About the Ram 3500
Simply put, the Ram 3500 is known as one of the best work trucks available. It offers exceptional power that allows it to tow up to 33,750 pounds. It also has a maximum payload capacity of 5130 pounds. Despite its reputation as a working truck, it offers the comfort and convenience that contemporary drivers want from their vehicles. Whether on a construction site or taking a road trip, it provides an excellent choice for those in the market for a heavy-duty pickup.Ram 3500 Features
The 2012 Ram 3500 gives buyers plenty of options. It comes in regular cab, crew cab, and mega cab models. Each model also has trim levels, giving buyers a total of nine options to choose from.
The regular cab model comes in ST and SLT trim levels. The crew cab model comes in ST, SLT, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn Edition trim levels. The mega cab model comes in SLT, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn Edition trim levels.
The regular cab 2012 Ram 3500 doesn't have a lot of room for passengers, but it only comes with a long bed.
The ST version provides the basic options that one needs in a heavy-duty truck. Other than reliable power and maneuverability, though, it doesn't have a lot of extra bells and whistles to offer. The Ram 3500 ST comes with 17-inch steel wheels, tilt steering, air-conditioning, and a tire-pressure monitor that comes in handy when hauling heavy loads. Just because the ST gets down to brass tacks doesn't mean that it lacks entertainment features. It has a rather impressive six-speaker stereo that includes a CD player and an auxiliary jack—not bad for an entry-level vehicle.
Bump up to the SLT level and you get a few more features, including cloth upholstery (instead of vinyl), keyless entry, cruise control, full power accessories, a rear window that slides open, heated side mirrors, and even satellite radio.
Buyers get a few more options with the crew cab models and can choose a short or long bed, depending on their specific needs. The crew cab ST also includes power locks and windows in addition to the regular cab ST.
The crew cab STL remains nearly identical to the normal cab STL (with the obvious exception of a larger cab that can seat more passengers). Crew cab buyers, however, can choose to add the Big Horn package. This package includes quad headlights, fog lights, a universal garage door opener, a chrome grille, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. In Texas, this package sells as the Lone Star package.
The STL can also come with an Outdoorsman package that makes it more useful for those who love camping, hunting, fishing, or just exploring areas off the beaten path. This package adds polished, alloy wheels, tow hooks, an overhead console, power seats, and a limited-slip rear differential. Somewhat interestingly, it also comes with a few vanity features such as illuminated vanity mirrors, two-tone paint, and a grille frame that matches the body's color.
The crew cab Laramie is an all-in-one vehicle that offers both power and vanity. If you want dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth compatibility, leather seating, and a nine-speaker surround-sound stereo with digital music storage, then this is the truck for you. Then again, you can add even more features with the Laramie Longhorn. It gives you bucket seats, a rear-view camera, a navigation system, and ventilated front seats.
The mega cab Ram 3500 only comes in the SLT, Laramie, and Laramie Bighorn trim levels. The major difference between these models and the crew cab is that you can only choose the shorter bed when you get the mega cab. Otherwise, the trim levels offer the same features.
All of the Ram 3500s contain a 6.7-liter, inline-six, diesel engine that produces 350 hp. With an automatic transmission, it has 800 pound-feet of torque.Ram 3500 Evolution
Trucks sold as the Ram 3500 (since 2000) do not include many significant changes. The newly named truck did, however, receive a more powerful diesel engine half way through its first production year that boosts its performance to 800 pound-feet of torque.
Prior to 2012, Laramie and Longhorn trims did not include navigation as a standard feature.