2020 Ram 2500

2020 Ram 2500 Review: A Call To Arms

by Belinda Anderson

The fifth-generation full-sized pickup from Ram has put up with a lot of competition from the Ford F-series camp over the years. With light- and heavy-duty trucks remaining popular in the States, Ram responded to the recent F-250 redesign as a call to arms and introduced an all-new model in 2019 to better compete with its rival. For 2020, a few tweaks have been made to an already excellent product, which has truly managed to stare down the Ford Super Duty as well as the GMC Sierra 2500. With three cab styles - Regular, Crew Cab, and Mega Cab - the Ram 2500 can also be had with a 6'4" short box (SB) or an eight-foot-long box (LB), and while a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 is standard, the optional Cummins turbodiesel six-cylinder ups the available torque from 429 lb-ft of torque as standard to a hefty 850 lb-ft, which allows for a class-leading towing capacity of 19,780 pounds. The Ram 2500 is easily the best three-quarter-ton truck currently on the market, offering a sweet ride and a gorgeous interior, without compromising on the expected levels of capability.

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2020 Ram 2500 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 2500?

Despite an extensive overhaul for 2019, 2020 brings with it even more updates for the heavy-duty truck. Tipping its hat to safety, Ram has made lane keep assist and adaptive steering available to all trims, as well as blind-spot monitoring which is standard on the top trim. A trailer-tire pressure monitor can be had as well. An additional auxiliary camera setup is also available, and a larger, 50-gallon fuel tank can be equipped to all Crew Cab variants with the eight-foot bed. Lastly, two new colors are introduced for the year, Olive Green and Hydro Blue, while the Power Wagon variants get blacked-out wheels.

Pros and Cons

  • Handsome and less gimmicky looks than most
  • Class-leading towing capacity
  • Comfortable ride
  • Spacious and plush interior - for a truck
  • Standard safety features list is sparse
  • Higher-end trims are pricey
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is not available across the range

2020 Ram 2500 Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Tradesman
6.4-liter V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$33,895
Lone Star
6.4-liter V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$37,895
Big Horn
6.4-liter V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$37,895
Laramie
6.4-liter V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$49,450
Power Wagon
6.4-liter V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$53,350

2500 Exterior

The old grille design has been refreshed in favor of a bold Ram logo centered in the grille face - headlights, borrowed from its little brother, the 1500, flare out on each side, giving the front end a bullish appearance. Still, there are definite SUV influences in the exterior design, making this a much better-looking vehicle than the likes of the GMC Sierra or Ford's F-250. The exterior of each trim level also has its own unique look, with entry-level models heavily plastered with steel and black plastic, while top-end models get the chrome treatment. Entry-spec models ride on 17-inch wheels, while mid-range versions get 18-inch units. An upgrade to 20-inch wheels can be had on high-end trims, too. Two bed lengths - 8' or 6'4" - can be paired to the Crew Cab, while Regular Cabs come with the eight-foot box, and Mega Cabs with the smaller bed. A single-pane sunroof is optional to all but the base model.

2020 Ram 2500 Front Angle View Ram
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Dimensions

With so many available configurations, exterior dimensions vary across the range for the 2020 Ram 2500. Regular Cab models come only with an eight-foot box and have an overall length of 232 inches. The 4x2 variants have a 140-inch wheelbase, while 4x4 models have a wheelbase of 140.2 inches. Ground clearance is 13 inches. Width is 83.5 inches in this configuration, and height varies between 78 inches and 80.2, depending on the drivetrain.

Crew Cab variants can be had in either box length. With the shorter 6'4" box, the wheelbase is 149 inches and length is 238.8 in. These grow to 169 inches and 260.8 with the 8' box selected. Ground clearance ranges from 11.1 inches to 13.1, with either 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains selected. Height maxes out at 80.1 inches. The Power Wagon variant shares the same dimensions, although it is slightly taller at 80.9 inches, and boasts a ground clearance of 14.2 inches.

The biggest of cabins in the Mega Cab style is available only with the smaller box length, resulting in a 160.4-inch wheelbase and a total length just a smidgeon under 250 inches. Height and ground clearance are 80.1 inches and 13.1 inches, respectively.

Curb weights across the range start at 5,953 pounds for the base model, and top out at just over 7,000 lbs for the heaviest trim.

