Ample power and torque with the HEMI and Cummins diesel engines; upgraded interior trim and features adapted from the Ram 1500; available 12-in Uconnect touchscreen; Power Wagon's off-road prowess; big-rig look; Rambox storage
No telescopic steering column
The 2019 Ram HD pickup has been redone from top to bottom with a new frame, an optional high-output Cummins turbodiesel with 1000 lb-ft of torque, a domed hood, a larger grille and a luxurious cabin with Ram 1500-inspired interior trim. See the 2019 Ram 2500 models for sale near you or See the 2019 Ram 3500 models for sale near you
The overwhelming motivations for buying a heavy-duty pickup over a light-duty one are increased payload and towing ability. The all-new 2019 Ram HD 2500 and HD 3500 are work trucks that just happen to be a whole lot more pleasant to spend time in now that they've adapted much of the well-executed leather-lined luxury fitments and updated infotainment features of the new Ram 1500 pickup. That said, the $12,200 tariff to move up from, say, a HD 2500 short-wheelbase 2-wheel-drive Laramie Crew Cab to the same truck in Limited trim might be better spent on upgrading to the Cummins turbodiesel, heavy-duty automatic transmission, towing package and other work-related hardware. With standard heated leather seats, 18-in alloys and the more-than-ample Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system, the Laramie trim offers good bang for the Ram Heavy-Duty buck. Find a Ram 2500 for sale or Find a Ram 3500 for sale
The 2019 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. See our Ram 1500 review for information on the Ram 1500 light-duty pickup.
Available in Regular or Crew cab only, the Tradesman is 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, an open upper glovebox, push-button start, Uconnect 5.0 AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera.
Available in Regular, Crew or Mega Cab, the Big Horn and Lone Star upgrade to a chrome grille surround, chrome bumpers, 18-in steel wheels, an integrated trailer brake controller and a choice of a front bench or bucket seats. Options include a power driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen AM/FM stereo with SiriusXM, navigation, a premium audio system, a sunroof, LED exterior lighting, 20-in aluminum wheels and ParkSense front and a rear parking assist system.
The Crew Cab-only 4-wheel-drive Power Wagon rolls with black fender flares, black off-road grille, powder-coated black bumpers, large tow hooks, a Warn Zeon-12 winch, manual transfer case, tread-embossed cloth and vinyl seats, uplevel 7-in digital instrument cluster, 33-in Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac high-traction tires on 17-in alloy wheels, LED exterior lighting, Bilstein shocks, locking front and rear differentials, fog lamps, skid plates for the fuel tank and transfer case, hill-descent control, 4.10:1 final drive, a disconnecting front stabilizer bar and Articulink suspension.
Available in Crew or Mega Cab, the Laramie brings a chrome billet grille, chrome mirrors and door handles, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting, fog lamps, body-color wheel flares, leather seat trim, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, Uconnect 8.4 infotainment and ambient lighting. Laramie options include power side steps, 20-in alloy wheels, the Unconnect 12-in infotainment touchscreen, Premium Plus 17-speaker stereo and leather and suede seat coverings
Also available in Crew or Mega Cab, the Laramie Longhorn upgrades to a chrome slat grille, fixed side steps (power optional), chrome bumpers, adaptive headlamps, a Southwest-style leather-wrapped dashboard, door panels and armrests, alligator-look dash, seats, console and door trim, satin chrome and brushed-nickel trim, barnwood accents and wood tandem center console doors.
The top-of-the-line Limited also comes in Crew or Mega Cab body styles, and adds as standard Uconnect 12-in infotainment with SiriusXM, HD Radio and navigation, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, a corrugated mesh chrome grille, 20-in chrome alloy wheels, aluminum interior accents and power-operated side steps. Body-color bumpers are optional.
A towing technology package includes cargo-view and surround-view cameras, trailer tow mirrors, trailer reverse guidance and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Max Tow package is for Ram HD 3500 models only and brings 5th-wheel gooseneck prep, a 30K 5th-wheel hitch, the HD Aisin transmission, dual rear wheels with 4.10:1 rear axle, auto-leveling rear suspension, cargo-view camera, trailer brake controller and a DOT safety kit.
A Night Appearance package dresses up Laramie, Lone Star and Big Horn models black wheels, a black grille and black-out exterior trim and a Sport Appearance package on those same models goes with a black-theme interior, monochrome exterior, body-color trim and Park Sense park assist system.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
2019 Ford Super Duty -- It's hard to argue with success. The aluminum-bodied Ford Super Duty truck is the best-selling heavy-duty pickup. Power choices are a 385-hp 6.2-liter gas V8 or the 450-hp 6.7-liter PowerStroke turbodiesel V8 packing "just" 935 lb-ft of torque -- for now. Watch for a considerably updated 2020 Ford Super Duty pickup soon.
2019 Chevrolet Heavy Duty – The long-in-the-tooth-looking 2500 HD and 3500 HD Chevrolet Silverado is in the battle too with a 360-hp 6.0-liter gas V8 and a 445-hp Duramax turbodiesel V8 with 910 lb-ft of twist. Chevy's already shown a sharply redesigned 2020 model with a 10-speed automatic and max towing spec of 35,500 lbs.