The Ram 3500 pickup truck is a massive beast that is ready to tackle the toughest jobs. Rank this bad boy among the top heavyweights around. With a 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine that cranks out 350 horsepower, the Ram 3500 has an astounding 800 lb.-ft. of torque, which is the twisting force that powers the wheels. The standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic.
There should be no doubt that this is a truck built for work, with a cabin built for comfort. While the truck can take just about whatever comes its way, the
cabin of the Laramie Longhorn is as fine as a Roy Rogers saddle, with lots of decorative contrast stitching and leather logo patches stitched on every seat. Ram is proud of this truck, and wants everyone to know it. Our dual-rear-wheel axle model with a Max Tow option was in the Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab configuration, wearing a coat of Saddle Brown Pearl Coat paint.
“I’ll trade ya,” was something we heard more than once from guys who were driving smaller pickups of varying makes and models. They were even more willing to swap when we opened the driver’s door and they got a look inside the luxurious cab. “I’d prefer you didn’t get inside,” was something we had to say more than once to people wearing muddy work boots.
The 3500 is available in three cab styles: Regular, Crew and Mega Cab. At 259.4 inches long, the test truck had no hope of fitting into our garage. It was also a challenge to park, especially in its “duallie” configuration. The rear fenders flare about a foot out from the truck on both sides, but Ram has standard outside tow mirrors and a backup camera that ease the stress of parking this monster.
The test truck had the 8-foot box (a 6-foot-4 box is the other choice), which looks like a football field from the tailgate. About the heaviest chore we could muster for the truck was a half-yard of river silt, and the dirt never reached the bed walls. We don’t own anything that weighs more than about 10,000 lbs. so we couldn’t even begin to test this truck’s towing capacity – which Ram says is up to 22,750 pounds.
EPA mileage figures are not required for heavy duty trucks, but the computer information center on the 3500 showed that we got a combined 14 mpg in mixed driving. With its 35-gallon fuel tank filled with ultra low sulfur diesel (no diesel exhaust fluid is required), the Ram 3500 has a range approaching 500 miles.
Our Ram 3500 rode stiff like a truck – imagine that – but the ride was not harsh. With its range and crew cab sized room inside, it actually wouldn’t make a bad vehicle for road trips. An optional DVD player in the ceiling keeps the kids in the generous back seat entertained.
With navigation, power windows and doors, power heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, dual-zone air, satellite radio, automatic headlights, USB ports, a heated steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity, the 3500 has all the modern conveniences of fine sedans.
The base price of the 2012 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4X4 test truck was $57,195. Options like the Max Tow Package ($595), a power sunroof ($850), upgraded paint ($655) and the DVD system ($1,200) brought the bottom line to $61,740, including freight. Truth be told, this is a status truck for working people. You really need to tow/haul/carry massive loads to use all of the capability of the 3500.
For the regular guy who needs to haul his boat or small tractor, 1500 series or 2500 series trucks might be all that is needed. But if your daily activities require you to transport really big, really heavy stuff, this truck most definitely can get the job done.
2012 Ram 350 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4X4
- Engine: 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic
- Horsepower: 350
- Torque: 800 lb.-ft.
- Test Model Base Price: $57,195
- As-Tested Price: $61,740