The Award-Winning 2016 Ram 1500 – Family Vehicle Contender

The Ram 1500 offers a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine delivering an outstanding combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency – 29 mpg – 420 lb.-ft. of torque with a towing capacity of up to 9,200 pounds. I hadn’t realized just how many families purchased this vehicle with the purpose of it being their family car – a staggering 40-50%! With a comfortable ride, nice fuel economy, durability and family-friendly amenities, the Ram makes sense for a family!

2016 Ram 1500

This was the first year for the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association’s Family Car Challenge to offer a pickup truck category and the 2016 Ram 1500 took home this award! This truck is loaded with options and reasons to use it as your family vehicle! Most folks want a work truck to be just that…and let’s face it, groceries rolling all over the truck bed isn’t exactly the most fun on shopping day. Ram offers a section gate of sorts that is moveable and can be configured in several different ways to be useful to folks needing it to be a family vehicle. Use it to partition just the right amount of room for groceries or flip it over and use as a bed extender.

2016 Ram 1500

The Ram is iconic on the front end with the branded grille and lots of chrome, but inside it’s luxurious! Soft and supple leather elements grace the interior as well as embossed scrolls and other markings of upscale craftsmanship. Enjoy thoughtful amenities such as a 115-volt outlet on the dashboard which is perfect for my computer with its ever-dying battery. The Ram is fully integrated with modern technology. You won’t miss a thing going from a family car to a family truck…and you can bring home those thrift store finds with a nice big truck bed, too!

2016 Ram 1500

Techy Faves…

      • Access your Ram truck from your smart phone.
      • Check to see if you locked the doors to your truck.
      • Start your truck remotely to allow for temperature adjustments.
      • Honk the horn as a reminder to where you parked.
      • Track your truck from your phone to find it in a parking lot or in the event of theft.
      • Send maps from your phone or laptop to the navigation system.
      • Get the current weather forecast.
      • Monitor the traffic.
      • Get sports updates.
      • Find gas stations and compare fuel prices.
      • A single touch of the key fob locks all passenger doors, RamBox doors and tailgate.

2016 Ram 1500

Are you in the market for a new family vehicle? Don’t overlook the Ram pickup trucks as viable options! Test drive one today at your local dealership or check out the website at

Becky J. Beall

Becky is a travel and automotive journalist with 20+ years experience in writing and editing. She is also a radio show host, television personality and speaker.

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