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Ram's heavy-duty 2500 truck does big-rig styling right

Ram has always been known for its rugged "big rig" styling--and the heavy-duty trucks are never left out of the fun. While the Ram 2500 (originally the Dodge RAM 250 a long while back) isn't the most dramatic truck on the road, it gets an exterior attitude that's big, bold, and pretty handsome. Most HD pickup trucks don't get much thought put into their design, much less their interior, so it's always refreshing to see what Ram is cooking up next.

And, since the Ram 2500 in its current form hasn't seen any major changes in about a decade, we can assuming that Ram is cooking up a feast for the eyes.

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A next-gen 2500

There are little to no details circulating about the upcoming all-new Ram 2500 generation--it's even unclear at this point whether it'll be released as a 2019 model, or skip a '19 MY entirely and come out as a new 2020 Ram 2500 truck. Fans won't know about engines and specs, tow information, cabin décor, grille shape and size, or trim levels and configurations until Ram is good and ready to share.

However, it is fair to say that the new 2019 Ram 1500 that came out a few months ago has set a significant precedent for the future of the rest of the Ram truck lineup. The 1500 threw down a gauntlet that I can only hope the 2500 is ready to match--a leaner, meaner look; more aerodynamic styling and engineering; better fuel efficiency; more features; and a new, luxury cabin. If Ram delivers on that level for the 2500, it'll be hard for any other heavy-duty truck in the segment to keep up.

For now, though--even without the updates for a new generation--the Ram 2500 remains a solid competitor.

Engines and powertrains

A heavy-duty truck isn't worth much without it's heavy-duty engine options--and the 2018 Ram 2500 shows up in force, with a choice of three powerful and functional engines:

  • 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine good for 400 pound-feet of torque
  • 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine good for 429 pound-feet of torque
  • 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel Six-Cylinder engine good for 800 pound-feet of torque

With best-in-class brags for these engines--like best gas horsepower for a 6.4L V8 and best oil change interval for a diesel engine--and features like a class-exclusive Smart Diesel Exhaust Brake, Ram isn't playing around when it comes to powertrains that were really built to work.

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2018 RAM 2500 Specs

Let's get into the numbers.

While Ram is head and shoulders above other HD trucks in its class in terms of design and features, it's hard to find a clear winner in the segment when it comes to towing and payload specs. Best in class is hotly contested, and no single truck seems to hang onto its boast for long. Here's where the current-gen Ram 2500 stands:

When equipped with the lightest 5.7L engine, towing maxes out at 13,890 pounds, with the ability to haul up to 3,060 pounds of payload. Upgrade to the 6.4L engine for a tow rating of 16,320 pounds (the current class leader) and a payload rating of 3,990 pounds. Or, opt for the mega 6.7L diesel engine for a maximum payload rating of 3,160 pounds, and the ability to tow almost 18,000 pounds.

Keep in mind that these tow and payload ratings are based on specific configurations--ratings can vary based on cab/bed style and drivetrain, so always consult Ram's Towing Guide, or your local Ram dealer, before you make any final decisions.

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Ram 2500 Configurations

When considering color, trim, cab, and bed style combinations, there are a few hundred possible ways to configure your new Ram 2500 Heavy-Duty truck. Color options include a huge range of rare, "Low Volume Colors" like a mustard yellow and a robin's egg blue, while the core lineup of Ram HD exterior colors offers eye-catching options like Bright White, Delmonico Red, Flame Red, Black Forest Green, Maximum Steel, RV Match Walnut Brown, Bright Silver, True Blue, Granite Crystal, Blue Streak, Case IH Red, Brilliant Black, Granite Crystal, and New Holland Blue.

The Ram 2500 has slightly fewer trim-level options than its smaller, light-duty sibling, but it's still packed with trim varieties: Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Power Wagon, and Limited. From the stoic and minimalistic Tradesman to the luxury-loaded Limited, there really is a lifestyle fit for every driver who needs a heavy-duty truck that can do a job, and do it right.

You can opt for a two-door Regular Cab with a long (8' 0") bed, which is the classic look and low-cost design that most HD truck drivers are used to; a four-door Crew Cab with choice of a regular (6' 4") or long bed, perfect for drivers who are looking for versatility and some extra elbow room inside of the truck; or Ram's legendary Mega Cab with a long bed.