The 2016 Ram 3500 is a Favored Truck in the Construction World

2016 Ram 3500 Laramie

The 2016 Ram 3500 for sale in Miami, FL is a truck that’s reached a legendary status since it’s astounding capability has been realized. With a 31,210 best-in-class towing capacity, it’s no surprise to see the fame and fortune of the Ram 3500 spread like wildfire. Therefore, it’s not really surprising to see the 2015 model win some awards, and safe to say the 2016 model still has plenty of awards to win as well. One particular award the 2015 model won that I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 2016 model win as well is the Contractors’ Top 50 New Products. This award was bestowed to the 2015 Ram 3500 by Equipment Today, which is a nationally recognized equipment magazine that serves commercial contractors.

Let’s take a closer look at this award by such a prestigious and renowned magazine company, and then look at why the 2015 model won. Then, let’s see why the 2016 Ram 3500 is likely to follow in its predecessor’s footsteps.

Contractors’ Top 50 New Products

2016 Ram 3500 Towing Capabilites

The fifth annual Contractors’ Top 50 Products Awards is a program that focuses on construction equipment. It’s a rather unique award, because it lets owners and end uses serve as judges in selecting the award recipients. But, the award is far from biased. The winners are determined based on reader inquiries on new products that are featured in the magazine over a 12-month period. In this case, it ranged from May 2014 to April 2015. The editorial teams from Equipment Today and were responsible for compiling the reviews, and the award also takes into account the page views on the For Construction Pros website.

The Categories

It’s important to understand that the products are split into numerous categories based on their type and application — since it’s not exclusively for trucks. The categories are as follows: Earthmoving, Attachments, Trucks & Transportation, and Demolition/Recycling. Obviously, what we care about is the Trucks & Transportation category, since this is where the Ram 3500 falls.

Okay… But, What are They Judged On?

“The winning products represent the leading edge of innovation, quality, efficiency, and environmental conservation in the construction equipment field today.” That’s a direct quote taken off the website, and is the perfect example of what these products are judged on. In a nutshell, the product needs to stand out when viewed from a construction perspective. Furthermore, manufacturers are only able to receive one award. This means the winning contender represents the companies single highest-generating product in the specified time frame for the construction field.

The 2015 Ram 3500

Obviously, for Ram Trucks this meant their 2015 Ram 3500 was the winner. Even though Ford and Chevy also won this award, the fact the Ram 3500 was even considered — and successful for — being a Contractors’ Top 50 new Products in the Trucks & Transportation category is big news.

But, why did the 2015 Ram 3500 win? Aside from being a flawless vehicle, it was no doubt it’s astounding ruggedness and work capability.

Why the 2015 Won

2016 Ram 3500 Exterior

Let’s start with the ruggedness of the 2015 Ram 3500. Obviously, Ram Trucks wanted their Heavy-Duty line to be able to thrive in the construction site, so it’s not surprising to see it win this award. What is surprising, however, is how many people forgot about the 2015 model when the 2016 came out with increased torque and a bigger turbo/improved fuel injection. Even without those upgrades, the 2015 3500 was still hitting legendary numbers. No doubt, the ability to tow this much weight is a good reason the 2015 won.


With the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine equipped and cranking out 385 horsepower and 865 lb-ft of torque, the 2015 Ram 3500 was able to land — with the heavy-duty AISIN automatic transmission paired to it — a best-in-class towing capacity that year at 30,000 pounds. Not only did this blow the competition out of the water, and separate itself from the pack, but it was also equipped to a truck that’s no stranger to the work environment.

A Design Built to Last

Apart from having roots that are deeply steeped in the working world, the Ram 3500 also has a design that’s built to last. It’s rugged on the inside and out, and that type of toughness is needed in order to perform effectively on the job site. After all, the more long-lasting a vehicle is, the longer it can work for. The job site is also a place where accidents can happen, and you need a truck tough enough to withstand any impacts.

Which is why the Ram 2015 (and 2016) Ram 3500 is built with a high-strength steel hydroformed frame. Apart from this truck being one of the few ones left to have high-strength steel, it also has the hydroforming process in order to reinforce that natural strength the steel provides — which makes this one of the toughest Ram designs yet.

With the durability and capability to tow that much weight and survive even the most hazardous of accidents on the job site, it’s really no surprise the 2015 model won.

Why the 2016 is Likely to Win it Again

2016 Ram 3500

Which is why it wouldn’t be surprising if the 2016 Ram 3500 wins this award again for this 12-month cycle. After all, the criteria for winning the award is the product needs to be one that partially represents a leading edge in quality and innovation — and the 2016 model is both of those.

Engine Upgrade

For 2016, Ram Trucks increased the fuel-injection and turbo, which means the engine gets more air and diesel for the compression process. This results in a bigger bang, which increases the power, resulting in an engine that puts out 385 horsepower and a massive 900 lb-ft of torque. Ultimately, it bumps the 2016 Ram 3500’s towing capacity up to 31,210 pounds. This nets it best-in-class towing capacity, and puts it ahead of the competition again.

Unsurpassed Diesel Powertrain Warranty

Along with still having that tough-as-nails design, the 2016 Ram 3500 also has an unsurpassed diesel powertrain warranty with the Cummins engine equipped. This warranty is an impressive five-year/100,000 mile warranty, and shows that Ram Trucks truly stands by their diesel 3500 models. The gas models? A still impressive five-year/60,000 mile warranty.

The main reason it’s likely going to prove victorious a second time? Well, apart from it only being a single model year newer than the 2015 one, Ram Trucks made sure to keep all the good aspects about the 3500, and improve upon them. This way, consumers will still have all their favorite and familiar qualities, just upgraded an improved upon. Winning best-in-class towing capacity is big news back-to-back, and and along with the rugged durability of the 3500, continues to be the main attraction of this iconic truck.