Most pickup trucks have no problem hauling a few bales of hay or an ATV or two, but if you have a seriously big job, like transporting a bed full of depleted uranium or towing an RV the size of an office building, you need a heavy-duty truck (also known as 3/4- or 1-ton pickups, though in truth they carry much more). Among the few choices you have, we think the Ram 3500 is an excellent one.
In order to haul the massive loads for which it was designed — depending on how it is equipped, the Ram 3500 can carry up to 6,580 pounds in the bed and tow up to 31,210 pounds — the 3500 must do without the coil springs that give its slightly-less-capable sibling, the Ram 2500, a considerably smoother ride. That said, Ram does offer optional load-leveling airbags to supplement the 3500's rear leaf springs. But we don't want you to get the idea that this giant drives like a luxury car. Though it's more comfortable than other heavy-duty pickups, it still rides stiffly, and the overboosted steering is less precise than other lighter-duty Ram pickups. The brake pedal feels a bit spongy, but the Ram 3500 we tested stopped from 60 mph quickly (137 feet) and consistently with no fade despite repeated hard stops.
Engine choices include two gas V8s: A 5.7-liter engine making 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque and a 6.4-liter unit good for 410 hp (370 hp in MegaCab models) and 429 lb-ft. Note that Ram recommends midgrade (89 octane) fuel for the 5.7, while the 6.4 takes regular. The Ram 3500 is arguably best known for the optional 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel, an inline six-cylinder that is basically a scaled-down big-rig engine. The Cummins comes in three power ratings. Trucks with a manual transmission (a rarity among pickups) are rated at 350 hp and 660 lb-ft; with an automatic, the ratings are 370 hp/800 lb-ft and 385 hp/900 lb-ft.
Another aspect of the Ram 3500 that we like is the cabin. It's well trimmed, the front seats are comfortable and the controls are easy to use. We're especially fond of the Uconnect infotainment system, which we consider among the best in the business. Getting in and out is surprisingly effortless (though a step at the rear would do wonders to make access to the bed as easy as access to the cab), visibility is great, and there's plenty of room. This is a first-class truck cab.
Ram offers several choices for 3500 buyers, including three cab sizes, two bed lengths, single or dual rear wheels, and six trim levels ranging from industrial to indulgent: Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn (Lone Star in Texas), Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited. Edmunds can help find the perfect 2017 Ram 3500 for you.
2017 Ram 3500 Overview
The 2017 Ram 3500 is offered in the following submodels: Mega Cab, Regular Cab, Crew Cab. Available styles include Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), and SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A). 3500 models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 3500 comes with four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 3500 comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
The 2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52460. The average price paid for a new 2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) is trending $7416.5 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) is 14.1% below the MSRP.
We are showing 2 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) 2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
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What options are available on the 2017 Ram 3500?
Available Ram 3500 2017 Submodel Types: Crew Cab, Mega Cab, Regular Cab
Available Ram 3500 2017 Trims: Tradesman, Laramie, Limited, Laramie Longhorn, Big Horn, SLT, ST, Laramie Longhorn Limited Edition , Longhorn, Laramie Longhorn Edition, Lone Star
Exterior Colors: Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Delmonico Red Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Pearl White, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, Bright White Clearcoat, Black Clear Coat, Black Clearcoat, Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Flame Red Clear Coat, Black Forest Green Pearl Coat, Bright White Clearcoat/Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Mineral Gray Metallic Clearcoat, True Blue Pearlcoat, Western Brown, Black Gold Pearl Coat, Blue Streak Pearl Coat, Case IH Red, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearlcoat, Flame Red Clearcoat, Luxury Brown Pearl Coat, Mineral Gray Metallic Clear Coat, New Holland Blue, RV Match Walnut Brown Metallic Clear Coat, Saddle Brown Pearl Coat
Interior Colors: Black/Diesel Gray cloth, Black/Diesel Gray vinyl, Black leather, Black premium leather, Black/Diesel Gray premium cloth, Canyon Brown/Light Frost Beige premium leather, Canyon Brown/Light Frost Beige leather, Black/Cattle Tan premium leather, Dark Slate/Medium Graystone cloth, Dark Slate leather, Indigo/Frost premium leather, Light Pebble Beige/Bark Brown leather, Canyon Brown/Light Frost Beige cloth, Dark Slate Gray/Russet premium leather, Dark Slate premium leather
Popular Features: Aux Audio Inputs, Post-collision safety system, Towing Hitch, AWD/4WD, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Stability Control, Crew Cab, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Back-up camera, Bluetooth, Tire Pressure Warning, Upgraded Engine, Parking sensors, 8ft Bed, Remote Start, Power Driver Seat, Heated seats, Auto Climate Control, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Mobile Internet, Alarm, Leather Seats, Navigation, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Cooled Seats, Sunroof/Moonroof, 6ft Bed, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, 10,000lb+ Towing Capacity, Keyless Entry/Start, Standard Cab, Upgraded Stereo, Rear Entertainment System
Engine/Mechanics: 6, 8 cylinders
Transmission: AUTOMATIC, MANUAL
Fuel Types: diesel, regular unleaded
Drivetrains: four wheel drive, rear wheel drive
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