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2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis Tradesman/SLT 4x2 Regular Cab 144.5 in. WB Tradesman/SLT 6-Speed Manual (G56)


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Vehicle:New 2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis
Trim:4x2 Reg. Cab 144.5" WB Tradesman/SLT
Transmission:
(standard)6-Speed Manual (G56)
(optional)6-Speed Automatic Aisin AS69RC HD
Model Code:DP5L63/2EA
Availability:National
MSRP:$42,995.00
Destination:$1,095.00
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Specifications
 
Body Style:Vehicles Over 8,500 lbs.
Vehicle Size:Chassis
Drive Type:RWD
Doors:2
Seating Capacity:3/3 passengers
Engine Block:I
Engline Type:Diesel
Cylinders:6
Displacement:6.7 L.
Aspiration:Intercooled turbo
Valves:24
Compression Ratio:17.3:1
Torque:650ft-lbs @ 1600 rpm
Horsepower:320hp @ 2900 rpm
Fuel Type:Diesel
Fuel Capacity:52.0 gal.
  
Wheelbase:144.5 in.
Overall Length:234.3 in.
Vehicle Width:78.9 in.
Vehicle Height:80.4 in.
Ground Clearance:8.1 in.
Luggage Capacity:15.2 ft3.
Cargo Capacity:15.2 ft3.
Curb Weight:7663 lbs.
Max Payload:11087 lbs.
Gross Weight:18750 lbs.
Towing Capacity:18150 lbs.
Turning Circle: 41.6 ft.
 
Front Headroom:40.3 in.
Front Legroom:41.0 in.
 

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Big updates bring big power, big towing, big luxury.
 
Introduction
 
The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty models, the 2013 Ram 2500 and 2013 Ram 3500, have reset the bar for pickup truck towing and further advanced the luxury heavy-duty pickup.

Changes applied to all 2013 Ram HDs include three different ratings for the updated Cummins diesel engine and cooling systems, a new transmission, minor exterior cosmetic changes, a heavily revised interior and electronics package, and two rear camera options.2013 Ram 3500 trucks get a new frame and front suspension arrangement.

The changes for 2013 have netted Ram a maximum towing limit of 30,000 pounds, more than 6,000 pounds greater than their GM and Ford counterparts; a 2013 Ram 3500 Crew Cab 4WD dually will tow at least two tons more than an F-450 Crew Cab 4WD, its nearest competitor.The Ram 3500 tows like a medium-duty truck in a pickup wrapper.

Chrysler's 383-hp Hemi 5.7-liter V8 with 6-speed automatic is the standard setup.Most models offer at least two powertrain choices, though Longhorns are automatic only and Power Wagons are gas engine only.

The 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel comes in three variants: 350-hp/660 lb-ft with 6-speed manual; 370/800 with 6-speed automatic; and 385/850 with 6-speed automatic on the MaxTow package.2013 Ram pickup diesels require diesel exhaust fluid, or DEF, aka urea, typically refilled at oil change interval but easy for the owner to add and available at parts stores and fuel depots.

Fuel economy for the 2013 Ram HD models appears to be up 15 percent to 20 percent over 2012 models.

Ram HD rides well and cruises quietly by heavy-duty pickup standards but you can't compare the ride to a car, nor noise from six tires, lots of airflow and trailer hardware.We found a Ram 2500 rode quite comfortably with 800 pounds in the bed, and four-door cabs towed comfortably into the 28,000-pound range.As with most full-size pickups, four-door cabs' better body mounts and a longer wheelbase help ride quality and isolation.

Equipment levels vary from the Ram Tradesman's rubber-vinyl coverings and crank windows to Ram Laramie's heated steering wheel and rear seats, heated/ventilated front seats, driver memory system, configurable instrument cluster and text-to-voice infotainment systems.All cabs are roomy but the MegaCab offers more cabin lounging space than any HD pickup.

The most capable Ram HD pickup will carry nearly 7000 pounds of cargo, the least capable Power Wagon around 1600 pounds.Gas-engine tow ratings have improved, approaching 14,000 pounds, and the only towing statistic where the competition has an edge is in maximum tow-behind (as opposed to fifth-wheel or gooseneck), and we're not fond of pulling 18,000 pounds on a tow ball.Most HD pickups pulling a trailer rated for anything near their maximum load capacity may require some sort of driver's license beyond the norm or an endorsement.

The Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models compete with Ford Super Duty, Chevrolet Silverado HD, and GMC Sierra HD pickups.Ram HD shares many interior elements and styling cues with Ram 1500 models, though they are not identical.

Ram HDs remain a compelling choice for anyone in need of a heavy-duty pickup truck.Ram Heavy Duty models are an excellent choice for anyone pulling big travel trailers, multi-car race trailers, big boats or a stable of horses.They are a good choice for anyone who has work to do, be it hauling construction tools and materials or substituting for a medium-duty when a primary business rig is on downtime.

