2021 Ram 2500

MSRP range: $34,095 - $40,920
Edmunds suggests you pay$36,297

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2021 Ram 2500 Review

  • Impressive power and torque from available diesel engine
  • Versatile high-tech cabin, especially on higher trims
  • Comfortable seats and quiet cabin for such a big vehicle
  • Power Wagon trim offers massive off-road capability
  • With the diesel engine, chatter is always present
  • The driving position is a little too high
  • A virtual rearview mirror option is now available
  • Part of the fifth Ram 2500 generation introduced for 2019

The world of heavy-duty trucks is one of serious work and toughness — these massive pickups need to withstand the rigors of a work site over years of use. Typically, comfort and technology do not fit into the equation. The Ram 2500, however, is the exception to this rule. Since its debut in 2019, the latest version of the Ram 2500 has set new benchmarks for the class when it comes to ride smoothness, interior luxury and touchscreen size. Advanced driver assistance aids are on hand to improve safety on the road.

The Ram 2500 is our top-rated choice for heavy-duty trucks based on its unique coil-spring suspension and powerful engine lineup. Since it's relatively new on the scene, there are few changes to the pickup for the 2021 model year. That's a good thing. The Ram 2500 provides an upscale interior that competitors are trying to catch up with, and its maximum towing and payload capacities are formidable across its many trims and configurations. This is a truck whose primary purpose is work, but it doesn't require you to suffer as a result. Read on for our full breakdown of the 2021 Ram 2500.

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The Ram 2500 has plenty of high-tech features, a stout towing capability, and one of the nicest interiors on the market for a heavy-duty truck. There are a couple of minor downsides, such as a suboptimal driving position and a noisy diesel engine. In the end, though, the Ram 2500 is one of our favorite trucks on the market, and we'd absolutely recommend a test drive.
For such a massive rig, the Ram 2500 accelerates, handles and stops reasonably well. Full-throttle acceleration is gradual but totally adequate. Our 4WD test truck needed 8.3 seconds to cover 0-60 mph at the Edmunds test track, which is respectable for the segment. A simulated-panic stop from 60 mph took 140 feet — which is also an average distance for a heavy-duty truck.

Around corners, the steering feels appropriately light, but the handling limits are low. If you ignore the 2500's size, it's actually pretty drivable in the city. For off-road use, the available Power Wagon model has some serious off-road capability that most other heavy-duty trucks don't offer.
Both the front and back seats of the Ram 2500 are extremely comfortable. The seats are well padded and well bolstered, and they have lots of adjustments. Soft-touch surfaces are nice for hands and elbows. And the ride on the highway is as good as you can expect in a 2500 — which is to say bumpy but not disturbing.

Climate control is operated via touchscreen and some button controls, but the touchscreen functions are hard to find. With the optional diesel powertrain, there's a lot of vibration coming up through the pedals and steering wheel as well as a constant drone on the highway — that's not completely unheard of for the class but still annoying.
From the basic, no-frills Tradesman to the top-trim Limited, the Ram 2500 has an appealing interior. The buttons and interior controls are laid out in a logical and easy-to-use manner, and there's enough space in every seating position for adults. Getting in and out isn't an issue thanks to the optional power-deployable side steps and big openings from all four doors. The only minor downside is the driving position, which some drivers might find too elevated.
The Ram's top-end 12.3-inch touchscreen is only rivaled by much more expensive luxury systems from Mercedes and Audi. The crisp, clear screen has an easy-to-learn organizational structure. But we also like the less expensive 8.4-inch touchscreen. Both of them offer easy access to your connected smartphone and voice controls that work well.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration operates seamlessly, and you'll find all the USB ports you could ask for. Those willing to spend extra for great sound can opt for an excellent 17-speaker premium stereo. Driver aids such as adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring are effective without being intrusive.
As you'd expect from a truck such as the Ram 2500, towing and hauling capability is massive. The available rear air suspension's exclusive kneeling function makes loading and trailer hookups easy. The Ram's maximum payload and towing capacities are impressive, even among the admittedly strong competition.

