In recent years, RAM has lagged behind competition from Ford and GM. But with the introduction of a heavily revised lineup for 2013, Chrysler's rugged trucks are fighting their way to the front of the pack. In addition to a freshened interior, the full-size pickups feature a host of upgraded components including the: transmission, transfer case, brakes and steering and electrical systems.
RAM offers the 2500 in five configurations that start with a base Tradesman and a 5.7-liter V8 that generates 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. While a six-speed automatic transmission with manual capabilities is standard, an available six-speed manual transmission means the RAM is the only full-size pickup on the market with this option. The truck's standard rear-wheel drive can also be upgraded to four-wheel drive.
The RAM 2500's cabin does a commendable job of masquerading as a SUV, and delivers a less utilitarian driving experience than you might expect. Controls are smartly grouped on a redesigned center panel with an 8-inch screen.
Despite its interior comfort, this vehicle still handles like a big truck, which is a good thing. You won't get good mileage, but that's hardly the reason to buy a pickup truck like this—its sizable towing capacity is, though. A true workhorse, the 2500 can be configured in a variety of options and trim levels to accommodate almost any need.
With a near-full redesign, the RAM 2500 deserves a look. It's not only a highly dependable, rugged work truck—it's also a comfortable and enjoyable ride.