January 12, 2022
The 2500 Ram is Ram’s entry into the heavy-duty pickup truck segment. No other heavy-duty truck delivers the Rams’ combination of ride refinement and upscale interior features. Whether it’s the diverse trim levels and body styles or the multiple powertrains that range from a 410-hp Hemi V-8 to a Cummins diesel engine with up to 1075 pound-feet of torque, there’s a model to fit most every budget and job description. With today’s trucks being both high-tech and hard-working, the 2022 Ram 2500 also offers a plethora of popular infotainment features and useful assists that help the driver tow a trailer and maneuver these massive machines in possibly unnerving situations like heavy traffic and tight spaces.
Ram offers the 2500 with a choice of two engines: a gas V-8 or a diesel inline-six. The naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V-8 develops 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Opting for the diesel costs nearly $9,500, however, many think the 6.7-liter turbocharged inline-six is worth it. The optional engine produces 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque, which has proven to be well beyond adequate for hauling and towing. Ram offers two transmission options for diesel models. An eight-speed automatic is standard, and a six-speed auto is available as a no-cost option. Every 2500 has standard RWD and available 4WD. Power Wagon models are only offered with full-time 4WD.
With the high-output Cummins the popular 2500 4×4 Crew Cab model offers a max payload of 2380 pounds and max trailer-weight rating of 19,010 pounds. With the 370-hp version of the Cummins, the 2500 4×4 Crew Cab can haul 3240 pounds and pull 16,870. With the standard V-8, the truck can also handle 3240 pounds, and tow 14,370, which is more than enough for most jobs and weekend expeditions.
The Ram’s extensive number of trim levels and cab styles mean its interior materials, passenger space, and number of in-cabin tech features can vary widely in terms of quantity and quality. A single cab, a spacious four-door Crew Cab, and the massive Mega Cab are available. The Ram has the best interior in the segment with luxury-car-level detailing, extreme comfort, and a clean, modern design. The cabin’s design also features functional controls and a ton of interior cubby storage. Every Ram HD also comes with standard acoustic glass and active noise cancellation tied into the audio system.
Regular cab versions of the Ram 2500 seat two or three passengers, while crew cab and mega cab variants seat five or six occupants. There’s 40.9 inches of legroom in the front row across the entire model range. Crew cab variants of the 2500 have 40.2 inches of legroom in the second row, and that space grows to 43.1 inches in the mega cab. The 6-foot-4-inch bed has 57.5 cubic feet of cargo volume, and the larger 8-foot bed has 74.7 cubes.
Ram packs its heavy-duty trucks with in-cabin tech, including the latest in infotainment, which rivals some big-buck luxury sedans and SUVs. The Ram’s system is intuitive, with simple menus and prompts. It also responds quickly to user inputs, and its 8.0-inch touchscreen is large and well placed. Ram also offers a giant 12.0-inch reconfigurable touchscreen, which is the largest in the class and gives the truck’s interior a high-tech look and feel. The system also features navigation, a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Six speakers are standard, and upgrading to higher trims bumps that number up to 10. For your devices, the truck’s interior features five USB ports and up to three 115-volt outlets, which can handle up to 400 watts to run or charge tools quickly. Other available tech includes a 360-degree camera system, a 220-amp alternator, and a 360-degree towing camera view.
Ram offers the 2500 with a number of driver assist technologies. The optional Safety Group is available across the entire model range, and it includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beams.
Key safety features include:
Ram provides it two heavy-duty models with a competitive limited warranty. While both its powertrain coverages span five years, gas-fed engines get 60,000 miles of protection while the diesels offer 100,000 miles.
Not only is the Ram 2500 immensely capable, but it offers unparalleled levels of luxury, too. Ride quality is a strong suit and the comfortable interior makes the 2500 a great companion for road trips. Some say the Ram 2500 is the best heavy-duty truck in its segment. See for yourself.
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