The Ram 2500's center console storage bin is huge, and the rear half of the cab has cavernous cargo capacity as well. If you're carrying kids, the ultra-wide back seat can easily hold three child seats, and the seat anchors are accessible.
The EPA exempts heavy-duty trucks from fuel economy ratings. Depending on conditions and driving style, our test truck with the diesel engine ranged between 15 and 20 mpg, which is pretty respectable for a truck this big and capable.
Ram is really leading the way, with impressive controls and high-quality materials that feel worthy of the price tag. The exterior body panels and add-on extras such as the bed cover are well put together too. The Ram 2500 has similar warranty coverage to its main rivals from Chevy and Ford.

In this class, the sky's the limit when it comes to pricing. A Ram 2500 can easily crest $70,000, but so can a heavy-duty Ford or Chevy. Don't get too carried away with the options list and you should be fine.
The Ram 2500 is a big truck with a big personality. It's one of the classiest trucks in the segment, yet it's still somehow intimidating as you see it driving down the road. But like other heavy-duty trucks, it's not exactly fun to drive on a daily basis, especially if you're on anything other than wide-open country roads.

Which 2500 does Edmunds recommend?

One step up from the base model, the Big Horn (called the Lone Star for Texas buyers) provides impressive towing and hauling capabilities along with a strong set of standard features. It's a more comfortable Ram 2500 for everyday use than the no-frills Tradesman. If you're looking for a boost in capability, consider the Towing Technology Group package for upgraded mirrors, exterior lights and safety sensors.

Ram 2500 models

The Ram 2500 is available in seven distinct trim levels: Tradesman, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Limited Longhorn, Limited and the off-road-specific Power Wagon. The standard engine is a 6.4-liter V8 (410 horsepower, 429 lb-ft of torque), and a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 (370 hp, 850 lb-ft) is optional on all trims except the Power Wagon. Four-wheel drive is optional on all trims except for the Power Wagon, which gets 4WD standard.

The base model offers a utilitarian interior and these standard features:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Black bumpers, door handles and exterior mirrors
  • Push-button start
  • Tilt-adjustable steering wheel
  • 3.5-inch driver information display
  • 5-inch touchscreen
  • Two USB ports
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Bluetooth compatibility
  • Air conditioning
  • Front bench seat
  • Four-way power adjustable driver's seat
  • Vinyl upholstery
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Class V receiver hitch
  • Seven-pin wiring harness

Standard safety equipment includes:

  • Rearview camera
  • Hill start assist
  • Trailer sway damping (adjusts vehicle brakes to help control trailer movement if a trailer begins to sway)

Available on all trims is the optional Safety Group package, which comes with:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Ram 2500 and the car in front)
  • Blind-spot and cross-path detection (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Digital rearview mirror (allows you to see out the back even with a fully loaded cargo area)
  • Forward collision warning (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Ram 2500 back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)

Big Horn/Lone Star
For a step up in comfort, it comes with the following:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Acoustic front glass
  • Body-colored door handles and bright bumpers
  • Chrome-surround grille
  • Cloth bench seat
  • Carpeted floor, front and rear floor mats
  • Center storage drawer
  • Trailer brake controller
  • Extended towing mirrors

The Laramie requires a jump in price but takes the heavy-duty truck experience to another level:

  • LED foglights and taillights
  • Aluminum wheels
  • Chrome exterior mirrors
  • 7-inch color driver information display
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats with two-way power lumbar support
  • LED interior lighting
  • Power-adjustable pedals and mirrors
  • Heated steering wheel and front seats
  • Leather steering wheel and seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Nine-speaker sound system
  • Dual gloveboxes
  • Rear power-sliding window
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Front and rear 115-volt outlets
  • 400-watt inverter
  • Dampened tailgate

A premium trim with luxury features such as:

  • LED projector headlights
  • Chrome side steps
  • Navigation
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Premium leather seats
  • Rear floor storage bins
  • LED bed lighting
  • Spray-in bedliner
  • Remote tailgate release
  • Tow hooks

A top-of-the-line heavy-duty truck thanks to this equipment:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Power-deploying running boards
  • Upgraded interior trim and floor mats
  • 12-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Blind-spot warning with cross-path detection
  • Chrome tow hooks
  • RamBox in-bed storage bins (short bed only)

Power Wagon
This dedicated off-road variant offers rugged equipment such as:

  • Black exterior badging and fender flares
  • Black headlight and taillight bezels
  • Powder-coated front and rear bumpers
  • 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
  • Power-adjustable cloth bench seat
  • Front and rear rubber floor mats
  • Disconnecting front sway bar
  • Hill descent control
  • Performance-tuned shock absorbers
  • Locking front and rear axles
  • Underbody protective skid plates
  • Electric winch

