For the last 30 years, Ram has managed to keep the most cars on the road of any automaker thanks to its reliability, with one of the models holding up the record being the Ram 3500 heavy-duty truck. The truck leads the segment in more ways than one, though, once setting the benchmark for towing with a figure of 35,100 pounds. That may since have been usurped by chief rival, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD, with the Ford F-350 Super Duty coming close, too, but the Ram is still among the best in the segment. But where the Ram remains untouched is in its luxurious appointments, refined ride quality, and practical niceties, with an interior second to none and a suspension setup that makes the big bruiser as comfortable on the road as many a smaller truck. When it’s equipped with the most powerful engine and it’s in Mega Cab guise, you’ll be living in high cotton.
Every aspect of the Ram 3500 screams utilitarian, from its mammoth countenance to its no-nonsense face. The 3500’s visage is dominated by a large grille and intimidating headlights that house halogen bulbs in the lower three trims, and full-LED strips in the upper three. All models except for the Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited share the same old-school incandescent taillights, with the exceptions boasting LED-lit taillights. The first five trims come with 18-inch wheels as standard, and the range-topping Limited boasts a set of 20-inch wheels. LED bed lighting is also standard on the top two trims.
The size of your Ram 3500 will be dependent on the configuration you choose. The smallest one would be the Regular Cab with an eight-foot box, measuring at a total length of 232 inches. Next up is the Crew Cab with the 6.4-foot bed that measures in at 237.3 inches from front to back and then comes the Crew Cab with the eight-foot bed that has a whopping total length of 260.8 inches, and the Mega Cab with the 6.4-foot bed shares the same total length measurement. All models have a maximum width of 79.1 inches and stand 77.8 inches tall. Notably, the height increases to 78.5 inches on Limited models with 4×4 and the Mega Cab. The Tradesman in 4×2 guise with a regular cab is the lightest of the bunch and has a curb weight of 6,056 pounds. The Limited in 4×4 guise with the Mega Cab weighs in at 7,536 lbs and is the heaviest of them all.
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Engine and Transmission
There are three things that truck shoppers are particularly concerned about and those are power, power, and power. Luckily, the 3500 comes standard with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that means business, and a class-leading diesel engine is optionally available. The V8 powerhouse has 410 horses and 429 lb-ft of torque lying in wait for the right opportunity, allowing for a maximum payload of 3,240 pounds and a towing capacity of 14,370 lbs depending on the configuration as well. If that’s a little “all hat and no cattle” for you, a 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine is available and bumps torque figures and capability up by a mile. Opting for that one means you’ll have 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft to work with, increasing the maximum towing capacity to 19,780 pounds. The true king of them all is the 6.7-liter Cummins HO turbo diesel that has a whopping 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Opting for this engine allows for a maximum payload of 7,680 pounds and a towing capacity of up to 35,100 pounds depending on which model you choose. Three different transmissions are available, with an eight-speed automatic as standard for all trims.