2018 Ram 3500

 
2018 Ram 3500
 
2018 Ram 3500
 

2018 Ram 3500

MSRP 
$44,890
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 6
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

Ram 2500 models are intended for the most extreme personal-towing needs, while the 3500 models are aimed at heavy commercial use by ranchers or construction crews. With the diesel model's gains in fuel efficiency, as well as other maintenance-related improvements, running costs should be down versus these trucks' predecessors.

Even compared to the other latest heavy-duty trucks, the Ram 2500 and 3500 HD models have some of the best-appointed, most luxurious and most attractive interiors, picking up much of the look and some of the high-line materials from the latest light-duty Ram trucks.

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What's New For 2018

The Ram HD has few changes for 2018, though the big Cummins 6.7L diesel found in the 3500 now produces 930 pound-feet of torque.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2018 Ram 3500

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • ParkView Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
    • GPS Antenna Input
    • 1-Year SiriusXM Radio Service
    • Streaming Audio
    • Fixed Antenna
    • 6 Speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
    • Radio: Uconnect 3 w/5" Display
  • Exterior Features
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Chrome Grille
    • Tailgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Cargo Lamp w/High Mount Stop Light
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • Vendor Painted Cargo Box Tracking
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Power Rear Window
    • Black Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter, Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Manual Extendable Trailer Style Mirrors
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Front Bumper Sight Shields
    • Chrome Rear Step Bumper
    • Chrome Front Bumper w/2 Tow Hooks
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Full-Size Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Center Hub
    • Regular Box Style
    • Tires: LT275/70R18E BSW AS
    • Wheels: 18" x 8.0" Steel Chrome Clad
  • Interior Features
    • 4-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • Front Facing Cloth Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Voltmeter, Oil Pressure, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Transmission Fluid Temp, Engine Hour Meter, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Rear Folding Seat
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Glove Box
    • Interior Trim -inc: Deluxe Sound Insulation, Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Vinyl Door Trim Insert
    • Cloth 40/20/40 Bench Seat
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Passenger Visor Vanity Mirror
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Mini Overhead Console and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front Map Lights
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Pickup Cargo Box Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Integrated Voice Command w/Bluetooth
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    • Instrument Panel Bin, Dashboard Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and 2nd Row Underseat Storage
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Systems Monitor
    • Analog Display
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Armrests w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest
    • 40/20/40 Split Bench Seat
    • Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 5.7L V8 HEMI VVT
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic 66RFE
    • 3.73 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 10,500 lbs
    • 50 State Emissions
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, Sequential Shift Control and Oil Cooler
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 730CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 160 Amp Alternator
    • Electronically Controlled Throttle
    • Tip Start
    • Class V Towing Equipment -inc: Harness, Hitch, Brake Controller and Trailer Sway Control
    • 4040# Maximum Payload
    • HD Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Hydraulic Power-Assist Steering
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • 31 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Multi-Link Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Leaf Rear Suspension w/Leaf Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Mechanical Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - 4-Wheel Disc
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Brake ABS System (Second Line) - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14.2
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14.1
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) - 76.3
    • Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) - 66.4
    • Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) - 55.1
    • Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) - 66.4
    • Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) - 55.1
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 51
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 49
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 20.1
    • Cargo Volume (ft³) - 57.5
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 730
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) - 730
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 160
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 180
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 220
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - EZC
    • Engine Order Code - ETK
    • Engine Order Code - ESA
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-8
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-6
    • Engine Type - Premium Unleaded V-8
    • Displacement - 5.7 L/345
    • Displacement - 6.7 L/408
    • Displacement - 6.4 L/392
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • Fuel System - Diesel Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 383 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 385 @ 2800
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 410 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 350 @ 2800
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 370 @ 2800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 400 @ 4000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 930 @ 1700
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 429 @ 4000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 660 @ 1500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 800 @ 1600
    • Engine Oil Cooler - None
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 149.5
    • Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) - 237.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 79.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 78.4
    • Overhang, Front (in) - 36.9
    • Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) - 48.6
    • Cab to Axle (in) - 36.7
    • Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - 38.6
    • Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 7.3
    • Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 7.3
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 31
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 6
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 66
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 63.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 40.3
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 65.7
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 63.2
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Re-Circulating Ball
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 47.7
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Ram 3500
    • Body Style - Crew Cab
    • Body Code - T
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Leaf
    • Axle Type - Front - Non-Independent
    • Axle Type - Rear - Rigid Axle
    • Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - 5500
    • Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 7000
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - 3.73
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - 4.10
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - 3.42
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.73
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 4.10
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.42
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - TCN
    • Front Tire Order Code - TCP
    • Front Tire Order Code - TEA
    • Rear Tire Order Code - TCN
    • Rear Tire Order Code - TCP
    • Rear Tire Order Code - TEA
    • Spare Tire Order Code - TBE
    • Front Tire Size - LT275/70SR18
    • Front Tire Size - LT285/60SR20
    • Rear Tire Size - LT275/70SR18
    • Rear Tire Size - LT285/60SR20
    • Spare Tire Size - Full-Size
    • Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - 7280
    • Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - 7280
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - 628
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - 626
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - 628
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - 626
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 11470
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 17330
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 12920
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 16430
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 17480
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 1147
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 1733
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 1292
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 1643
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 1748
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 11470
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 17330
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 12920
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 16430
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 17480
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 1147
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 1733
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 1292
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 1643
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 1748
    • Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 11290
    • Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 17150
    • Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 12740
    • Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 16250
    • Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 17300
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 11470
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 17330
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 12920
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 16430
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 17480
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - DFP
    • Trans Order Code - DF2
    • Trans Order Code - DEG
    • Trans Order Code - DG7
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.23
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.75
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 5.94
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.84
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.00
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.28
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.41
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.34
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.98
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.30
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.82
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.77
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.62
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.63
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.44
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.54
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 5.42
    • Trans Power Take Off - Yes
    • Trans PTO Access - No
    • Trans PTO Access - Yes
    • Transfer Case Model - None
    • Transfer Case Power Take Off - No
    • Transfer Case Power Take Off - Yes
  • Weight Information Features
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 5000
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 5500
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 7000
    • Curb Weight - Front (lbs) - 3619
    • Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) - 2839
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 10500
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 11500
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 18400
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 19900
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 24300
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 25300
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Full-Size
    • Front Wheel Material - Styled Steel
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Styled Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Ram 3500 Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Agriculture Red Black Clearcoat Black Forest Green Pearlcoat Blue Streak Pearlcoat Bright Green Bright Red Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat Bright White Clearcoat Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat Construction Yellow Delmonico Red Pearlcoat Detonator Yellow Clearcoat Flame Red Clearcoat Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat Hills Green Holland Blue Light Cream Light Green Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat Midnight Blue Pearlcoat National Safety Yellow Omaha Orange Power Tan Robin Egg Blue RV Match Walnut Brown Metallic Clearcoat School Bus Yellow Timberline Green Pearlcoat Tree Green True Blue Pearlcoat Yellow
  • Agriculture Red
  • Black Clearcoat
  • Black Forest Green Pearlcoat
  • Blue Streak Pearlcoat
  • Bright Green
  • Bright Red
  • Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Bright White Clearcoat
  • Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat
  • Construction Yellow
  • Delmonico Red Pearlcoat
  • Detonator Yellow Clearcoat
  • Flame Red Clearcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Hills Green
  • Holland Blue
  • Light Cream
  • Light Green
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat
  • Midnight Blue Pearlcoat
  • National Safety Yellow
  • Omaha Orange
  • Power Tan
  • Robin Egg Blue
  • RV Match Walnut Brown Metallic Clearcoat
  • School Bus Yellow
  • Timberline Green Pearlcoat
  • Tree Green
  • True Blue Pearlcoat
  • Yellow

