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Entry price: $33,245

Price as tested: $84,370

Likes: Torque, new motif, spectacular interior, hard work or play.

Dislikes: Expensive options, very high step-in without running boards, nothing else worth mentioning.

This week, we’re behind the wheel of the 2019 RAM 3500 Mega Cab 4x4 Cummins Diesel, clearly one of the biggest pickups we’ve driven. This RAM is so big the EPA classifies it as a “Heavy Duty” vehicle and therefore no MPG figures appear on the window sticker. In place of mileage estimates are two big letters, N/A, which means not applicable.

However, this doesn’t mean this RAM Cummins won’t deliver some decent fuel mileage. If you check www.fuelly.com, you’ll see results from 66 2018 RAM diesel owners with average MPG numbers in at 13.74 combined and a high well over 20 MPG. Seven owners averaged 18, so check this site out for any vehicle you might own.

Outwardly, RAM 3500 is both intimidating in a good way and stunning thanks to its overall mass, 3500 Series Cummins Diesel badges and dually polished aluminum wheels on 17-inch Nexen Roadian tires.

Our RAM 3500 4x4 featured the optional 6.7-liter Cummins 1000  lb. ft. torque High Output (HO)  Turbo Diesel hooked to a heavy duty AISIN six-speed automatic. This option will set you back $11,795, but in the world of truck lovers, be it a Ford, Chevy, Nissan or Toyota, this RAM garners respect from onlookers wherever you take it.  

Built for serious work, the RAM 3500 Mega Cab is also a mover of passengers weather headed for work at the quarry or taking the kids to a little league game. Family and friends will marvel at the spectacular interior, loaded with every amenity option and safety feature found in today’s top luxury vehicles. I hesitate a bit to say that some people might buy this RAM 3500 as a statement of luxury, but perhaps a certain percentage of owners do so.  

Some of the RAM 3500 Mega Cab standard equipment includes ParkView enhanced backup and rear cameras, ParkSense front and rear assist, (you’ll need it with this dually), electric shift on the fly 4x4 case, traction controls, trailer brake control and sway damping, and electronic stability control. If you seek more cargo room, the Crew Cab 3500 series features an 8-foot box versus the Mega Cab’s 6.4-ft. bed.

Still, it’s the HO Cummings diesel we love most, which is unavailable in 1500 and 2500 series RAM pickups. However, both the 3500 and 2500 Series 2019 all-new RAMs offer the “non-HO” Cummins Diesel that delivers 370 horses and 850 lb. ft. of torque for $9,300 more. But if you want the ultimate 400 horse, 1000 lb. ft. Cummins HO, it is strictly a 3500 Series option and pushes tow capacity to an unbelievable 35,100 lbs.

Greg Zyla writes weekly for More Content Now and GateHouse Media. Contact him at greg@gregzyla.com.


Auto Bits

Save $50 by changing your own cabin air filter

Dealerships can charge up to $65 to change a cabin air filter. Here’s how you can do it at home for under $15 without using tools. 

Begin by sourcing your air filter cartridge. We priced out two cabin air filters for a 2007 Toyota Highlander and a 2016 Subaru Forester. Both are popular crossovers. The Toyota replacement part was priced at $13.22 before tax and the Forester’s part was $9.73 before tax. 

We’ve been quoted over $50 by a Subaru dealer to have this part changed out. 

To change out your filter, see if you have an owner’s manual for your car that shows how to do the simple switch. If so, that is your primary guide. 

We would also suggest that you watch YouTube video showing the steps. 

We found one for our exact model. 

Next, empty out your glove box and set aside all that stuff. The box part of the glove box is usually connected by a lever that can release the box allowing it to drop down and reveal the filter element behind it. 

Remove the old filter. We suggest doing so slowly and keeping it in the same orientation it is in when installed. Then install the new one. Done!

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Did You Know

Every day, 29 people in the U.S. die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver, according to the NHTSA.