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2020 Ram 2500

What’s new

  • New optional 50-gallon fuel tank with crew-cab configuration
  • Lane keeping assist and adaptive steering now available as options
  • Part of the fifth Ram 2500 generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • 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
MSRP Range
$33,895 - $40,795
MSRP Starting at
$33,895
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$36,117
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$36,117 - $40,711

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MSRP Range
$33,895 - $40,795
MSRP Starting at
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2020 Ram 2500 Review

The 2020 Ram 2500 stakes out a middle ground between the light-duty Ram 1500 and the extra-strength Ram 3500. It's available in a wide variety of cab, bed, engine and drivetrain configurations, meaning that if you're in the market for a heavy-duty truck, there's likely a Ram 2500 for you. Updates for 2020 are minor, but the truck was redesigned last year and still feels plenty fresh.

Major upgrades for this generation include more high-strength steel in the frame and aluminum body panels to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, higher towing and hauling capabilities, and an improved set of standard and optional safety features. The 2500 also borrowed the interior from the recently updated Ram 1500, which we've found to be the nicest in the class. Power comes from either a 6.4-liter gasoline V8 or a turbocharged 6.7-liter inline-six diesel engine.

Of course, the Ram 2500 has some competition. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD (and related GMC Sierra 2500HD) is all-new this year, and Ford has made a bunch of updates to its F-250 Super Duty. You won't go wrong with any of them, yet it's easy to recommend the Ram given its appealing mix of capability and refinement.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team

Our verdict

7.9 / 10
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.

How does it drive?

7.5
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.

How comfortable is it?

8.0
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.

How’s the interior?

8.0
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.

How’s the tech?

8.5
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.

How’s the storage?

8.5
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.

How economical is it?

7.5
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.

Is it a good value?

7.5
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.

Wildcard

7.5
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?

It's hard to recommend one model given the number of configurations and the wide range of needs among heavy-duty truck shoppers. That said, the Big Horn/Lone Star trim comes with a good number of additional standard features for not much more money than the entry-level Tradesman.

Ram 2500 models

Whatever your needs, a heavy-duty truck such as the 2020 Ram 2500 probably has a configuration that will fit them. There are three cab styles, two bed lengths, and two powertrains to choose from. The Ram 2500 also comes in six trim levels: Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Longhorn, Limited and Power Wagon.

Standard power comes from a 6.4-liter V8 (410 hp, 429 lb-ft of torque) paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Aside from the Power Wagon, every Ram 2500 also offers an available turbocharged 6.7-liter diesel six-cylinder engine (370 hp, 850 lb-ft) paired with a six-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is optional on all but the Power Wagon, which comes with standard four-wheel drive.

The Tradesman is the most basic trim. Standard features include 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, a front bench with vinyl upholstery, a tilt-only steering wheel, Bluetooth, a USB port and a 5-inch touchscreen interface. Power windows and locks are standard on crew-cab models, as are power-adjustable heated mirrors.

The Big Horn (Lone Star for shoppers in Texas) adds chrome exterior trim, 18-inch steel wheels, an integrated trailer brake controller, remote locking and unlocking, a power-sliding rear window, remote ignition, cloth upholstery, carpeted floors, and an extra charge-only USB port.

The Laramie, Longhorn and Limited build off the Big Horn/Lone Star, adding more features, more chrome and more premium interior touches. Highlights, depending on the trim, include LED lighting, a 115-volt power outlet, power-folding auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a larger infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and the RamBox cargo management system (includes bedside storage compartments, an adjustable bed divider and tie-downs).

Many features are available on lower trim levels as part of packages or as stand-alone options. Other key options include a load-leveling air suspension, tow mirrors, a cargo-view camera, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, a 360-degree surround-view parking camera, fifth-wheel trailer preparation and a sunroof.