 
Lineup
 
The 2013 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickups come in Tradesman, SLT, Outdoorsman, Power Wagon, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn trim levels, plus regional editions such as the Big Horn.Three cab configurations are available: Regular, Crew Cab, Mega Cab.Two bed lengths (6-foot, 4-inch and 8-foot) are offered, along with a choice of four wheelbases.Ram 3500 models are available with single or dual rear wheels (SRW or DRW).The Power Wagon is 2500 4WD, Crew Cab, gasoline only; Ram HD regular cab is Tradesman or SLT trim only; Mega Cabs come only with the short bed.

Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 come standard with the 5.7-liter V8 and 6-speed automatic; no manual is offered for the V8.A factory-built CNG (natural gas) unit is available on 2500 Tradesman and SLT Crew Cab long box.The optional Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel is available in three power levels with three corresponding transmissions.On most Ram HD models, part-time 4WD (manual or electric shift) adds about $3,000.

Ram 3500 dual-rear wheel models come standard with the Cummins diesel, so prices may appear misleadingly high relative the competition's HDs, which come standard with a gasoline engine and offer diesel as a pricey option.

Ram Tradesman models are commercial-grade: black bumpers, grille and mirrors, crank windows on regular cab (power windows and locks on others), vinyl 40/20/40 seat, steel wheels and a manual-shift transfer case on 4WD.Vinyl floor covering is standard and can be ordered in place of carpet on all but Laramie models.Ram Tradesman comes standard with an automatic transmission, air conditioning, Class V hitch with 4/7-pin plugs, AM/FM Uconnect 3.0 stereo, cruise control, locking tailgate and tilt steering wheel.Options for Ram ST are plentiful, including a diesel engine (which adds front tow hooks and cruise control), power heated and towing mirrors, integrated trailer brake controller, sliding rear window, spray in bedliner, floor mats, cloth upholstery, DVD/HDD and Sirius audio, limited-slip differential, skid plates, RamBox or fifth-wheel/gooseneck prep, various option groups, and choices for wheels, tires and axle ratios.

Ram SLT adds power mirrors, remote keyless entry, power windows (including rear windows on four-doors), carpeting, cloth upholstery, electric-switched transfer case, chrome wheels, sliding rear window, in-dash tire-pressure display (2500 only) and the integrated trailer brake controller.Some notable SLT options are fog lamps, CHMSL rear camera, heated power towing mirrors, forged aluminum wheels, bucket seats and console, power seats, adjustable pedals and driver memory system, moonroof, navigation, Uconnect phone, remote start, back-up camera, security system, and rear park assist.

Ram Outdoorsman is a package for Ram 2500 and 3500 models based on an SLT luxury package with some additional extras.Standards include gray painted bumpers and fender flares, two-tone paint, body-color grille/black insert, fog lights, power folding/heated mirrors with signals, HomeLink, mud/slush floor mats, 115-VAC outlet, power split-bench seat, leather-wrapped wheel, LT265/70R17E on/off-road tires on forged aluminum wheels, 7-inch TFT info display, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen AM/FM/sat/Bluetooth/voice nav-ready audio, security system, limited-slip differential, tow hooks, and remote start.Primary options are a moonroof and electronics: navigation, park sensors, Uconnect.

Ram Big Horn and Ram Lone Star (Texas only) editions are packages based on a Ram SLT with some Outdoorsman parts and Uconnect 5.0 touchscreen audio with Bluetooth and satellite radio.

Power Wagon models come in 2500 Crew Cab gas engine 4WD only and gets electric locking front and rear differentials, a front antiroll bar disconnect, specific suspension with Bilstein shocks, 32-inch BFGoodrich off-road tires, a 12,000-lb Warn winch, skid plates, 4.56:1 gears, more lighting and two-tone paint and graphics.Three trim levels parallel the Tradesman, SLT and Laramie trim (and most options) of other HD Rams.

Ram Laramie adds more chrome, power adjustable pedals and heated mirrors on driver memory system, dual-zone climate control, 115-VAC outlet, universal door opener, 10-way/6-way power heated leather seats, heated leather steering wheel, nine-speaker DVD/HDD surround-sound audio, rear park sense, and security system.Laramie upgrades are generally limited to chrome packages, towing mirrors, skid plates, rear window defroster, heated/ventilated power bucket seats with floor console, moonroof, navigation, rearview camera and wheel and axle ratio choices.

Laramie Longhorn is the top-line and automatic only.Four-door cab only, it adds to a Laramie with filigree leather upholstery, leather on the dash and door panels, wood trim, Berber floor mats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, leather-wrapped shift knob, navigation with Sirius Travel Link, remote start, unique instrument graphics, polished aluminum wheels and spray in bed liner.Options are few: skidplates, axle ratio, limited-slip differential, smart beam headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, alternate wheel finishes and rear seat entertainment system.

Safety features on all HD Rams include dual front multi-stage airbags, side curtain airbags, front side airbags, adjustable height front belts, LATCH child-seat anchors, child-protection rear door locks, stability and trailer sway control, anti-lock brakes on all wheels, hill-start assist and tire-pressure monitors (2500 only).

 
Walkaround
 
The Ram Heavy Duty models got revised styling for 2010.What sets the 2013 apart are the upgraded head and tail lamps, additional chrome, available power folding mirrors and Longhorn's standard long running boards.A spray-in bedliner and simple fifth-wheel/gooseneck out-fitting help the truck end of things.

With a forward tilt to the grille and an upward, inward point to the headlights, grille and bumper the heavy-duty nose looks like a stout blunt instrument, rather like the point on an anvil.There are four choices in grilles, the pinnacle a chrome mesh arrangement.

While the style and lights are from the 1500 only the latter are the same parts.The HD's grille is larger to allow more cooling air in, the bumper is reshaped, and the hood has a larger central bulge and faux louver contouring, but the easiest way to distinguish a non-dually HD from the 1500 is the gap above the bumper; the 1500 has no such gap.

The previously optional upper-trim headlights are now standard on 2013 Ram HDs.2013 Ram lux trucks get projector headlamps with LED ancillary lamps, and LEDs in back.Taken from the 1500, they should provide the same visibility improvements, and access covers are fitted for easier alignment and bulb changes.

Ram HD Crew Cab is comparable to competitor crew cabs in size and is about the same size as the Ram 1500 Crew Cab.The Ram HD Crew Cab has four forward-hinged doors.

The ultra-long Mega Cab uses the same rear doors as the Crew but adds inches behind the doors.

Crew Cab and Mega Cab both come with a 6-foot, 4-inch box.You can get an 8-foot box on any Crew Cab except Power Wagon.The short box looks stubby behind the imposing Mega Cab and you'll want to consider a slider hitch if you tow a fifth-wheel; you can not get a Mega Cab long-bed as it would be a unwieldy anywhere outside the Great Plains.

Dual rear wheel models (DRW), including the Mega Cab, use a single outside panel for the wide rear fenders to eliminate seams and fasteners that might prove problematic long term.And the bed sides are steel, for easier straightening than fiberglass if you ding one.

In terms of sleekness, the Ram slots between the GM HD and Ford Super Duty pickups: Perceptively bigger and more angular than the Silverado HD yet smoother than the Super Duty.Very mild fender flares of various colors are used on some trims.Power Wagon models get a graphics package and plenty of wallpaper.

Roof clearance lamps, government-mandated for vehicles like dual-rear-wheel pickups that exceed a certain width, use clear lenses for a better-integrated look.Upper trim level mirrors have puddle lamps, and the towing mirrors have turn signal repeaters and a separately adjustable, much larger wide-angle element at the bottom (in tow position); in the retraced position the outboard wide-angle element is very useful in traffic, tight trails and parking areas as you can view both rear tires.Worth noting, you can adjust the electric mirrors without having the truck switched on.The towing mirrors are very good, providing an excellent view rearward and some offer power folding.

A RamBox is optional on 6-foot, 4-inch bed models.The RamBox houses large lockers along the top of each bed-side for stowing anything that will fit, including fishing rods and long-handle shovels or about a gross of your favorite beverage cans on ice.Downsides are a drop in payload and no use of over-rail bed covers.

A tailgate lock is standard.However, the tailgate is not heavily damped, so it will thud if you just let it go (and get a helper if you remove it).On trucks with rearview cameras, the lens is far enough from the latch so you won't scratch it opening the gate, and it gets decent protection and snow/ice rejection from the tailgate's upper lip.A secondary rearview option places the camera near the center brake light atop the rear cab for easier kingpin hitching, and the load can be checked in motion (the standard camera image display moves to the inside mirror).Bed rails are protected from load scuffing, and the bed is contoured for 2x4s and 2x6s to make it dual-level.A spray-in bedliner is a factory option.

On trucks with satellite service for audio or navigation, the antenna is on the left front of the roof where clearance lights sit.It should be safe from contact with contractor racks or cabover campers (though those pieces may block the antenna's ability to receive signals).

The paint palette for Ram HD is a few shades better than average, with some very bright colors that mimic Mopar musclecars or safety and construction equipment.You can be seen or blend in to your heart's content.

 
Interior
 
The Ram Heavy Duty cabin is basically the same as Ram 1500; the main differences are features, shifter locations and floorpan.

Materials and trim are appropriate by model line, be they the base truck or a Laramie Longhorn Mega Cab with Ram's head embosses on the seatbacks and console.We found no fit-and-finish issues.The Longhorn's low-gloss woodwork is unique, and few shiny surfaces generate glare to bother the occupants.Although a vinyl floor is standard on only the base Tradesman model you can order it with a more upscale interior if it's only your boots that get filthy.Thick mats designed for muck and slush are standard on the Outdoorsman but are available through Mopar accessories.

