Intro: Dodge's 2010 iteration of its heavy-duty three-quarter-ton Ram 2500 and one-ton 3500 Heavy Duty features the same brawny styling, but in a taller design with a bulging hood and 8-lug wheels...These solid work horses are clearly not meant for child's play.
Available in base ST, SLT, TRX, and Laramie trims, the Ram HD offers numerous trim/cab/bed configurations, with the available choices of standard, crew, and mega cab as well as short and long beds. We tested a long-bed Laramie Crew Cab model equipped with a standard bed-liner, backup sensor system, a 9-speaker stereo with subwoofer, MP3 capability, iPod connection, and available OWL all-terrain tires.
Performance: The Base engine on the 2500 is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 sending 355 horsepower and 395 pound feet of torque through a 5-speed automatic transmission. Available on the 2500 and standard on the 3500 is a 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel straight-6 routing 350 horsepower and an impressive 650 pound feet of low-end torque through either a 6-speed manual or available 5-speed automatic. Both engines send power to the rear wheels, or available 4-wheel drive with low range.
Features: Our Laramie came with standard leather trimmed seating, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a power sliding rear window. Features like the wall-style power outlet and hidden in-floor storage compartments maximize the versatility of the Ram. The available navigation system also featured a backup camera, very useful for a truck this large.
Safety: Standard safety features include advance multi-stage frontal airbags, supplemental side airbags, and supplemental side curtain front airbags.
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 is $27,215. A 3500 starts $34,680, while a range topping 4 wheel drive Laramie 3500 starts at $50,645. The Ram is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With updated styling, ample power, heavy-duty hardware, and loaded with available comfort features, the Ram 2500 and 3500 HD are trucks fit for just about any job- on or off the work site.