The Dodge Ram 2500 is a heavy duty truck with a well-deserved reputation of being a real work horse. The Dodge Ram series gets attention for its bold and somewhat aggressive styling that turns heads on the road. It also uses premium materials and includes innovative features, serving as a truck that makes a statement. America has a long history with Dodge, and this make is a perennial favorite.
In spite of being a heavy duty truck, it manages to combine efficiency with an attractive design and styling, and its designers keep a close eye on driver and passengers comfort, even for long journeys. It makes a great choice for anyone who wants something suitable for both work and play, and this iconic model deserves its good reputation.
It comes with a choice of two engines, either a 5.7-liter gasoline V-8 or a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel. With three cab styles to choose from, this truck has the perfect model for everyone. The Dodge Ram 2500 underwent a redesign in 2010, and the design remains the same for 2011.
Body Styles: full-size pickup truck
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8 gasoline, 6.7-liter Cummins diesel
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 2500 ST, Dodge Ram 2500 S LT, Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon, Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie
The Dodge Ram 2500’s design was overhauled in 2010 and this brought the popular model wide acclaim. It remains a leader in its class, and this should continue with the introduction of the new trim package, the Outdoorsman. One great new feature concerns the factory spray-in bed liner that comes on all models.
Other new standard features include an electronic brake controller for all but the most basic models, an electronic vehicle information display, and a tire pressure monitor. In addition the navigation system has been updated.
The most basic model, the Ram ST, comes with 17-inch steel wheels. The SLT has chrome exterior trim and chrome-clad wheels. Certain models can upgrade to the Big Horn package, which includes a chrome grille and fog lights. The new Outdoorsman package adds an option for the SLT and incorporates two-tone paint, a body-colored grille, polished alloy wheels, and fog lights.
The entry-level model of the Dodge Ram 2500 comes with vinyl upholstery and flooring, as well as air-conditioning, a six speaker stereo, and an electronic vehicle information display. Upgrading to the SLT adds cloth upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a universal garage door opener, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The most luxurious model, the Laramie, features dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, rear parking sensors, a nine-speaker surround sound audio system with iPod integration, Bluetooth, and a power driver’s seat with memory. The Dodge Ram 2500 earns distinction for offering the best quality interiors in its class of pickup.
Performance & Handling
This particular model uses either rear or four-wheel drive. The rear-drive model has independent front suspension and rack and pinion steering, while the four-wheel drive has a solid front axle and a recirculating-ball steering setup. Every model comes with a standard 5.7-liter, V-8 engine, and this packs a powerful punch, producing 400 lb-ft of torque.
However, for real heavy-duty use choose the 6.7-liter, turbo diesel, as it can produce 650 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed manual transmission or an incredible 800 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. Choosing the diesel model gives you an exhaust brake that provides additional stability and braking power which comes in handy when towing heavy loads. The Ram can tow 20,000 pounds with the gasoline engine and 22,000 pounds with the diesel engine.
It might not be the most efficient car on the road, but it is a heavy truck, and it can tow considerable loads without complaint.
Standard safety equipment for this model includes side curtain airbags and anti-lock disc brakes. Optional extras include power-adjustable pedals, but these come standard on the Laramie model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Ram 5.7-liter V-8: 14/20 mpg city/highway
- Quiet, comfortable ride
- Choice of engines
- High-quality interior
You Won't Like
- Towing performance not as strong as some rivals
- Awkward audio system controls
If you need a heavy duty truck you can’t go wrong with this model.
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