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3 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Reviews to Read Before Buying

If you are looking to buy a new Ram 2500, then it’s a good idea to read some reviews ahead of time. Other drivers have done the legwork for you and can give you a good idea of what you’ll be in for. Here are some pros and cons of different editions of the Ram 2500 pulled from around the internet.

MotorTrend: 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

The 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon has a 410 hp, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 with a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, and a Warn winch that can pull 12,000 lbs. It can haul up to 1,466 lbs, or tow 9,910 lbs. The Power Wagon offers exceptional visibility and a very responsive powertrain. This makes it a good choice for hauling, towing and commuting alike.

Maintenance on the Power Wagon is fairly inexpensive. You’re looking at about $250 for oil/filter changes, tire rotations, and an air filter change over an average duty cycle. 

On the other hand, fuel costs can get high. All Power Wagon models come with V-8 engines, and may not average more than 11 mpg. That means that you may end up spending over $6,000 per year on fuel costs alone.

The Ram 2500 Power Wagon comes with a base price of $53,690. 

Automobile: 2019 Ram 2500 Heavy-Duty Limited

Ram claims that its 2019 Ram 2500 HD model has more leather and wood than any other truck on the market. The Limited edition has leather everywhere: on the seats, console, dash, door panels, and gear selector. Open-pore wood trim adds a nice touch to the interior.

Speaking of trim, Ram put forth a lot of effort to differentiate the trim levels. The Limited model has different interior accents, grillwork, and fabric choices than its counterparts like the Tradesman or Big Horn.

Ram gives buyers the option of three different touchscreen sizes. The largest of these is a 12.0-inch-tall touchscreen that allows for two standard-size views to show at the same time. It also can display a giant map in full-screen mode.

The 2500 HD Ram models top out at 850 lb-ft of torque in standard trim, and 1,000 lb-ft for higher-end versions. Ram has done extensive work on its Cummins turbo-diesel engine. The result is a powerful heavy-duty truck that almost rivals Peterbilt semis in generating torque.

Perhaps the one noticeable drawback in the truck’s design is the column shifter. It is rigid, awkward-looking, and appears as though it were made from bar-stock steel.

With all the options included, the highest-end 2500 HD model would cost you around $85,000

MotorTrend: 2019 Ram 2500 Tradesman

The 2019 Ram 2500 Tradesman is the entry-level model for Ram’s heavy-duty 2500 series. One of the best things about the 2019 Tradesman is its updated gearing. Its gearing is different from the 2017 model with a six-speed transmission. Instead, the newer version is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission that makes for a smoother all-around ride. This makes the Tradesman feel significantly more “sporty” to handle, even as it hauls a ton of material on its bed. 

While the Tradesman doesn’t have the torque that the higher-end models do, it is still an excellent low-dollar option for hauling most things. With no options or add-ons at all, the Tradesman would cost you about $35,000.

There are several options within the Ram 2500 family of trucks, depending on your specific needs. Whether it’s handling fairly light-duty hauling or going all out with torque and technology, rest assured that there’s a Ram 2500 model that will match what you’re looking for.