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John Diether
Automotive Editor - September 19, 2016

2017 RAM 2500 OVERVIEW

For times when a regular pickup just won't do, RAM offers the 2500, a heavy-duty hauler that's ready to tackle the big jobs. The main question for you is how much luxury, style, and off-road capability to add to the equation.

What's New for 2017

A new 4x4 Off-Road package is offered on four-door models. The muscular 6.4-liter HEMI V8 is now standard on the Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited. Longhorn and Limited models with four-wheel drive also get Bilstein monotube shock absorbers for enhanced ride and handling. The rugged Power Wagon receives cosmetic updates inside and out.

Choosing Your RAM 2500

The 2500 is available as a 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 place of the standard 6-foot-4-inch bed. The Mega comes only with the shorter length.

6-foot-4-inch Bed8-foot Bed
Regular CabXX
Crew CabXX
Mega CabXN/A

The engine roster starts 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 a six-speed manual transmission that 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 17,980 pounds with the automatic transmission and 16,870 with the manual.

The RAM 2500 is offered in multiple trim levels that stretch clear across the truck market:


Available in Regular and Crew forms, the basic 2500 comes with an all-vinyl interior, black exterior trim, 17-inch steel wheels, and a six-speaker AM/FM sound system. You get a few extras like power heated mirrors, air conditioning, and cruise control. The Crew also receives power windows. Cloth seating and full carpeting are available.


Comes in all three cab styles, along with an expanded equipment list that includes a power sliding rear window, keyless entry, power windows and locks, a trailer brake controller, 18-inch wheels, Bluetooth, and a touchscreen sound system with satellite radio. The SLT replaces the Tradesman's black plastic exterior trim with chrome. Crew and Mega models can get the Big Horn package (known as Lone Star in Texas) with polished forged aluminum wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, additional chrome trim, a power driver seat, and the Uconnect infotainment interface. For the 4x4 Crew, there's an Outdoorsman package with unique exterior trim, a transfer case skid plate, auto-dimming mirrors, and a rearview camera.


Builds on the SLT with leather upholstery, heated front seats with passenger power, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high-beam control, a multi-angle rearview camera, and a premium 10-speaker audio system. Note that the Regular Cab and 5.7-liter V8 are no longer available starting at this trim level.

Laramie Longhorn

Equipped like the regular Laramie, but with several upscale add-ons: front bucket seats with console, heated rear seats, navigation, HD radio, remote start, power-adjustable pedals, and color-keyed bumpers. LED accent lighting for the cargo bed is also standard.


Gets its own attention-grabbing grille and tailgate trim, plus unique wheels, an all-black interior, and painted bumpers (chrome optional).

Power Wagon

Designed for off-road enthusiasts, the Power Wagon gets a power winch, tow hooks, skid plates, all-terrain tires, a manual transfer case, a revised axle ratio, electronically locking differentials, and a disconnectable front anti-roll bar. In terms of luxury, it can be scaled up to the Laramie level if you wish. Note that the Power Wagon comes only one way: 4x4 Crew Cab with the 6.4-liter V8.

Crew and Mega models (excluding Power Wagon) are eligible for a 4x4 Off-Road package that adds, if not already standard, hill-descent control, tow hooks, a transfer case skid plate, a limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks, and 18- or 20-inch all-terrain tires.

CarsDirect Tip

The SLT offers you the greatest choice of configurations and options, including many of the high-end features found on the fancier trims. You can tailor the SLT for work, play, and almost everything in-between.

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