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.
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2017 RAM 2500 Overview
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 Bed||8-foot Bed|
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:
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.
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.
2017 RAM 2500 Review
A perennial rival to Ford’s F-250 and Chevrolet's Silverado 2500, the three-quarter-ton Ram 2500 still looks and feels like a work truck. An updated Power Wagon and a 4x4 Off-Road package are new for 2017.
Pricing and Equipment
Starting at $33,540 (destination charge included), the Ram 2500 pickup is capable of heavier-duty tasks than its light-duty 1500 cousin. A 5.7-liter V8 engine that develops 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque is standard except in the off-road-ready Power Wagon, Laramie, and Limited models. These higher-end models get a 6.4-liter V8 that produces 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet. Buyers can also choose a 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline six-cylinder engine, which generates 370 hp, 800 lb-ft of torque, and is capable of hauling almost 18,000 pounds. All models use a six-speed automatic transmission, although Ram does sell a handful of diesels with a manual gearbox. Naturally, four-wheel drive is available, as are a range of cab sizes and bed lengths.
Trim levels range from the Tradesman work truck through SLT, Big Horn, Power Wagon, Laramie, Laramie Power Wagon, and Laramie Longhorn, all the way to the Limited.
Standard equipment on the popular SLT trim includes:
- Heated power mirrors
- Automatic headlights
- Cloth split-bench front seat
- Uconnect 5.0 touchscreen radio
- Heated power mirrors
- Trailer harness
- Use of coil springs rather than leaf springs improves ride quality.
- Diesel engine provides extreme capabilities for towing and hauling.
- Manual-transmission availability, though only with diesel power.
- Optional diesel V8 is a bit on the coarse side compared to heavy-duty rivals from GM and Ford.
- Even though heavier-duty trucks aren’t evaluated by the EPA, it’s safe to assume that fuel economy is far from a strong point.
- A basic regular-cab model is still available, for those who need nothing more than power.
- Chrysler’s Uconnect touchscreen, up to 8.4 inches in size, is installed in a number of models. It remains one of the best on the market.
- Base-model trucks are sparsely equipped, with vinyl upholstery and little more than an AM/FM radio. The regular-cab Tradesman pickup even lacks power windows and door locks.
- Plenty of amenities are available, either by picking a higher trim level or adding options; but they send the price skyward in a hurry.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
While some other large pickups have been focusing more on fashion and amenities, Ram sticks firmly with its heavy-duty demeanor, even on upper versions that lean toward the classy side. There’s little doubt that a Ram 2500 is a work truck, placing utility ahead of comfort.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
Safety technology is far from up-to-date, and advanced safety features seem barely known in this segment. Fuel-economy measures have been largely ignored, too.
The Bottom Line
Rugged design gives each the Ram 2500 a blue-collar workaday look, focusing most on capability, not fashion or comforts. As a result, it could be considered a veritable masterwork of heavy-duty tasks. Like its domestic-brand competitors, there’s a dizzying selection of trim levels, not to mention so many other choices to make, from cab type to axle ratio.