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2018 Tradesman 4x2 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 140.5 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $33,045
2018 Tradesman 4x4 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,845
2018 Tradesman 4x2 Crew Cab 6.3 ft. box 149 in. WB Price:   -  From $36,645
2018 Tradesman 4x2 Crew Cab 8 ft. box 169 in. WB Price:   -  From $36,845
2018 SLT 4x2 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $37,395
2018 Tradesman 4x4 Crew Cab 6.3 ft. box 149 in. WB Price:   -  From $39,445
2018 Tradesman 4x4 Crew Cab 8 ft. box 169 in. WB Price:   -  From $39,645
2018 SLT 4x4 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $40,195
2018 SLT 4x2 Crew Cab 6.3 ft. box 149 in. WB Price:   -  From $41,895
2018 SLT 4x2 Crew Cab 8 ft. box 169 in. WB Price:   -  From $42,095
2018 SLT 4x2 Mega Cab 6.3 ft. box 160.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $43,395
2018 SLT 4x4 Crew Cab 6.3 ft. box 149 in. WB Price:   -  From $44,695
2018 SLT 4x4 Crew Cab 8 ft. box 169 in. WB Price:   -  From $44,895
2018 SLT 4x4 Mega Cab 6.3 ft. box 160.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $46,195
2018 Laramie 4x2 Crew Cab 6.3 ft. box 149 in. WB Price:   -  From $48,445
2018 Laramie 4x2 Crew Cab 8 ft. box 169 in. WB Price:   -  From $48,645
2018 Laramie 4x2 Mega Cab 6.3 ft. box 160.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $49,945
2018 Laramie 4x4 Crew Cab 6.3 ft. box 149 in. WB Price:   -  From $51,645
2018 Laramie 4x4 Crew Cab 8 ft. box 169 in. WB Price:   -  From $51,845
2018 Power Wagon 4x4 Crew Cab 6.3 ft. box 149 in. WB Price:   -  From $52,845
2018 Laramie 4x4 Mega Cab 6.3 ft. box 160.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $53,145
2018 Longhorn 4x2 Crew Cab 6.3 ft. box 149 in. WB Price:   -  From $54,945
2018 Longhorn 4x2 Crew Cab 8 ft. box 169 in. WB Price:   -  From $55,145
2018 Longhorn 4x2 Mega Cab 6.3 ft. box 160.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $56,445
2018 Longhorn 4x4 Crew Cab 6.3 ft. box 149 in. WB Price:   -  From $58,145
2018 Longhorn 4x4 Crew Cab 8 ft. box 169 in. WB Price:   -  From $58,345
2018 Longhorn 4x4 Mega Cab 6.3 ft. box 160.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $59,645
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Overview

Offered in a dizzying array of trims, the 2018 Ram 2500 does its best to keep up with the modern competition. Updated technology and styling help, but the 2500 still has mighty opponents in the Ford and GM lines.

What's New for 2018

The 2018 Ram 2500 brings new technology and a few cosmetic updates. There’s a new ultra-luxury version called the Limited Tungsten, and all models get updated vehicle telemetry trackers. The 8.4-inch display gets upgrades in resolution, plus 4G LTE connectivity and more smartphone compatibility. All models now come standard with a rearview camera. The Sport trim gets some styling tweaks, and all models add an exterior switch for the LED lighting in the bed.

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Choosing Your RAM 2500

The Ram 2500 lineup offers an immense amount of customizability, starting under the hood. The base engine is a 5.7-liter V8 with 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be recalibrated to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) at a cost of $11,000, but power remains the same. For $500, buyers can upgrade to a 6.4-liter V8 producing 410 hp and 429 lb-ft. These are the only available gas engines, and both are available only with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The third engine is a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel producing 385 hp and a huge 900 lb-ft of torque. On the lowest three trims the price is $9,200, and above that it drops to $8,700. The diesel comes with a six-speed manual transmission, but the automatic is available as a no-cost option. With the right options, the Cummins is rated to nearly 18,000 pounds of towing capacity. The EPA doesn’t require mileage ratings for trucks this size, but expect it to be poor.

There are four cab/bed options: a regular cab with an eight foot bed, a crew cab with either a six foot four inch or an eight foot bed, and an extra-large “Mega Cab” with a six foot four inch bed. Cab options and pricing depend on trim. All models are available with four-wheel drive, but the cost ranges from $2800 to $3200 depending on trim. There are seven trim options available: Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, Power Wagon, and Limited.

6-foot-4-inch Bed8-foot Bed
Regular CabN/AX
Crew CabXX
Mega CabXN/A
RAM 2500

Tradesman

The Tradesman is the workhorse of the series, but it’s also the cheapest option at $33,940 after destination fees. It rolls on 17-inch steel wheels (18-inchers are an option), and includes a rearview camera and not much else. There's no dashboard display other than a radio, and upgrades like premium speakers aren't available. It's a utilitarian option, but it does come with the full complement of engine options. The Mega Cab is not available, but all other cab configurations are.

