2020 Dodge RAM 3500 Review – The changes to the powerful RAM 2500 and 3500 are slightly less extensive, which primarily increases the availability of new optional equipment. Lane Keep Assist and adaptive steering are now available at all trim levels, which are blind spot monitoring and trailer tire pressure monitoring. The extra camera system supports two different cameras now, and you now get a standard 50-gallon fuel tank on Crew-Cab models with 8-foot bed. Black wheels are now available on the 2500 Power Wagon off-road model, and two new paint colors can be had on any of these trucks: Hydro Blue and Olive Green.
2020 Dodge RAM 3500 Review
Ram’s powerful 2500 and 3500 Heavy-Duty (HD) trucks return to 2017 with even more to suffer. Across the HD range, buyers can choose between petrol engines in standard 5.7 L and 6.4 L Hemi V8s; as well as three versions of the 6.7L Cummins inline 6-cylinder diesel that top the range. All engines include a 6-speed automatic transmission, although a 6-speed manual transmission is offered with the diesel engine. The 5.7 L Hemi is rated for 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The 6.4 L Hemi V8 makes 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. With the 6-speed manual, Cummins is rated at 350 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque at just 1,500 rpm. When mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission, the output jumps to 370 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. In RAM 3500 Trucks with the Aisin automatic, it makes 385 horsepower and a staggering 865 pound-feet of torque. High-pressure Common-Rail fuel injection helps support refinement and clean up emissions and Cummins is B20 biodiesel-Blend compatible. The 5.7 L, meanwhile, may be equipped from the factory to run on compressed natural gas.
The Diesel Rams use a RAM active air intake system that draws more cool air from the front of the truck for more power in hot temperatures or at high altitudes. Thanks to a variable geometry turbo charger, RAM HD trucks also have good responsiveness and drivability, regardless of load.
RAM HDs can be ordered with either rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. In 4-wheel drive models, a front axle decoupling system can help improve fuel economy by up to 1 mpg. The RAM 3500 utilizes a Hotchkiss Leaf spring rear suspension, while the 2500S has replaced leaf springs with a 5-link coil spring setup. Front suspension is now lent by a 3-link system. The 2500S can be optioned with powerful air suspension instead of coil springs, which allow driver controlled load balancing with precise, individual adjustment. Leaf-sprung 3500 Dual-Rear Wheel Trucks with maximum tow packages also feature the air suspension system.
The RAM 2500 Trucks benefits from an 11.5 “rear axle, while the High-output Cummins includes an 11.8-inch axle. The result is Best-in-class towing and payload ratings for 3500 (up to 30,000 pounds and 7,320 pounds, respectively). ) and best-in-class towing for 2500 – up to 17,940 pounds. For the first time, RAM offers an optional fifth wheel towing package.
RAM understands that its trucks must last a lifetime. As a start, the company offers a 5-year, 100,000-mile warranty on all its powertrains. Each truck has also extended maintenance cycles for fuel filters and oil changes, including a 15,000-mile range on Cummins diesel.
Inside, the RAM HD Trucks have been reconfigured to allow for enhanced creature comfort. Available amenities include soft-touch dashboards and door trim, 2-tone padding and contrasting stitching. The wood and metal posts accent the interior and a largest-in-class 8.4-inch full color touchscreen display serves as the central command of RAM HD. there is also heated and ventilated seating as well as heated steering wheel. Buyers can choose between bucket seats or a 40/20/40 bench configuration. In both cases, there is a multi-media port in the center with USB, SD and extra inputs.
Eight trim levels are offered: Tradesman, SLT, Big horn, Laramie, outdoorsman, Laramie Longhorn, Power Wagon and Laramie Limited. These can be configured with either 2 or 4-wheel drive, 2-door Regular cab, 4-door crew cab or 4-door Mega cabs. Two bed lengths are offered, a 6 ‘4’ or 8 ‘. Ram’s patented RAM box can be fitted in multiple trims, adding a secure storage system to the sides of the bed.
Each RAM HD offers a different set of interior appointments and equipment that can be tailored to fit basic work needs or provide a relatively luxurious cabin. Two different UConnect 8.4-inch touchscreen systems are offered with both Bluetooth handsfree connectivity. The top system also provides wireless internet connection, as well as HD Radio and SiriusXM compatibility.
Top Laramie models offer impressive luxury and convenience, including a Power-sliding rear window, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone temperature control, an overhead console, a universal Garage door opener and special in-floor storage. Available features include an alpine 10-speaker Premium sound system, rain-sensing wipers and projector beam headlights.
Heavy trucks are specialized vehicles. Every part of them, from the frame to the motor to the shafts, is optimized for tiring work towing large loads.
But that doesn’t mean the owners use them to pull all the time. At some point, these trucks have to go to the bank or grocery store. With that in mind, I spent a week with the Dual Rear Wheel RAM 3500 on a recent trip to Colorado to see how a truck like this handles daily driving charges.
Big truck, big power
There is a heavy RAM truck to fit almost any need. The 2500 and 3500 models are available in six different trims. The truck can be mounted in single, Crew Cab or Super spacious Mega cab configurations, with a 6-foot, 4-inch box, or an 8-foot box. Heck, you can even buy a RAM HD chassis cabin to fit an after market bed.