2018 vs 2017 Ram 2500 Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 RAM 2500

2018 RAM 2500

Engine

5.7L V8

Horsepower

383 hp

Fuel Capacity

32 gal

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic


2017 RAM 2500

2017 RAM 2500

Engine

5.7L V8

Horsepower

383 hp

Fuel Capacity

32 gal

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

2018 RAM 2500 vs 2017 RAM 2500

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If the Ram 1500 serves as an entry point to the world of pickup trucks, the larger Ram 2500 is a heavy-duty choice: ideal for folks who need significantly more towing and hauling capabilities. It also offers a refined interior and class-leading ride comfort. The 2017 and 2018 model years of this three-quarter-ton truck constitute the Ram 2500's last editions of its fourth production cycle, with barely any changes between the two. Available in multiple configurations, the 2017 and 2018 Ram 2500 has up to eight trim levels: Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Power Wagon®, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited.

Performance

The standard engine on the 2017/2018 Ram 2500 is the 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine, which produces 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The lone exception, however, is the aptly-named Power Wagon®, which uses the larger, beefier 6.7-liter heavy-duty HEMI® V8, which provides 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. Optional on any trim is the 6.7-liter turbodiesel Cummings® inline 6-cylinder (I6) engine, which churns out 385 horsepower. On the 2017 model, the diesel-powered I6 provides 900 lb-ft of torque, while the 2018 model gets 930 lb-ft of torque. Each engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, with the choice to go with a 6-speed manual transmission instead. With the engine placed at the front, you can either go with a rear-wheel drivetrain (4x2) for a better distribution of the truck's weight from front to back, or a four-wheel drivetrain (4x4) to maximize its off-road ability.

Appearance

There are three body styles available on the 2017/2018 Ram 2500, which, in ascending order are the two-door Regular Cab and the four-door Crew Cab and Mega Cab. Only the Crew Cab is available with both 6'4" and 8" boxes; the Regular Cab is only available as an 8" and the Mega Cab as a 6'4". Notably, you'd need to go with a 4x4 system to have access to all eight trims on the Ram 2500. Automatic halogen quad headlamps and 17-inch steel wheels are standard on the truck; optional or added on upper-level trims are features like turn-signal indicators and heating capability on the side mirrors, 18- to 20-inch alloy wheels, and the RamBox® Cargo Management System for increased loading and unloading convenience.

Safety

For cushioning and restraint in the event of a collision, the 2017/2018 Ram 2500 has dual front impact airbags, dual side impact airbags, and dual side curtain airbags. Also standard on the truck are speed control for setting and maintaining a desired safe driving speed, four-wheel disc brakes for shortening stopping distances, electronic stability control for keeping you on your intended driving path, and the Sentry Key® Theft Deterrent System for protecting your truck from unauthorized access. Upper-level trims are more likely to have additions or enhancements such as hill descent control, a backup camera, front and/or rear parking sensors, and a security alarm.

To check out either the 2017 or 2018 edition of the Ram 2500, come see us at our dealership in Golden, Colorado. We have a great team of Ram specialists who can help you get the right Ram truck for you, and we have a good reputation involving customer service. (Check out our reviews on Cars.com, Edmunds.com, and DealerRater.com.) Give us a call today to set up an appointment.


* All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.
** Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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