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Ram Heavy Duty

On the “party in front” count, the Ram Heavy Duty also comes in a trio of cab styles.



Let’s say you have bigger-than-average playthings: a party-central patio boat, a stable of horses or maybe a fifth-wheel trailer the size of a small condo. Well, you should know that the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty (HD) will make short work of whatever business needs to get done.

         Available in 2,500- and 3,500-pound weight ratings with a six-foot, four-inch short bed or an eight-foot long bed, this full-size Ram will haul nearly eight tons of whatever you’ve got that needs hauling. That’s to say nothing of its ability to tow trailers up to a truly mind-boggling 35,100 pounds.

         On the “party in front” count, the Ram Heavy Duty also comes in a trio of cab styles, including our test truck’s huge Mega Cab that offers a shindig-sized rear-seat space. In addition to offering plenty of elbowroom, the interior is remarkably quiet and can be fitted out with luxury car-like amenities, including adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera setup and a center-mounted 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen.

         In the final measure, the Ram Heavy Duty is a little like a warehouse that’s been converted into a nightclub: built for practical purposes, it proves to be every bit as adept at showing folks a good time.

Strengths

  • Insane pulling power with available Cummins turbodiesel
  • Most attractive, feature-rich cabin in segment
  • Civilized ride/confident handling

Weaknesses

  • Steep sticker prices for upper trim levels
  • Way more truck than many people need

Bottom Line

A combination of capability and creature comforts makes the Ram HD a segment leader.

Pricing

Base Price: $33,395

As Tested: $66,910

Safety

NHTSA: Not yet tested

IIHS: Not yet tested

MPG (city/highway)

The EPA does not offer m.p.g. ratings on heavy trucks. 

Interesting Technology

Reconfigurable 12-inch touchscreen; cameras/rear air suspension makes hooking up trailers a snap.

Also Consider

Ford Super Duty; Chevrolet Silverado HD


This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 edition of AAA World.

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