According to the automakers, most people who buy half-ton pickups purchase them for personal use. But most buyers of heavy-duty trucks like the 2017 Ram 2500 are looking for a work truck. Those owners will spend many long days in their trucks, so the Ram has to be comfortable as well as durable and powerful.
Let's start with the durable and powerful part. The 2017 Ram 2500 is powered by your choice of a 5.7 or 6.4-liter V8 gasoline engine, but many heavy-duty truck buyers elect to upgrade to the 6.7-liter 6-cylinder Cummins turbo-diesel with 350 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. Mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission, that engine gives the Ram 2500 a towing capacity up to 17,980 pounds, and a 3,060-pound payload in the bed.
But the work-friendly features aren't all under the hood. The Ram 2500 also comes with an innovative bed design that includes lockable "RamBox" compartments in the bed wall. Those compartments even drain out water, so you can use them as coolers. The RamBox cargo management system also includes a configurable bed divider and extender that holds your gear in place even when the tailgate is down. You also get adjustable tie-down rails with four cleats, and there's an optional tonneau cover.
Inside, the Ram 2500 is spacious and comfortable. A large center console serves as a desk and storage area for laptops or tools, and you can power anything you need from the 115-volt power outlet. In the Limited trim, the seats are leather-trimmed and power adjustable. The front seats are equipped with both heat and ventilation, while the outside rear seats are heated so your whole crew can be comfortable in winter.
The infotainment command center in the Ram includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen interface with voice control, navigation, and a full set of music player capabilities. The Ram system includes Uconnect and Bluetooth hands-free phone support.
When it comes to safety, a backup camera is an important optional upgrade to the Ram. Smart truck buyers will also invest in the ParkSense front and rear parking assist option, because Portland just doesn't have a whole lot of room at times.
On the road, the Ram 2500 has plenty of power for convenient, enjoyable driving. Let's not kid ourselves about handling. This is a really big truck, and there's no getting around that. You'll view tight parking lots with a certain amount of dread, but on the highway the Ram 2500 is a serious contender for king of the road.
The bottom line on the Ram 2500 is that if you need a truck that will be your office for five days a week and then get you to your playground on the weekends, this truck is a solid choice. Find your nearest Ram dealer and check it out for yourself.
2017 Ram 2500 Limited Crew Cab 4X4
Base price: $58,990
Price as tested: $74,975
Type: Full size pickup
Engine: 6.7-liter turbo diesel (350 hp, 800 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: N/A
Overall length: 259 inches
Curb weight: 7,114 pounds
Final assembly: Saltillo, Mexico