The Regular Cab has plenty of room for two people, three across if you don't mind the floor hump or have a manual gearbox.The biggest guy we could find who claimed to be 325 on a good day had no qualms about space.

The Crew Cab offers essentially the space of the front seat as the Regular Cab in the back seat as well.Most Crew Cabs have a split folding rear seat and a center armrest, and all of them have three complete baby seat anchor sets and three adjustable headrests that reach high enough for adults.The back seats flip up for cargo space, now with a flat floor underneath.Coat hooks are above the rear window.The rear window can be powered open/close and a defrost-able window is available on most models.

The Mega Cab is nine inches longer than the Crew Cab.It has an extra five inches of rear seat legroom (more than some Rolls-Royce sedans) plus space behind the reclining seatback, and with the seats folded flat offers up 72 cubic feet of lockable cargo space, considerably more than behind the middle row in a Chevy Tahoe SUV.But plan on a lot of AC use in warm climes, as the only vents in back are on the floor.

We found the seats quite comfortable and widely adjustable, whether in the buckets or the front bench split 40/20/40.The seat cushion and backrest adjust as a unit, unlike the separate component approach that makes you go back-and-forth to get both pieces where you like.Lateral support is notably improved over earlier models without adding any difficulty to entry and exit.Big 4WD trucks are by design tall but side steps are available.Power adjustable pedals are available that combine with a tilt wheel and power seat adjustments to accommodate most of the population.You can get a heated steering wheel and ventilated cooling front seats to maximize driver comfort.

Instrumentation varies by trim.Base models have temp/fuel on gas engines, fuel and DEF diesel exhaust fluid level on diesels, but details about cooling and pressure are available in the digital display between mph and rpm.Upper trims add two more instruments and a central 7-inch TFT (thin-film transistor) that's configurable and call up myriad information and graphics; e.g.exhaust braking horsepower, trailer brake gain, economy a few ways, etc.Regardless of gauge display all menus run from steering wheel spokes, and most models have audio controls on the back of the wheel spokes.

The center dash screen also varies in size from a simple radio-and-settings 3-inch touchscreen to the 8.4-inch with navigation.No vehicle is perfect but the Ram's voice options work quite well and echo other Chrysler products with the same screen.We had no visibility issues with any version screen with sun washout or using polarized lenses, and it's quiet enough for easy hands-free phone or text-to-voice.

Switchgear is relatively straightforward, with audio and navigation controls above climate controls in the center stack, plus operating controls for the Tow/Haul mode, exhaust brake and so on; it gets busy on top-line models with all the switch blanks filled.The Light Tire Load switch on 2500 models allows you to set the tire pressure in the rear tires on an unloaded 2500 notably lower than the front, for better wear and ride comfort without the low tire pressure warning light coming on.On electric-shift 4WDs the switch is on the left side of the center panel and includes a Neutral position for being flat-towed.The trailer brake controller is below the headlight switch to the left about knee-high, and some drivers reported the steering wheel partially obscured it.

Side pillars are larger than in some cars but seating position means they don't intimidate.The bodywork is reasonably well defined for close quarter maneuvering by new-truck standards, and the rear park sensors and/or cameras will get you within inches.

Interior storage is extensive with forty-odd places to put things of myriad sizes.Upper and lower door pockets are complemented by a variety of shapes from the broad tray on the dash that we emptied on the first corner to the under-floor storage areas behind the front seats; you can't reach these from the driver's seat but the liners are removable for cleaning and locks are available.

The audio and entertainment systems bring plenty of options and sonic performance that benefits from a relatively quiet interior.Partial credit must go to the noise and vibration tuning that includes liquid-filled body mounts that help make this the quietest Ram heavy-duty yet without adding much weight.

 
Driving Impression
 
At minimum a Ram Heavy Duty is more than 19 feet long, six-and-a-half feet wide, six feet tall, needs nearly 3.5 12-foot traffic lanes to execute a U-turn and is 5800 pounds of sink-in-hot-pavement truck.If you haven't got a lot of weight to carry or pull, a 1500 will probably serve better.If you need to tow or haul, however, you've come to the right place.

Once accustomed to the outside dimensions, the Ram HD is not hard to drive.You need to allow a bit more space for stopping distance than the average car but that's easy given the visibility from the higher driving position.The steering is reasonably quick, and the 3500 4WD's steering feels almost as good as the rack and pinion on the independently sprung 2WD 2500 (the 3500 is now a solid front axle on 2 or 4WD).You'll be twisting the wheel more than a car to make the same turn, and the Ram changes direction easily and we couldn't overwhelm the steering pump (making it sluggish and heavy) in parking lot maneuvering or threading a 4WD through mud, trees and rock.

