2019 Ram 2500 Review
Which 2500 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Impressive power and torque from available diesel engine
- Versatile and 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
- The 2019 Ram 2500 is completely redesigned
- Stronger and lighter frame components
- Upgraded powertrains and transmissions
- New interior and exterior styling
- Part of the fifth Ram 2500 generation introduced for 2019
Overall rating7.9 / 10
When you're already on top of the mountain, it's difficult to get any higher. But that's what the 2019 Ram 2500 has done. Already a class-leading heavy-duty pickup truck, the redesigned Ram 2500 has added all the modern tech you could ask for. It also has more towing and hauling power than ever before. And as if that weren't enough, the new 2500 has one of the most impressive interiors in its class.
The 2019 Ram 2500's frame is now made with more high-strength steel, and some body panels made from aluminum help bring the Ram's overall weight down. But it's not just the hardware that stands out. Available safety features such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning have been added to the lineup as well.
Under the hood, the Ram 2500 gives you a choice of one of two engines: a standard 6.4-liter gasoline V8 or an optional turbocharged 6.7-liter six-cylinder diesel. The V8 is now paired to an eight-speed transmission that increases efficiency and drivability. The optional turbodiesel gets more torque and more towing power, putting it right at the top of the heap when it comes to optional heavy-duty pickup truck engines.
Naturally, Chevrolet and Ford offer heavy-duty trucks of their own that offer stout capability as well. But if you're shopping for a heavy-duty pickup truck, the 2019 Ram 2500 should be at the top of your list to check out.
2019 Ram 2500 models
Whatever your needs, a heavy-duty truck such as the 2019 Ram 2500 probably has a configuration that will fit your fancy. There are three cab styles, two bed lengths, two engines, two transmissions, and six trim levels to choose from: Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Longhorn, Limited and Power Wagon.
Cab styles include a two-door regular cab, a four-door crew cab and a four-door jumbo crew cab called the Mega Cab. The regular cab comes with a long bed (8 feet) only, while the crew cab has either the long bed or the short bed (6 feet 4 inches). The Mega Cab rides on the same wheelbase as the long-bed crew cab but combines an even bigger cabin with the short bed.
The standard engine for the Ram 2500 is a 6.4-liter V8 (410 hp, 429 lb-ft of torque) paired to 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. It puts out 370 hp and 850 lb-ft and is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2500 is available with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, except the Power Wagon, which is available in 4WD form only.
The Tradesman is the most basic trim. Standard feature highlights include 17-inch steel wheels, a locking tailgate, air conditioning, a 40/20/40-split front bench, a tilt-only steering wheel, a 3.5-inch driver information display, vinyl upholstery, and a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port and a 5-inch touchscreen interface.
Power windows and locks, including the locking tailgate, are standard on crew-cab models, as are power-adjustable heated mirrors. Regular-cab models have manual controls and non-heated mirrors by default.
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, full power accessories for all body styles, and an extra charge-only USB port.
The Laramie builds off the Big Horn/Lone Star and adds more chrome trim (including the bumpers), a soft-closing tailgate, LED headlights and taillights, foglights, a 115-volt power outlet, power-folding auto-dimming mirrors, remote ignition, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch driver display screen, a power-adjustable driver's seat, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory functions, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an upgraded driver information display, a 10-speaker surround-sound audio system, HD and satellite radio, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Longhorn adds to the Laramie's substantial features list by including a chrome mesh grille, a spray-in bedliner, LED bed lights, automatic high beams, automatic wipers, upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, wood interior and steering wheel trim, power-adjustable pedals with memory settings, front bucket seats, heated rear seats, and a navigation system.
The Limited trim adds power-deployable running boards, 20-inch wheels, additional chrome exterior trim, the RamBox cargo management system (includes bedside storage compartments, an adjustable bed divider and tie-downs), and special black leather upholstery.
Finally, there's the off-road-themed Power Wagon, which is available only in crew-cab 4WD with the short bed and the 6.4-liter V8. It has some slightly different exterior and interior styling changes, but it's the extensive mechanical upgrades that make a Power Wagon. They include unique 17-inch wheels shod with aggressive all-terrain tires, off-road shock absorbers, tow hooks, skid plates, a manual transfer case, electronically locking front and rear differentials with a 4.10 axle ratio, hill descent control, an integrated front winch, and a front stabilizer bar that can be disconnected electronically to improve wheel articulation off-road.
There's also a way to get Power Wagon capability at a lower price. The Power Wagon option package can be added to a crew-cab Tradesman V8 4WD. That way, you get all of the Power Wagon mechanical bits, including the fender flares, but none of the bodywork styling cues or graphics.
Those who aren't looking for the extreme capability of the Power Wagon can add the Off-Road package that is available on 2500 crew-cab and Mega Cab 4WD models. This package can be paired with either the standard V8 or the optional turbodiesel, and it includes hill descent control, tow hooks, a transfer case skid plate and upgraded shocks.
Many upper-trim features are available on lower trim levels as part of packages or as stand-alone options. Other option highlights include a load-leveling air suspension, tow mirrors, a cargo-view camera, a 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen, wireless smartphone charging, 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, off-road tires, a 17-speaker stereo system, a CD player and a sunroof.
|Overall||7.9 / 10|
For such a massive rig, the Ram 2500 accelerates, handles and stops reasonably well. Full-throttle acceleration is gradual but totally adequate. The Ram took 8.3 seconds to do 0-60 mph at the Edmunds test track, which is respectable for the segment. A simulated-panic stop from 60 mph took 140 feet — an average distance for a heavy-duty truck.
Around corners, there isn't a lot of body roll and the tires are reasonably grippy. The steering is 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 Laramie trim is not ideal because the suspension is optimized for load carrying. But the Power Wagon has some serious off-road capability that most 2500s 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 12.3-inch touchscreen on our tester is one of the best in the business. 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 power-deployable side steps and big openings from all four doors. Visibility is excellent thanks to the large windows and relatively low beltline.
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. With our Laramie 4x4 test truck, the maximum payload is 2,520 pounds and max towing sits at 19,040 pounds. Both are impressive numbers, even among the admittedly strong competition.
The Ram 2500's center console is impressive, and the rear half of the cab has cavernous cargo capacity. The center console is huge, and small storage bins abound. If you're carrying kids, the ultra-wide back seat can easily hold three child seats, and the seat anchors are accessible.
The Ram's 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 operate 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.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the 2500 models:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Warns the driver of an imminent front-end collision and can apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop.
- Front and Rear Park Assist
- Sounds an alert as the truck approaches an object in front of or behind the vehicle, helping to prevent low-speed collisions.
- Surround-View Camera
- Gives a simulated 360-degree bird's-eye view of the vehicle to help fit into tight spaces.
Used 2019 Ram 2500 Overview
The Used 2019 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), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Power Wagon 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (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), Limited 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Longhorn 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Big Horn 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Laramie 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.4L 8cyl 8A), and Big Horn 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A). Pre-owned Ram 2500 models are available with a 6.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 410 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Ram 2500 comes with four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Ram 2500 comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 100000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Ram 2500?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Ram 2500 trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Ram 2500 Big Horn is priced between $46,198 and$64,995 with odometer readings between 10596 and85007 miles.
- The Used 2019 Ram 2500 Tradesman is priced between $40,999 and$54,590 with odometer readings between 9519 and55397 miles.
- The Used 2019 Ram 2500 Laramie is priced between $60,998 and$70,499 with odometer readings between 4050 and28030 miles.
- The Used 2019 Ram 2500 Limited is priced between $74,000 and$74,499 with odometer readings between 31626 and37361 miles.
- The Used 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is priced between $57,499 and$66,999 with odometer readings between 3760 and21477 miles.
- The Used 2019 Ram 2500 Longhorn is priced between $67,999 and$67,999 with odometer readings between 30596 and30596 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 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.