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Dodge Ram 3500

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Overview of the Dodge Ram 3500

Learn about the Dodge Ram 3500

Summary

Ram pickups enjoy a reputation as a line of heavy-duty vehicles for real truck customers. The 3500 stands out for its balance of powerful performance and luxurious interior offerings. The 3500’s impressive torque and towing capabilities have earned it praise, and the Mega Cab model’s cab space outstrips anything else in its class. Upper trim levels are where the 3500 really shines—available offerings include a heated steering wheel, black leather seats, a turbocharged diesel engine, as well as front and rear parking assistance. Simply put, this is a vehicle for serious truck drivers.

Safety

The Ram 3500 comes loaded with safety features both inside and out—particularly models from 2018. Though, the very first model year—2011—does come with antilock disc brakes, which keep the car from skidding, and side curtain airbags. Essential safety features on the latest models include the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera, which gives drivers an unobstructed rearward view while they back up. It also offers front and rear parking assistance (through the Park-Sense system) to keep the vehicle untouched in tight parking situations. 


Since this is a heavy-duty pickup, it also includes safety features for drivers towing cargo. The 3500’s standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), available on model years from 2014 onwards, helps compensate for extra weight while towing, even when hauling cargo up hills.

Interior

Standard interior options from the 2011 model year include a heavy duty 40/20/40 split bench seat and generous storage, with lots of handy compartments. Optional add-ons across all models include the following:

  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Wide centre console, large enough to accommodate tools or a laptop
  • Black leather seats and luxury trim

Technology

The Ram 3500 uses technology to boost both performance and safety. On the performance side, the smart diesel exhaust brake engages automatically when drivers are carrying heavy loads downhill, keeping the speed steady and preserving the brakes. Ram’s Active Air Technology also draws air through the grille and fender to boost engine performance. Additionally, the 3500’s cameras also allow drivers to keep an eye on their cargo in the bed, and the Rear Back-Up Camera—which you'll find on models from 2012—also uses dynamic grid lines to guide drivers into trailer hookups or other tight parking spots. 

Space

The Ram 3500's spacious and well-equipped interior is both comfortable and functional. All models feature comfortable seating and ample storage (including dual-level glove boxes), and specific models feature additional options, such as the Mega Cab’s flat-folding rear seats and the Crew Cab models’ removable and insulated storage bins. Meanwhile, the UConnect Multimedia Centre controls the vehicle's temperature control, music and more.

Comfort

Of course, interior comfort does not account for much if the ride is bumpy, and this is where the 3500’s impressive showing might fall a bit short. Even though the 3500’s V8 gas and turbocharged diesel engines pack a punch and offer immense towing power, the truck’s heavy-duty suspension can result in a rougher ride. Potential purchasers should ask themselves which ranks higher on their list of priorities: power or on-the-road comfort.

Specifications of the Dodge Ram 3500

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats2 - 6
  • Doors2 - 4
  • Fuel typeDiesel or Gas
  • TransmissionManual
  • City consumption-
  • Highway consumption-
  • Width2009 - 2464 mm
  • Length5784 - 6589 mm
  • Trunk space-
  • Cargo space-
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Dodge Ram 3500

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Dodge Ram 3500 2003 - 2010 is available in 6 trims:

ST trim features and specs

Available with the ST trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
  • Spare wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Power steering
Available with the ST trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Long wheel base
  • Regular cab
  • Steel wheels
  • Trailer hitch with removable fixture (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available with the ST trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available with the ST trim:
  • Computer (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Radio
5 engines are available with the ST trim:
5.7 L - Gas - 330 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
5.7 L - Gas - 345 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
5.9 L - Diesel - 325 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
6.7 L - Diesel - 350 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
6.7 L - Diesel
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-

TRX4 Off Road trim features and specs

Available with the TRX4 Off Road trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Power steering
Available with the TRX4 Off Road trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Steel wheels
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available with the TRX4 Off Road trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available with the TRX4 Off Road trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the TRX4 Off Road trim:
5.9 L - Diesel - 325 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-

SXT trim features and specs

Available with the SXT trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
  • Spare wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Power steering
Available with the SXT trim:
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Extended crew cab
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Long wheel base
  • Regular cab
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SXT trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available with the SXT trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Radio
4 engines are available with the SXT trim:
5.7 L - Gas - 330 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
5.7 L - Gas - 345 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
6.7 L - Diesel - 350 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
6.7 L - Diesel
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-

Sport trim features and specs

Available with the Sport trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Spare wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Power steering
Available with the Sport trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Long wheel base
  • Regular cab
  • Steel wheels (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Sport trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available with the Sport trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Radio
4 engines are available with the Sport trim:
5.7 L - Gas - 330 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
5.9 L - Diesel - 325 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
6.7 L - Diesel - 350 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
6.7 L - Diesel
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-

SLT trim features and specs

Available with the SLT trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
  • Spare wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Power steering
Available with the SLT trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Extended crew cab
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Long wheel base
  • Regular cab
  • Steel wheels (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • Trailer hitch with removable fixture (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SLT trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available with the SLT trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Radio
5 engines are available with the SLT trim:
5.7 L - Gas - 330 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
5.7 L - Gas - 345 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
5.9 L - Diesel - 325 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
6.7 L - Diesel - 350 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
6.7 L - Diesel
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-

Laramie trim features and specs

Available with the Laramie trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
  • Spare wheel
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Power steering
Available with the Laramie trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Extended crew cab
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Long wheel base
  • Steel wheels (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • Trailer hitch with removable fixture (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Laramie trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available with the Laramie trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Radio
5 engines are available with the Laramie trim:
5.7 L - Gas - 330 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
5.7 L - Gas - 345 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
5.9 L - Diesel - 325 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
6.7 L - Diesel - 350 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
6.7 L - Diesel
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Manual
Range:-

Frequently asked questions about the Dodge Ram 3500

The Ram 3500 is known a one-ton pickup. Today the one-ton moniker does not refer to a precise payload capacity, but refers to a specific standard size of truck.

The Ram 3500's payload has steadily increased over the years from 2,327 kg for the 2011 model to 3,352 kg for the 2018 model.

A new 2018 Ram 3500 can run between $42,945 and $68,565, depending on the trimming option you select. Older 3500s start around $30,000 or higher for the ST.

Both Ram Trucks and Dodge are manufactured by FCA US LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Ram Trucks was established as a spin-off from Dodge in 2010.

The 3500's towing capacity ranges from 10,319 kg for the 2011 model to an impressive 14,061 kg for the 2018 model.