Our Opinion - 2024 Ram 3500 4WD Review The 2024 Ram Heavy Duty is like a happy NFL lineman: strong and able when needed, but at ease when not. When it comes to comfort and features, the RAM HD is on par with strong HD competitors like the Chevrolet Silverado HD and Ford Super Duty. It could come with a lot of choices and beautiful interior details. Both the standard gasoline V-8 engine and the extra Cummins diesel inline-six engine are smooth and powerful, able to pull 37,000 pounds and carry 7,600 pounds, respectively. The cabin is quiet thanks to the standard acoustic glass and active noise cancellation. For a smoother ride, you can add an extra rear air suspension system. Customers can make the roomy inside their own by adding things they want, like a big touchscreen and three 115-volt outlets that can power up to 400 watts of equipment. Off-road fans will love the Power Wagon and Rebel grades because they come with skid plates, strong tires, and off-road suspensions made just for off-road activities. What's New? The Ram Heavy Duty is the same as it was last year, but all types now come with a lamp that turns on when the tailgate is open. Pros and Cons Pros A burly style. How to stay safe when pulling a trailer. Beautiful inside. Cons Diesel engines work better with a new gearbox. The field of information technology has grown. Other vehicles in the same class can carry and pull more. Engine, Transmission, and Performance You can use any of the three engines. Different types all come with the same 6.4-liter V-8 engine that makes 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. It has a great automatic drive with eight speeds. This engine and transmission are the only ones that come with the Power Wagon. It has four wheels. On the other hand, any other type can come with a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel inline-six engine and either rear- or four-wheel drive. You can choose between two diesel choices. The first one comes in 2500 and 3500 sizes and has 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. The 3500 is the only one that has the high-output type with 400 horsepower and an amazing 1075 pound-feet of torque. There is a six-speed automatic transmission for both engines, but all of their diesel rivals have more modern 10-speed transmissions. Diesel cars are slower and harder to turn in town, but because the Cummins engine weighs 490 pounds more than the V-8, they can pull and carry a lot more weight. Ram has done a great job of fine-tuning the Cummins. While it’s not as loud as the V8, it’s still more powerful. Safety There is a lot of technology that can help the driver in the Ram 2500 and 3500. Visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) webpages to learn more about the Ram’s crash test scores. Some important safety factors are: It comes with automatic emergency brakes and forward collision warning systems. You can choose not to have blind-spot detection and back cross-traffic alerts. You can get adaptive speed control. Internal and External Cargo Capacity Like other trucks, the Ram comes in different trim levels and cab types. This means that the amount and quality of materials inside, the number of seats that can fit, and the tech features that are available inside can vary a lot. There are three different models: a single-cab, a Crew Cab with four doors that is very roomy, and the Mega Cab, which has the biggest back seat in its class. While the insides of heavy-duty trucks from Ford, Chevy, and GMC are all roomy and luxurious, the Ram’s cabin is the best in its class thanks to car-level detailing, very comfy seats, and a sleek, modern look. The materials in the more expensive trim levels are also good. The Longhorn logo is carved by hand into the upper glovebox door of the truck. The dash, doors, and gauges on the top Longhorn trim level are made of striped wood and have gold trim. The design of the cabin also includes storage cubbies inside and easy-to-use buttons. The center console with its tiers is big enough to fit a 15.0-inch laptop. The inside of any Ram HD model, even diesel, is as quiet as a luxury car thanks to standard acoustic glass and active noise canceling built into the sound system. Fuel Economy and Actual MPG It’s something other than what the EPA looks at when it comes to big trucks like the Ram 2500 and 3500 that have Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR) of more than 8500 pounds. We put a Ram 3500 with a high-output Cummins diesel engine, four-wheel drive, and a dual-rear-wheel axle through a real-world 75-mph fuel-economy route and found that it got an average of 16 mpg. With an interstate rating of 18 mpg, the four-wheel-drive crew-cab 2500’s 370-hp diesel engine got a little better gas economy. Infotainment and Connectivity Ram also puts technology inside its heavy-duty trucks that can compete with high-end luxury cars and SUVs. This includes the newest infotainment system. It’s easy to use Ram because it has clear choices and prompts. It has a big, well-placed 8.0-inch touchscreen that works quickly when you touch it. Ram also has a big 12.0-inch customizable touchscreen inside the truck that makes it look and feel very high-tech. The system also has mapping, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot that you can subscribe to. Inside the truck, there are five USB ports for your devices and three 115-volt outlets that can handle up to 400 watts of power. These can be used to run quickly or charge tools. Towing and Payload Capacity With 1075 pound-feet of power, the Ram 3500’s high-output Cummins engine can pull up to 37,090 pounds and carry up to 7680 pounds. With that engine, the more famous 2500 4×4 Crew Cab model can pull a trailer weighing up to 19,010 pounds and carry up to 2,380 pounds of cargo. These are great results for the class. The Cummins engine in the 2500 4×4 Crew Cab has 370 horsepower and can pull 16,870 pounds and move 3,240 pounds. The standard V-8 engine in the truck can pull 14,370 pounds and carry 3,240 pounds, which is more than enough for most work and weekend trips. Price and How to Choose When it comes to the 3500, the base 6.4-liter gas engine with 410 horsepower is more than enough, but most Ram HD buyers are willing to pay more for the diesel. The 2500 4×4 Crew Cab Laramie, which is the most popular model, is the best choice because it has the best mix of size, comfort, price, and ability. If you don’t need to tow a lot of trailers, choose the 410-hp V-8 over the Cummins, even though more of them come with it. The eight-speed automatic works well and makes it faster in town. If you can afford it, add load-leveling air suspension and a limited-slip differential to the RAM. They will make the already great ride even better.