2021 Ram 3500
When you have a heavy-duty job to take care of, you need a heavy-duty truck to get it done right. Ram Trucks is known for making light duty and heavy-duty trucks that can candle just about any job. Towing, hauling, large payloads – a Ram 3500 can handle it all. Returning with the rest of the lineup in 2021, take a look at how powerful the Ram 3500 really is.
6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel
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With five trims to choose from, the 2021 Ram 3500 comes down to drivetrain, bed box, cab type, and engine type for configuration. The lineup consists of the Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Limited Longhorn, Limited, and every trim can come with two or four-wheel drive (4×4), and most trims cam come with a Crew Cab with a 6’4” or 8-ft truck bed box or a Mega Cab with a 6’4’ box. The Tradesman and Big Horn can also come with a Regular size cab and an 8ft box.
Although the entire lineup comes standard with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, capable of generating 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, two other engine options are available. The 6.7-liter I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel engine, and the 6.7-liter I6 Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel engine are both available on either trim. The regular 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo can generate 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque. If going with the HO Cummins engine, then consumers can expect 420 horsepower and a best-in-class 1075 lb-ft of torque.
One can bet with all that torque, the towing capacity must be something else! When it comes to a Ram HD 3500 truck, the default towing capacity of these trims are still staggering, ranging from 14,170 pounds to 23,000 pounds. If properly equipped, however, the range differs. Going in order of the engines, the range is 18,210 pounds to a whopping 37,100 pounds, a best-in-class towing capability for the 2021 Ram 3500. An 8-speed automatic transmission is the standard, but consumers can opt-in for a six-power transmission instead.
With only five trims, there is a variety of standard features, most of which can be found on trims past the Tradesman. These include heated exterior mirrors, mirrors with turn signals, mirror running lights, trailer tow mirrors (also on Tradesman), and automatic headlamps (also on Tradesman). Past the Big Horn, truck drivers can also get mirrors with memory, power-heated trailer tow folding memory mirrors, LED bed lighting, automatic high-beam control, and LED Dome lamp, and LED taillamps. Rain-sensitive windshield wipers are available on the Tradesman, Big Horn, and Laramie, standard on the Limited Longhorn and Limited trims. The standard wheel size for the 2021 Ram 3500 truck is 18-inches, but the Limited trim comes with 20-inch rims standard, available on select trims. Some trims may also downgrade to 17-inch wheels.
No matter the trim, this is an all-work truck, so consumers will find mainly cloth upholstery, with leather the Laramie, Limited Longhorn, and Limited trims. An 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat is available on the Big Horn, standard on the rest of the lineup, with an 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat standard on the Laramie, Limited Longhorn, and Limited trims. A 40/20/50 split bench rear seat is standard on the Tradesman and Big Horn, but a 60/40 split bench can be found on the rest of the trims.
In terms of comfort and convenience, bucket seats are available on the Big Horn and Laramie, standard on the Limited Longhorn and Limited as well as a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel. Heated front seats are also available on the Big Horn, standard on the rest of the lineup going up. The 2021 Ram 3500 Laramie has the option to add heated second-row seats, whereas the Limited Longhorn and Limited come with heated second-row seats and ventilated front seats.
For the 2021 Ram 3500, a Uconnect 3 infotainment system on a 5-inch display is still the standard on the Tradesman and Big Horn, with Uconnect 4 on an 8.4-inch display on the Laramie, Uconnect 4C with NAV on an 8.4-inch display on the Limited Longhorn, and Uconnect 4C NAV on a 12-inch display on the Limited. The Laramie trim can upgrade to either, and the Limited Longhorn can upgrade to the 12-inch touchscreen. Regardless, integrated voice command with Bluetooth is a lineup standard, but only the Laramie, Limited Longhorn, and Limited trims come standard with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and steering wheel mounted audio controls – available add-ons with the correct Uconnect setup.
A 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and HD Radio is available on the Laramie, standard on the Limited Longhorn and Limited trims. A six-speaker audio system is the standard up to the Big Horn with premium speakers available on the Big Horn trim. The Laramie, Limited Longhorn, and Longhorn come with a nine Alpine speaker system standard, able to upgrade to a 17-speaker sound system from Harman Kardon.
Safety Features and Warranty
Like all good trucks, the Ram 3500 comes with an advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front-mounted and side-curtain airbags, traction and stability control systems, a ParkView backup camera, trailer sway damping, and trailer brake control. Advanced features like ParkSense park assist with forward and reverse stop, blind-spot and cross-path detection, full-speed forward-collision warning plus, Lane Keep Assist, and a surround-view camera are available on select trims.
All-new Ram trucks are covered by a basic 3-year/36,000-mile warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile diesel powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile gas powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through warranty for 5 years and unlimited miles. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram Truck dealer, if necessary, and coverage is transferable