Do you want to purchase a truck with great heavy-duty capability to handle hardest jobs? Well, Ram HD trucks can be your best option. For its 3500 models, Ram trucks have the best torque rating up to 930-pound-feet. Moreover, the towing capacity is also in the top class rank up to 31,210 pounds. Let’s check out 2018 Ram HD review to know more about this heavy-duty pick-up trucks!
Engine and Performance
Thanks to its Cummins 6.7-liter inline-six turbodiesel engine, Ram isn’t short in power figures and towing capacity. For its new model in 2018, Ram Heavy Duty gets extra 30-pound-feet of torque. The power engine now can generate a total of 930 pound-feet of torque at 1,700 rpm with 385 horsepower at 2,800 rpm. The trucks that powered by Cummins works to improve a higher-flow fuel delivery system and results in higher boost limit for its variable geometry turbo. However, those improvements are only available for the high-output version of Cummins engine. You can also opt for other versions including low-output spec with 350 horsepower and 660 lb-ft of torque or mid-spec output with 370 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque.
If you check 2018 Ram HD review, you will find that Ram HD also comes in other standard engines. You can choose 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that has power output of 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. You can also have 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 with 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. All those V-8s are paired with 6-speed automatic transmissions. The standard suspension is rear-wheel drive (RWD), but there is also optional 4WD in every trim level configuration.
For towing and hauling capacity, give the best feeds. The gooseneck hitch rating results in better 31,210 pounds of towing capacity. Meanwhile, the receiver hitch can pull up to 20,000 pounds. The 2018 Ram’s towing capacity has been doubled since 2011 that the gooseneck can only pull 15,540 pounds and 12,000 pounds at the receiver.
Exterior and Interior Looks
Ram Heavy Duty is always quite lacking in techs and refinement. Inside the cabin, you will see that almost nothing change inside. Somehow, Ram’s interior functionality, screens, controls, and optional Uconnect system remain competitive in the class. The trim level still offers luxury looks with vinyl flooring and seating in Tradesman models. Ram HD also features woodworking for its open-pore wood on the dash and steering wheel has lacquered woodworks. On the dashboard, you will be accompanied by small information screen, AM-FM radio, and other standard features.
However, you will see minor updates in 2018 Ram HD review for exterior appearance. At the front bumper, you can see it get slotted with better cooling equipped with two frame-mounted hooks. Completing the new changes, Ram HD now incorporated with backup camera in the tailgate handle and an optional second camera in the CHMSL for bed view. For those who have crew cab model, this additional feature allows for hitching the gooseneck.
Price and Release Date
Closing our 2018 Ram HD review, you can purchase this heavy-duty truck with starting price at $33,645 to $40,245 for Tradesman models, 37,845 – $46,645 for STL, $48,845 – $53,545 for Laramie, and $55,595 – $60,295 for Laramie Longhorn. Since Ram HD has made its debut, you can soon able to put this truck inside your garage.