Available packages include Towing Prep for $445, Chrome accents for $895 (including the larger rims), and a $735 Remote Entry package, which includes heated mirrors along with keyless entry. Ram's UConnect system with a five-inch touchscreen is available as a stand-alone option for $795.

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SLT

Starting at $38,140, the SLT is the first consumer-oriented trim in the 2500 lineup. It adds Ram's UConnect system in a five-inch touchscreen display that includes a year’s subscription to satellite radio. 18-inch chrome rims are also standard. The SLT does add some other practical upgrades, like keyless entry and a trailer brake controller (on four-wheel drive models).

A Luxury Group package adds a seven-inch display, upgraded mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a garage door opener for $695. A “Popular Equipment” package adds a 40/20/40 bench, a power outlet, fog lamps, and a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat. An 8.4-inch display is available as an option for $745, and premium speakers for $295. A parking assist system is an option for either $295 (rear only) or $395 (front and rear), and remote start is an option on automatic transmissions for $245.

The $1,995 Big Horn package continues to add luxury, coming standard with 18-inch aluminum wheels and fog lamps. The crew cab is standard (Mega Cab is still available as an upgrade), and there's a leather-wrapped steering wheel on the interior. Remote start is standard as well. But going with the Big Horn also impacts the price of other options packages while granting access to others.

The Luxury package now costs $1,045. For $2,045, Sport Appearance package adds a host of cosmetic upgrades, upgraded mirrors, heated seats and steering wheel, LED interior lighting, the parking assist system, and a USB port. If you only want the heated seats and wheel, they’re available as a package for $405. For $2,995, there’s a Harvest Edition that adds even more cosmetic upgrades plus a garage opener and an 8.4-inch display with navigation. Sport bucket seats ($395), an Alpine sound system ($445), and the larger display ($745, or $1,245 with navigation) are all stand-alone options. There’s also a power sunroof for $1,095.

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Laramie

Starting at $49,140, the Laramie trim begins to compete with true luxury vehicles. It comes standard with heated and ventilated leather-trimmed seats and dual-zone automatic temperature control. There are chrome accents and upgraded mirrors on the exterior, along with LED taillights. The 6.4-liter engine is standard, as are the crew cab and the 8.4-inch UConnect display.

The only new package is a Convenience Package, which adds automatic headlights and wipers for $395. Navigation is an option for $795, and all the options from the Big Horn trim are still available.

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Power Wagon

The Power Wagon is Ram's zombie-apocalypse vehicle, and it’s equipped to handle any terrain you can throw at it. Beefed up shocks, stabilizers, and axles are all standard, and of course it's four-wheel drive. The suspension is lifted two inches, which increases ground clearance. There are still some creature comforts, with cloth bucket seats and a five-inch display. The Power Wagon starts at $53,690 and comes only with the 6.4-liter engine.

The only new package is a Leather and Luxury package, which adds upgraded mirrors, heated seats and steering wheel, a USB port, and a garage opener for $4,995 in addition to the eponymous leather upholstery. The 8.4-inch display is available as an option, but the crew cab is the only one available on this trim.

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Longhorn

The Laramie Longhorn trim ($55,890) adds mostly cosmetic upgrades. It includes an ornamental grille and bumper accents, along with goodies like LED bed lighting. It still comes standard with heated, full-leather seats, the 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation, the 6.4-liter V8, and the crew cab. There are also some neat features like memory settings for the seats and mirrors, or an available cargo-view camera.

The only new package is the Longhorn Southfork package for $1,125, which adds more tinsel like tailgate lettering, leather-wrapped grab handles, luxury mats, and a suede headliner.

Add the $3,275 Limited Package to your Longhorn for the ultimate Ram 2500 – it rolls on big 20-inch aluminum wheels and comes with as many chrome accents as possible. Push-button start is standard, as is the 6.4-liter engine, the crew cab body, and tailgate lettering. The windshield wipers are rain-sensing, and there's automatic high-beam control. This is Ram's most luxurious offering – if it was optional on lesser trucks, it's going to be standard here.

The big-name package is the new Limited Tungsten for $1,395, which adds even fancier rims, projector headlights, body-color handles and running boards, upgraded tires and mirrors, and “tungsten” chrome accents. If you just want the chrome bumpers, they’re also available as a package for $295.

CarsDirect Tip

The Ram 2500 can be a ranching workhorse or a luxury cruiser (or both), depending on how you pick your options. The SLT is easily the most balanced choice, here, particularly if you're liberal with the optional extras. If you're planning to spend a lot of time in the mud, the Power Wagon is worth the upgrade – it hasn't met a piece of trail it can't handle.

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The pickup truck realm has gotten weird lately, as the big three – Ford, Chevy and RAM – all offer very broad ranges that go from stripped-down work trucks to fully-loaded luxury pickups. The 2018 RAM 2500 is no exception to this trend. But unlike its competitors, the RAM 2500 doesn’t hide its truck-like attitude, even in the higher trims, making it an acquired taste.

