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Overview (Final Score: C-)
Here’s an interesting fact: About a quarter of full-size pickup sales are made up of heavy-duty models. This is somewhat surprising as heavy-duty trucks aren’t really built to handle the daily grind. They are built with pulling construction equipment or hauling stones from a quarry as examples. But more and more buyers are turning to pickups as their daily drivers because it offers them the capability they want in a vehicle.
Truck manufacturers are aware of this and have been adding more convenience and luxury features to help draw possible buyers to their showrooms. A key example is the Ram 2500. This old school heavy-duty truck has been getting various changes to try and make it more appealing to buyers who need something to haul a big trailer.
What We Love About the 2017 Ram 2500:
- Laramie Longhorn trim is quite luxurious
- High towing number when equipped with the Cummins diesel
- Spacious back seat
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Ram 2500:
- UConnect is beginning to show its age
- Ride is a bit bouncy when the bed isn’t loaded
- Cummins diesel isn’t as quick as some competitors
Pricing and Value (8/10)
The Ram 2500 lineup begins at $32,145 for the base Tradesman regular cab with 2-wheel drive and climbs to $62,775 for the Limited Mega Cab with 4-wheel drive. Our Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn crew cab tester started at $57,575 and came to a final price of $73,310. This includes the Cummins diesel, Ram Box storage, Keyless entry and start, and a number of other options.
For most buyers, we recommend either the Big Horn or Laramie trims as they’ll get you the equipment you want along with an extensive options list to deck it out to your heart’s content. If you aren’t planning to tow a heavy trailer, stick with either 5.7 or 6.4 V8s which will deliver better performance around town.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (49/70, 70%)
The recently redesigned Ford F-250 currently sits on top of the heavy-duty truck pile, thanks in part to the model offering a load of active safety equipment and a high-quality interior. It doesn’t trail too far behind the Ram 2500 in maximum towing – 15,000 lbs when properly equipped with the PowerStroke Diesel V8.
GM’s heavy-duty trucks recently underwent a refresh which included a heavily reworked Duramax V8 turbodiesel. The updated engine makes theand the fastest trucks in the class. We also think they provide the best ride quality in the class.
Heavy-duty pickups have graduated from being a special purpose model used for certain situations to being an all-purpose model. Ford and GM have made this transition, while Ram has only made it part way. The interior is quite comfortable for passengers and the control layout is simple. Plus the large range of trims on offer gives Ram an edge over the competition. But it’s clear that the Ram 2500 is showing its age. It’s optional Cummins diesel cannot compare to the competition in terms of outright performance, and the ride quality needs a bit of work.
The 2017 Ram 2500 is a good truck, but it’s left in the dust by competitors. A redesign can’t come soon enough.
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