When we are speaking about power and pickup trucks the Ram 3500 is in the heavy-duty league of 1-ton full-size trucks where you should look if you need absolutely massive hauling and towing capabilities. This truck can haul almost anything you want but can be equipped as you wish as well. No matter what you need, the basic work truck or the truck with more style and top-notch features, the Ram lineup will have the right solution for you. This model is available in three cab styles and two bed lengths. There are also three engine options and different transmissions as well as single or dual rear wheel configurations. But there is also a total of six trims and 2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman is the first in the list.
The Tradesman trim is for buyers who need this truck for its main purpose and comes with the basic interior and exterior features. It is available in three boy styles including two-door regular cab, four-door crew and mega cabs. Also available are two bed lengths the 8-foot and 6’4”. The first is standard on the regular cabs while both bed options are available in the crew cab models. The mega cab has full-size rear doors and comes with short cargo box only. This model also offers three powertrain options.
2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman: Styling, Interior
When it comes to the styling, the entry-level 2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman version features Ram’s distinctive design but this version doesn’t include chrome or other trim inserts that can be seen on higher-spec versions.
The Tradesman models carry Ram’s signature crosshair grille with mesh pattern and colored in black which is also the case with the bumpers. This version also has five-spoke steel wheels and models with the single rear wheel have 18 inch wheels while in the dual rear wheel configuration are 17 inches. The model also features automatic headlights, a locking tailgate, tow hooks, power windows and locks, etc.
Inside this model doesn’t also bring some flashy design or luxurious features. It uses durable vinyl upholstery and flooring. There are also heavy-duty 40/20/40 split-bench front seats. The model also includes features like tilt-only steering wheel, 3.5-inch driver digital information display, radio 3.0 with six speakers, USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, a tire pressure monitor, etc.
2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman: Powertrain options
The 2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman comes with three engine options. The front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive optional. The manual transfer case is also standard for the four-wheel drive Tradesman and electronic transfer case is optional.
The base engine option is a 5.7 liter V-8 which is good for 383 hp and torque of 400 pound-feet. This engine comes with a size-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain can handle up to 13, 910 pounds and can haul 4, 480 pounds.
A 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine raises output to 410 hp and torque reaches 429 lb-ft. It also works together with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Its limits are 16, 520 and 7, 390 pounds for towing and hauling capacities respectively.
You can also pick a legendary 6.7 liter Cummins turbodiesel V-6 engine. It comes in three configurations. With a six-speed manual gearbox, it can produce 350 hp and torque of 660 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic transmission is an option which enables output of 370 hp and torque of 800 lb-ft. The top-performing configuration is with an Aisin six-speed automatic which can produce 385 hp and impressive torque of 900 lb-ft. This is also the most towing-capable configuration with 31, 210 pounds.
2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman: Price
The base 2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman has a starting price at $33, 245 while with available options it can reach $39, 845.