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Introduction

Promoted for its power and strength, the Ram HD heavy-duty pickups balance style, comfort, and towing and hauling capability. Essentially a toughened-up offshoot of the Ram 1500, the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 versions can be ordered as a stripped-down work truck, a luxury hauler, or anything in between.

A new top-rung Limited Tungsten edition joins the Ram HD lineup for the 2018 model year. A rearview camera has become standard on all models. The optional infotainment system, with 8.4-inch screen, gets some helpful upgrades in resolution, as well as operation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Eight trim levels are offered: Tradesman, SLT, Lone Star, Big Horn, Power Wagon, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. The new Limited Tungsten edition, with body-color running boards, is an option group. So is the Sport version. Rear-drive is standard, with four-wheel drive available.

Standard engine in Tradesman, SLT, and Lone Star/Big Horn trim is a 5.7-liter V8, developing 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The optional upgrade, standard in upper trim levels, is a 6.4-liter V8, rated at 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet. Both engines mate with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Heavy-duty pickups come in three cab configurations: two-door Regular, four-door Crew Cab, and massive Mega Cab. Regular and Crew Cab models are fitted with an 8-foot bed. A 6-foot 4-inch bed is optional for Crew Cab and standard on Mega Cab trucks.

The 6.7-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel engine is the best choice for towing. The diesel six makes 350 horsepower and 660 pound-feet with a 6-speed manual gearbox, or 370 hp and 800 pound-feet with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Like other heavy-duty pickups, Rams have solid front and rear axles. Instead of the usual leaf springs, however, coil springs are installed at the rear. An air suspension is available, too.

Crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Ram 2500 a four-star score overall and for frontal impact, but five stars for side-impact. Ram HD trucks lack most advanced safety features, including blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking.

Lineup

Ram HD comes standard with an 8-foot bed, manual windows, vinyl bench seat, and easy-clean interior, with 5.7-liter V8 and 17-inch steel wheels.

SLT adds cloth upholstery, keyless entry, upgraded audio with 5.0-inch screen, chrome bumpers, heated power mirrors, and 18-inch wheels.

Lone Star and Big Horn editions feature special equipment. Laramie gets the 6.4-liter V8, leather upholstery, and upgraded audio with 8.4-inch touchscreen. Laramie Longhorn has two-tone paint and saddle-inspired leather. Limited features bountiful chrome and monochrome paint.

Crew Cab Power Wagon is a special model built on Lone Star/Big Horn foundation that features 6’4″ bed, 4WD ($52,595), 6.4-liter V8 and off-road technology, including raised suspension, skid plates, 33-inch tires, winch, and locking differentials.

Walkaround

Inspired by big commercial trucks, the stylish Ram 2500 and 3500 are similar in appearance to the lighter-duty Ram 1500, with a taller grille and larger headlights.

Each trim level has a distinct approach to the character of big domestic heavy-duty pickups. On the work-ready Tradesman, bumpers are unpainted and wheels are steel. SLT, Lone Star, and Big Horn renditions add abundant chrome.

Available only with four-wheel drive, the Power Wagon stands apart from its mates, courtesy of a high-riding stance and running light atop the roof. A winch is integrated into the bumper.

Interior

Clean-looking and functional inside the cab, the Ram HD conveys a softer note than its rough-shod exterior suggests. Each model is comfortable and roomy up front.

Most controls sit within easy reach, on a symmetrical dashboard that’s nicely laid out. Materials range from durable plastics in Tradesman trucks to soft-touch surfaces in higher-end models. Upholstery possibilities start with vinyl in the Tradesman, escalating to various grades of cloth and leather. Semi-aniline leather in Laramie Longhorn and new Limited Tungsten versions exceeds materials used in some luxury cars.

Like most heavy-duty pickups, Ram trucks suffer from very tall step-in heights – higher yet on four-wheel-drive versions.

Crew Cabs and bigger-yet Mega Cab models provide ample stretch-out room for five adults (six, with the standard front bench seat).

Driving Impressions

Any Ram HD ranks as a workhorse. Robust engines and compliant suspensions enhance hauling/towing confidence. Ram 3500 models with dual rear wheels offer greater stability when towing in crosswinds and other challenging conditions. They also offer larger tongue-weight capacities.

More than adequate for lighter loads, the 5.7-liter V8 can struggle on upgrades or when fully loaded. The 6.4-liter engine is smooth and strong, though thirsty. Diesel-engine power impresses for sheer brute force.

Helped by their rear coil springs, Ram trucks ride better than rivals, even when pulling a trailer. Compared to passenger cars or a Ram 1500, though, the less-composed ride is stiff and bouncy when empty.

The hydraulically boosted steering is light and vague. With an optional air suspension, a Ram can be lowered to ease entry and cargo-loading, or raised for additional ground clearance, a nice feature.

With abundant ground clearance and locking differentials, the Power Wagon scores for off-road tenacity, but it’s too big for narrow trails and it rides rough around town.

Summary

Like their Dodge-brand ancestors, heavy-duty Rams look the part of a potent truck and perform well, though steering/handling could be better. They’re available with a dizzying variety of options, like other full-size pickups.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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About These Prices

As you know, pricing cars is particularly complicated. One of our duties at CarQuotes.com is to help our customers comprehend this process better.

Three important prices we may show on a particular vehicle

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Price is for research purposes only. It reflects a typical, negotiated price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, license and registration, and where applicable, finance charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. The Estimated Target Price is NOT a price quote from CarQuotes.com or any other dealer. If you request a price quote from a dealer via CarQuotes.com displaying an estimated target price, your price may differ.

Invoice is commonly known as the published amount that the dealer paid the manufacturer for the vehicle. This may or may not represent a close relation to the dealer’s actual cost, but can be beneficial as a benchmark. This figure is available on many other web sites however CarQuotes.com adds an estimate of local and regional fees from manufacturer to the dealers to this price, which makes it very close to the actual invoice amount for cars at your local dealer.

MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. This is a proposed price only. For most vehicles, the CarQuotes.com price is below this amount. Some high demand cars may be priced over this amount.

Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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