2018 Ram 2500 Review
Pros & Cons
- Diesel engine and automatic transmission yield monumental torque
- Cabin offers excellent fit and finish
- Ride is comfortable and quiet, especially for a large truck
- Power Wagon trim is highly capable off-road
- Diesel engine delivers lower power with manual transmission
- Manual-shift control is in a clumsy spot on gear shifter
- Rearview camera displays on mirror on lower trims
List Price Range
$24,888 - $41,999
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Which 2500 does Edmunds recommend?
Given the Ram 2500's seemingly infinite customization options, it's difficult to recommend any one trim. The Tradesman is ideal if you want a no-frills work truck, while the Limited lets others know who the boss is at the work site. If you just want a decent all-rounder with a few amenities, go with the Lone Star, which is sold as the Big Horn in Texas. It adds a few extra features for just a bit more than the SLT. From there, you can customize it to your heart's content.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 6.7-liter Cummins diesel's strong suit is torque, so this powertrain really comes into its own when climbing, towing or hauling. And though this is one massive truck, it's a snap to maneuver thanks to reassuring steering and secure handling.
There's no getting around having a firm ride in a 2500 series truck built to tow and haul this much. But the Ram's cabin is comfy and quiet, and its coil-spring suspension really takes the edge off and makes the ride less skittish.
Expect excellent ergonomics and front cabin airiness from the 2018 Ram 2500. The capable Uconnect infotainment system is easy to use. The crew cab provides excellent backseat space, more than enough for full-grown adults to settle in for long trips.
The Ram 2500 is all about towing, hauling and bed capacity. Maximum capacities are impressive, and the Ram comes with either a short bed or a long bed.
Large, logically located virtual buttons, reasonably quick response times, and ample functionality for smartphone users make the Ram 2500's touchscreen one of the best in almost any vehicle.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 6A)
I used to be a Toyota truck junkie. I was in the market for a new Tundra and decided I should do my due diligence and drive a Ford, Chevy and a RAM. I was only impressed with the RAM 1500. The dealer then suggested I test drive the Cummings 2500. I was blown away with the build quality and the power of this engine. I had always thought that Dodge made the worst trucks. I was wrong. I went back to Ford and drove the F-250 diesel and felt the interior was made of cheap materials for the price, but the ride was nice. The same went for the Chevy 2500 I drove. The power in the engine was great, but the cab felt small and had too many buttons on the dash. The cost for both of these vehicles similarly built (i.e., leather, heated seats, back up camera, etc) was outrageous. I bought the Ram 2500 with the Laramie package, off road package, etc. and it was about $15-20K less than either of the other trucks. I'm getting 19-21 MPG after about 5000 miles on the truck. I know people are very passionate about their truck brands, but do yourself a favor before you buy your next truck and check out a RAM diesel pickup. You will have a tough time justifying the cost and quality of a Ford or Chevy after you test drive this truck.
SLT 4dr Crew Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
There are only a few choices in HD trucks and none of them are bad. What the Ram brings to the table is a good platform with a fantastic engine and presented in a good value. Even the SLT has plenty of goodies. This is a work truck and a very capable, comfortable, reliable one. I know there are brand aficionados out there and that’s all good. I’d argue that the Ram is the best value in the HD truck segment, especially with the Cummins engine.
Laramie 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 6A)
Watch for the factory tires if they have been sitting ,they might be out of round or flat spotted . HD to change mine because of this reason but dealership was outstanding with it once we found they were flat spotted and out of balance.
Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
I did a lot of research before I bought my 2018 ram 2500 with the Cummins and g56 6 speed manual. I’m not a ram fanboy so I looked at all the brands before I went with the ram. The reliability of the Cummins engine is really what sold me on it. I got the tradesman with the chrome package and it ended up being a lot cheaper than most half ton trucks! The diesels hold their value a lot better than gasoline engines and they just simply run longer. I haven’t regretted getting the ram once. The towing power it has is just ridiculous compared to a gasoline engine. UPDATE: 1 year later.... still just as happy with it as I was when it was new. My ONLY complaint is the location of the oil filter, you can’t get it out without dumping half the oil out of it. It’s not hard to get to through the passenger side fender well but you’ve just got to tilt the filter to one side. I guess it’s only a problem if you do your own oil changes
Features & Specs
Our experts like the 2500 models:
- ParkSense Front/Rear Park Assist System
- Alerts the driver to unseen objects front or rear. Crucial in a big truck such as this with limited forward and rearward visibility.
- ParkView Rear Back Up Camera
- Displays an image of the area immediately behind the bed. Now standard equipment, it displays the image on the touchscreen in most models.
- Cargo View Camera
- Shows an image of the truck bed, including any fifth-wheel tow hitch assembly.