Truck sales are up in 2016 and Ram is leading the pack. In comparison of sales in October 2015 and October 2016, sales of Ram pickup trucks increased by 7 percent, however Ford’s trucks sales only increased by a tenth of a percent and Chevy’s truck sales dipped by 3.64 percent.
One possible reason for Ram’s success in October 2016 and over the last year, might be related to all of the standard and available modern features on Ram truck models. Not only do Ram trucks offer performance and durability, but they are equipped with modern features that we think should be standard on all trucks.
Touchscreen + a Backup Camera
Today, many cars and trucks come with a touchscreen for audio and entertainment purposes, however, not all of these touchscreens have a backup camera. And if you are going to buy a new pickup truck, there’s a few reasons it should have a backup camera.
The first reason is safety. Trucks are much larger and can be harder to navigate when backing up and parking. Trucks are usually taller than cars and that makes it much harder to see smaller things (like children or toys) that are behind the truck. Also, some trucks that have backup cameras also have the capability to display the trailer behind the truck, which is a really nice feature.
Second, by 2018 all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds are required to have a backup camera, so if you don’t get a backup camera in your 2017 model, your truck might already feel “old” in 2018.
One example of backup cameras on trucks is the Ram 1500. All 2017 Ram 1500 models (except the Tradesman) come standard with a built-in rearview backup camera that displays on an 8.4-inch touchscreen display. You can search our available 2017 Ram 1500 models here.
Improved Fuel Economy
Fuel economy is becoming increasingly important to truck owners. Though trucks aren’t known for being the most fuel efficient vehicles on the market, in recent years, automakers have been making great strides in improving the average fuel economy of trucks. So why keep spending more at the pump and driving a vehicle that has higher tailpipe emissions than other trucks? Save the green in your pocket and the green in the environment and shop with fuel economy in mind.
There are a few different manufacturers that make trucks with improved fuel economies and the Ram 1500 HFE is the most fuel efficient (and only) light-duty diesel truck on the market. The Ram 1500 HFE is equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel that has a best-in-class fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. However, the truck’s fuel economy doesn’t mean the truck isn’t tough. The Ram 1500 HFE produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and it has a maximum towing capacity of 8,300 pounds, so it is definitely very strong.
Truck beds are the main space for storage, but what about if you need covered storage and your truck cab is full with passengers? Automakers have taken note of this common truck problem and they have started adding standard storage and cargo options in truck beds and truck cabins. After all, the point of a truck is to haul stuff, right?
Ram 2500 and 3500 models are available with the Ram Mega Cab truck cab, which is one of the the biggest truck cabs in the game. This truck cab comfortably sits six passengers and has 43 inches of legroom for passengers in the back seat.
The Ram 1500 regular cab models come standard with front seat cushion storage or a storage bin located behind the seat. Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 models with four-door cabs come standard with an under-seat storage compartment, which is a great hidden place to keep tools, store items you are traveling with or even emergency tools and equipment.
There is also the RamBox cargo management system available in truck beds. The RamBox cargo management system includes two locked and covered storage bins located on both sides of the truck bed. Whether you want to use it as a cooler, or to store your fishing rods or tools, the RamBox cargo management system is a great storage option.
It doesn’t matter if your truck is for work or play, changes are, at some point you will need an outlet of some sort to charge your phone, tablet or other mobile device. Ram trucks come standard with plenty of charging ports to keep everyone happy and all devices charged. The base Ram trim, the Tradesman, comes standard with more than two outlets for charging, and the number of outlets increase from there.
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