2018 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Trucks for sasle in Avondale, AZ

The 2018 Ram 2500 heavy-duty truck stands out in a macho market

Get a good look at the Ram 2500 as it stands now--because, sometime in 2019, this infamous and legendary HD truck is going to be shedding its skin and emerging into an all-new generation for the first time in nearly a decade. It's had about ten years to think and ponder, so expectations are high and likely to be met.

We can be pretty sure that it keeps the muscle, swagger, and "Big Rig" styling that's made the Ram 2500 one of the most recognizable--and most popular--heavy-duty trucks in its class. Fortunately, the current-gen 2018 model is still pretty great for the money.

Trim levels and features

There are seven 2018 Ram 2500 trim levels: Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Power Wagon, and Limited.

Opt for higher trim levels to get features like the Uconnect® 4C NAV System--with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, compatibility for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and hotspot connections through an optional 4G LTE Wi-Fi system--leather seats, and an interior that's so swanky that even the center console comes with a luxury lean. Or, choose a base trim like the Tradesman for an economical, stoic approach to modern truck interior design.

Exterior color options

Truck shoppers tend to like to take an individual approach to their pickups--that's why, on top of a number of low-volume, custom-order colors that are offered on the 2018 Ram 2500, there are more than a dozen standard single and dual-tone color options: New Holland Blue, Case IH Red, Blue Streak, Granite Crystal, True Blue, Bright Silver, Granite Crystal, Maximum Steel, Black Forest Green, Flame Red, Delmonico Red, Bright White, Brilliant Black, and RV Match Walnut Brown--whatever that is.

Configurable combinations for a changing class

Across the new lineup, there are more than 200 possible combinations of model, cab, bed, engine, and trim. The 2018 Ram 2500 offers three cab styles and two bed lengths:

Cab Options:

  • 2-door Regular Cab
  • 4-door Crew Cab
  • 4-door Mega Cab

Bed options:

  • 6'4" Short bed
  • 8.0" Regular bed

These can be mix-matched in a few different ways to help you find the perfect style and size of heavy-duty pickup truck for your unique needs and lifestyle. Choice is a beautiful thing.

HEMI®s and Cummins®

The 2018 Ram 2500 offers a choice of three engine options--though all engines may not be available on all configurations. The lightest option, a 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine, is good for 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The mid-range option, a 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine, makes 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. The top-tier option, a 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel Six-Cylinder engine, is good for 370 horsepower, but 800 pound-feet of torque.

The 5.7L V8 engine offers a max tow rating of 13,890 pounds when properly equipped; the 6.4L V8 engine boasts a best-in-class gas max tow rating of 16,320 pounds, and the hefty 6.7L Turbo Diesel engine can tow up to 17,980 pounds when properly equipped and configured. Payload ratings for the three engine options are 3060 pounds; 3990 pounds; and 3160 pounds, respectively.

Class-Exclusive towing equipment, like a standard five-link coil rear suspension or an available rear Auto-Level air suspension, makes the Ram 2500 one of the most comfortable workhorses on the market. But, that doesn't mean that this legendary HD truck isn't ready for an upgrade.

An up-and-coming generation of 2500 HD trucks

Information about the upcoming 2019 (2020?) Ram 2500 is being kept firmly under wraps by the tight-lipped truck brand for now. Expectations and estimates say that an all-new Ram 2500 should be debuting sometime at the end of 2018, or very early 2019.

Why all the hype? If the all-new Ram 2500 comes with half of the updates, changes, and upgrades that we saw for the 2019 Ram 1500, then the new Heavy-Duty line should be able to wash away its rivals with little effort.

What might be changing? Since the Ram 2500 hasn't gotten a new look in ten years, it can be said with confidence that a major exterior redesign is in the works--and a lot of that confidence comes from spy shots of camouflage that hide what looks like a new grille design, new headlight options, and a bulkier overall look.

Engine options may change; interior options and cabin features are likely to grow (in number, size, and price); Ram will probably deliver cool, limited-edition colors and trims to celebrate; and it will very likely add the Ram brand's new mild-hybrid electric system that we're seeing in the newest generation of Ram 1500 trucks.

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