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Ram 2500

The Ram 2500 (sold as the Dodge Ram 2500 prior to the 2011 model year) is a heavy-duty truck known for its towing power and versatility, roomy and comfortable cabs, and long list of optional luxury upgrades.

Latest generation
2019 - present
2019-present Ram 2500 generation
$43,998 - $68,998*
Previous generation
2011 - 2018
2011-2018 Ram 2500 generation
$29,998 - $60,998*
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RepairPal reliability rating

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Ram 2500 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ram 2500 17th out of 25 among Fullsize Trucks.


RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Ram 2500 is $1039, compared to an average of $767 for Fullsize Trucks and $619 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.


According to RepairPal, Ram 2500 owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.8 times per year, compared to an average of 2.3 times for Fullsize Trucks and 1.4 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.


RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 21% for the Ram 2500, compared to an average of 20% for Fullsize Trucks and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

2019 - present

2019-present Ram 2500 generation

With two powerful engines to choose from, a stronger, lighter frame, a more upscale interior, and lots of comfort and tech features, the current-generation Ram 2500 blends luxury and heavy-duty utility. 

With its 2019 redesign, the Ram 2500 gained more capability over its predecessors and took a quantum leap forward in terms of technology features. 

The old 5.7-liter V8 is gone, and the more powerful 6.4-liter gasoline V8 is the Ram’s standard engine. The six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine boasts the same impressive 850 lb-ft of torque as before, but it has been redesigned to improve efficiency. With a max towing capacity of 19,990 pounds and max payload of 3,910 pounds, the Ram 2500 is very competitive in the heavy-duty segment. 

This generation Ram 2500 offers a smoother and quieter ride compared to direct competitors, and it can be optioned up with an impressively luxurious and high-tech cabin. The seats are comfortable for long drives, and the Mega Cab configuration offers plenty of space for rear passengers. The large touchscreens are easy to use and include smartphone connectivity, and you get crisp visibility for the available camera systems. The optional 12-inch touchscreen is especially impressive.

The Ram 2500 started offering driver aids such as automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring in 2019, finally bringing advanced driver assist technology to the 2500 lineup. 

What you can expect to pay for a 2019 - 2022 Ram 2500

Median Ram 2500 price at CarMax in the last 60 days
Range of Ram 2500 prices at CarMax in the last 60 days

Model highlights

  • 850 lb-ft of torque from optional diesel engine

  • Available 12-inch touchscreen infotainment

  • Available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration

  • Available forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking

  • Available heated and cooled seats

  • Available 360-degree camera

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2011 - 2018

2011-2018 Ram 2500 generation

The 2011-2018 Ram 2500 is a capable truck with a surprisingly quiet ride and a much more upscale interior than its competitors at the time. A number of technology features only appear in later years, but that doesn’t detract from this generation’s competence.

The Ram 2500 was technically redesigned for the 2010 model year, when it was still sold as the Dodge Ram 2500. In 2011, Ram moved out from under Dodge and became its own brand. 

This generation features a more upscale interior than previous trucks, a retuned suspension for improved ride comfort, and a new crew-cab configuration, replacing the older Quad Cab body style. The 2011 model also introduced an electronic brake controller (to help with towing heavy trailers) and a tire pressure monitor as well as a more powerful optional turbodiesel engine.

A 5.7-liter V8 making 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque came standard in this generation, paired with a six-speed automatic from 2012 on. A more powerful, optional 6.5-liter gasoline V8 was added for 2014. For enhanced towing capability, there is a 6.7-liter inline six-cylinder Cummins turbodiesel that produces up to 350 horses and up to 850 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic and makes the most power when matched to the automatic. 

Trim levels changed slightly over the course of this generation but generally included the workhorse Tradesman, the volume-selling SLT, and the luxurious Laramie. There are also the plusher Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims and the off-road-oriented Power Wagon. Among the Power Wagon's notable features are skid plates, all-terrain tires, and electronically locking differentials.

Higher trim levels offer standard and optional niceties like dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and even heated and ventilated seats. Early 2500 models offer Bluetooth® and a GPS navigation system.

A major refresh in 2013 added more technology and capability. Ram strengthened the truck’s frame and increased maximum power from the optional turbodiesel, increasing max towing capability. Ram also added an easy-to-use 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a major improvement over the older navigation unit. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® were finally added in 2018.