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5 out of 5 stars, Everything I was looking for, plus a little
EE Drew,
Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A)

I needed a work truck, plain and simple. But also something I could use as a daily driver with some comfort and room for a family of four. The 2021 Ram 2500 Tradesman really checked all of my boxes. The ability to add a few creature comforts in the cab of an entry-level trim was a great addition. Besides the standard cruise control and power locks and windows, I was able to up the entertainment center screen, which included added Android Auto! Also upgraded was cloth seats, rubber mats, heated mirrors and rear window, and a sliding rear window. Outside, the truck I purchase also had a nice chrome upgrade that made the steel wheels look a little nicer. Overall, it felt like a luxury truck compared to the F250 XL I drove, and was about $4k less expensive. Don't think I'm a Ram Loyalist, as this is my first one. I've owned all the major brands (and even a Honda Ridgeline) but in 2021, Ram easily had the truck that best met my needs with the right price.

5 out of 5 stars, Happy customer
Mike wilber,
Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A)

So far this vehicle has met my expectations. I am satisfied with my new 21,2500 Tradesman it handles good plenty of power 6.4 Hemi. 8spd Trans, going to be used as a every day to and from vehicle, it will be used to pull a 26ft camper toy hauler and a flatbed trailer grossed for 14,000 on occasion short trips. Bought at Brandl Motors in Little Falls, MN overall great experience!!

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2021 Ram 2500 videos

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NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Ram 2500, but since the 2021 Ram 2500 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

You've watched the comparison video, but with this one we need to answer a simple question: Which is quicker off-road, the Ram Power Wagon or the Ford F-250 Tremor? In this video, Travis Langness and Ryan ZumMallen find out and demonstrate in the process just how much power the Ford Super Duty's turbodiesel has on hand.

[MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: If you want the most capable heavy duty offroad pickup trucks, it's going to be one of these two. The Ford Super Duty with the trimmer package or the RAM Power Wagon. [IMITATES GUITAR] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Now, besides their rough and tumble names, in this video, we'll tell you everything you need to know about both pickups and which one is right for your needs. TRAVIS LANGNESS: As always, like, comment, subscribe. And for more information, click the links below to visit Edmunds and find your perfect truck, SUV, or car. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Have 35 inch tires ever looked so small? That seems like an insane thing to say about a factory truck, but such as the power of Tremor, an outlandish pickup truck, no matter how you look at it. $4,000 get you the Tremor package on an F-250 or F-350 on any trim, from an XLT all the way up to this Platinum. And these things are decked out. Off the lot, you get a two inch front lift, bigger shocks, and there's a lot of window dressing on this truck, and we can argue all day about offroad capabilities. But the thing that should really worry RAM is the 35 inch tires and the upgraded 7.3 liter V8 engine standard. Of course, this particular truck comes with the crown jewel, a 6.7 liter turbo diesel V8 engine, making 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound feet of torque. Let me say that again, 1,050 pound feet of torque. Now, you have a lot more choice in the Tremor than you do in the Power Wagon, but you need to know that it comes at a steep cost. The diesel engine alone is a $10,000 option, and this particular truck goes for 87 grand. $87,000 for a pickup truck. We need to know if it lives up to that lofty listing. TRAVIS LANGNESS: The Power Wagon is a little bit different. You can only get it with a 6.4 liter V8. No diesel here. RAM says it's too heavy and it won't fit with the front winch. Never mind that on the Ford, you can get that winch with either a 7.3 liter V8 or their diesel, but it is optional. It's standard on the RAM. It'll cost you three grand with the Tremor. Some other offroad goodies you get with the Power Wagon include the front and rear locking differentials and a front disconnecting stabilizer bar. There's also the usual skid plates for the transfer case in the fuel tank, as well as 33 inch tires on 17 inch wheels. Now, the least expensive Power Wagon you can get, the base one, is around $55,000, unless you start digging into the order guide. And you can see that you can get a Tradesman, equip the Power Wagon package, and you've got a truck that's closer to $50,000. The cheapest version of the Tremor you can get is $53,000. Now, with all that said, this truck does bump right up against $70,000 the way it's equipped, but that's still nearly 20 grand less than that Super Duty. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: But how much torque does it have? TRAVIS LANGNESS: Not as much. No one cares about torque. We're going to talk about transfer cases later. [MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: This Platinum trim really shows the full potential of the Super Duty interior. You've got big, wide, cushy leather seats that are heated, cooled, and have a massage function. And then there are doodads everywhere. There's a smartphone charging station, trailer backup assist, trailer gain, transfer case, lane keep assist, tons of camera angles, and, oh yeah, a power sunroof. And then everything's power adjustable too, from the steering wheel, to the pedals, and the mirrors. This is a digital truck paradise, but it may be a bit disconcerting if you're more of an analog person. There are a few areas for improvement. It lacks a lot of the interesting storage solutions and cubbies that the RAM has in abundance. But did somebody say floor storage? In total, though, the tech-heavy Tremor is really flashy and exciting, but it feels like the RAM got the basics right. That truck is just a little more approachable and easy to live with. TRAVIS LANGNESS: The RAM 2500 is a class leader for a lot of reasons. One of those is the interior quality. But before we go inside, I want to show you a feature that I would absolutely get if I were buying this truck with my money, and that is the RAM Box. Essentially, it's a couple trunks on either side of the bed that you can fit all kinds of items in. Stuff like tow ball hitches, tow straps, tow hitches, inflator kits, and there's even a charge port for when you're on the go. RAM Box. There's a $17,000 price gap between these two trucks, but that doesn't mean this RAM is lacking in the interior department. It's got great materials, and it's got stuff like heated and ventilated seats, heated seats in the rear, plenty of power ports and USB ports to plug into. And one of my favorite features is this 12 inch touchscreen. It's one of the best in the business, not just in full size or heavy duty trucks. It's super crisp and it looks great on this dash. Plus, there's lots of great storage cubbies for you to put stuff in, plenty of cup holders, places for your smartphone. I bet Ryan's jealous of that. And there's even a spot under the center seat we can store your laptop. Now, the only drawback, really, with the RAM's interior is the steering wheel. It tilts, but it doesn't telescope. So finding an ideal driving position might be tough. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Enough of all that. It's time to put these trucks on equal ground. So we're going to hit the trail. I'm especially eager, of course, to check out this 1,050 pound feet of torque and see how it does out there. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Front rear locking diffs, smart storage solutions, 12 inch screen. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: 1,050 pound feet of torque. [MUSIC PLAYING] So when things get bumpy, here's what the Fort has to offer. The Tremor gets a custom front bumper compared with other Super Duties. That gives it a really good approach angle. In fact, it's better than the Power Wagon's back there. But this truck is long. It's 11 inches longer than the RAM in total. We're more concerned about the Tremor on some of these trails than we are about the Power Wagon. And frankly, making it through some of them safely could be a challenge. But let's see how it handles a decline like this. Approach is no issue. We should hit level ground here pretty soon. But as we get towards the back, not sure. Nope, it's fine. [MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: There are a lot of differences between these trucks, but one of the things that sets the RAM apart from the Ford is the fact that it's got a disconnecting front stabilizer bar. So when you disconnect that stabilizer, or sway, or anti roll bar, whatever you want to call it, what happens is it allows for more offroad articulation, so I can get over bigger obstacles without losing traction in one of my tires, and traction is our friend. The other big difference up front is the locking front differential. Ford's got a limited slip, which is good. But this one is a full walker, front and rear. And when you have a walking differential, what it does is it ties the two wheels together, so essentially they spin as one. That's also good for off roading, because you want to make sure you have traction even if you do eventually exceed the ability of your articulation and pop that wheel up off the ground. