Consumer Reviews Summary
6 of 7 (85%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 RAM 3500 Overview
Dodge broke off its trucks/commercial vehicles into their own brand for 2012, simply known as RAM. The truck formerly known as the Dodge Ram 3500 now simply goes by the name RAM 3500.
The 2012 RAM 3500 is the larger of the two heavy-duty pickups in the RAM lineup, the other being the RAM 2500. When you need bigger capability for bigger jobs, then the RAM 3500 should be where you look.
The 2012 RAM 3500 is extremely versatile with three cabs available (regular, crew, and mega), two- or four-wheel drive, and single- or dual-rear wheel (dually) configurations. RAM 3500s equipped with the regular cab come with the 8-foot cargo box, mega cab models come with the 6-foot-4-inch box, and crew cab models can be equipped with either one. Shorter beds can also be equipped with the RamBox system, which places two cargo boxes above the wheel wells so you don’t lose any storage space. The two boxes are lockable and lit, and also feature a drain so you can fill them with beverages/ice for picnics and events of that nature.
Under the hood of the RAM 3500 is a 350-hp, 6.7-liter inline-six cylinder turbo-diesel. Torque output varies depending on transmission choices; go for the standard six-speed manual transmission and it’s 650 pounds-feet of torque which is nothing to sneeze at. But if you opt for the optional six-speed automatic that number jumps up to a whopping 800 pounds-feet. No matter which option you choose, the RAM 3500 has plenty of power to tackle whatever you throw at it. Towing capacity is where the 3500 really separates itself from the smaller 2500, which tops out at around 15,000 pounds while the RAM 3500 can tow up to 22,750 pounds.
Inside, the RAM 3500 has an interior similar to the RAM 1500 which is a good thing – there are plenty of high quality materials to be found and Chrysler has worked hard over the past several years to update the interior designs and ergonomics found across all their brands. Standard features include air conditioning, automatic headlights, power windows/locks (Crew Cab), and an auxiliary audio input jack. Though the RAM 3500 is a workhorse from the outside, the inside can also be filled with plenty of creature comforts and technology including the new UConnect multimedia system with Bluetooth, heated/ventilated seats, sun roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and power adjustable pedals.
When it comes to safety, the RAM 3500 doesn’t skimp. Multi-stage front and side curtain airbags deploy to keep occupants safe during a collision, while electronic stability control, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, and trailer brake control work to keep you out of harm’s way. A rear park assist system and back-up camera are available for safe reversing. Each RAM 3500 also comes with a full size spare, so you don’t get sidetracked by a flat.
For the best in capability, performance, and comfort, look no further than the 2012 RAM 3500.