The 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck was built in 1500, 2500 and 3500 models with a variety of cab and engine choices within each model. Most Rams were powered by a Dodge Magnum V6 or V8 engine, but certain models were fitted with Cummins diesel engines or the Magnum V10.
1996 Dodge Ram models were numbered in ascending order of size, consisting of the half-ton 1500, three-quarter-ton 2500 and 1-ton 3500. The 3500 also came standard with dual rear axles. Multiple truck bed configurations were available except for the 3500, which only came with a longer 8-foot bed. Cab configurations included single and Club cabs.
Magnum 3.9-liter V6 engines were standard equipment on 1996 Dodge Rams, producing 175 peak horsepower. The 5.2-liter Magnum V8 upgrade produced 230 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque, while the 5.9-liter Magnum V8 produced an additional 35 foot-pounds of torque with the same peak horsepower. The powerful Magnum V10 engine displaced 8 liters, and produced 300 horsepower and 450 foot-pounds of torque. The Cummins diesel engine was intended for heavy-duty towing and was only available on 2500 and 3500 models; it produced a peak 220 horsepower and 440 foot-pounds of torque with a manual gearbox, or 420 foot-pounds of torque when used with an automatic transmission.