The 2019 Ram heavy duty pickup series will start at $35,090, including a hefty (and mandatory) destination fee. The starting price is for a Ram 2500 Tradesman, with a regular cab and rear wheel drive. Going up to the biggest and plushest pickup, the Ram 3500 Limited Mega Cab 4×4 with 12-inch touchscreen, jacks up the price tag to $68,745—before options, such as the first thousand-pound-foot diesel in the class.
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Making those prices more palatable are the highest torque in the segment, the highest towing capacity (35,100 pounds), and the highest payload (7,680 pounds). The V8/8-speed combination is apparently quite easy on the gasoline, according to Mike Volkmann, with the wide gear range helping the V8 to loaf along on the highway, and the cylinder deactivation providing four-cylinder-like mileage when coasting, sitting idle, or cruising on level roads.
The standard engine is a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine, coupled to an 8-speed automatic; the rarely-chosen manual transmissions are gone. Many buyers choose Rams just for the optional 6.7-liter Cummins diesel, which is another $9,100, including a 6-speed automatic. The optional 1,000 pound-foot Cummins High Output is available with the Ram 3500, coupled to an Aisin 6-speed transmission, for $11,795.