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The 2018 RAM 2500 Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck Comes Ready for Everything

When it's time for the real heavy lifting, you need to make sure you have the right tool for the job. While the 2019 RAM 1500 is an exceptional pickup, even it has its limits. That's where half-ton trucks come in, like the RAM 2500, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, and the Ford F-250. Unfortunately, packing on that extra muscle for heavier hauling and tougher towing often means giving up a whole lot of comfort and convenience.

For most trucks, going from light-duty to heavy-duty means climbing into a cab that's stuck 25 years in the past. Thankfully, RAM has changed that with the new 2018 RAM 2500. You'll enjoy the extra comfort, tech, and safety of the RAM 1500 alongside the extra power of a heavy-duty truck. Although the current 2500 platform is coming up on its tenth birthday, the interior is up to date, and there's always plenty of power on tap.

Build the Perfect Tool for the Job

It's often said that the key to getting a job done well is having the right tools for it. That's something RAM really understands, which is why the RAM 2500 comes in such a huge range of configurations. Seven trim-levels are offered, each with its own range of options. You can go anywhere from the no-frills, just thrills Tradesman work truck up to the RAM 2500 Limited luxury truck. Along the way are the SLT, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Power Wagon. Each has its niche, and each can be further tuned to meet your needs head on.

You can equip your RAM 2500 with a two-door standard cab and a long bed for pure utility, a four-door crew cab with a six-foot standard or eight-foot long bed for a little more comfort, or a roomy Mega Cab with six-foot bed. Whether you haul more cargo than crew or the other way around, you can suit the RAM 2500 to meet your needs.

Choose your Engine

The RAM 2500 keeps it short, strong, and sweet with three potent engine options. All three engines are time-honored and have solid records for reliability and power, so you won't be hit with any surprises here. As a true heavy-duty pickup, the RAM comes only with heavy duty engines. No upcharges necessary to get the right powerplant for the task at hand. Here's the team for 2018:

• 383 Horsepower 5.7-Liter HEMI® V8 Gasoline Engine with 400 Pound-Feet of Torque• 410 Horsepower 6.4-Liter HEMI® V8 Gasoline Engine with 429 Pound-Feet of Torque• 370 Horsepower 6.7-Liter Cummins® I6 Diesel Engine with 800 Pound-Feet of Torque

The base 5.7-liter HEMI offers plenty of power for most heavy-duty tasks, and it does it without eating up your profits at the pump. If you want best-in-class gas-powered horsepower, you'll want to step up to 6.4-liter HEMI, which will bump up your payload and tow capacities by a good margin.

Possibly the most legendary of the lineup is the Cummins turbo-diesel I6. Of course, diesel means more torque which means more towing, but where the Cummins really shines is its incredible longevity. The Cummins I6 in the RAM 2500 enjoys a long service interval of 15,000 miles between oil changes, and these tough motors keep on truckin' for hundreds and hundreds of thousands of miles. It goes way beyond the long haul.

How Powerful is the RAM 2500?

The whole point of going with a heavy-duty pickup is for the power, and the RAM 2500 doesn't disappoint. All drivetrains offer you plenty of power to take on nearly any job. The numbers speak for themselves:

  • 5.7L HEMI V8 - Tows up to 13,890 pounds and has a payload rating of 3,060 pounds.
  • 6.4L HEMI V8 - Tows up to 16,320 pounds and has a payload rating of 3,990 pounds.
  • 6.7L Cummins I6 - Tows up to 17,980 pounds and has a payload rating of 3,160 pounds.

So, if you need to carry a Dodge Charger in the bed or tow three additional RAM 2500 pickup trucks behind you, the RAM 2500 has the power you need.

Smooth Operator

The RAM 2500 is a favorite for long-distance haulers thanks to its Class-Exclusive five-link coil rear suspension and Class-Exclusive Auto-Level air suspension--as well as its roomy cab options. It's a big, powerful truck, but that doesn't mean it has to feel like you're rolling across train tracks in a shopping cart--the RAM 2500 is all comfort on the highway.

Is the RAM 2500 a Good Buy?

Whether as a ranch hand, a long-distance RV hauler, a trailer-runner, an off-roader, or a family vehicle, the RAM 2500 gets it right. It's comfortable, long-lasting, powerful, and well-equipped, and the price is right, so it's a solid choice for most heavy-duty lifestyles. If you don't need as much power but you love the RAM look and feel, the RAM 1500 is what you're looking for. For those who need to haul even more weight, step up to the RAM 3500. For everything else, the RAM 2500 does an incredible job and should be a go-to choice.

Really the only reason you may not want to go with the RAM 2500 this year is if you're holding out for the upcoming 2019/2020 RAM 2500. It's rumored to come on a new platform with new engines, transmissions, tech, and options. However, there's always something to be said for going with a tried-and-true platform.

All-in-all, when you need a tough heavy-duty truck that never shies away from a hard day's work, climb into the cab of a RAM 2500.

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