  • Length 232.0 in
  • Wheelbase 140.5 in
  • Height 78.0 in
  • Max Width 79.4 in

Exterior Colors

The palette for 2020 comprises a wide array of colors, including the two new shades for this model year; however, color choices are trim specific, with some shades not available, or alternatively, exclusive to, various trim levels. To further complicate things, there are twenty additional limited-availability colors to choose from, too. Some highlights from the standard palette include Flame Red and Bright White (at no cost), while Patriot Blue Pearl, Olive Green, and Granite Crystal Metallic can be had at additional cost (ranging in price from $100 to $200). There are also three options for a two-tone exterior, including Billet Silver Metallic, Diamond Black Crystal Pearl, and RV Match Walnut Brown Metallic. The low volume exterior color choices require a $450 outlay, but will give you access to the likes of Utility Orange, Light Cream, New Holland Blue, or Hills Green.

  • Delmonico Red Pearlcoat
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat
  • Pearl White
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat
  • RV Match Walnut Brown Metallic Clearcoat
  • Case IH Red, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
  • Black Clearcoat, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
  • Bright Green, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
  • Construction Yellow, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
  • Detonator Yellow Clearcoat, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
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2500 Performance

The engine options from 2019 carry over for this model year, namely a 6.4-liter V8 with outputs of 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque as standard, or a 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline-six with 370 hp and 850 lb-ft. Buyers can choose between 4x2 and 4x4 for most trims - only the Power Wagon is 4x4 exclusively as is any trim optioned with the Mega Cab body. Trucks are hardly expected to offer smooth engines that purr in refinement, and heavy-duty haulers such as this are designed to be efficient, functional and hard-working, with the capability to perform - not in terms of acceleration, but in terms of powerful hauling and carrying. As such, the Ram 2500 is pretty damn good. Towing up to 19,780 pounds is possible with the turbodiesel engine and the correct towing attachments, besting the GMC Sierra 2500 HD, but not quite managing the 24,200lbs of the Ford F-250. Even the default powertrain can manage in excess of 17,500 lbs. Although the 2020 models have not yet been run through acceleration tests, the 2019 model in Regular Cab Tradesman configuration managed the 0-60 mph trial in 7.2 seconds - marginally better than its Ford Super Duty rival.

2020 Ram 2500 Front View Driving Ram
2020 Ram 2500 Front View Driving 1 Ram
2020 Ram 2500 Rear View Driving Ram

Engine and Transmission

Equipped as standard to all models is a heavy-duty 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that produces 410 hp and 429 lb-ft, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All models, with the exception of the Power Wagon, can be optioned with a 370-hp and 850-lb-ft 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline-six. This monster engine gets an automatic six-speed transmission. While the default power plant is optimized for efficiency (as far as is possible for an engine that works this hard), the turbodiesel is aimed at maximum towing and payload-carrying capabilities. The result is that the V8 engine is slightly smoother and more pleasant for day-to-day driving, allowing for impressive-for-a-truck acceleration and overtaking in town or on the highway. The rougher, gruffer diesel motor isn't there to impress or charm - it comes to work with hoarse-toned determination and, although the six-shifter isn't the best, ultimately does what you ask it to do.

  • Engine
    6.4-liter V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Carrying over from last year's substantial upgrade, the five-link rear coil springs and the frequency response damping shocks have added immense value in one critical area: comfort. Big trucks are designed more for functionality and to work hard, so it makes a nice change to tangibly feel an improved ride quality and better handling, whether or not the cargo box is filled to the brim. In many comparisons with rivals such as GMC's Sierra or Ford's F-250, the Ram provides a much smoother ride with better road-holding and a confidence-inspiring sense of gravity. It also does really well in terms of isolating the cabin from rougher road surfaces. The Power Wagon trim is worth a special mention for its added off-roading prowess, and is exclusively available in 4x4 configuration with more than 14 inches of ground clearance. As further testament to Ram's commitment to passenger contentment, there is also an optional air suspension which can be fitted to 4x4 models to further enhance comfort levels.

Steering is light for the express purpose of making it easy to maneuver this large lump around, and it does so admirably in low-speed settings. At higher speeds and on the highway, there's a rather numb sense to the wheel, but it tracks straight and responds to input, albeit a little slowly.

