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1997 Dodge Ram 2500

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1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Review

One of the most well respected vehicles on the market.

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The 1997 Dodge Ram pickup trucks are divided based on the standard engine size. The Ram 2500 is the mid-range truck in terms of power with a higher output engine than the Ram 1500 and a lower output engine than the Ram 3500. The 2500 is a heavy duty pickup truck that should be capable of handling the needs of virtually any pickup driver. Meanwhile, only the most weight intensive cargos require the more powerful 3500.

The 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 is designed to be a rugged pickup for the professional man or woman. It does not have much in the way of amenities. The ride is fairly smooth, and the interior is well built and relatively comfortable, but mechanical capability is what draws drivers to the Ram. All the extra features and options are potential benefits, but at the end of the day, it's meant to be used and abused without worrying about it breaking down.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 5.9-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 2500 LT, Dodge Ram 2500 ST, Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT

What's New

The 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 receives no major changes to design or performance. Additional color options are available for the interior and exterior, and the Laramie SLT receives additional interior options, such as leather seating and keyless entry.


The 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 is available with either a regular or extended cab for both models. The regular cab and extended cap versions are both 224 inches long. As a result, the truck bed is smaller in the extended cab version. The exterior uses sheet metal, which can set it apart from other pickup trucks. Dual rear wheels are standard equipment, and optional equipment include a bed liner, camper towing package, two-tone paint, and fog lights.


The 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 is a very utilitarian vehicle. It has virtually nothing in the way of standard amenities. The LT has an AM/FM radio, but that is essentially it in terms of comfort features, and the Laramie SLT adds such standard features as power windows, power locks, and a cassette player. In addition, optional features can be added such as keyless entry, leather seating, air-conditioning, and cruise control. The extended cab is spacious, but the rear seat leg room is very compressed, especially for a full-size adult.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 has good performance overall. The 5.9-liter eight-cylinder engine gives it good acceleration, especially for a vehicle this size. Turning is so tight that it feels like a much smaller vehicle. With a full payload, performance is reduced a bit, but this is a common issue with any pickup truck. Overall, the 3500 is one of the better performing pickups available, especially when loaded down.


The 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 has a driver’s side airbag and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on all models. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are available as optional equipment.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 2500: 11/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • High performance
  • Good handling
  • Four-wheel drive

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cannot haul as much weight as the Ram 3500

Sum Up

One of the most well respected vehicles on the market.

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