The 2021 Ram Heavy Duty pickup is available in basic Tradesman, value-oriented Big Horn/Lone Star, off-road-oriented Power Wagon, mainstream Laramie, luxurious Laramie Longhorn and range-topping Limited trims. The Tradesman Crew Cab is $3,555 more than the 2500 Regular cab counterpart. And the Mega Cab skips the Tradesman trim and starts at the Big Horn level, adding $12,780 to the most basic price. The optional diesel engines cost $9,400 or $12,195 for the high-output version. Where it’s not standard, expect to pay around $3,000 for all-wheel drive. Vehicle prices include the $1,695 destination charge.
Tradesman trim ($35,790) comes in Regular and Crew Cab body styles. It’s a bare-bones work truck with a standard black mesh grille, black bumpers, halogen headlamps, 17-in steel wheels, heavy-duty vinyl or cloth seats and an open upper glovebox. Features include a push-button start, basic 5-in infotainment screen with an AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rearview camera with dynamic grid lines and a zoom function. Lane-keeping assistance with adaptive steering is optional.
Big Horn ($39,715), known as the Lone Star in Texas, is available in Regular, Crew and Mega Cab body styles. They add a chrome grille surround, chrome bumpers, 18-in steel wheels, a choice of a front bench or bucket seats, and an integrated trailer brake controller. Options include a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, 8.4-inch touchscreen AM/FM/Satellite radio, navigation, premium audio system, sunroof, LED exterior lighting, front/rear parking sensors, and 20-in alloy wheels. As mentioned above, a new Night Edition adds black wheels and trim. The
Power Wagon ($55,230) comes solely as a Crew Cab and with all-wheel drive. Equipment includes black fender flares, black off-road grille, powder-coated black bumpers, large tow hooks, Warn Zeon 12 winch, manual transfer case lever, tread-embossed cloth/vinyl seats, 7-in digital instrument cluster, 33-in Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac high-traction tires wrapped around 17-in alloy wheels, LED exterior lighting, fog lamps, Bilstein shocks, locking front/rear differentials, skid plates for the fuel tank and transfer case, hill descent control, 4.10:1 final drive, and a disconnecting anti-roll bar up front.
Laramie ($51,330) available in Crew and Mega Cab body styles. This version brings a chrome billet grille, chrome mirrors/door handles, 18-in alloy wheels, body-color wheel flares, leather seat trim, heated/ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, ambient lighting, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. Laramie trim is eligible for power-retractable side steps, 20-in alloy wheels, leather/suede seat coverings, 12-in Uconnect infotainment touchscreen, and a 17-speaker audio system.
Laramie Longhorn ($58,775) — available in Crew and Mega Cab body styles — upgrades to a chrome-slatted grille, fixed side steps (powered side steps are optional), chrome bumpers, adaptive headlamps, Southwest-style leather-wrapped dashboard/door panels/armrests, alligator-look dash/seats/console/door trim, satin chrome/brushed-nickel cabin highlights, barn-wood accents, and wood center-console tandem doors. The top-of-the-line
Limited trim ($63,630) comes in Crew and Mega Cab body styles, adding the 12-in infotainment touchscreen, navigation, blind spot monitoring with
rear cross-traffic alert, corrugated mesh chrome grille, 20-in chrome alloy wheels, aluminum interior accents, and power-operated side steps. Body-colored bumpers are optional. A towing technology package includes cargo-view and surround-view cameras, trailer tow mirrors, trailer reverse guidance, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Max Tow package is only available for Ram 3500 models and brings fifth-wheel gooseneck prep, 30K fifth-wheel hitch, a heavy-duty Aisin transmission, dual rear wheels with 4.10:1 rear axle, self-leveling rear suspension, cargo-view camera, trailer brake controller, and a DOT safety kit. A sport appearance package for Laramie, Lone Star, and Big Horn models adds a black-themed interior, monochrome exterior, body-color trim, and front/rear parking sensors.
A safety package adds
adaptive cruise control with full stop,
forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, LED exterior lighting, automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) perform crash tests of heavy-duty trucks, but the similar Ram 1500 received scores of Good from the IIHS across the board, earning it a Top Safety Pick+ award. The
Ram Heavy Duty may not perform identically in a crash, but the Ram 1500’s results point toward its larger stablemates offering relatively good protection in an accident.
2022 RAM 3500 vs the competition
2021 Ford F-Series Super Duty —
Ford’s aluminum-bodied light-duty and heavy-duty trucks make up the top-selling model nameplate in the United States. The Super Duty is unsurpassed with a 7.3-liter gasoline V8 generating 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, plus an optional 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 developing 475 hp and a 1,050 lb-ft of torque.
2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD — This current generation of Silverado HD only debuted last year. Rivals from Ram and Ford employ a solid front axle in the interest of long-term durability, but the Silverado HD has an independent front suspension for sustained comfort over long trips. Engine options are a 6.6-liter gasoline V8 making 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque or a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 supplying 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque.
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