Dodge Ram trucks are built tough and encourage owners to push their vehicles beyond the limit. People who drive and love Dodge trucks are hearty, rebellious and adventurous. There are three main truck models: the Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500. Yet, the options just start there. It’s time to have a trim package showdown.

Lightweight Luxury

The lightweight 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 comes in eight different trims. They’ve each got options galore, but the 1500 Limited has an impressive exterior trim and a number of luxury features. The Limited crew cab short box seats six people and has the most legroom of all the Dodge truck models. Black leather interior surfaces and chrome accents give the Limited a sporty racing vibe. It also has optional heated front seats.

The 1500 Limited trim comes with all season tires and you can upgrade from 17-inch to 20-inch alloy wheels. The cargo boxes on the sides of the cab have lights inside and lots of interior compartments to keep all your gear organized. When it comes to safety features, the 1500 Limited not only has front and side airbags, but it also has overhead airbags to protect you in case of a rollover.

Value and Dependability

The Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn Mega Cab can haul like nobody’s business, and it’s got a surprisingly comfortable and roomy interior. It can tow up to 17,510 pounds and carry 3,610 pounds in the bed, making it an ideal upgrade from the lighter 1500 if you’re using it for work. This is the middle of the road truck for people who need a balance of capability and comfort.

The mega cab interior trim has premium wood grain paneling and an 8.4 inch touchscreen in the center console. You might not be used to seeing a screen that big come standard on a work truck, but once you sit inside the cab of the Laramie Longhorn you’ll wonder how you ever managed to live without it. Pair that with nine Alpine speakers and you’ve got entertainment features that can rival a mid-sized sedan.

Heavy Duty Work Horse

The 2015 Dodge Ram 3500 was included in Equipment Today’s “Top 50 New Construction Products” and the 2016 Ram 3500 is on pace for a repeat performance. That’s because even the base model of the Ram 3500 is indispensable to hardcore laborers, builders and contractors.

There are six different heavy duty trim levels to choose from. The 3500 Big Horn has some of the best performance features such as a max payload of 7,020 lbs and a towing capacity of 30,660 lbs. It’s all powered by a beefy 6.4 Liter HEMI V8 engine. The Big Horn still has some creature comforts, as well. Power lumbar seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard on this model.

Final Thoughts

All of the 2016 Dodge trucks have power and towing capacity. They’re built for durability and performance, but that’s not all they offer. You really have to go beyond towing to see which model trim has the type of features you’re looking for.