2018 Ram 2500HD
How Much Power Does the 2500HD Offer?
The Ram 2500HD can tow up to 31,000 pounds when properly configured, three times as much as the 1500. And its payload capacity, at almost 8,000 pounds, is almost four times as much as the weaker 1500.
Of course, there’s a tradeoff. The Ram 2500HD is slower to accelerate and isn’t as maneuverable, smooth, or quiet as the 1500. (Surprisingly though, the Ram 2500HD breaks far better than equivalent Ford, Nissan, Chevrolet, or GMC pickup trucks. It even breaks better than the Ram 1500!) Still, other characteristics aren’t nearly as important in a truck this size as raw physical force. When you have a tough job that demands a tough truck, the Ram 2500HD pulls through.
What’s Under the Hood of the Ram 2500HD?
Pop the hood and you’ll find a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. It produces 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. There’s another engine option, a conventional gas guzzler: the 410-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that makes 429 lb-ft of torque. It’s got more than enough power to barrel down the highway, cruise around town, or hit the construction site. And if you want to go off-roading, you’ll find a capable all-terrain warrior in the Ram 2500HD too. Take note, if you want to regularly leave the concrete jungle, you’ll want to spring for the Off-Road package for four-wheel-drive versions of the Crew Cab and Mega Cab.
Which Ram 2500 Should Is Best?
You can soup it up or strip it down as you see fit. There are more trim levels than we can go into: seven all told. It all starts with the bare bones Tradesman that comes standard with Class V hitch receiver, four- and seven-pin trailer harness, automatic headlights, a 3.5-inch cluster display, vinyl upholstery and floor covering, auto-dimming rearview camera, 3.0 radio system, and full-size spare tire. The trim levels top off with the Limited Tungsten edition that offers premium natura leather, full-length floor console, heated second-row seats, suede headliner, power-folding Platinum mirrors, bodyside moldings, body color R-A-M tailgate lettering, unique Ram grille, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Goldilocks had it right. We recommend something in the middle-tier range, like the popular Laramie trim. It boasts dual-zone climate control, 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, and front and rear parking sensors.