What you can expect to pay for a 2012 - 2018 Ram 2500

Median Ram 2500 price at CarMax in the last 60 days
Range of Ram 2500 prices at CarMax in the last 60 days

Model highlights

  • Optional diesel engine produces up to 800 lb-ft of torque

  • Available heated and cooled seats

  • Available rearview camera (standard for 2018)

  • Available touchscreen infotainment

  • Available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (added for 2018)

  • Available Bluetooth connectivity

  • No major driver aids available

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Changes by year

Latest generation from 2019 - present

2022 Ram 2500

2022 Ram 2500 Laramie

New for 2022

  • Latest generation hardware and software for infotainment touchscreens

  • Trailer tow package now includes remote trailering camera systems for improved visibility and awareness

  • Electric transfer case and upgraded stereo now available for the off-road-oriented Power Wagon trim

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2021 Ram 2500

2021 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn

New for 2021

  • Optional digital rearview mirror added

  • Longhorn trim now called Limited Longhorn

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2020 Ram 2500

2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

New for 2020

  • Lane-keeping assist and adaptive steering become new options

  • Optional 50-gallon fuel tank added

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2019 Ram 2500

2019 Ram 2500 Limited

New for 2019

  • Completely redesigned with new construction, powertrains, technology, and design

  • Lighter body and stronger frame than previous generation

  • Base 5.7-liter gasoline V8 discontinued

  • 6.4-liter gasoline V8 (410 hp, 429 lb-ft) now standard

  • New optional turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine (370 hp, 850 lb-ft)

  • Tow rating increased to 19,990 pounds (with gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailer)

  • Available driver aids, including automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring

  • Available 12-inch infotainment screen 

  • Available 360-degree camera 

  • Compressed natural gas V8 engine discontinued

  • SLT trim discontinued, replaced by base Tradesman trim

  • Laramie Longhorn and Laramie Limited trim levels renamed Longhorn and Limited

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Previous generation from 2011 - 2018

2018 Ram 2500

2018 Ram 2500 Laramie

New for 2018

  • Rearview camera standard on all trim levels

  • Available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

  • Manual transmission option for diesel engine discontinued

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2017 Ram 2500

2017 Ram 2500 Limited

New for 2017

  • 4x4 Off-Road package includes upgraded V8 engine and suspension upgrades

  • Outdoorsman trim discontinued

  • Design updates to Power Wagon, including new colors and upholstery

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2016 Ram 2500

2016 Ram 2500 Laramie

New for 2016

  • Compressed natural gas V8 availability expanded

  • Optional front parking sensors

  • Optional bed camera view

  • Max towing capacity updated to 17,980 pounds

  • Limited trim renamed Laramie Limited

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2015 Ram 2500

2015 Ram 2500 Tradesman

New for 2015

  • Optional power-folding tow mirrors added

  • Hill-descent control now standard on Power Wagon

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2014 Ram 2500

2014 Ram 2500 Laramie

New for 2014

  • Optional 6.5-liter gasoline V8 (410 hp, 429 lb-ft) 

  • Coil-spring rear suspension added to improve ride quality

  • Optional load-leveling rear air suspension 

  • Optional gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailer preparation 

  • Max towing capacity updated to 17,970 pounds

  • New top-tier Limited trim introduced

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2013 Ram 2500

2013 Ram 2500 SLT

New for 2013

  • Significant refresh with revised exterior and interior design

  • Updated gauge cluster with larger optional digital information display

  • Available 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system

  • Optional turbocharged diesel engine producing 385 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque

  • Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) reservoir

  • Optional front-axle disconnect on 4x4 models to improve fuel economy

  • Available proximity entry and push-button start

  • Available Class V conventional trailer hitch system with 17,000-pound capacity

  • Max towing capacity updated to 18,350 pounds

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2012 Ram 2500

2012 Ram 2500 Big Horn

New for 2012

  • Six -speed automatic transmission now standard with gasoline V8

  • RamBox® storage available for short bed models

  • Max towing capacity updated to 15,500 pounds

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2011 Ram 2500

2011 Ram 2500 Laramie

New for 2011

  • Vehicle name changes from Dodge Ram 2500 to Ram 2500

  • Optional diesel engine produces 350 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque when equipped with 6-speed automatic transmission

  • Standard 5.7-liter gasoline V8 (383 hp, 400 lb-ft) with five-speed automatic transmission

  • Power Wagon package becomes standalone trim level

  • Outdoorsman trim added, with both off-road and trailering features standard

  • Crew-cab model available

  • Available Bluetooth connectivity and iPod® integration

  • Available GPS navigation

  • Available heated and ventilated seats

  • Available power-adjustable pedals

  • Available electric trailer brake controller

  • Optional RamBox bed storage compartments

  • Max towing capacity of 15,450 pounds

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