The Best Option Groups Available for the 2016 Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck of Texas

The 2016 model year Ram Trucks having only been available for a short time, and they are proving to be true contenders in the pickup segment. With a handful of awards already bestowed upon these full-size pickups, we can only imagine how tense it must be for Ram’s competitors. The most recent accolade came from the Texas Auto Writers Association, who named the Ram 2500 in Miami and across the United States, the Heavy Duty Truck of Texas.

The honor is given out every year by the Texas Auto Writers Association, after careful and deliberate testing of full-size pickups. Interior and exterior styling, as well as utility, performance, value, and off-road capability are measured, before deciding on a winner. The Ram 2500 took home this award for two years in a row, and for good reason. The 2016 Ram 2500 is full-duty power, in a full-size package. Offering more standard features and performance specs than the competition, the Ram 2500 deserves every bit of recognition it has received.

More Standard Features


The 2016 Ram 2500 pickup offers more standard features than the competition, with a long list of class-exclusive performance and amenity features. With so many of these incredible inclusions, it is no wonder that the Ram 2500 is getting so much recognition for 2016.

Even the base Tradesman model gets a good list of standard features including 17-inch steel wheels, power heated mirrors, air conditioning, power windows, and full carpeting. The ultimate Power Wagon version of the Ram 2500 ramps it up with standard electronically locking differentials, a revised axle ratio, a front anti-roll bar, and luxurious interior amenities.

We could go on all day about all of the standard features that the latest Ram 2500 pickup includes, but thought it would be more fun to talk about optional packages available for 2016.

Everything You Need to Know about Options Groups for 2016


Ram Trucks upped the ante in terms of available features and option groups for the 2016 Ram 2500. With fifteen option groups to choose from, every Ram 2500 model can be as uniquely ‘yours’ as you demand it to be.

Let’s take a quick look at eleven of the available option groups that drivers can opt to add onto their 2016 Ram 2500 pickup. By just exploring these eleven, you can get an idea of the diversity that Ram is offering up for its latest full-duty pickup truck.

  • Snow Chief Group:

    An obvious choice for those living in areas of the United States that aren’t Miami, but still worth mentioning on our blog. This option group includes an anti-spin differential rear axle, instrument panel mounted auxiliary switches, clearance lamps, a transfer case skid plate, and either a 220- or 180-amp alternator.

  • Protection Group:

    Includes the addition of a transfer skid plate only, which is a nice option for drivers who need it, but not everything the Snow Chief group includes.

  • Power and Remote Entry Group:

    Another one that seems self explanatory, but includes a bit more than simply a remote entry function. This option group adds premium door trim and map pockets in the interior, along with power windows with one-touch-down feature up front, power door locks, and a remote keyless entry with a proximity feature. Also included in this group are black exterior mirrors with a heating and power element.

  • Popular Equipment Group:

    Ram Trucks took some of their most popularly requested items, and added them to this group. A 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, a premium cloth bench seat with 40/20/40 split capability, storage in the front center seat cushion, power lumbar adjust, fog lamps, off-road tires, and a 10-way power driver’s seat.

  • Popular Equipment Group II:

    Another group tailored around popular additions made by consumers, this optional set also includes the rear split bench, as well as a rear folding seat, floor covered carpeting, front and rear floor mats, remote keyless entry, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

  • Luxury Group:

    For pickup drivers who want the practicality of a truck, and the luxury of a premium SUV. Included in this option group are the following: Auto dimming exterior mirror, 7-inch multiview cluster display, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, glove box lamp, a leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, an overhead console with garage door opener, LED bed lighting, power folding mirrors with heat, sun visors with illuminated mirrors, an under the hood lamp, and a universal garage door opener.

  • Heated Seats and Wheel Group:

    Included in this amenity group is a dual A/C auto temperature control system, heated front seats, and a premium leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with audio controls.

  • Convenience Group:

    This optional group adds an element of convenience to your Ram 2500. Auto high beam headlamps with automatic high-beam control, and automatic rain sensitive windshield wipers, are all included.

  • Cold Weather Group:

    Again, this package may not be necessary if you live in Miami, but in other parts of the United States, this optional group can be a lifesaver. The Cold Weather Group adds an engine block heater, and a functional winter front grille cover to protect your truck in frigid temperatures.

  • Chrome Appearance Group:

    This package adds a bit of luxury and sharpness to the exterior appearance of your 2016 Ram 2500 pickup. 18-inch steel chrome clad wheels, a bright chrome front and rear bumper, and a bright chrome grille are all included, along with all season tires.

  • Black Appearance Group:

    For drivers who want their pickup to stand out even more than the Ram 2500 already does, this option group is the perfect choice. 20-inch black painted aluminum wheels, a 4×4 flat black badge on the rear bumper, black door handles, a black grille surround, black headlamp bezels, a black Ram Head tailgate badge, a black front and rear bumper, and black wheel center hubs, complete the darkly attractive appearance that this package entails. Also included is the ParkView rear backup camera, for an added element of safety.

Never Settle


Driving a 2016 Ram 2500 ensures that you will stand out on the road, no matter where your journey takes you. Driving a Ram 2500 with special option groups, ensures that you will stand out in the most unique and appealing way possible.

Settling for “standard” should not be required when buying a new pickup truck, which is why Ram Trucks offers fifteen different option groups for its 2016 Ram 2500 model. On top of these groups, Ram also offers the 2500 in ten different trim level offerings, allowing for even more customization and personal preference to shine through.

While other automotive brands may be content having the plain and ordinary pickup truck in their lineup, Ram Trucks has proven that plain and ordinary aren’t even in their vocabulary. With so many awards and recognition given to the 2016 Ram 2500, it is no wonder why so many drivers are choosing Ram over other pickup truck brands. After all, why settle for anything less than the exact truck you want? We don’t think anyone should settle, and neither does Ram.

Be sure to head to your local Ram Truck dealership to see some of these option groups in action, on a new 2016 Ram 2500.

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