For 2013, Motor Trend's "Truck of the Year" award went to the refreshed RAM 1500. But the 1500 wasn't the only truck in the RAM model-lineup to receive a facelift. The 2013 RAM 3500 also sports an all-new interior, along with exterior styling updates that include wheel-to-wheel running boards and a larger grille.
Chrysler's truck division revised its powertrain lineup for 2013, making the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 the 3500's standard engine. Trims levels include the ST, SLT, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn.
For heavy duty hauling and towing, however, customers will probably opt for one of three available 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines. RAM pairs a 350-horsepower variant with a class-exclusive six-speed manual transmission. And in high-output form available only on the 3500, the Cummins engine delivers 385 horsepower and a staggering 850 pound-feet of torque.
Though a heavy duty truck, the 3500 is surprisingly smooth on the road. And, when properly equipped, its interior can compete head-on with luxury SUVs. Plus, the RAM's roomy interior cabin can easily become a mobile office thanks to optional features like Uconnect smartphone access and Wi-Fi hotspot capability.