2012 RAM 3500

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Key Specs

of the 2012 RAM 3500. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • High-quality interior
  • 6.7-liter diesel engine doesn't require diesel exhaust fluid
  • Power Wagon off-road model is tough, capable
  • 5.7-liter Hemi V-8

The Bad

  • 6.7-liter six-cylinder diesel needs better transmission to leverage all of the torque
  • 6.7-liter diesel performance lags behind Ford and GM diesels

Notable Features of the 2012 RAM 3500

  • Eight different trim levels offered
  • Single- or dual-rear-wheel configurations
  • Gas or diesel power
  • New six-speed automatic transmission with gas V-8

2012 RAM 3500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 are available in three cab styles: regular cab, crew cab and mega cab. Buyers can choose single or dual rear wheels and a 6-foot-4-inch or 8-foot cargo box. The Hemi-powered Power Wagon is a rugged off-road version of the Ram HD. Heavy-duty versions of the Ram can seat up to six people in certain configurations, and competitors include the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-Series Super Duty.

New for 2012
Ram HD trucks with the 5.7-liter gas V-8 now have a six-speed automatic transmission. Other changes include:

  • New steering wheel with auxiliary controls
  • New black grille and bumpers on ST trim

Exterior
Ram HD pickups share headlamps and fenders with the 1500, but the grille is bigger to keep the engine cool while towing big trailers, and the hood is different to make room for the Cummins diesel. The front bumper has aggressive stamping. The single-piece chrome bumper wraps around the front of the truck, giving it a modern look and improved aerodynamics to help fuel economy. Ram HDs with dual rear wheels have sculpted fenders stamped into the sides of the cargo box. Other exterior features include:

  • Adjustable tow mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 17-inch steel wheels standard; 17-inch aluminum wheels optional
  • Available roof-mounted running lights
  • Power Wagon model features a two-tone color scheme, underbody skid plates, a Warn electric winch rated at 12,000 pounds, distinct stripes and lettering, and 33-inch BFGoodrich off-road ...
Vehicle Overview

The heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 are available in three cab styles: regular cab, crew cab and mega cab. Buyers can choose single or dual rear wheels and a 6-foot-4-inch or 8-foot cargo box. The Hemi-powered Power Wagon is a rugged off-road version of the Ram HD. Heavy-duty versions of the Ram can seat up to six people in certain configurations, and competitors include the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-Series Super Duty.

New for 2012
Ram HD trucks with the 5.7-liter gas V-8 now have a six-speed automatic transmission. Other changes include:

  • New steering wheel with auxiliary controls
  • New black grille and bumpers on ST trim

Exterior
Ram HD pickups share headlamps and fenders with the 1500, but the grille is bigger to keep the engine cool while towing big trailers, and the hood is different to make room for the Cummins diesel. The front bumper has aggressive stamping. The single-piece chrome bumper wraps around the front of the truck, giving it a modern look and improved aerodynamics to help fuel economy. Ram HDs with dual rear wheels have sculpted fenders stamped into the sides of the cargo box. Other exterior features include:

  • Adjustable tow mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 17-inch steel wheels standard; 17-inch aluminum wheels optional
  • Available roof-mounted running lights
  • Power Wagon model features a two-tone color scheme, underbody skid plates, a Warn electric winch rated at 12,000 pounds, distinct stripes and lettering, and 33-inch BFGoodrich off-road tires

Interior
The Ram HD's cabin features all the high-quality materials and ergonomic and electronic options of the Ram 1500. The available integrated trailer-brake controller eliminates the need for an aftermarket kit to control a trailer's electric brakes for improved towing control.

The front seats can be equipped with heat and ventilation functions. Rear-seat heating is also optional, as is a heated steering wheel.

The luxurious Laramie Longhorn has full leather seating with laser-etched bolsters, and the front seatbacks have metal buckles (bearing the Ram logo) with magnetic clasps, like a mailbag. An exclusive instrument cluster has the appearance of hand-wrought jewelry with six chrome gauge rings set against a painted taupe silver background and a tooled-metal Laramie Longhorn edition badge. The carpet is protected by specially designed all-weather rubber mats with polished metal badging and removable carpet inserts. The Laramie Longhorn is equipped with all of the standard equipment found on the top-level Ram Laramie plus navigation radio, remote start, a backup camera, front ventilated seats and rear heated seats. Other interior features include:

  • Front bench or bucket seats in cloth or leather
  • Available memory feature for seats, mirrors, pedals and radio
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals
  • Optional surround-sound system
  • Available Mega Cab provides massive interior space
  • Numerous storage options, including in-floor bins

Under the Hood
The Ram Power Wagon features higher ground clearance, electric-locking front and rear differentials, an electronic disconnecting sway bar, Bilstein shocks and a 4.56 axle ratio for difficult off-road driving. Additional mechanical features include:

  • 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 400 pounds-feet of torque
  • 350-hp, turbocharged 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder diesel with iron block and cylinder head, cam-in-block, four valves per cylinder and 650 pounds-feet of torque with the manual, 800 with the automatic
  • Six-speed manual (5.94:1 1st gear) standard with 6.7-liter diesel engine
  • Six-speed automatic standard with 5.7-liter gas engine
  • Six-speed automatic optional with 6.7-liter diesel engine

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system (single-rear-wheel models)
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Optional rear park assist
  • Optional backup camera

Latest 2012 3500 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Towing machine

by Babybird125 from Seneca, sc on January 8, 2018

I pull at 42' 5th wheel all over with it. While it has no kssues pulling it did have transmission issues which has now been replaced with a new one. Read full review

(5.0)

Most dependable truck I've ever owned

by Barrelraceraz on August 3, 2017

I just love my 2011 Laramie Longhorn dually, it's been the most awesome truck I've owned to date. Cannot beat that Cummins for towing! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 RAM 3500 currently has 8 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 RAM 3500 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by RAM

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 3500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker