2018 Ram 2500

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Ram 2500 highlights

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  • Excellent torque and towing capacity with optional diesel engine
  • High-quality cabin design and materials
  • Comfortable and quiet ride
  • Mega Cab offers roomy back seat


  • Diesel makes less power with standard manual transmission
  • Driver aids are not available

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The 2018 Ram 2500 finally gets standard rearview camera, Apple CarPlay®

The 2018 Ram 2500 (formerly known as the Dodge Ram 2500) has plenty of strengths, from its powerful optional engines to its stand-out ride quality in the heavy-duty class. For 2018, Ram made a few notable upgrades to the 2500’s technology features. First, a rearview camera is finally standard equipment on all trim levels. Second, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay are available for the first time on the Ram 2500. That said, driver aids like forward collision alert and blind-spot monitoring are not available for 2018.

A range of trim levels and variety of cab and bed configurations offer plenty of customization to choose from, depending on your needs. The base Tradesman trim is a strong option for a work truck, while the Laramie trim adds plenty of luxuries. There’s also the Power Wagon for maximum off-road capability. Two beds are available, either a 6-foot 4-inch or 8-foot box.

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What is new for the 2018 Ram 2500?

  • The Laramie Power Wagon and Outdoorsman trims have been discontinued for 2018.
  • Leatherette & Cloth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Tradesman trim now comes with Rear View Camera and Manual Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The Lonestar trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.
  • The Power Wagon trim now comes with Power Seat(s) and Rear View Camera as standard equipment.
  • The SLT trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.
  • The Bighorn trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.
  • The Laramie trim now comes with Remote Start as standard equipment.
  • The Laramie Longhorn trim now comes with Smart Key as standard equipment.

2018 Ram 2500 trims

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  • 383-hp, 400-lb-ft of torque 5.7L
  • 410-hp, 429-lb-ft of torque 6.4L
  • 350-hp, 660-lb-ft of torque 6.7L
  • Rear View Camera
  • Cruise Control
  • Traction Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Vinyl Seats
  • Tow Hitch
  • 4WD/AWD
  • Manual Transmission
  • View our Ram 2500 Tradesman inventory





  • Includes all features available on the Lonestar
  • Parking Sensors
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • A/C Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Memory Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Alpine Sound System
  • Leatherette Seats
  • View our Ram 2500 Laramie inventory

Laramie Longhorn:

Laramie Limited:

Power Wagon:

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Ram 2500

What We Like

Strong optional engines: The Ram 2500’s optional turbocharged diesel engine puts out 800 lb-ft of torque, and maximizes the truck’s towing capacity. An optional 6.5-liter V8 engine offers a power bump over the standard V8, and produces 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque.

Excellent comfort: Heavy-duty trucks add capability at the cost of comfort, but the Ram 2500’s coil-spring suspension makes for a more forgiving ride than top competitors. The cabin is quiet, with cushy seats and lots of comfort upgrades in higher trims, like heated and ventilated front seats.

Off-road-ready Power Wagon: Ram equipped the Ram 2500 Power Wagon with a comprehensive list of upgraded parts and bolt-ons designed for off-roading, including locking differentials, a manual transfer case, skid plates, a power winch, and a ton of additional lights.

What needs improvement

Driver aids remain unavailable: For 2018, the Ram’s rearview camera is finally standard equipment, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto became available for the first time. Unfortunately, the 2018 Ram lacks driver aids like forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.7 out of 5

9 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Ram 2500 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks Ram 2500 12th out of 19 among Fullsize Trucks.

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Ram 2500 features and specs

SLT 2WD 2D Regular Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bed Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • CD Audio
  • Fifth Wheel Tow Hitch
  • Gooseneck Tow Hitch
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Long Bed
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Defroster
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41"

Head room

F 39.9"

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Max towing capacity

1177/11770 lbs.



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