2006 Dodge Ram 2500

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2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Review

The toughest, most powerful truck in its class.

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Overview

The 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 is a large, tough truck designed to provide a lot of power, haul large payloads, and get the job done. All of the options available on the 1500 are also available in the 2500, including the new Mega Cab. The Mega Cab is a larger crew cab that provides enough room to haul four or five adults in comfort, making it a favorite among families and workers alike. It also offers the largest cargo space of any pickup on the market, with enough storage room to keep all tools safe in the cab – perfect for contractors, ranchers, farmers, and other working types. It is capable of doing a lot of work and hauling large loads: a 2500 with a 5.9-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel can tow up to 13,700 pounds. In addition to power, it delivers versatility as well. The Laramie offers a high level of luxury including leather seats, a navigation system, and a rear-seat DVD-player. The Power Wagon model is designed for off-road use. The Power Wagon’s features include 33-inch tires, a suspension tuned for off-road use, and a winch capable of pulling up to 12,000 pounds. This may be the best work truck on the market today!

The Range

Body Styles: quad, crew cab pickup
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8, 5.9-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram 2500 ST, Dodge Ram 2500 SLT, Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie

What's New

The 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab is the largest crew cab offered in the Ram lineup, with twenty more inches of room than any other cab. Other interior upgrades include a new dash, a new center console, and a new radio. Mega Cab models also feature reclining passenger seats. Front-end styling has been changed a little to make it more stylish.

Exterior

One of the best qualities about the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 is the stylish body with the distinctive front-end. These workhorses actually look better than a lot of cars out there. The new grill is a particularly attractive touch. Beds are a bit shorter this year because Dodge has added so much room to the cab, which will not sit favorably for some drivers.

Interior

The 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 really stands out in the interior. It not only has more room, but the effort to increase passenger comfort is immediately evident. Passengers will appreciate new features such as Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, a power seat for the driver, reclining rear seats, and a new sound system. Even basic work models feature a slightly higher level of comfort than expected in a truck. One feature that a lot of people will like is the adjustable pedals, which allow shorter individuals to sit comfortably behind the wheel.

Performance & Handling

Even though it weighs a ton, the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 performs like a half-ton truck. Its steering responds quickly and it is actually very comfortable to drive. The Cummins turbo diesel provides a surprising amount of power, including an incredible 610 lb-ft of torque. Both the turbo diesel and the V-8 are more powerful than comparable Ford and Chevy offerings. Hydroforming technology makes the body more rugged, improves the ride and handling, and increases the payload capacity, according to Dodge.

Safety

Standard safety features include anti-lock braking and electronic brake force distribution. Side-curtain airbags are available as an option all models. Laramie can be packed with optional safety features including a remote anti-theft system and an engine immobilizer.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 2500: N/A

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine options, especially the Cummins turbo diesel
  • Smooth ride
  • Comfortable interior
  • Lots of extra room in the Mega Cab
  • Adjustable pedals so shorter people can drive it comfortably

You Won't Like

  • Lousy fuel economy
  • Lack of space in the back of the Quad cab
  • Smaller bed

Sum Up

The toughest, most powerful truck in its class.

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