Thumbs Up: Turbodiesel torque, reasonable ride quality for a heavy-duty truck
Thumbs Down: To big to park in tight lots
Buy This Truck If: If you’re a Mopar guy and need a heavy duty truck, this is it
I just reviewed the 2010 Ram 2500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 back in December, so I’ll just summarize my last review by saying it does everything you expect a large, heavy duty pickup to do. Heavy duty trucks don’t make a lot of sense unless you need their towing or hauling capacity; while I didn’t have a chance to test either, I got the distinct impression that the Ram 2500 with the Cummins turbodiesel motor could easily tow the maximum load of 15,450 pounds with very little drama. This time around, I saw 16.6 MPG instead of the 12.6 MPG returned by my last 2010 Ram 2500 tester, and I’d attribute much of the difference to the fact that my latest Ram 2500 rode on stock wheels and tires, not oversized mud-terrain tires. This version had a standard ride height instead of a 2” lift, and that made a noticeable difference in handling. Driving the lifted Ram on-road was a chore, but driving the latest Ram on pavement was far more enjoyable.
Base sticker price on this non-Mopar accessorized tester was $53,805, but that included the $950 destination charge and $10,405 worth of accessories. The Cummins turbo diesel engine adds $7,615 by itself, and the six speed, heavy-duty automatic transmission adds $405. The Deep Water Blue paint is $225, the leather interior is $500, the Media Center (including navigation) is $800, the back up camera (very helpful in a vehicle the size of a condo) is $200, the remote start system is $185, the integrated trailer brake controller is $230 and the bedliner is $245. You could save a few dollars by omitting options that aren’t needed, but it’s not like saving $500 will have a significant impact on the price of a $50k pickup.
Besides, as I pointed out in my last review, you either need a heavy duty pickup or you don’t. If you do, and you’re a Mopar guy, this is the only truck you’d shop. It costs what it costs, which is slightly less than comparable trucks from Ford ($59,155) and Chevy ($57,780). If you need a truck with the Ram’s capabilities, I’d call that price of admission a bargain.