There are good reasons why many enthusiast magazines don't do handling tests on HD pickups because handling and precision are relative terms.The Ram changes directions admirably and has predictable characteristics, but start horseplay in a vehicle where the rear axle alone weighs as much as a big Harley and you'll learn the hard way what those strange terms on NASCAR broadcasts mean.

What stands out the most on the current Ram is the quiet cabin and smooth ride quality, which have come a long way since the pre 2009 models.We found all three cabs quiet and solid, but the Crew Cabs and Mega Cabs were superior and nearly shudder free.Part of this solid feel is suspension tuning and part of the smoothness is the advanced body mounting system.

There is now no single aspect of the Ram HD that will wear you out.At 75 mph on moderately good pavement we floored the pedal on a diesel and the engine wasn't heard over the road noise and wind noise wasn't heard above either.We could still converse in regular tones, even with riders in the rear seat.Since it revs higher, the Hemi comes across no quieter than the diesel except at cold idle.

The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is available only on single-rear wheel trucks with an automatic transmission.The Hemi develops 383 horsepower at 5600 rpm and, like any good truck engine, it makes more torque than horsepower, with 400 pound-feet at 4000 rpm.

The 6-speed automatic transmission shifts as it should, and if your primary truck need is carrying things or ultra-cold-weather plowing it is often a better choice than the diesel.Yes, it will use more fuel, but the gas engine weighs less and the $8000 saved can buy lots of gas.We could cruise along at moderate rpm doing Texas highway speeds and although the Hemi has cylinder deactivation for improved mileage it won't happen much in a 4WD pickup with the aero package of a houseboat and more than three tons' weight.We would expect everyday mileage in the low-double digits, and be happy to reach the teens before getting on a highway.

The Cummins turbodiesel is a proven option.Every version has big cooling upgrades (two radiators, two ATF coolers on autos, thick intercooler) to allow high tow ratings.Torque is up to 660 lb-ft at 1500 rpm on the manual, the standard automatic is 370 hp and 800 lb-ft, and the MaxTow high output engine is 385 hp and 850 lb-ft.If your occasional trailer is not more than 20,000 pounds or so, it might be wiser to choose the 370/800 engine and 4.10:1 axle ratio which rates about the same tow rating as the 385/850 with 3.42:1 but costs thousands less.

Ram has added DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) to Cummins models, matching Ford, GM and previous Ram Chassis Cabs.With that and new engine tuning Ram claims a 15 percent to 22 percent fuel economy improvement.Our limited road drive in a loaded 2500 showed that an accurate claim, but as always your driving style and load will have far greater effect on your economy.The DEF fills next to fuel, and even factoring DEF costs, per-mile fluid costs should improve by double-digit percentages.

Diesel exhaust brakes are now multi-stage.You can choose maximum retarding whenever your foot's off the accelerator or an auto mode that aims to maintain the speed set, such as holding downhill speed to 60 mph rather than slowing until you disable it.The service brakes were strong enough to stop a 30,000-pound trailer from 45 mph on level ground without smoking when we stressed them by disabling the trailer brakes.

The Cummins inline six-cylinder is a medium-duty truck engine, with exceptional robustness, longevity and low-rpm grunt.Torque is what gets a load in motion, and with the Cummins making nearly as much torque when you let the clutch out as the Hemi does at 4000 rpm, it is the obvious choice for heavy towing.Many RVers report better fuel mileage towing with their Cummins than a Hemi gets in an empty truck.On essentially the same drive that saw 12.8 mpg in an empty Hemi 2500, we recorded about 20 mpg in a heavier, dual-rear-wheel Cummins automatic.

The integrated trailer brake controller is available on most models and hard to beat.Besides adjustable gain you can choose from light or heavy, electric or electric-over-hydraulic trailer brakes.We tried both heavy settings and each was capable of locking six or eight tires on a 14-plus-ton trailer with gain set at 7-7.5 of 10.

The new frame now uses a Class V (2.5-inch) conventional receiver hitch.A massive mid-bed crossmember makes adding a fifth-wheel or gooseneck and tie-down points much easier, and a Mopar accessory installed at the dealer will be covered under the truck warranty.Rear trailer plugs are standard, an in-bed simple to add in.

The Power Wagon needs to be considered a separate model based not only on equipment but also performance.It comes only with the 383-hp 5.7 gas engine but with shorter gears to maintain climbing performance with the big tires.Locking differentials and a front antiroll bar disconnect give excellent low-speed off-highway performance.It's also quite good at speed across a gravel road or dry wash, though not a direct match for Ford's F-150 Raptor, which costs about the same with the 411-hp 6.2-liter engine, has a regular or Crew Cab, but offers roughly 80 percent of the payload and towing capacity of a Power Wagon.

