Big towing ability means a big truck, and the Ram 3500 HD Crew Cab is certainly huge. Our test truck is the dressed-up Laramie edition with lots of chrome, dual rear wheels and gorgeous True Blue Pearl paint.
Everything about the Ram is heavy duty, with lots of equipment to keep it cool during the rigors of extreme towing. It can tow more than 11 tons.
The Cummins 6.7 liter, in-line six cylinder, turbo-diesel gives the Ram best in class torque. The Cummins burns cleanly enough that it does not need fuel additives to meet emissions like the competition.
The Laramie edition includes leather interior and lots of high-end features in a cabin with excellent fit and finish. While the pedals are adjustable, the steering wheel tilts but does not telescope. Most controls work well except for the navigation unit that's outdated compared to many.
Our test truck is an automatic. A manual shift is available, something the competition does not offer in an HD truck.
There is tons of interior storage space. It's almost like taking the office with you. The crew cab means lots of room in row two as well.
The Ram handles very well for such a heavy truck and the ride is well controlled.
So, it's thumbs up for the Ram's tremendous towing power, quiet ride and excellent interior quality, thumbs down for the outdated nav system, no telescoping steering wheel and the outside mirrors are small for a dual-wheeled truck.
HD diesel trucks are not cheap and the Ram's as-tested sticker price is $60,810. The Ram averaged about 13 miles per gallon during a week-long test.