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2021 Ram 3500 Review: The Occidental Work-Ox

by Aiden Eksteen

When it comes to purposed, hardy pickup trucks in the USA, performance figures, capability, and functional brilliance are the qualities that set the best of the best apart from the rest. In this regard, the Ford F Series range of pickup trucks lead the classification and has for a while now, but the 2021 Ram 3500 is steamrolling its way to the podium from its second-place position, as the best version of itself it's ever been. With up to 420 horsepower and earth-thrumming 1,017 lb-ft of torque ceded from the optional turbodiesel Cummins engine, the 3500 pickup truck is more of a work-ox than a typical workhorse. Despite all its power and brawn, it also delivers an exceptionally refined and comfortable ride and comes standard with a good selection of creature comforts and conveniences. It's therefore not only a dependable and adept utilitarian vehicle but also a comfortable and pragmatic family cruiser. The 2021 Ram 3500 truck carries a price tag of $36,880, which is rather appealing, considering what it brings to the table.

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2021 Ram 3500 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 3500?

This year, the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty truck now features a digital rearview mirror that displays a real-time video feed from the rear camera. You can switch between this feature and a traditional rearview mirror. A new Limited Night Edition is also available, adding 20-inch black wheels, grille, and badges.

Pros and Cons

  • Multiple authoritarian engine options
  • Standard features list is satisfactory
  • Surprisingly comfortable and refined
  • Mega cab boasts class-leading room
  • Highest towing capacity in the class
  • Cummins diesel engine is rather pricey
  • Ride can be harsh with no cargo aboard
  • Severely poor fuel economy
  • Subpar official safety rating

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2021 Ram 3500 Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
Big Horn
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
Lone Star
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
Laramie Longhorn
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive

3500 Exterior

2021 Ram 3500 Front Angle View Ram
2021 Ram 3500 Front Angle View 1 Ram
2021 Ram 3500 Rear Angle View Ram
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  • Length 232.0 in
  • Wheelbase 140.0 in
  • Height 77.8 in
  • Max Width 79.4 in
  • Curb Weight 6,056.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Delmonico Red Pearlcoat +$100
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat +$100
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat +$100
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat +$100
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat +$100
  • Pearl White +$100
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat +$200
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat +$200
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat +$200
  • RV Match Walnut Brown Metallic Clearcoat +$200
  • Black Clearcoat, Minimum Build Quantity of 10. Late availability. +$450
  • New Holland Blue, Minimum Build Quantity of 10. Late availability. +$450
  • Case IH Red, Minimum Build Quantity of 10. Late availability. +$450
  • Construction Yellow, Minimum Build Quantity of 10. Late availability. +$450
  • Light Green, Minimum Build Quantity of 10. Late availability. +$450
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3500 Performance

2021 Ram 3500 Front View Driving Ram
2021 Ram 3500 Front View Driving 1 Ram
2021 Ram 3500 Rear View Driving Ram

Engine and Transmission

As a purposed heavy-duty workhorse, the 3500 pickup truck comes with all the essential apparatus required for dependable performance and arduous labor. Standard across the board is a 6.4-liter V8 Hemi engine that's been modulated to deliver up to 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Power is forwarded through an 8-speed automatic transmission to the truck's rear-wheel drivetrain, while an all-wheel drivetrain is optional. The Tradesman, in its Regular Cab config and with this powertrain setup is rated for a 7,680-pound payload capacity and 18,210-pound towing capacity. A 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel engine is offered in two different states of tune: the low-output rating comes in at 370 hp and 850 lb-ft and the high-output rating at 420 hp and 1,075 lb-ft. With the latter unit, the Regular Cab Tradesman 4x2 can carry 6,570 lbs onboard and haul up to 37,100-lbs in tow.

  • Engines
    6.4L V8 Gas, 6.7L Turbo Diesel
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

3500 Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    32.0 Gallons
* 2021 Ram 3500 Tradesman 4x2Regular Cab 8' Box

3500 Interior

2021 Ram 3500 Dashboard Ram
2021 Ram 3500 Backup Camera Screen Ram
2021 Ram 3500 Infotainment System Ram
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 39.8 in

3500 Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Ram 3500 Rear Passenger Seats Ram
2021 Ram 3500 Rear Passenger Seats 1 Ram
2021 Ram 3500 Rear Passenger Seats 2 Ram

3500 Safety and Reliability


  • 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2021 Ram 3500 A Good Pickup Truck?

The most astounding quality about the Ram 3500, being that it's a heavy-duty pickup truck, is its surprisingly refined ride quality and its luxurious cabin. There isn't much in terms of creature comforts and conveniences in the lower-tier models but the mid- and upper-tier models are fairly sumptuous, avant-garde, and extensively outfitted. What's even more impressive is the 3500's class-leading capability: the high-output Cummins turbo-diesel unit, with its 1,075 lb-ft of torque, and the many purposed heavy-duty underpinnings, including an available gooseneck attachment, accord the 3500 truck its leading 37,100-pound towing capacity. The fifth-generation Ram 3500 really brings the heat to the class and gives the Ford F-350 Super Duty a good run for its money while continuously staying well ahead of the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD. It's not perfect, however, as it is a very thirsty vehicle, the NHTSA and IIHS's review of the 2021 Ram 3500 also returned fairly poor results, and its reliability expectations weren't much better. Nevertheless, it's an exceptional 4-door truck for any American who needs a highly capable workhorse that can also double down as a comfortable daily cruiser.

What Ram 3500 Model Should I Buy?

Choosing which 2021 Ram 3500 to go for will completely come down to what you intend to use it for. The Tradesman is the purebred workhorse of the line, but for the best in capability, opting in the turbo-diesel Cummins, keeping the Regular Cab config, and using the 4x2 drivetrain is essential. The Lamarie is the model to go for if you're looking for a family-friendly luxury truck. We'd configure it with the diesel Cummins unit for the improved pep and fuel-efficiency, and with the Mega Cab for the expansive room it provides for passengers. It also comes with a far better array of creature comforts and conveniences, including the larger 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, keyless entry, power-adjustable front seats with heating, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

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