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Here's an area where the Power Wagon will definitely be better suited, but I think the Tremor can handle it pretty well. It's got these big tires, but we are pretty high up. Let me get on the truck info page. Oh, we are rocking for sure. We're totally rocking. The truck is rocking back and forth. I think we've got at least one wheel off. Yeah, we're at 16 degrees right now according to the offroad gauge. And that works pretty well. One small bump and we're out of there. [MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: So if one wheel has to go higher than the other, what you have here is the effect of articulation not being enough. And now I'm spinning the tire, and I'm bouncing around a little bit. I can feel my right rear tire is off the ground. So I'm going to back up and engage my sway bar disconnect. Disengage my sway bar, whatever. Do the same thing. Sway bar disconnected. Back up the hill I go. And I am going much further. Now, I don't have the lockers engaged yet. But if I did, I could probably make it over this weird sideways hill I'm on. It's pretty rad. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Since we have this super scientific test setup, I'm going to take a very measured, proper approach. Hey, guys, how does that look? I think I got a wheel up. [MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: So even though there's not a fully disconnected wheel front sway bar in the Tremor like there is in the RAM, that thinner version that they've equipped here works pretty well and will get you through some hairy stuff. Oh, man. There's that articulation at work. Here's the thing about turning these HD trucks around on a trail. It's like trying to turn a yacht around in a swimming pool. These things are huge. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Surround view camera test. Whew. I love that you get a ton of different camera views. So everything comes with a camera now. But if you only have one view or a pretty limited scope, then in situations like this, it doesn't really help that much. But I've got a ton of different views. I can see every angle. It just might take a couple of turns, but you're out of the sticky situation pretty quickly. [MUSIC PLAYING] So while may not match the figures that the RAM has, the Tremor can do some pretty impressive off roading. You're just going to have a bumpy ride. That's one of the trade offs you get here for the increased towing capacity. The Ford stuck with more traditional leaf springs in the back compared with the RAM's coil springs. And the reason they did that is leaf springs are extremely strong and durable. So if you're going for something like a maximum towing capacity rating, like Ford was, that's what you want to go with. The beauty of it is, if you want more strength or more towing capability, you just throw more bars in there. And that's one of the reasons you would pay an extra $10,000 for this diesel engine, because it comes with the high capacity trailer tow package. It's great for feeling confident when you've got a huge weight behind you. But with unladen bed and nothing on the hitch, in this bumpy stuff, you're going to feel some jitters. TRAVIS LANGNESS: If you were in a bouncy castle and you got dropped from, like, a helicopter onto a trampoline, that's what it feels like when you're going over bumps in this thing. It's hilarious. Like, you don't feel unsafe. You're still in a bouncy castle. You're not going to get hurt. Unless, like, the bully kid at the party pushes you out the door. But no one needs to hear about my life experience. [MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: But that's one of the trade offs. And frankly, a lot of people are going to be fine with that, because the Ford is so good at towing. And don't forget, we have an extra two inches of lift in the front compared with other Super Duties. So as much as we talk about articulation, and departure angles, and all this super technical stuff, the Tremor can go almost everywhere the Power Wagon can go. It's really just going to be that really, really small percentage of heavy rock or boulder crawling where this thing is going to get hung up. But don't feel like you shouldn't go out on the same trail in a Tremor that you can do in a Power Wagon. It may be a little more uncomfortable, but this truck can handle a lot. [MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: One of the things that is a preference, really, for me, but I like it much better in the RAM, is this floor shifter. You can just throw it into four high or four low when you get off road, and it kind of pins the old school cool factor. Makes you feel like you're in a truck. Whereas the Tremor has a button. So I guess technology for the win or something. Also, this Power Wagon has a better crawl ratio. It is 51 to 1, well Ryan's diesel Tremor is 44 to 1. Yes, if you get the F-250 with the 7.3 liter V8, that goes up to 53 to 1, so it's higher. And yes, he has larger tires, 35s. But if you're comparing the two trucks we have here, I have the better crawl ratio, and that's what matters. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: But crawl ratios don't matter when you have 1,050 pound feet of torque. On top of all that grunt we have under the hood, Ford brings a lot of tech to off roading with the Tremor. We've got a hill here with a pretty impressive incline, but it's not super difficult, so this is kind of overkill. But I just want to demonstrate how it works. All you have to do is push this button up here. That activates it. OK. And then you want to hit the Set button, the same one that you use for cruise control, and it works exactly the same way. And you can move it up in increments of one mile an hour, so you can start really slow. So I'll just start off with one. My feet are off the brake and throttle and the truck is moving all by itself. So I can just concentrate on the inputs I'm giving into the steering wheel, and this is actually really slow. So let's kick it up to two, three. So the incline is getting steeper. We're now at 15 degrees, 16. I can't see anything over the hood in front of me. And we're at the top and leveling off. There's another one that we're going to come up to. We were actually pretty concerned about the break over angle on both of these hills, but it's not a problem so far. Let's go back down to two, because this one has a really steep drop. Here's the break over part. It's fine. Again, I'm not on the brakes, and now we're starting to go down. I'm not on the brakes at all. The truck is doing it itself. We're at 16 degrees, decline, 18. I'm not touching the brakes. It's holding itself, two miles an hour set to. So that's it. It's a very easy system to use. And again, just to keep things in perspective, this is a truck that weighs four tons, and this system drove it up that degree of an incline by itself, so I could just focus on the steering, and then brought it back down safely. Pretty cool party trick in your Tremor. Is it cheating? Maybe. But does it get you home safely? Yeah, I think so. [WALKIE TALKIE BEEPING] All right then. What's next? TRAVIS LANGNESS: Hey, there we go, lockers front and rear. Boom. No limited slip here. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: You're good. You just need to go slow. You're going to go over a rock now. [CRUNCHING GRAVEL] You're good. You're good. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Forward camera, I love this. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Easy work, man. Clear on your right. Light work, baby. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Too easy, locking difs, bro. [MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: More driver, more driver, more driver. OK. Cool. Straighten out. [CRUNCHING GRAVEL] [TRUCK BEEPING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: Ooh, the beep, beep, beep, the beep, beep, the beep, beep. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Killing it-- that thing was a lot easier-- or handled it a lot better than we thought it was going to. I thought it was going to take a lot of weaving around rocks and stuff, but tons of clearance, no issues at all. I feel excited to see what the Tremor's going to do now. Because that handled that pretty easily. And I don't know how [LAUGHS] the Tremor's going to be able to do it the same way or not. I'm going to put it into 4 low. [CLICK] OK. I'm going to [CLICK] lock the rear locker. I'm going to not lock the front locker, because I don't have a front locker. [ENGINE REVVING] [CRUNCHING GRAVEL] TRAVIS LANGNESS: Well, that was easy. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: I know he says it's easy. But it feels like I'm really close to everything. TRAVIS LANGNESS: You going to put it in Hill Descent Control? RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Yes, sir. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Some guys did it with just their foot. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Some guys spent $90,000. TRAVIS LANGNESS: [LAUGHS] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: 16-degree descent, not touching the brakes. [CRUNCHING GRAVEL] I think we're good. Cool. TRAVIS LANGNESS: He had way more than enough clearance on there, a lot more than I did. Shh. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Tremor! [MUSIC PLAYING] One thing that automakers often say when it comes to trucks is, you'll forget you're even driving a diesel engine. That is definitely not the case with this 6.7 liter turbo V8. [ENGINE STARTING] The sound is very distinctive and so is the way it drives. You are just barely feathering the throttle. Because there's so much torque at your disposal, you just don't need very much to get up to speed on the street and even on the highway. But the power delivery is really smooth. It works great in conjunction with the 10-speed transmission, which we haven't always been huge fans of. But there are several different driving modes. There's even an eco mode. And on the way out here, I averaged 21.5 miles per gallon. You're going to get some jitters on the road. Small cracks and bumps are definitely going to be felt through the cabin. But that's the trade-off you get for the amount of towing capacity that you have in the Tremor. But if comfort is much of an issue, there's not a whole lot you can do about it. I would probably just start thinking Power Wagon. [MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: The Ram's coil-spring suspension has it lagging behind the Tremor in terms of towing and hauling capability. But there's a trade-off. And that trade-off is comfort. This is a much more comfortable truck on the highway. It's less bouncy. And I would rather take it on a road trip. Now, the Tremor can tow about 15,000 pounds. And this Ram can only tow 10,350. But I still think that's plenty, especially for a truck with all of this off-road capability. That's why I prefer the Ram. Ryan, after a day in the dirt, what do you think of your truck? RYAN ZUMMALLEN: I'm pleasantly surprised. I started to get numb to the numbers that I was throwing out-- 35-inch tires, 1,050 pound-feet of torque! TRAVIS LANGNESS: We get it. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: And I started to list all of the things that this truck doesn't have, the front locker and disconnecting front-sway bar, and I started to think it was going to be at a big disadvantage. But the truth is, it has so much ground clearance. And the technology really does come in handy. It was a blast out here. I had a lot of fun. The problem is the price is offensive to me on a personal level. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Yeah. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: This is still a truck built for towing that's been adapted for off-road use. And if people look at that and say, that's for me, then they're absolutely right. And they should get it. But what was your takeaway? TRAVIS LANGNESS: Look, I was worried about the fact that you had 35s and you have a way higher payload capacity, towing capacity. This truck's faster in a straight line. But I still prefer the Ram-- all of that off-road tech, the front and rear-locking difs, the disconnecting sway bar up front, and that awesome interior, not to mention the fact that I would pay $20,000 less, essentially, for this truck than you would for that one. I mean, I'm the kind of idiot-- RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Yes, you are. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Hey. OK. Hold on-- that would put a camper shell on a truck and go overlanding. I'd love to live out of something like this and just spend six months on the road. But that's not quite appealing enough for me to increase my monthly payments as much as it would over this. The Ram is still the truck for me. What about you? RYAN ZUMMALLEN: I hate to say it, but I agree. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Yes! RYAN ZUMMALLEN: That's the one. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Ram wins! And as always, click the link below to subscribe. And for more information on both of these trucks, go to Edmunds.com and find the perfect truck, SUV, or car for you. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Features & Specs

Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab LB features & specs
Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab LB
6.4L 8cyl 8A
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower410 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB features & specs
Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB
6.4L 8cyl 8A
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower410 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab LB features & specs
Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab LB
6.4L 8cyl 8A
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower410 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB features & specs
Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB
6.4L 8cyl 8A
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower410 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite 2500 safety features:

Forward Collision Alert
Warns the driver of an imminent front-end collision and can apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop.
Lane Keeping Assist
Keeps the truck in its lane on the highway by scanning the road markings and applying a mild correction to the steering.
Surround-View Camera
Gives a simulated 360-degree bird's-eye view of the vehicle to help it fit into tight spaces.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

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DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
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Side Barrier RatingRating
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PassengerNot Rated
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Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover19.8%

Ram 2500 vs. the competition

Ram 2500 vs. Ford F-250 Super Duty

The Ford F-250 Super Duty is available in even more sizes and configurations than the Ram. You can choose from two gasoline V8 engines or a turbodiesel V8 with 1,050 lb-ft of torque. It also uses a lightweight aluminum body that improves towing and payload capacities. The F-250 is nice to drive but not as comfortable as the Ram.

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Ram 2500 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Chevrolet's entry in the heavy-duty truck segment is strong and capable, but it doesn't leave an impression as the Ford and Ram do. There are five trim levels, a standard V8 engine, and an optional turbodiesel with abundant power. For something a little more upscale, the GMC Sierra 2500HD is similar to the Silverado with more premium features.

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Ram 2500 vs. Ram 1500

If you're unsure whether you need all the capability of a heavy-duty truck, consider the Ram 1500. It's our pick for the most comfortable full-size pickup available, with more affordable pricing than the larger 2500. What's more, light-duty trucks including the Ram 1500 have impressive maximum tow ratings that can exceed 12,000 pounds.

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Is the Ram 2500 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 2500 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ram 2500. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Ram 2500?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Ram 2500:

  • A virtual rearview mirror option is now available
  • Part of the fifth Ram 2500 generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Ram 2500 reliable?

To determine whether the Ram 2500 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 2500. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 2500's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Ram 2500 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Ram 2500 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 2500 and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 2500 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Ram 2500?

The least-expensive 2021 Ram 2500 is the 2021 Ram 2500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $34,095.

Other versions include:

  • Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $38,020
  • Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $40,920
  • Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $38,020
  • Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $40,920
  • Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $34,095
  • Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $36,995
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What are the different models of Ram 2500?

If you're interested in the Ram 2500, the next question is, which 2500 model is right for you? 2500 variants include Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), and Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A). For a full list of 2500 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Ram 2500

2021 Ram 2500 Overview

The 2021 Ram 2500 is offered in the following submodels: 2500 Crew Cab, 2500 Mega Cab, 2500 Regular Cab. Available styles include Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Power Wagon 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), and Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Ram 2500?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Ram 2500 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 2500 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 2500.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Ram 2500 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 2500 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Ram 2500?

Which 2021 Ram 2500s are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Ram 2500 for sale near. There are currently 278 new 2021 2500s listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $44,080 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Ram 2500. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $12,610 on a used or CPO 2021 2500 available from a dealership near you.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Ram 2500?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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