With the MaxTow package the top ratings for the Ram are 30,000 trailer and 37,600 combined.Tow ratings for the Ram HD range from 10,540 pounds to 30,000 pounds; adding a larger cab, more lux or 4WD will tend to lower the tow rating.However, even the fanciest, largest Ram HD can be loaded with passengers and payload and still pull 10 tons.

Maximum payload varies by similar parameters although sometimes the 4WD version carries more.Load capacity runs from 1510 pounds (a CNG Crew Cab 2500 long bed) to more than 6900 pounds (2WD regular cab long bed 3500 dually).

Note that virtually all pickup truck tow ratings apply to a truck with a driver and only the mechanical options required; any cargo, people, or aftermarket equipment on board (winch, tool box, fifth-wheel hitch, etc.) will have to be subtracted from the max ratings.Double-check everything if you will be pushing the limits.

 
Summary
 
The Ram HD has been so strengthened the top level is essentially a medium-duty tow rig with a premium car cabin, and a $70,000 price tag to go with it.Load limits are high and towing ability is unequalled, whether you're farming, a hot-shotter or double-towing a big fifth-wheel and a dinghy behind it.At the lower end, a $40,000 Hemi Crew Cab 4WD makes a useful workweek truck to get the job done, and occasional weekend family tow-rig or big-box hauler that won't break the bank.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent G.R.Whale reports after test drives in Texas, California and Detroit; with Mitch McCullough reporting from San Diego.

 
Model Lineup
 
Ram 2500 Tradesman 2WD regular cab long bed ($29,905); 2500 SLT 4WD Crew Cab short bed ($41,260); 2500 Laramie 2WD Crew Cab long bed ($44,500); 2500 SLT Mega Cab 4WD short bed ($41,165); Power Wagon Tradesman ($42,355); 3500 Tradesman 4WD regular cab long bed ($33,075); 3500 SLT 4WD Crew Cab long bed ($41,460); 3500 Laramie Longhorn 4WD Mega Cab ($53,790).
 
Assembled In
 
Saltillo, Mexico.
 
Options As Tested
 
Cummins diesel ($7,795); 6-speed automatic ($500); Uconnect 8.4AN with navigation ($500); bucket seats ($500); power-adj pedals with memory ($150); CHMSL camera ($325); fifth-wheel/gooseneck prep ($400); spray-in bedliner ($475); RamBox ($1,295); miscellaneous ($3,160).
 
Model Tested
 
Ram 2500 Crew Cab Laramie 4WD short box ($47,235).
 
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Standard Equipment
 
Wheels
Rim Type, Argent steelStandard
 
Suspension
Rear Suspension Type, LeafStandard
Front Suspension Classification, Non-independentStandard
Front Spring Type, CoilStandard
Front Stabilizer Bar, RegularStandard
Class, RegularStandard
Front suspension type, Leading linkStandard
Rear Suspension Classification, Rigid axleStandard
 
Lights
Headlights auto delayStandard
Headlights dusk sensorStandard
 
Drivetrain
Dual rear wheelsStandard
Driven WheelsStandard
Axle ratioStandard
 
Seats
Front seat type, Split-benchStandard
 
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentStandard
Privacy glassStandard
 
Mirrors
Vanity mirrors, Passenger vanity mirrorsStandard
Exterior Extending Mirrors, Manual extendable trailerStandard
 
Convenience Features
Cruise control, Cruise controlStandard
Power steering, Power steeringStandard
Steering wheel, Tilt-adjustableStandard
Cruise controls on steering wheel, Cruise controlsStandard
Cupholders, FrontStandard
Door pockets, Driver and passengerStandard
Retained accessory power, Retained accessory powerStandard
Center Console, Partial with storageStandard
 
Comfort Features
Steering wheel trim, UrethaneStandard
 
Instrumentation
TachometerStandard
ClockStandard
Low fuel levelStandard
 
Audio System
Antenna Type, FixedStandard
Radio, AM/FM/Satellite-prepStandard
 
Truck Features
Door reinforcementStandard
Vinyl floor coveringStandard
Engine hour meterStandard
 
Airbags
Passenger Airbag, YesStandard
Driver Airbag, YesStandard
 
Stability and Traction
Traction controlStandard
 
Seatbelts
Seatbelt pretensioners, FrontStandard
 
Engine
Torque, 650 lb.-ft.Standard
Valve Gear, OHVStandard
Total Valves, 24Standard
Engine Configuration, InlineStandard
Displacement, 408 cu.in.Standard
Vehicle Emissions, FederalStandard
Horse Power, 320 hpStandard
Max Torque RPM, 1,600 RPMStandard
Compression Ratio, 17.30 : 1Standard
 
Air Conditioning
Front air conditioning, ManualStandard
 
Security
engine immobilizer, Engine immobilizerStandard
 
Headrests
Adjustable Front Headrests, Manual adjustableStandard
 
Brakes
Front brakes, Ventilated disc inchesStandard
 
ABS Brakes
ABS, 4-wheelStandard
 
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Available Optional Equipment
The list of optional equipment below represents a mix of optional dealer or factory installed features. Some must be added by the manufacturer during the production process whilst others can be installed here at the point of purchase. Please note that this list is intended for informational purposes only. If you have any questions please contact us for clarification. 
 