Best Value

There are seven 2018 RAM 2500 trims to choose from, so picking the best overall is tough, as each one has its own personality of sorts. That said, a great starting point is the 2018 RAM 2500 SLT, as it skips over the spartan Tradesman model and adds a few expected creature comforts like cloth seats, a split-folding seat, 18-inch chrome wheels, keyless entry, and a five-inch touchscreen audio system with SiriusXM.

This trim also opens the door to more optional packages to dress up the RAM 2500, including the Luxury Group and Popular Equipment Group. The 6.4-liter HEMI V8 is a must-add feature, as you get 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque for just an extra $500.

  • Model: 2018 RAM 2500 SLT
  • Engine: 6.4-liter V8
  • Output: 410 hp / 429 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG: N/A
  • Options: 6.4-liter V8 engine ($500), Luxury Group ($695, auto-dimming exterior mirror, seven-inch multi-view driver info display, mirror-mounted turn signals and courtesy lamps, glove box light, leather-wrapped steering wheel, overhead console with garage door opener, power-folding mirrors with heat, rear dome lamp, auto-dimming rearview mirror, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, illuminated vanity mirrors)
  • Base Price: $38,390 (including a $1,645 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $39,585

Performance

RAM 2500

The RAM 2500 is very capable at all levels, as its base 5.7-liter V8 engine delivers 383 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, while its upgraded 6.4-liter V8 pushes the output to 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Topping off the range is a 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline-six that pounds the pavement with up to 370 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque that boost its towing capacity to as high as 17,000 pounds. Buyers will also have the no-cost option of a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.

The Power Wagon model adds a touch of ruggedness with its locking differentials and disconnecting front sway bar for off-road expeditions.

While it excels in power, the RAM 2500 still rides like a bouncy pickup from the 1990s. Its competitors have managed to smooth out most of this, leaving the RAM 2500 out of the picture to buyers who need a smooth ride.

Style

The RAM 2500 looks like a blown-up RAM 1500, and there's nothing at all wrong with that. The RAM truck has been one of the better looking in the segment for many years. While Ford and Chevy have caught up in terms of styling, the RAM continues with this rugged, yet oddly sexy, appearance.

Inside, the RAM 2500 shows a softer side, as its interior is mostly made up of gleaned parts from the 1500 model. So, even if you’re hard at work, getting into the RAM 2500’s cabin will remain a pleasant treat.

Speaking of that interior, once you get to the higher trim levels, the RAM 2500 quickly turns into a luxury truck that can also tote around a 17,000-pound trailer. It’s a great combination for those who can afford its lofty price tag.

The Best and Worst Things

The sheer number of powertrain and trim options ensures every type of buyer can find a RAM 2500 that suits their needs.

As a large pickup, there's almost no attention paid to safety tech. Plus, the bouncy ride feels way too old school for a 2018 truck.

Right For? Wrong For?

RAM 2500

Doing a lot of hauling? The RAM 2500 is the perfect piece of machinery. Plus, its higher trims make well-equipped daily drivers, too.

If you don’t plan to haul a large trailer regularly, the 2500’s ride is way too bouncy and truck-like for most. You may be better suited with a lighter-duty rig.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 RAM 2500 doesn’t hide its intentions very well. It's an unapologetic work truck that parades as a luxury pickup in its higher trims. If you’re not down with its truck-like behavior, you may want to step away.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 5.7L V-8 / 383 HP / 400 ft.lbs.
Available: 6.4L V-8 / 410 HP / 429 ft.lbs.6.7L I-6 / 370 HP / 800 ft.lbs.6.7L I-6 / 350 HP / 660 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Available: 6-spd auto w/OD6-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
Not Available
Passenger Capacity
3
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 5.7L V-8 / 383 HP / 400 ft.lbs.
Available: 6.4L V-8 / 410 HP / 429 ft.lbs.6.7L I-6 / 370 HP / 800 ft.lbs.6.7L I-6 / 350 HP / 660 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
Not Available
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Multi-link
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Multi-link / Rigid Axle Air Ride
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel / Steel
Fuel Tank
32.0 Gal. / 28.0 Gal. / 68.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded / Bi-fuel - Gas/cng / Diesel
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$123
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
63 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
230.4 "
Exterior Width
79.4 "
Exterior Height
76.2 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
41.0 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
66.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,940 Lbs. / 6,852 Lbs. / 6,012 Lbs. / 6,841 Lbs. / 6,941 Lbs. / 5,948 Lbs. / 5,941 Lbs. / 5,942 Lbs. / 5,945 Lbs. / 5,956 Lbs. / 6,001 Lbs.
Wheel Base
141 "
Turning Radius
22.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Styled Steel / 18.0 " Silver Styled Steel / 18.0 " Styled Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual / Dual Manual Convex Spotter / Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter / Dual Power Remote Heated / Dual Manual Heated
Bumpers
Black / Front Black With 2 Front Tow Hook(s) / Front Chrome
Grille Moldings
Black / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
3
Seat Trim
Vinyl / Cloth
Front Seat Type
40-20-40 Split-bench
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
4-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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