Used 2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman Crew Cab Review
Edmunds Summary Review of the 2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman Crew Cab
Pros & Cons
- Diesel engine and automatic transmission yield monumental torque
- Cabin offers excellent cabin fit and finish
- Ride is comfortable and quiet, especially for a large truck
- Diesel engine delivers lower power with manual transmission
- Manual shift control is in clumsy spot on gear column shifter
Which 3500 does Edmunds recommend?
Given the multiple ways to configure a Ram 3500, it's tricky to recommend any single trim. Need a dependable daily truck that doesn't require much fuss? The Tradesman with a split bench seat and power accessories. Need something comfortable to take clients to job sites or pull the toy hauler in style? The Laramie Longhorn or Limited with the 5th Wheel/Towing Prep pack will do. A daily driver that can do weekend dirty work? The SLT Crew Cab with a short bed. Whatever your needs, there's likely a Ram 3500 to suit it.
Full Edmunds Review: 2017 Ram 3500 Crew Cab
The Ram 3500 DRW (Dual Rear Wheels, or dually) diesel shines in braking and handling. We were a bit let down by the overboosted steering, and keep in mind you need to order the heavy-duty automatic to get the engine's highest torque rating.
You can't expect a truck with a 5,600-pound payload capacity, which can seemingly tow a house, to drive like a crossover SUV. But the Ram is perhaps the smoothest-riding pickup in the heavy-duty segment, aided by comfy, supportive front seats. The cabin is supremely quiet as well.
The Ram's interior has modern styling with user-friendly controls, including the best-in-segment Uconnect system. The cabin is open and airy and easy to see out of. It doesn't sit too high off the ground, even though it's a 3500. Ram needs to add a damped tailgate and some form of bumper step.
The 2017 Ram 3500 is all about towing, hauling and bed capacity. There's nothing dramatic — just either a massive 8-foot long bed or the more convenient 6-foot-4-inch short bed.
Large, logically located virtual buttons, reasonably quick response times and ample functionality for smartphone users make the Ram 3500's 8.4-inch touchscreen one of the best examples in almost any vehicle.
Edmunds Insurance Estimator
The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2017 Ram 3500 in Virginia is:$75.00 per month*