Emissions
 
50 State Emissions   * 
Federal Emissions   * 
Federal Emissions Order Code   * 
 
Internal Options
 
Bucket Seats   * 
40/20/40 Split Bench Seat   * 
Premium Vinyl Door Trim w/Map Pocket   * 
Front Armrest w/Cupholders   * 
Front Floor Mats   * 
Heated Front Seats   * 
Base Door Trim Panel   * 
Full Length Floor Console   * 
Removable Ash Tray   * 
Overhead Console   * 
Overhead Console w/Trip Computer   * 
Front Center Seat Cushion Storage   * 
Rear View Auto Dim Mirror w/Display   * 
Sun Visors w/Illuminated Vanity Mirrors   * 
Power Black Trailer Tow Mirrors   * 
Rear View Mirror w/Microphone   * 
Remote Keyless Entry   * 
Body Insulation   * 
Electroluminescent Instrument Cluster   * 
Color Keyed Instrument Panel Bezel   * 
Temperature & Compass Gauge   * 
Cigar Lighter   * 
115V Auxiliary Power Outlet   * 
Nav-Ready See Dealer for Details   * 
GPS Navigation   * 
GPS Antenna Input   * 
Manual Adjust Seats   * 
Power Locks   * 
Power Lumbar Adjust   * 
Front 1-Touch Down Power Windows   * 
Power 10-Way Driver Seat   * 
Glove Box Lamp   * 
Underhood Lamp   * 
Exterior Mirrors w/Supplemental Signals   * 
Exterior Mirrors Courtesy Lamps   * 
Traveler/Mini Trip Computer   * 
Rear Dome w/On/Off Switch Lamp   * 
I/P Mounted Auxiliary Switches   * 
Bright Front Bumper   * 
Bright Grille   * 
SLT Badge   * 
Auxiliary Transmission Oil Cooler   * 
Exterior Mirrors w/Heating Element   * 
Engine Block Heater   * 
Heated Steering Wheel   * 
6 Speakers   * 
Premium I Speakers   * 
Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls   * 
HD Radio   * 
8.4 Touch Screen Display   * 
5.0 Touch Screen Display   * 
Remote SD Card Slot   * 
Charge Only Remote USB Port   * 
Media Hub (USB, AUX)   * 
Uconnect Access Advantage   * 
Media Hub (SD, USB, AUX)   * 
SIRIUSXM Travel Link   * 
Uconnect Voice Command w/Bluetooth   * 
Roadside Assistance & 9-1-1 Call   * 
SIRIUSXM Traffic   * 
Uconnect Access via Mobile   * 
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel   * 
Continental Brand Tires   * 
19.5 Steel Spare Wheel   * 
Center Hub   * 
For More Info, Call 888-539-7474   * 
1-Year SIRIUSXM Radio Service   * 
1-Year SIRIUSXM Traffic Service   * 
For Details Go To DriveUconnect.com   * 
1-Year SIRIUSXM Travel Link Service   * 
6 Month Trial (Registration Required)   * 
1 Year Trial (Registration Required)   * 
Tip Start   * 
Winter Front Grille Cover   * 
2 Red Vinyl Flags   * 
Spare Fuses   * 
DOT Fire Extinguisher   * 
Universal Garage Door Opener   * 
3 Reflecting Triangles   * 
Underbody Thermal Protection   * 
Transmission Software Calibration   * 
5.5 Additional Gallons of Diesel   * 
Heavy Duty Front Suspension Group   * 
Front Axle 7,250 lbs   * 
Hard Wired Remote Start   * 
 
