2018 Ram 2500
The 2018 Ram 2500 lineup is incredibly versatile and built for just about any occasion. The Ram 2500 offers several configuration capabilities that include eight trim levels, three cab styles, two bed lengths, three engine types and two different transmissions. An optional 8.4-inch touchscreen and Uconnect infotainment system that now includes 4G LTE Wifi hotspot are just some new updates for the 2018 model year.
Avail. Engine Type
The 2018 Ram 2500 comes with three engine options. The Tradesman, SLT, and Big Horn are equipped with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 Variable Valve Timing (VVT) gasoline engine. The 5.7L engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that produces 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Also, the 5.7L V8 engine allows for a maximum towing capacity of 13,520 pounds.
The Ram 2500 Limited, Laramie Longhorn, Power Wagon, Limited, and Limited Tungsten trims are standard equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain can produce 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque and allows for a maximum towing capacity of 15,470 pounds.
The 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine is ideal for consumers looking to upgrade their engine for additional torque and towing capabilities. The 6.7L Turbo Diesel engine produces an impressive 660 lb-ft of torque which automatically increases the Ram 1500’s towing capacity to 17,980 pounds.
A truck’s axle ratio and drivetrain can make a significant difference on its towing capacity, so it’s important for a buyer to know what features are most important to them. Higher axle ratios increase towing capacity, but it decreases fuel economy. A 4x4 drivetrain distributes power to all four wheels, which can be a great benefit when towing, but the equipment needed to make a truck a 4x4 vehicle adds weight, and therefore takes away from the amount of weight a truck can tow. To give buyers options, the Ram 2500 is available with a 3.42, 3.73 or a 4.10 axle ratio and a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain, except the Ram 2500 Power Wagon is only available with a 4x4 drivetrain.
Trims + Cab Sizes
The 2018 Ram 2500, as previously mentioned, is available in eight trim levels - Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn (Lone Star for consumers in Texas), Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Power Wagon, Limited and Limited Tungsten Edition. The base Tradesman trim is built for commercial purposes, while the Limited Tungsten Edition was designed for those looking for ultimate luxury in a pickup truck.
There are three cab styles available - a two-door regular cab, a four-door crew cab, and a four-door mega cab. The regular cab is only available with an 8’ truck bed, and the crew cab and mega cab models are available with a 6’4” or 8’ truck bed. The Tradesman and SLT trims are available with all three cab styles, while the Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims are available with a crew cab or mega cab. The Ram 2500 Power Wagon, a trim designed specifically for off-roading, is available only with a short truck bed and the crew cab.
With the exception of the 2500 Laramie, Longhorn, Limited and Limited Tungsten trims, the 2018 Ram 2500 comes standard with 40/20/40 split bench seat. Nonetheless, all trims included in the lineup, share height adjustable front shoulder belts and a rear under seat storage compartment. The base trim, the Ram 2500 Tradesman trim comes standard with easy-to-clean vinyl seats and its available with cloth 40/20/40 bench seats. Standard features on the Ram 2500 Big Horn and Lone Star trims include 40/20/40 cloth premium bench seating.The 2500 Laramie comes standard with leather-trimmed 40/20/40 bench seats and the 2500 Limited comes standard with leather bucket seats. Bucket seats are an available option on the SLT, Lone Star, Big Horn, and the Laramie trims - however, they come standard on the Laramie Longhorrn and Limited trim levels.
Standard convenience features shared by all eight trim levels include, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, dash liner insulation, driver/ passenger assist handles, electronic vehicle information center, and floor tunnel insulation. The Ram 2500 Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited and Limited Tungsten trim levels include front door accent lighting, glove box lamp and LED interior lighting.
The 2018 Ram 2500 makes transporting tools and working gear incredibly easy and stress-free as a result of its amazing exterior features. The base trim, the 2500 Tradesman, is equipped with a 17-inch steel spare wheel and 17-inch steel styled wheels which are paired with LT245/70R17E BSW all season tires plus a center hub and tire carrier winch. The Ram 2500 Big Horn and Longhorn trims are offered with 18-inch polished aluminum wheels and an 18-inch steel spare wheel. Additionally, the 2500 Laramie is equipped with 18-inch polished aluminum wheels plus the optional feature of 20-inch painted aluminum wheels with chrome inserts.
Shared standard features by all Ram 2500 trim levels include automatic headlamps with the option of clearance lamps. Standard equipped on the Ram 2500 Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited and Limited Tungsten trim levels include fog lamps and under the hood lamps. Convenience features that are standard on all trim levels include body color fuel filler door, body color headlamp filler panel, fixed long mast antenna and front bumper sight shields. Offered exclusively standard on the Ram 2500 Limited and Limited Tungsten trims, with the option to upgrade on all other trims include, four-adjustable cargo tie-down hooks, bed cargo divider and extender, and wheel-to-wheel side steps.
Tech + Safety
According to Car and Driver, the 2018 Ram 2500’s available Uconnect infotainment system is one of the best in the biz. The Uconnect system is responsive and it has desirable features such as 4G LTE mobile hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, which are all new for 2018. The Ram 2500 SLT, Lone Star, and Big Horn trims are standard equipped with a one-year complimentary subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, Uconnect 4C 8.4-inch touchscreen display with nine Alpine speakers plus a subwoofer, Apple CarPlay/Google Android Auto, HD radio, Media hub (2 USB), and USB host flip. For consumers interested in upgraded features, the Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn, Limited and Limited Tungsten trims offer a larger touchscreen display with detailed display menus and touch commands. Additionally, a remote USB port and USB port charge only, media hub (USB, AUX), audio jack input, and six speakers are standard features shared by all trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
Safety features shared by all 2018 Ram 2500 trim levels include, sentry key theft deterrent system, advanced multistage front airbags, parkview rear backup camera, speed control, supplemental side curtain front/rear airbags, supplemental front seat mounted side airbags, electronic stability control, supplemental side curtain airbags, and tire pressure monitoring display.
The Ram 2500 Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited and Limited Tungsten exclusively offer ParkSense front and rear park assist system and security alarm. Optional features included on the Ram 2500 SLT and Big Horn are a center high-mount stop lamp with cargo view camera and DOT fire extinguisher. Finally, the Ram 2500 Limited trim is equipped with the keyless Enter n’ Go.
The 2018 Ram 2500 has a starting MSRP of $36,145 (plus destination fee). Ram backs the Ram 2500 with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile warranty and complimentary roadside assistance for 100,000 miles or 60 months.