2500 Gas Mileage

Like all heavy-duty haulers, the 2500 isn't rated by the EPA, and pinning down an exact figure for gas mileage is almost impossible. Buyers of vehicles like this have varying uses for these trucks, and, depending on what you do with it daily, and how you drive it, your fuel economy estimates can vary greatly. Owners of Ram 2500 trucks report that the 6.4 liter V8 manages anywhere between 13 and 14 mpg combined, while the bigger diesel motor can achieve upwards of 15 mpg. The standard fuel tank size is 31 gallons, affording the most efficient diesel engine with around 465 miles range, although a 32-gallon tank is fitted for Regular and Crew Cab models with the longer bed. Additionally, Crew Cab variants set up with the eight-foot bed can have a 50-gallon fuel tank optioned on - a new update for 2020 - which will substantially improve the distance between fill-ups.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    32.0 Gallons
* 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 4x2Regular Cab 8' Box

2500 Interior

Characterized by space and high-quality fit and finish, the interior of the Ram 2500 is also surprisingly plush. The cabin is well-insulated and effectively protected from too much road noise. Although the steering column only boasts tilt adjustment, the power-adjustable pedals mean that finding a good position as the driver is not a chore. The overall impression in the cabin is ergonomic, practical, and yet allowing for comfort and convenience too, with models near the top of the range fitted with leather upholstery and real wood accents that make for a pleasing sense of occasion. Varying cabin styles also mean you have the choice of seating only two in base form or a maximum of six occupants with the Crew Cab configuration. As for the Mega Cab, it's simply huge, and no one will be left wanting for additional space.

2020 Ram 2500 Dashboard Ram
2020 Ram 2500 Backup Camera Screen Ram
2020 Ram 2500 Infotainment System Ram
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Seating and Interior Space

One of the positives of having a broad range of models with various configurations and body styles is the resulting versatility that allows you to customize your cabin space to your needs. Base models in regular cab configuration seat two as standard, with the option of upgrading to a three-seater bench up front. Choosing to seat three-across in no way diminishes available space, though, and head and shoulder room remain ample. Crew Cab and Mega Cab versions can seat five or six occupants, depending on whether you opt for a bench in front or not. Mega Cab models have additional storage space behind the rear seats. Space remains readily available, no matter what configuration you choose, and the tallest, bulkiest of linebackers will easily fit three abreast in the rear. Despite being a large vehicle, getting in and out is not too hard, thanks to grab handles and optional running boards.

  • Seating capacity
    3-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 39.8 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The most basic Ram 2500 model comes with heavy-duty gray vinyl as standard, although black cloth can be applied optionally. One model up, the Big Horn, allows for premium cloth bucket seats or bench seating in Diesel Gray, Light Mountain Brown or combination black and Frost Beige, while the mid-spec Laramie upgrades to leather in either black or a combination of Mountain Brown and Frost Beige. The Power Wagon trim features cloth with unique embossed tread as standard, with leather optional. The Laramie Longhorn trim steps up the luxury offerings by making premium filigree leather seats in Mountain Brown and Light Mountain Brown the default, while combination black and Cattle Tan can also be selected. The top-end Limited trim can be had with black leather, or an Indigo and Frost leather duo.

2500 Trunk and Cargo Space

As the crux of the matter with trucks pertains to their ability to haul your goods around, load box size and cargo space is paramount. And, with numerous available configurations, there's a whole range of figures to pay attention to. The 6'4" bed length is 76.3 inches long and 66.4 inches wide, and, at a hair's breadth over 20 inches in depth, translates to a total of 57.5 cubic feet of cargo-carrying capacity. On the eight-foot box, the length is 98.3 inches, providing a grand total of 74.7 cubes for cargo. Depending on power- and drive-train, as well as your chosen body style, the Ram 2500 can carry up to 4,520 pounds worth of payload on the back.

The Ram's commodious cabin is not just about spacious head and legroom, offering considerate nooks and crannies for small items throughout. The center console bin is large and can hold your files, notebook computer, or lunchbox, and Mega Cab models provide two additional boxes behind the rear seats for safe storage of larger items.

The RamBox Cargo Management System is also available, which is comprised of dual storage bins inside the length the load bed. These useful, lockable cubbies are also drainable and feature LED lighting, a 115-volt outlet, and even remote access, enhancing the utility of the Ram 2500 even further.

2020 Ram 2500 Front View Driving 2 Ram
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2500 Infotainment and Features

Features

The base Tradesman model is understandably basic, featuring the bare essentials such as air conditioning, cruise control, push-button start, and rear vents to channel cool air to the back. The Laramie trim upgrades to dual-zone climate control. All models, barring the entry-spec Tradesman, can have a single-pane power sunroof installed optionally. As standard, all trucks in the range have a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines and zoom functionality, while a surround-view camera can be optioned on. Blind-spot monitoring is standard on the top trim but can be added to all trims, too. Front and rear parking sensors are standard from the Power Wagon trim level upwards, and although rear sensors aren't available to the Tradesman, they can be had on the Big Horn variant additionally. Luxuries such as heated and ventilated seats only come into play from the Laramie and Laramie Longhorn variants, respectively.