Other Options
 
Destination Surcharge (Hawaii)   $50 
Monotone Paint Application:
Headlamp filler panels are black when ordering special paint (PX8, P12, P18, PYB, P64, PGC, P74, P62, PL1, PGW, P63, PB8).
   * 
220 Amp Alternator   $150 
22 Gallon Midship Fuel Tank   $125 
55 mph Maximum Speed   $75 
60 mph Maximum Speed   $75 
65 mph Maximum Speed   $75 
70 mph Maximum Speed   $75 
Ambulance Prep Group   $445 
B-20 Bio Diesel Capability   * 
Black Vinyl Floor Covering   * 
Cargo Lamp   $75 
Chrome Bodyside Molding   $100 
Clean Idle Emissions Label   * 
Cold Weather Group   $90 
Comfort Group   * 
DOT Certified Roadside Safety Kit   $150 
Driver Air Bag Only   $-40 
Electronic Monitoring Module   $195 
Engine Shutdown Timer   $250 
Entire Fleet Alike Key (FREQ 5)   $195 
Entire Fleet Alike Key (FREQ 6)   $195 
Entire Fleet Alike Key (FREQ 7)   $195 
Entire Fleet Alike Key (FREQ 8)   $195 
Fog Lamps   $140 
Front Rubber Floor Mats   $60 
Front Seat Area Carpet   $150 
Heavy Duty Snow Plow Prep Group   * 
Luxury Group   $570 
Max Tow Package   $395 
Chrome Tubular Side Steps   $350 
ParkView Rear Back Up Camera   $395 
Power Accessory Group   $625 
Power Adjustable Pedals   $125 
Power & Remote Entry Group   $750 
Power Take Off Prep   $295 
Rear Sliding Window   $140 
Red Seat Belts   $75 
Remote Start System   $200 
Security Alarm   $150 
Single Disc Remote CD Player   $195 
SIRIUSXM Satellite Radio   $195 
Smoker's Group   $60 
Chrome Appearance Group   $155 
Trailer Brake Control   $230 
Radio: Uconnect 3.0 AM/FM   * 
Radio: Uconnect 5.0 AM/FM/BT   $660 
Radio: Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access   $970 
Radio: Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/NAV   $1,470 
Voltage Monitoring Auto Idle Up Sys   $150 
Aerial Lift Group   $125 
Dual Alternators Rated At 440 Amps   $395 
Power Take Off Prep   * 
Radio: Uconnect 5.0 AM/FM/BT   * 
Split Shaft Capability Power Take Off   * 
 
Packages
 
Quick Order Package 2EA Tradesman   * 
Quick Order Package 29A Tradesman   * 
Quick Order Package 2EG SLT   $3,595 
Quick Order Package 29G SLT   $3,595 
 
Powertrain
 
4.10 Rear Axle Ratio   * 
4.44 Rear Axle Ratio   * 
4.88 Rear Axle Ratio   * 
GVWR: 18,750 lbs   * 
4.10 Rear Axle Ratio   * 
 
Seats & Seat Trim
 
HD Vinyl 40/20/40 Split Bench Seat   * 
Cloth 40/20/40 Bench Seat   $285 
Premium Cloth 40/20/40 Bench Seat   $900 
Premium Cloth Bucket Seats   $925 
 
Wheels & Tires
 
Tires: 225/70R19.5G All Position   * 
Tires: 225/70R19.5G All Position FT/RR Traction   $250 
Wheels: 19.5 x 6.0 Steel   * 
Wheels: 19.5 x 6.0 Forged Polished Aluminum   $1,095 
Full Size Spare Tire   $350 
*See dealer for details
 
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  2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis Standard Cab
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Reg. Cab 144.5" WB Base $36,305
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Reg. Cab 168.5" WB Base $36,480
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Reg. Cab 192.5" WB Base $36,655
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Reg. Cab 204.5" WB Base $36,830
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Reg. Cab 144.5" WB Base $39,205
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Reg. Cab 168.5" WB Base $39,380
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Reg. Cab 192.5" WB Base $39,555
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Reg. Cab 204.5" WB Base $39,730
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Regular Cab 144.5 in. WB Base 0-OEM Supplied Custom Image
 
 

  2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis Crew Cab
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Crew Cab 173.4" WB Base $39,455
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Crew Cab 197.4" WB Base $39,630
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Crew Cab 173.4" WB Base $42,955
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Crew Cab 197.4" WB Base $43,130
2014 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Crew Cab 173.4 in. WB Base 101-3/4 Front Glamour
 
 

  2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis Standard Cab
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Reg. Cab 144.5" WB Tradesman/SLT $42,995
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Reg. Cab 168.5" WB Tradesman/SLT $43,170
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Reg. Cab 192.5" WB Tradesman/SLT $43,345
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Reg. Cab 204.5" WB Tradesman/SLT $43,520
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Reg. Cab 144.5" WB Tradesman/SLT $45,895
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Reg. Cab 168.5" WB Tradesman/SLT $46,070
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Reg. Cab 192.5" WB Tradesman/SLT $46,245
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Reg. Cab 204.5" WB Tradesman/SLT $46,420
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Regular Cab 144.5 in. WB Tradesman/SLT 0-OEM Supplied Custom Image
 
 

  2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis Crew Cab
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Crew Cab 173.4" WB Tradesman/SLT/Laramie $46,195
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Crew Cab 197.4" WB Tradesman/SLT/Laramie $46,370
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Crew Cab 173.4" WB Tradesman/SLT/Laramie $49,695
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x4 Crew Cab 197.4" WB Tradesman/SLT/Laramie $49,870
2013 RAM 5500 HD Chassis 4x2 Crew Cab 173.4 in. WB Tradesman/SLT/Laramie 101-3/4 Front Glamour
 
 
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