Dodge Ram 2500

The Dodge Ram 2500 is the three-quarter-ton version of Dodge’s full-size Ram truck. The beefy pickup officially debuted in 1994, when Dodge changed the name of its previous heavy-duty pickup truck from the Ram 250 to the Ram 2500.

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Dodge Ram 2500 Origins

Like other Rams, the Ram 2500 sports a muscular shape, prominent grille, and available four-wheel drive. Hydro-formed frames, a short- and long-arm independent front suspension with stabilizer bars, and a choice of two powerful engines help the Ram 2500 perform heavy-duty hauling and towing tasks.

Early Ram 2500s come with regular cab and Quad Cab body styles and three possible engines: a 5.2-liter V-8, 8.0-liter V-10, or 5.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel V-6. Dodge later replaced the extended Quad Cab with a Crew Cab and added a larger Mega Cab.

In 2003, Dodge replaced the standard Ram 2500 engine with a 5.7-liter, 383-horsepower Hemi V-8 and upgraded the diesel engine to a 6.7-liter Cummins that produces 350 horsepower.

As of 2012, Dodge offers the Ram 2500 in five trims: the ST, SLT, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Power Wagon.

About the Dodge Ram 2500

The Dodge Ram 2500 is best known for offering heavy-duty capabilities and a smooth ride.

When paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the Ram 2500’s 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-6 is rated at 350 horsepower and a best-in-its-class 800 lb-ft of torque. Opting for the turbodiesel allows the pickup to tow a maximum trailer weight of 15,500 pounds and haul a maximum load of 3,190 pounds.

Despite its heavyweight design, the Ram 2500 manages to offer a comfortable ride thanks to its hydraulic cab-to-frame mounts, longitudinal leaf springs, solid rear axle, and, in four-wheel drive models, a five-link coil-spring rear suspension.

Dodge Ram 2500 Features

The 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 comes in a variety of trims, cab styles, and bed lengths. Regular cab models seat up to three people, while Crew and Mega cabs seat up to six. The Mega Cab offers additional interior cargo space.

Regular cab models are available in ST and SLT trims; Crew Cabs in ST, SLT, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Power Wagon trims; and Mega Cabs in SLT, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn trims. Regular cabs are offered with a long eight-foot bed, Crew Cabs with the choice of an eight-foot or 6-foot, four-inch bed, and Mega Cabs with a 6-foot, four-inch bed.

The Ram 2500 comes with a front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive system. All 2012 Ram 2500 models come standard with a 5.7-liter, 383-horsepower V-8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can upgrade to an available 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-6 that produces 350 horsepower and either 650 lb-ft of torque (when paired with a six-speed manual transmission) or 800 lb-ft of torque (when paired with the six-speed automatic).

Features on the base-level ST regular cab include 17-inch steel wheels, a black grille, black bumpers, halogen headlamps, a locking tailgate, vinyl upholstery, vinyl flooring, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, air-conditioning, a 12-volt power outlet, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, an electronic vehicle display, a six-speaker audio system with CD player, and (in the Crew Cab only) power accessories.

Upgrading to the SLT trim adds chrome-clad wheels, chrome trim, a sliding rear window, heated power-adjustable folding mirrors, cloth upholstery, keyless entry, power accessories, and satellite radio availability. SLT extended-cab models can be outfitted with the Big Horn package (called the Lone Star package in Texas), which includes fog lights, different headlights, a chrome grille, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a universal garage opener. An Outdoorsman package upgrades SLT models with the diesel engine, polished alloy wheels, two-tone paint, a body-color grille, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, tow hooks, a limited-slip rear differential, a 115-volt power outlet, and power-adjustable seats.

The Power Wagon trim prepares the Ram 2500 for off-road tasks by adding all-terrain tires, skid plates, tow hooks, a 1,200-pound-capacity winch, a front anti-roll bar, electronically locking differentials, fog lamps, and rooftop running lights.

The top-level Laramie trim offers polished alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, heated front seats, power-adjustable seats with driver seat memory settings, power-adjustable pedals, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, and a premium nine-speaker surround sound system with MP3 playback. The Laramie Longhorn adds the Laramie’s features, plus rear parking assistance, remote start, a navigation system, ventilated front seats, and unique bumpers.

Dodge Ram 2500 Evolution

The Dodge Ram 2500 debuted in 1994 with a new name and a muscular new look. Early Ram 2500 models come with a 5.2-liter V-8, 8.0-liter V-10, or 5.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine. In 1998, a Quad Cab with a bigger backseat and rear-hinged doors joined the regular cab and Club Cab styles. Dodge eliminated the Club Cab in 2000.

Dodge revised the Ram 2500 for the 2003 model year, introducing a standard 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi. The V-10 engine was eliminated after 2003. In 2006, Dodge restyled the 2500’s interior and added a Mega Cab to the lineup. The 5.9-liter turbodiesel engine received an upgrade to a 6.7-liter version in 2007.

The Dodge Ram 2500 received another facelift in 2010. Dodge retuned the pickup’s suspension, replaced the previous generation’s Quad Cab with a Crew Cab, and offered interior conveniences such as leather upholstery and a navigation system on these models.

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