2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Mega Cab 4x4 new car reviews

Yes, it's a big truck. Big doesn't mean totally unruly, however.

Better than: some clapped-out old truck.
But not as good as: the Space Shuttle Crawler.
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: -16.29

Sometimes you have to haul a huge load--like horses or an entire New England state. That's where 1-ton trucks come into play, as they can carry a big payload and tow even more.

The Ram has been a player in this world for years, and for 2009 Dodge released a redesigned truck. As with most offerings in this segment, the Ram’s option list contains a huge number of possible bed, cab and engine configurations.

Our Ram 3500 Laramie Mega Cab 4x4 was fairly well stocked, as it sported the big cab and Cummins turbo-diesel power. The major options included leather-trimmed bucket seats ($500), a six-speed 68RFE transmission ($1575) and a power sunroof ($550).

Despite the comfy cockpit, this is still a capable hauler. It can carry up to 2850 pounds in its bed, while the standard towing capacity is 10,950 pounds; options, however, can bump that second number up to 16,500. Like we said earlier, sometimes you need the right tool for a big job.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
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For something that weighs more than three of my cars together, I have to admit that the Ram 3500 isn't so bad around town. We took it into Orlando and used it around town for a few days.

Yes, it's big, but it feels more nimble than you'd expect. In other words, it felt more like a half-ton pickup than a U-Haul truck. Okay, it felt big when parking, but once moving it felt manageable.

I also liked the Mega Cab option. It's like a plush five-people sedan with a huge trunk.

It also wasn't so bad on fuel. With the cruise control set, the real-time mpg display showed 18-22 mpg.

Am I going to buy one? No, that would be silly. But it's nice to see how today's big trucks aren't always so truck-like.

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jrg77
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5/15/10 2:14 p.m.

At 2850 in the bed it could just about carry a race car Without the trailer if you could fit/put it in there!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

Sometimes you have to haul a huge load--like horses or an entire New England state. That's where 1-ton trucks come into play, as they can carry a big payload and tow even more.

The Ram has been a player in this world for years, and for 2009 Dodge released a redesigned truck. As with most offerings in this segment, the Ram’s option list contains a huge number of possible bed, cab and engine configurations.

Our Ram 3500 Laramie Mega Cab 4x4 was fairly well stocked, as it sported the big cab and Cummins turbo-diesel power. The major options included leather-trimmed bucket seats ($500), a six-speed 68RFE transmission ($1575) and a power sunroof ($550).

Despite the comfy cockpit, this is still a capable hauler. It can carry up to 2850 pounds in its bed, while the standard towing capacity is 10,950 pounds; options, however, can bump that second number up to 16,500. Like we said earlier, sometimes you need the right tool for a big job.

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