2018 Ram 2500 Review & Compare | Riverdale, UT

Ram 2500 Reviews Riverdale UT 

Minor updates to the 2018 Ram 2500 hint at big changes for the coming Model Year

The Ram heavy-duty truck was first released back in the early 1980's--though, with a very different look and a very different name than it bears today. Back before the mid-2000s, Ram heavy-duty trucks like the 2500/250 were still nestled under the Dodge brand name, and they were built just like any other truck back in the day: long, straight, boxy, with zero frills, bells, or whistles to be found. If you had floor mats, that was considered the epitome of truck luxury.

1994 introduced the small nomenclature change from the "Ram 250" to the "Ram 2500"--maybe as a subtle way to support the brand's new claim as "largest full-size truck". In 2009, Dodge and Ram parted ways, but stayed friends, each growing into their own respective brands. 

2009 is also about the last time that the Ram 2500 saw its last major model redesign. With almost a full decade of tweaking, priming, and tuning under its belt, the current-gen 2018 Ram 2500 is due for a good remodeling--but, it still holds its own in a class of heavy-hitters.


Dozens of configurations

The Ram brand is known for offering an extensive selection of options across its comparatively small lineup of trucks: with just a handful of pickups offered in the Ram line, there are still over 200 possible configurations to choose from.

Ram 2500 Cab Options and Differences:

  • Regular: standard 2-door pickup truck looks; the least cabin space but the cheapest price
  • Crew: four-door truck cab; a good amount of interior space, but the most versatile cab/bed combos
  • Mega: full-size four-door cab; the shortest bed, the biggest price tag, but the most spacious cabin

Bed options and Lengths:

  • Short bed: 6'4" length, available on Crew Cab and Mega Cab
  • Regular bed: 8'0" length, available on Regular Cab and Crew Cab

On top of cab, bed, and trim options, truck shoppers also get a wild array of colors to sort through. The current paint selection includes Brilliant Black, Bright White, Delmonico Red, RV Match Walnut Brown, Flame Red, Black Forest Green, True Blue, Granite Crystal, Blue Streak, Case IH Red, Maximum Steel, Granite Crystal, Bright Silver, and New Holland Blue--and that's just a few. Ask your local dealer about the dozens of additional "Low-Volume Colors" you can choose from.

Ram 2500 Trim options

The 2018 Ram 2500 is available in seven trim levels currently--Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Power Wagon, and Limited--but it's not uncommon for Ram to introduce one-off, limited-edition, or local-exclusive trim levels for its heavy-duty trucks.

Base models, like the Tradesman and SLT, come well-equipped for the price, but they're really built more for work than for long-commuting comforts. It's the original Truck Vibe. Upper trims, though, swap out spartan interior features for a massive center console, leather upholstery, fold-out cupholders for the rear passengers, Uconnect® 4C NAV System with 8.4-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and more.


Ram 2500 Engine options

A heavy-duty truck needs heavy-duty engines--and trucks in the segment are constantly trying to overthrow their rivals in who has the biggest, smartest, and most powerful engine. For 2018, the Ram 2500 makes a strong case for itself.

The standard 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine makes 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, and is one of the more popular options. Its relatively small (for an HD truck) size makes it a better option for truck drivers who are more often driving unencumbered on the highway; plenty of power, but impressive fuel economy to help you save a little on gas every month. The mid-range option, a 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine, makes 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. It's larger, heavier, and less efficient, but it holds up to what you'd expect from a true 3/4-ton pickup--though that designation doesn't mean much these days.

At the top of the line sits a 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel Six-Cylinder engine. 370 horsepower and a whopping 800 pound-feet of torque make this far and beyond the most powerful powertrain for the 2018 Ram 2500, and while it's not made for your average daily commute, it's the only option for heavy-duty buyers who will be hauling and towing on a frequent basis.

If you buy a Ram 2500 with a Turbo Diesel with the full knowledge that you won't tow a day in your life... well, all power to you.

Tow and payload ratings for the Ram 2500

Time to get to the good stuff: what kind of work can you expect from the new Ram 2500.

The 5.7L V8 engine on properly equipped configurations is rated to tow up to 13,890 pounds, and can safely carry up to 3,060 pounds of payload. The 6.4L V8 engine on properly equipped configurations is rated to tow up to 16,320 pounds, and can safely carry up to 3,990 pounds of payload--this option currently holds the crown for best-in-class towing for a gasoline truck. The legendary 6.7L Turbo Diesel engine on properly equipped configurations is rated to tow up to 17,980 pounds, and can safely carry up to 3,160 pounds of payload.

Towing/payload ratings can differ widely based on cab/bed configuration, drivetrain, and other factors. Consult your user manual, Ram's Towing Guide, or your local Ram dealer for more information before you start towing with your truck.

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The rebirth of Ram's ultimate everyday HD truck

The Ram 2500 will be returning for an all-new generation sometime in 2019. Keep your eyes peeled for more information--it's sure to be a doozy.


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