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2002 Dodge Ram 2500 Review

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The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 is a three-quarter ton passenger van powered by a base 3.9-liter, V-6 engine, but you can also get the optional 5.2-liter, V-8 engine for more towing power. It comes standard with rear-wheel anti-locking brake system (ABS), four-speed automatic transmission, and power steering. It can seat up to 12 people with its second, third, and optional fourth-row bench seats. Daimler-Chrysler named the Wagon after its successful Ram pickup truck line.

The Range

Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 5.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Wagon 2500

What's New

The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 did not make any changes during this model year.


The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500’s standard features include 15-inch steel wheels, remote keyless entry, manual windows, manual locks, manual windows, variable intermittent windshield wipers, tow hitch, split swing-out rear door with fixed window, tinted windows, halogen headlights, and an argent-trimmed grille. Chrome wheels and a manually-sliding side door are optional. An optional Power Convenience Package is available that includes power windows, power locks, and illuminated entry.

The 1997 Dodge Ram Wagon received tweaks and upgrades over the years but has kept its same basic shape and appearance. It has the classic smooth exterior begins with the large silver argent front grille and square headlights and turn lights. The short hood and slants upward at a sharp angle to the windshield, and the flat roof and smooth sides enable consumers to custom paint the exterior. The only interruptions to the smooth line of the sides are the large side mirrors and awkward door handles. The rear barn doors open wide to allow easy access to the spacious storage area. The optional sliding door operates smoothly once drivers get it going, but pulling and pushing it into motion requires some effort.


The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500’s standard features include cloth upholstery with vinyl trim, bucket front seats, air-conditioning, tilting steering wheel, second and third-row bench seats, a six-speaker in-dash CD stereo, and power steering. The base model can be installed with an optional rear bench seat. Consumers can also get the optional cruise control and rear air-conditioning, and dual illuminated vanity mirrors. Also optional are the rear video player system, rear air-conditioning, and fourth and fifth-row bench seats.

The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 gets a simple dashboard that's neat and utilitarian with a lot of plastics. The controls are well-marked and easy to read. The gauges have a black background with white printing and are easy see and read. The cloth and vinyl upholstery used in the interior is of average quality, and the overall construction of the interior is good.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 is powered by a 3.9-liter, overhead valve (OHV) engine that makes 175 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque or the optional 5.2-liter, OHV, V-8 engine that can generate 225 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 is mated with a three-speed automatic transmission, and the V-8 is mated with a four-speed manual transmission. Both powertrains get rear drive and rack and pinion steering. The front-independent suspension system consists of front independent coil and rear multi-leaf suspensions.

The 2002 Ram Wagon 2500 may be a full-size van, but it rides more like a truck, and the V-6 barely produces enough power. The V-8 engine feels sluggish when passing and merging in highway traffic, but it produces plenty of torque for hauling a full load. Even though it's a passenger van, the towing capacity of the V-6 is 7450 pounds and V-8 engine is 7650 pounds. The body shakes over rough roads and jiggles on undulating roads. The 127.2-inch wheelbase and 46.2-inch turning circle make maneuvering and parking difficult, and the small rear windows limit rear visibility.


The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 is equipped with rear wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), next-generation dual front airbags, front seat belt pretensioners, and ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes. Side airbags are not available, but the optional anti-theft alarm system is offered. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave five stars for side-impact protection from the front and rear, four stars for frontal-impact protection for the front and rear, and three stars for rollover protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 Base: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Cargo room
  • Passenger capacity
  • Neat interior

You Won't Like

  • Dated styling and design
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Uncomfortable seating
  • Poor handling and steering
  • Poor acceleration

Sum Up

In need of an update.

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