Used 2019 Ram 3500 Crew Cab
Which 3500 does Edmunds recommend?
There are dozens of available configurations for the Ram 3500. For a basic workhorse, we recommend the base-level Tradesman. The luxury-oriented Limited trim level is on the opposite side of the spectrum. Can't decide? The Big Horn/Lone Star trim level is an appealing middle-ground pick.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Massive towing capacity with diesel engine
- Multiple camera views and trailer tire pressure display ease towing
- Comfortable seating and quiet cabin for such a big vehicle
- Appropriately busy ride quality with an unladen bed
- Fully redesigned for 2019
- Stronger and lighter frame components
- Upgraded powertrains and transmissions
- New interior and exterior styling
- Part of the fifth Ram 3500 generation introduced for 2019
The standard V8 is powerful, but the 6.7-liter turbodiesel is where it's at. The abundance of power and torque makes moving this massive truck easy, even with a trailer in tow. Despite its size, the 3500 is relatively easy to drive, even with the dual rear-wheel setup. The steering is light enough for quick turns and highway maneuvers.
The 3500 has a bumpy ride most of the time, but it's not unbearable. A quiet interior, well-padded seats and a forgiving suspension make for a totally competent highway cruiser.
With all sorts of available leather-wrapped surfaces and wood grains on the dash, the 3500 can look and feel like a plush luxury SUV. Buttons and interior controls are laid out in a logical and easy-to-use manner, and there's plenty of space in every seating position for adults. Thanks to large windows and a relatively low beltline, visibility is excellent.
The standard V8 in the Ram 3500 can tow as much as 18,210 pounds, depending on the cab configuration you choose. Go with the big turbodiesel and that capability nearly doubles to a maximum 35,100 pounds. The six-speed Aisin automatic paired to the Cummins turbodiesel has relatively quick upshifts, and it doesn't hunt for gears on long grades.
The optional 12-inch Uconnect screen (the same one that debuted in the latest Ram 1500) is one of the most impressive screens in any new vehicle today. The Uconnect software that powers it is quick to respond to commands, easy to learn, and supported by ultra-crisp graphics. Optional safety tech such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning are excellent additions on such a work-oriented rig.
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Most helpful consumer reviews
Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A)
After much researching and internet surfing plus test driving over 20 truck types and models, we ended up with a new 2019 RAM 3500 Crew Cab tradesman 4x4 Dually. We needed a truck that was an easy daily plus could pull our 12,000 LB fifth wheel, but also did not cost me over $48k and this fit the bill perfectly. I only purchased a few optional packages on the Tradesman Crew Cab 4x4 Dually, which included the Tradesman Level 2 Equipment Group, Chrome Appearance Group, LED Bed Lighting, Parksense Rear Park Assistance and of course Trailer Brake Control and a few other minor things but cant remember what they were. TIP: I had the Dealership install the aftermarket B&W gooseneck/fifth wheel stuff, which honestly is better then stock prep. So far the truck comes with lots of standard features what usually you would have to pay extra for, and here are some of the options I can recall that are included : Cruise Control, Tire Pressure Information on all 6 tires (Dually), UConnect, adjustable dash viewing options, configurable truck option in settings, Integrated Voice Control, Bluetooth Phone connectivity, Multiple USB connections, Rear storage under rear seats that fold up and out of the way, Power windows with one-touch down AND up too, power locks, power mirrors with blind spot mirrors plus flip out for towing, 32 Gallon tank (wow), Comes with both 4-pin and 7-pin connections for trailers, power rear sliding window, Rear window defroster, of course A/C and heater is in it (remember when A/C was optional, ha ha), Remote keyless entry, push button start (no key needed, just the FOB in pocket) and SiriusXM 1-year included plus several other things I forget. I did just get it last night, so I am still learning all of the features. BTW, I was able to get this for only $39k with extended warranty, after dealing with Dealer a lot, lol. This comes standard with a 3yr/36,000 bumper to bumper warranty (I increased warranty to 75k miles), plus a 5yr/60,000 mile Powertrain warranty on Gas engine (100k miles on diesel).
Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A)
The New High Output Engine is great lots of power. Took a 1000+ mile trip towing a gooseneck trailer, mileage towing at 60-65 MPH was 12.1 MPG. Towing at 70-75 mileage dropped to 11.9 still not bad for a 3500 Ram Dually. Dave Smith Motors made this all possible with the best deals lowest prices and haggle free buying. One would be foolish to buy a Ram from anyone else. Ram 3500 HO still going strong, it has the power and smoothness to carry horses cows and other loads that require a smooth and steady ride. It handles the rough roads well with a load on. A great truck for towing
Laramie 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A)
New 2019 Ram 3500 Laramie has a lot of improvements comparing to my 2017 Ram 3500 Laramie. However, it came with a lot of quality/technical issues. My truck has 700 (seven hundred) miles on odometer, out of first two weeks of ownership I was deriving vehicle one week, another week it's in service. *** Previously owned 2017 Ram 3500 Laramie 4x4 with Cummins Diesel, heavy-duty transmission and dual rear wheels, I've learned a few lessons and ordered this 2019 Ram 3500 Laramie in configuration, optimal for my task (10% recreational towing, 90% commute). By eliminating a few options that I almost never used previously, I have saved almost ~20k on purchase price. I decided to go with gasoline HEMI engine, no 4x4 and standard transmission with 2019 Ram 3500. *** The first catch was with specifications: Ram advertises ~150–200 lbs more in both payload and towing capacity in their marketing materials that actual vehicle was built and delivered (they explained it as those measurements were done for Tradesman trim and not applicable to higher trims like my Laramie). *** After delivery immediately second issue was realized – I was reinstalling fifth-wheel PullRite sliding hitch from my 2017 Ram 3500 and have found that my brand new 2019 Ram 3500 has distance between fifth-wheel prep sockets 3 mm longer on passenger side than on driver side. Fortunately, ISR frame by PullRite could accommodate this but on the length limit. *** Another surprise I have got after a few hundred miles – fueling truck was taking almost 40 minutes as nozzle was clicking back every quarter gallon. Dealership, after inspection, stated that "fuel line was crossed during manufacturing process" and still waiting for required parts for warranty replacement. *** Interior is definitely updated and feels much more luxury. I don't recommend going with their 12" screen as it's still driven by relatively old software, slow and buggy. Another catch – if you order Group 2 option you will have wireless charging for your smartphone, but will still need to connect device with original cable to use Apple Car Play (i.e. Google Maps). *** Comparing 2017 and 2019, I don't see too many visible exterior improvements (i.e. panoramic sunroof is available only on 2019 Ram 1500), the best difference for me so far – front LED lights, makes a huge difference driving at night. *** HEMI pulls my 16.5k lbs trailer very nice, I can't tell the difference in towing between my 2017 Ram with Diesel / AISIN and 2019 Ram HEMI. I didn't drive in mountains yet, but don't think gasoline engine doesn't have exhaust brake, it actually doesn't need it. For engine braking purposes you downshift from steering wheel with 2019 Ram 3500 HEMI. *** Overall, great improvements, but looks like Quality Control needs to be greatly improved at Ram factory.
Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A)
The smoothest driving and strongest dually 4X4 diesel I've ever driven, plus interior refinements that make it feel more like a luxury sedan than a truck...can't wait to get my 5th wheel hooked up and hit the road with this truck!
Features & Specs
Our experts like the 3500 models:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Warns the driver of an imminent front-end collision and can apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop.
- Front and Rear Park Assist
- Sounds an alert as the truck approaches an object in front of or behind it, helping to prevent low-speed collisions.
- Surround-View Camera
- Gives a simulated 360-degree bird's-eye view of the vehicle to help fit into tight spaces.