2018 Ram 3500

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Ram 3500 highlights

Customer rating


  • Massive towing ability
  • Quality fit and finish
  • Comfortable ride


  • Diesel slower than V8 competitors
  • Lower power with manual transmission
  • Aging interior design

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The 2018 Ram 3500 brings strong capability and high-end features to the heavy-duty truck market.

The Ram 3500 resides at the top of the brand's pickup truck lineup, offering impressive hauling and towing capabilities with a range of comfort and convenience features. The big truck adds the ultra-luxurious Limited Tungsten edition for the 2018 model year and a range of new features that include an 8.4-inch infotainment display, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® functionality, and a standard backup camera. In addition, the powerful Cummins diesel engine gets bumped up to 930 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 30 lb-ft. One of the most capable trucks on the market, the Ram 3500 boasts a maximum towing capacity of 31,210 pounds, more than enough for just about any application. Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories. In addition to its impressive muscle, the Ram 3500 is available in six trim levels that range from the basic Tradesman to the luxurious Limited. With a spacious cabin and multiple configurations, the Ram 3500 is quite competitive in the heavy-duty truck market, which includes the Ford F-350 Super Duty, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, and GMC Sierra 3500.

All Ram 3500 years

New for 2018

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Tradesman trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.
  • The Bighorn trim now comes with Rear View Camera, Remote Start, and Running Boards as standard equipment.
  • The Laramie Longhorn trim now comes with Smart Key as standard equipment.
  • The SLT trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.
  • The Laramie trim now comes with Rear Seat Heaters and Remote Start as standard equipment.
  • The Lonestar trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.

Explore Ram 3500 details

Tradesman 2WD 2D Regular Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Cruise Control
  • Dual Rear Wheels
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Vinyl Seats
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bed Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fifth Wheel Tow Hitch
  • Gooseneck Tow Hitch
  • Long Bed
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Running Boards

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41"

Head room

F 39.9"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

1191/11910 lbs.



5 reasons to buy the 2018 Ram 3500

What We Like

Comfort: There's no getting around the fact that the Ram 3500 rides like a truck, but it is one of the more comfortable options in the heavy-duty truck market. The front seats are well padded with good support, and the optional air suspension helps to smooth out some of the bumps. The powerful diesel engine is not very noisy, and overall the cabin stays relatively quiet, even at highway speeds.

Utility: As a heavy-duty truck, utility is the main reason for purchasing a Ram 3500. Available with a short or long bed, the Ram 3500 can haul up to 7,350 pounds or tow 31,210 pounds; both figures are among the best in class. Inside, the Ram 3500 features convenient storage wells hidden under the rear floor mats as well as multiple bins and pockets throughout the cabin.

Interior: The Ram 3500 has a spacious, comfortable cabin with plenty of headroom and legroom. Rear passengers will find good space to spread out, especially in the extended-length Mega Cab. Doors open wide, and there are well-placed door handles for easy entry and exit, further aided by the optional side steps.

What Needs Improvement

City driving: The Ram 3500 is very large by design—a necessary requirement for its role as a highly capable pickup truck. While the big truck is comfortable to cruise on the highway, it can be more than 20 feet long with the Mega Cab option and 8 feet wide with the dual rear wheels, making maneuvering or finding parking in the city a difficult task.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Ram 3500 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks Ram 3500 20th out of 25 among Fullsize Trucks.

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2018 Ram 3500 trims

Curious how Ram 3500 trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities


  • 383-hp, 400-lb-ft of torque 5.7L
  • 410-hp, 429-lb-ft of torque 6.4L
  • 350-hp, 660-lb-ft of torque 6.7L
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Mirrors
  • Vinyl Seats
  • Traction Control
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tow Hitch
  • View our Ram 3500 Tradesman inventory


  • Includes all features available on the Tradesman
  • 5.7L
  • 370-hp, 429-lb-ft of torque 6.4L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Manual Transmission




  • Includes all features available on the Lonestar
  • 6.7L
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • A/C Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Parking Sensors
  • Alpine Sound System
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