See how well the new 2019 Ram 3500 HD Cummins turbodiesel handles towing a huge 29,000 lb load.
Earlier this year, Ram unveiled the next generation of their big heavy-duty pickup trucks. The Ram 2500 and 3500 were given all-new frames, all-new interiors, and a redesigned Cummins diesel engine with more power than ever before.
When the Ram 3500 HD is fitted with a high-output Cummins 6.7-L V8 turbodiesel engine it produces an astounding 400 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Max towing is 35,100 lbs while its max payload is an equally impressive 7,600 lbs. Power goes through a 6-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels.
The Ram 2500 HD gets access to the slightly less output 6.7-L diesel with 370 hp and 850 lb-ft, but 1,000 lb-ft is an impressive number, so we’re going to look at that truck get tested today.
Specifically by the boys over at The Fast Lane Truck. They were able to get their hands on a fully load 2019 Ram HD 3500 Cummins Limited with all the trimmings. That truck costs $83,000, but that’s what you pay to get the most luxurious truck with the most cutting-edge technology that can haul the most stuff.
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And there’s a lot of impressive technology here. The truck comes with a 360-degree surround view camera system, an automatic lifting tailgate, and an air suspension system that can lift and lower the bed for easy access. All of this is controlled from the massive 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen in the center dash.
Ram also got their engineers to soundproof the cabin to nearly whisper quiet. TFLTruck tested it at 62.8 decibels, which is just above normal conversation levels of sound.
But we care about towing, and this truck can certainly tow. A payload of 29,000 lbs on a 100 mile stretch of highway with cruise control set to 70 mph revealed a mileage of 8.7 mpg, which our hosts reported as pretty good but for the size of the fuel tank. At 32 gallons, you’ll get roughly 250-270 miles per tank, and that will require a few stops depending on where you’re traveling to.