2018 Ram Heavy Duty Driving Impressions

Any Ram HD ranks as a workhorse. Robust engines and compliant suspensions enhance hauling/towing confidence. Ram 3500 models with dual rear wheels offer greater stability when towing in crosswinds and other challenging conditions. They also offer larger tongue-weight capacities.

More than adequate for lighter loads, the 5.7-liter V8 can struggle on upgrades or when fully loaded. The 6.4-liter engine is smooth and strong, though thirsty. Diesel-engine power impresses for sheer brute force.

Helped by their rear coil springs, Ram trucks ride better than rivals, even when pulling a trailer. Compared to passenger cars or a Ram 1500, though, the less-composed ride is stiff and bouncy when empty.

The hydraulically boosted steering is light and vague. With an optional air suspension, a Ram can be lowered to ease entry and cargo-loading, or raised for additional ground clearance, a nice feature.

With abundant ground clearance and locking differentials, the Power Wagon scores for off-road tenacity, but it’s too big for narrow trails and it rides rough around town.

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