2018 Ram 2500 Review, Denver CO
2018 Ram 2500 Review, Denver CO

Minor Updates Hold Us Over Until a Bigger Change

The Ram 2500 is one of the top heavy-duty trucks that you can find, taking on the jobs that the light-duty Ram 1500 can't handle. Trucks are moving away from the "only for work" mentality, but it is a slow move that has only really encompassed the light-duty segment so far, unless you are looking at the Ram lineup. Ram includes some of their top features into the heavy-duty trucks so that every driver can stay comfortable while accomplishing big things.

Staying at the top of the class when you haven't seen a redesign for almost ten years might seem difficult, but the Ram 2500 does it with grace. It continues to compete in terms of power, capability, and features, even beating out some trucks that have seen major updates and redesigns. This doesn't mean that this powerhouse is too stubborn to change - there is actually a planned redesign in the near future - but instead goes to show that redesigns and updates don't define a vehicle.

Uniquely Yours with Many Options

Ram has made sure that you can have the exact truck that want by allowing you to choose from many different trims, cab and bed sizes, and colors.

The 2018 Ram 2500 has less trims than some other model years with a modest seven options: Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Power Wagon, and 2500 Limited. Each of these comes equipped with their own variety of options that allows you to put in the features that you deem worthy of your chariot.

Your next important choice comes with cab size and bed length. Choosing the Regular Cab with two doors pairs you with an eight-foot bed, the Crew Cab comes with four doors and allows you to choose between a six-foot-four bed or an eight-foot bed, and the Mega Cab with four full-size doors rather than two half doors is only available with the six-foot-four bed. No matter the combination you are going to choose, you will be getting behind the wheel of a truck that is more than capable enough for any job you need to do.

The color options for the Ram 2500 are more numerous than the trim and cab options put together. Your truck can come in RV Match Walnut Brown, Brilliant Black, Bright White, Delmonico Red, Flame Red, Black Forest Green, Maximum Steel, Granite Crystal, Bright Silver, True Blue, Granite Crystal, Blue Streak, Case IH Red, or New Holland Blue, but that isn't where the options end. There are about twenty "Low Volume Colors" for special orders that range from bright yellows and oranges to robin egg blue and different shades of green.

Heavy-Duty Power for a Heavy-Duty Truck

There is only one answer when it comes to doing the jobs that these trucks are designated for: power. Ram has always been among the leaders for how much horsepower and torque is produced and that remains unchanged. Other manufacturers are putting more of a focus on their light-duty trucks to make them lighter, more powerful, and more driver-friendly for hobbyists, but Ram has kept its sights on the wide base of customers, making sure their heavy-duty options are getting the attention they deserve. 

The engine options for the Ram 2500 include a 5.7-Liter HEMI® V8, 6.4-Liter HEMI® V8, and a 6.7-Liter Cummins® Turbo Diesel Six-Cylinder.

The 5.7-liter V8 gives you the balance of performance and better - though not great - fuel economy for everyday driving and performance. Upgrading to the 6.4-liter V8 offers 410 horsepower, giving it the best-in-class rating for gas-powered trucks in this segment. This is achieved by having two spark plugs in each cylinder for more power and torque. At the top is the diesel engine that will give you a best-in-class distance between oil changes - 15,000 miles - to complement your 800 pound-feet of torque.

Towing and Payload Ratings

While these engines are pushing out what seems like the maximum amount of power, there will be a new one to oust the leader soon. Manufacturers take pride in holding the best-in-class ratings for towing and payload, pushing each brand to come up with something that is bigger and better than ever before. The Ram 2500 continues to be listed at the top of this list, and the engines are a big reason why.

Towing and Payload Ratings Per Engine:               

  • 5.7-Liter V8: 13,890 pounds and 3,060 pounds
  • 6.4-Liter V8: 16,320 pounds and 3,990 pounds
  • 6.7-Liter Turbo Diesel: 17,980 pounds and 3,160 pounds

A Glimpse into the Future

Even though Ram isn't giving out details sparingly, it is likely that the new generation of Ram 2500 HD and Ram 3500 HD trucks will be coming out for the 2020 model year in early 2019. It might come earlier to keep the lineup as 2019 model years, but that might just be hopeful optimism on our end.

With competition high, we can't really speculate what the engines, horsepower and torque ratings, transmissions, or other features are going to look like, but Ram hasn't disappointed us yet, and we don't expect them to.

As for the 2018 Ram 2500, it continues to be a truck that you can rely on in just about any situation ranging from DIY projects to construction, making it the perfect addition to just about any driveway.

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