2018 RAM 3500 Review

Are you gauging all of your options for a new heavy-duty pickup truck? You’re likely using it for the heaviest of jobs and the biggest of projects. The 2018 Ram 3500 offers a range of powerful engines, helpful exterior features, and some of the best towing and payload capabilities in its class.

If you are in search of a 2018 RAM 3500 in the Rockwall, Terrell, Rowlett, and Wylie areas, learn more about the heavy-duty pickup truck in this review by our team at Rockwall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR).

2018 RAM 3500 Powertrain Options  

Engine                                                Horsepower               Torque

5.7L V8 HEMI®                                     383                         400 lb-ft

6.4L Heavy Duty V8 HEMI®                 410                         429 lb-ft

6.7L I6 Cummins ® Turbo Diesel V8     350                         660 lb-ft

6.7L I6 Cummins® High-Output            385                         900 lb-ft

Turbo Diesel V8


The 2018 RAM 3500 comes standard with a 5.7L V8 HEMI® engine that is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain setup is standard on all trim levels up to the Laramie.

All Laramie trim levels and above come standard with the 6.4L Heavy Duty V8 HEMI® engine with both the 6.7L I6 Cummins ® Turbo Diesel V8 regular and High-Output engines being optional. The 6.7L I6 Cummins ® High Output Turbo Diesel V8 engine can only be had with the AISIN 6-Speed automatic transmission, which is custom-tuned to handle all of the engine’s extra torque.

All engines incorporate a heavy-duty engine cooling system that helps to keep the engine temperature down during long, heavy hauls. The next-generation engine controller works to optimize the relationship between the engine and transmission.

Towing and Payload

Good towing and payload capabilities are crucial to your job and lifestyle and Dodge focused on that in the RAM 3500. Loads of horsepower and torque in each engine allows for impressive towing and payload capacities.

The standard 5.7L V8 HEMI® engine allows you to haul a maximum of 30,830 pounds and has a payload capacity of 4,450 pounds, while the 6.4L Heavy Duty V8 HEMI® engine provides a maximum towing capacity of 30,800 pounds and payload capacity of 7,350 pounds.

If you opted to go diesel, the 6.7L I6 Cummins® High-Output Turbo V8 engine with the AISIN 6-Speed automatic transmission setup will allow for a maximum towing capacity of 31,210 pounds and a payload capacity of 6,720 pounds.

Helpful Exterior Features

The 2018 Ram 3500 also offers some handy exterior features and advanced exterior technology to make your job easier and driver experience more convenient.

The standard ParkView® Rear Back-

Up Camera System provides a view of the rear with color guidelines to help make parking and trailer hookups a breeze.

Available LED bed lighting on each side of the cargo bed makes it easy to work at night with the flick of a switch that’s located in the bed.

The class-exclusive available Ram-Box® Cargo Management System adds a durable, drainable, and well-lit storage system to the side rails of your truck bed making it a snap to store all of your tools.

Schedule a 2018 RAM 3500 Test Drive Today!

The 2018 RAM 3500 has an impressive set of gas and diesel engine options, some helpful exterior features, and some of the best tow and payload capacities in its class. These features make it an appealing heavy-duty pickup truck option that you’ll want to consider.

If you’re a Rockwall, Terrell, Rowlett, and Wylie area shopper interested in getting behind the wheel of the RAM 3500, stop by our Rockwall CDJR showroom.

Schedule a test drive today!