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2023 Ram 2500 review

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Pros

  • Impressive engine choices
  • Rebel trim adds new off-road option
  • Useful trailering technology

Cons

  • Cummins diesel engine is noisy
  • High driver position may be challenging for some drivers
  • Fuel economy of only 15-20 mpg in actual use

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2023 Ram 2500 is built for work and play

Heavy-duty trucks are built for hard work or hard play. They’re designed to tow the heaviest trailers and haul up to two tons of cargo. The Ram 2500 is a solid player in the comparatively small field of consumer pickups with enhanced capability. Competitors are few, but tough, such as the Ford F-250, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, and GMC Sierra HD.

For the 2023 model year, the Ram 2500 is among the top options available. This was the first year for the Rebel trim level, which delivered an off-road-ready truck at an affordable price point. The Rebel includes a special off-road suspension, four-wheel drive, plus the buyer’s choice of a 6.4-liter HEMI® V8 engine or 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel engine. The Ram also received upgrades to its available towing equipment, including new trailer tow camera views, along with power-telescoping trailering mirrors. A new Trailer Reverse Steering Control system is also available, making it easier to guide a trailer while backing up. Finally, Ram added an available 12.3-inch digital instrumentation display.

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What is new for the 2023 Ram 2500?

  • The Power Wagon trim has been discontinued for 2023.
  • Adjustable Suspension, RamBox, and Dual Rear Wheels features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Laramie trim now comes with Remote Start and Navigation System as standard equipment.
  • The Bighorn trim now comes with Smart Key, Alloy Wheels, and Android Auto as standard equipment.
  • The Lonestar trim now comes with Smart Key, Alloy Wheels, and Android Auto as standard equipment.

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5 reasons to buy the 2023 Ram 2500

What We Like

Towing and cargo capacity: With a payload capacity of 4,010 pounds, you can haul two tons of stuff, or tow up to 20,000 pounds with the proper configuration.

That’s more trailer weight than the law allows on a standard driver’s license, so it’s fair to say the Ram can handle anything you want to tow or haul.

Powerful engine options: The HEMI V8 engine makes 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, or choose the six-cylinder Cummins and you’ll get 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission and available four-wheel-drive system round out the Ram’s capability.

Trailering technology: Trailer Reverse Steering Control allows the driver to enter a few measurements before the Ram’s camera system tracks the trailer position to back up and guide the trailer. There’s a dial on the dash, and you simply rotate the dial left or right in the direction you want the trailer to go while the system controls the steering wheel. Trailer tow mirrors with telescoping capability are available across the Ram lineup.

What Needs Improvement

Fuel economy: The trade-off for all that engine power is reduced fuel economy. The EPA does not officially estimate fuel economy for heavy-duty trucks, but most drivers can expect 15-20 mpg when the Ram 2500 is unloaded, and less when hauling or towing.

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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

Lonestar 2WD 2D Regular Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Long Bed
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Bed Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Dual Rear Wheels
  • Fifth Wheel Tow Hitch
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Gooseneck Tow Hitch
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear Defroster
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

6.4L

Horsepower

410

Torque (ft-lbs)

429

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

32

Wheelbase

140.5"

Overall length

232"

Width

79.4"

Height

78"

Leg room

F 40.9"

Head room

F 39.8"

Front tires

LT275/70SR18

Rear tires

LT275/70SR18

Seating capacity

3

Max towing capacity

1497/14970 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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