Finally, there's the off-road-themed Power Wagon. It adds some visual flair and brings upgrades including all-terrain tires, off-road shock absorbers, tow hooks, skid plates, a manual transfer case, electronically locking differentials with a 4.10 axle ratio, hill descent control, an integrated front winch, and an electronic disconnect for the front stabilizer bar. The Power Wagon option package can also be added to a crew-cab Tradesman V8 4WD. You get all of the Power Wagon mechanical bits but none of the bodywork styling cues or graphics.


Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 4.5 stars based on 2 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4 out of 5 stars, Great Truck/Over priced
Somewhat happy Ram owner,
Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A)

If you are looking for a work horse of a truck, look no further than the Ram 2500. I don't believe these trucks are worth what they are charging but as a tradesman I have no choice.

5 out of 5 stars, Very Comfortable ride
Pejay,
Laramie 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A)

We drove most trims yesterday including the Big Horn 3500 and 2500 Laramie. I may not be a truck guru but me and my husband have had a few. The Laramie 2500 short bed won hands down. All the bells and whistles, wow even heated and cooling seats. These seats have the comfort of a recliner. My husband was extremely impressed by a bunch of stuff I don't understand. He is a life long Dodge truck owner. Win win all round. Take this for a test drive. You will fall in love like we did.

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Features & Specs

Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB features & specs
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB
6.4L 8cyl 8A
MSRP$36,795
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 LB features & specs
Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab LB
6.4L 8cyl 8A
MSRP$37,895
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower410 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB features & specs
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB
6.4L 8cyl 8A
MSRP$33,895
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
MSRP$37,895
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower410 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

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 wheel.
Surround-View Camera
Gives a simulated 360-degree bird's-eye view of the vehicle to help it fit into tight spaces.

Ram 2500 vs. the competition

Ram 2500 vs. Ford F-250 Super Duty

These two trucks are very closely matched. The Ram 2500's design is newer, but Ford has made a variety of updates for 2020 to the F-250 to keep it competitive. We like the F-250's handsome and well-designed interior, though it can't quite match the Ram when it comes to premium touches, especially on top-tier trims.

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Ram 2500 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

The Silverado 2500 is fully redesigned for 2020. It's available with plenty of engine, cab and bed configurations, plus some of the latest towing technology you'll find in this class. We like the Silverado's strong engines, but the interior is a letdown, especially compared to the Ram.

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Ram 2500 vs. Ram 3500

If you like what the Ram 2500 offers but need more capability, the Ram 3500 might just be the truck for you. The two trucks are available in generally the same number of trim, cab and bed configurations, though the Ram 3500 offers a dual-rear-wheel option.

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FAQ
Is the Ram 2500 a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 2500 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 2500 gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews) 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 2020 Ram 2500?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Ram 2500:

  • New optional 50-gallon fuel tank with crew-cab configuration
  • Lane keeping assist and adaptive steering now available as options
  • Part of the fifth Ram 2500 generation introduced for 2019
Learn more
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 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Ram 2500 a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Ram 2500 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 2500 and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 2500 gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 2500 is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Ram 2500?

The least-expensive 2020 Ram 2500 is the 2020 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 $33,895.

Other versions include:

  • Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $36,795
  • Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $37,895
  • Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $33,895
  • Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $37,895
  • Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $40,795
  • Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $40,795
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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 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), and Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A). For a full list of 2500 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Ram 2500

2020 Ram 2500 Overview

The 2020 Ram 2500 is offered in the following submodels: 2500 Crew Cab, 2500 Mega Cab, 2500 Regular Cab. Available styles include Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Power Wagon 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), and Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2020 Ram 2500?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Ram 2500 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 2500 4.5 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 2020 2500.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Ram 2500 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 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 2020 Ram 2500?
2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A)

The 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,540. The average price paid for a new 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) is trending $2,499 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,499 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,041.

The average savings for the 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) is 5.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A)

The 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,400. The average price paid for a new 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) is trending $2,283 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,283 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,117.

The average savings for the 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) is 5.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Ram 2500s are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 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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