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2015 RAM 2500 OVERVIEW
For buyers who need a blue collar workhorse on wheels, RAM ponies up the 2500, a heavy-duty pickup that hauls and tows without complaint. Rest assured all examples are beastly enough to get the job done. The main question for you is how much luxury, style and off-road capability to add to the equation.
What's New For 2015
Following a few years of significant improvements, the 2500 sees little change.
Choosing Your RAM 2500
The 2500 is available as two-door Regular Cab, a four-door Crew Cab with room for six, or a Mega Cab with even more interior space than the Crew. The Regular Cab gets an 8-foot bed, which is also available on the Crew in addition to the standard 6-foot-4-inch bed. The Mega comes only with the shorter length.
Most versions come standard with a 5.7-liter V8 that cranks out 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The available 6.4-liter V8 achieves 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. The top mill is actually a six-cylinder, the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel, which lays down 370 horsepower and a stunning 800 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board, and the Cummins is eligible for six-speed manual (which reduces horsepower and torque to 350 and 660 respectively). Four-wheel drive is either optional or standard on all 2500s.
Properly equipped, the 5.7-liter tows up to 13,860 pounds, while the 6.4-liter tops out at 16,870. The Cummins turbodiesel can pull 17,860 pounds with the automatic transmission and 16,870 with the manual.
The RAM 2500 comes in five progressive trim levels:
The SLT offers you the greatest choice of configurations and equipment. You can tailor it for work, play and almost everything in-between.