Great Looks, But a Rough Ride on the 3500
We Like: The exterior design; the 2500’s ride; the 3500’s muscles.
We Don’t Like: The aged interiors; the 2500’s muscles; the 3500’s ride.
We simply do not understand gasoline-powered heavy-duty trucks. Fundamentally speaking, who will buy one? “For serious hauling and towing, gasoline is not the way to go,” Scott Evans said. “The torque of a diesel makes the 3500 so much more drivable in all conditions.”
Not entirely. Take, for instance, the ride of the 3500 diesel dually. “Poor” doesn’t begin to describe it despite its $1,595 rear air suspension. “It rides like a truck from 10 years ago,” Ed Loh said. “I felt bumps and other vibrations like no other truck here on parts of the drive loop that I didn’t feel anything in any other truck.”
Weirdly, and probably due to its off-road package, the 2500 rode great. “How much is due to the Bilstein dampers?” Loh wondered.
The clattery Cummins diesel is capable, but it’s hindered by driveline lash. “It’s brilliant at towing and in doing all those things a monster like this is born for,” Kim Reynolds said. “But the rest of the time, it’s a pretty miserable road partner.”
The heavy-duty Rams’ biggest problem, however, is that everything it can do, both Ford Super Duties can do better. Towing, hauling, phone connectivity, mirror coverage, interior features and fabrics—you name it, the burly Ford has the Ram beat. Except for one thing: looks.
Even if the bull’s-nostrils grille isn’t your thing, you have to admire the big Ram’s Kardashianesque hips. “The styling for the dually is almost sexy in its swoopiness,” Mark Rechtin said. Chris Walton concurred: “Tom Gale’s styling legacy is aging extremely well, and the truck looks as tough as ever.” Amen.