2020 2500 New Car Test Drive
Like its lighter-duty 1500 counterpart, the heavy-duty 2019 Ram 2500 has been redesigned for the new model year. So has its stronger-yet, one-ton Ram 3500 sibling. Vying for dominance in the heavy-duty pickup truck category, the 2019 models not only look great, they promise greater power, along with enhanced capabilities. Ram Trucks continues to offer a Power Wagon, ready to flex its metallic muscles for the most demanding tow/haul tasks.
Grilles are larger for 2019, and the model lineup has changed. LED lighting has been added, and engines deliver more power. Heavy-duty pickups now use an 8-speed automatic transmission, and more advanced safety technology is available. Passenger accommodations have become more luxurious, too.
A new suspension design improves the ride, and an available rear air suspension now includes driver-activated bed-lowering mode. Use of lightweight materials has reduced overall weight by up to 143 pounds. A new 360-degree surround-view camera system features a trailer reverse guidance view.
Heavy-duty Ram trucks come in a broad selection of trim levels: work-ready Tradesman, Big Horn and similar Lone Star (sold only in Texas), Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited ? along with the Power Wagon. Buyers can choose from two engines, three transmissions, two cargo bed lengths, and three cab configurations, with rear-drive or four-wheel drive. Like other full-size domestic pickups, heavy-duty Rams can add a dizzying array of additional-cost options.
Regular-cab models come only with an 8-foot bed. Four-door Crew Cab trucks may have either an 8-foot or a 6-foot 4-inch bed. Each massive Mega Cab model gets the shorter bed.
The base engine is a 6.4-liter V-8 that ships up 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, driving an 8-speed automatic. Under light loads, half of the V-8's cylinders can shut down, to reduce fuel consumption.
Buyers who pull heavy loads might prefer the optional Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline-6, rated at 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet. If even that won't suffice, a Ram 3500 can be equipped with a mighty 400-horsepower, high-output turbodiesel that can generate 1,000 pound-feet of torque. Turbodiesel Rams use a 6-speed automatic.
The V-8-powered Power Wagon rolls on chunky 33-inch tires and a raised, off-road suspension. An electronic-disconnecting sway bar provides greater articulation on remote trails.
Neither federal nor independent agencies have crash-tested a 2019 Ram 2500.
Blind-spot monitors are standard on the Limited trim level, but optional elsewhere. Active-safety technology such as forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking is optional for all Ram 2500 models. Lower trim levels can add parking sensors, while upper levels get a version with parking assistance. Options include a cargo camera and a surround-view camera system..
Prices do not include $1,695 destination charge.
Regular CabTradesman with 8-foot Bed ($33,395 with rear-drive, $36,295 with four-wheel drive) comes with a vinyl floor covering and upholstery, front bench seat, manual windows, keyless entry and start, 5.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, Bluetooth, trailer hitch, air conditioning, and 17-inch steel wheels. Cloth upholstery, active-safety features, and rear air suspension are optional.
Big Horn with 8-foot Bed ($37,645 with RWD, $40,545 with 4WD) adds power towing mirrors, an integrated brake controller, 18-inch chrome-clad wheels, and chrome bumpers. An 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation is optional. So is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Lone Star with 8-foot Bed ($37,645 with RWD, $40,545 with 4WD) is similar to Big Horn, but sold only in Texas.
Crew CabTradesman with 6'4″ Bed ($36,950 with rear-drive, $39,850 with four-wheel drive) is equipped similar to regular-cab Tradesman, but with power front windows.
Tradesman with 8-foot Bed ($37,150 with RWD, $40,050 with 4WD)
Big Horn with 6'4″ Bed ($40,545 with RWD, $42,300 with 4WD) is equipped similar to regular-cab Big Horn.
Big Horn with 8-foot Bed ($42,100 with RWD, $45,000 with 4WD)
Lone Star with 6'4″ Bed ($40,545 with RWD, $42,300 with 4WD) is equipped similar to regular-cab Lone Star.
Lone Star with 8-foot Bed ($42,100 with RWD, $45,000 with 4WD)
Laramie with 6'4″ Bed ($46,500 with RWD, $49,300 with 4WD) includes 18-inch wheels, leather seat upholstery, power front seats, power sliding rear window, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen.
Laramie with 8-foot Bed ($49,100 with RWD, $52,000 with 4WD)
Laramie Longhorn with 6'4″ Bed ($56,300 with RWD, $59,200 with 4WD) comes with upgraded leather, leather/wood heated steering wheel, navigation, power-adjustable pedals, and chrome running boards.
Laramie Longhorn with 8-foot Bed ($56,500 with RWD, $59,400 with 4WD)
Limited with 6'4″ Bed ($61,300 with RWD, $64,200 with 4WD), the top trim level, comes with heated front/rear seats, cooled front seats, heated leather/wood steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals with memory, blind-spot monitors, and 12.0-inch touchscreen with navigation.
Limited with 8-foot Bed ($61,000 with RWD, $63,900 with 4WD)
4×4 Power Wagon with 6'4″ Bed ($52,900 with 4WD) comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, 33-inch Wrangler DuraTrac off-road tires, LED lighting, a Warn winch, electronic-locking front/rear differentials, Bilstein shock absorbers, powder-coated bumpers, and flamboyant graphics.
4×4 Mega Cab with 6'4″ Bed and Four-wheel Drive
Big Horn 4WD ($46,500) is equipped similar to Crew Cab Big Horn.
Lone Star 4WD ($46,500 is equipped similar to Crew Cab Lone Star.
Laramie 4WD ($53,500) is equipped similar to Crew Cab Laramie.
Laramie Longhorn 4WD ($60,700) is equipped similar to Crew Cab Longhorn.
Limited 4WD ($65,700) is equipped similar to Crew Cab Limited..