color touchscreen. Furthermore, the Ram Sport also comes with an available multi-view display. This 7-inch color display allows you to customize the vehicles information to match what you want to see. You can see the fuel economy, speed, and RPMs in crisp digital definition.

On top of all this, the Ram 1500 Sport also gets a rearview camera, power-adjustable pedals, LED interior lighting, a USB charging port, SD card slot, and smartphone integration is taken even further with a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Price

With a sporty appearance and attitude, the Ram 1500 Sport comes in at a starting MSRP of $35,985, which is $9,840 more than the base model Tradesman. However, it comes standard with almost everything mentioned here, and the R/T package provides you with even more performance upgrades and aesthetic appeal if you so choose.

After all these upgrades, it’s still a Ram at heart. Which means the same type of engineering, performance, and durability that’s been proven time and time again is the 2016 Ram 1500 Sport; It’s just in a more sporty-looking package this time around.

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