Infotainment

Standard fare in terms of infotainment on the entry-spec Tradesman is also quite basic, with a five-inch touchscreen display off which the Uconnect 3 system runs. This is paired to a four-speaker sound system, and comes standard with integrated voice commands, Bluetooth, two USB ports and an auxiliary jack input up front, and a few more USB charging ports in the rear. Lone Star and Big Horn trims are upgraded to six-speaker sound setups. The Laramie trim offers a better deal, with a larger 8.4-inch display with Uconnect 4 looking less dwarfed in the massive cabin of the Ram 2500. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard from this trim, and a ten-speaker Alpine sound system featuring a subwoofer is added. The Power Wagon keeps the upgraded screen, but only has a total of six speakers. The Laramie Longhorn equips the premium Alpine system and adds GPS navigation, SiriusXM, HD Radio, and various subscriptions to radio, traffic and travel interfaces. The top-end Limited gets the best in the range, sporting a 12-inch display with navigation, which can be added to all but the base model as a standalone add-on, or as part of an equipment package.

2500 Problems and Reliability

The 2019 version of the Ram 2500 faced two recalls pertaining to potentially faulty brakes and leaky fuel lines. It would seem, however, that the manufacturer has worked hard at improving the Ram 2500, as there were no recalls or complaints at the time of writing for the 2020 model. While J.D. Power has yet to evaluate the 2020 variant, comprehensive warranties are offered for five years or 36,000 miles for the powertrain, while the diesel engine gets five-year/100,000-mile coverage. A three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty is included.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles

2500 Safety

Heavy-duty trucks are rarely tested by the IIHS or NHTSA, and the Ram 2500 is no different. With no crash test scores to go on, it falls to the list of available safety features to convince you of this vehicle's ability to keep you safe.

Key Safety Features

Six airbags are standard across all models, configurations and cab sizes, as well as a rearview camera with dynamic gridlines, centerlines, and a zoom function. This can be optionally enhanced for all models by fitting a surround-view camera, which is included in the Tow Tech Group. There is also an available cargo view camera, remote auxiliary camera, forward collision mitigation, lane keep assist, and adaptive steering, all spread across various optional packages. Furthermore, blind-spot monitoring (which is standard only on the Limited trim) can be optioned on across the range. Front and rear park sensors are fitted to the Power Wagon, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited off the factory floor. The Big Horn edition can be equipped with these as part of a package, but the base model can only be had with front sensors optionally.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Ram 2500 a good Truck?

The previous year model seemed to have been a call to arms for the manufacturer; striving to best rivals like the Ford F-250 and GMC's Sierra 2500, Ram has truly come out with guns blazing from 2019. Not only does the Ram 2500 now provide towing capacities right up there with some of the greats as well as superior acceleration figures, but it offers a cabin that is far removed from the gritty, tough-as-nails functionality of the workhorse that it is. Plush leather, premium audio equipment, large infotainment displays, and pretty impressive fuel economy from the diesel engine, make for a really convincing package overall. While the Ford Super Duty remains popular in the U.S. on the sheer braggadocio of its best-seller status, we have no doubt that the Ram 2500 can easily deliver a knock-out punch, given the chance.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Ram 2500?

The very basic Tradesman has an MSRP of $33,745 in 4x2 configuration with the Regular Cab and eight-foot bed. Choosing the Crew Cab configuration will cost you $37,300 with the smaller bed, or $37,500 for the longer bed. $2,900 buys you the upgrade to 4x4 across the range. Big Horn and Lone Star models start at $37,995 with the regular cab and 4x2, and top out at $46,850 for the Mega Cab with 4x4.

The mid-range trims begin with the Laramie which carries a starting MSRP of $49,450 for the Crew Cab with the 6'4" box, while $200 on top of that gives you the eight-foot box. The Mega Cab can only be had in 4x4 guise and has a sticker price of $53,850. The unique Power Wagon can only be had in one configuration - the crew cab with the 6'4" box and 4x4, and is priced at $53,450.

Second from the top, the Laramie Longhorn's cheapest configuration costs $56,850, while the most expensive 4x4 with the Mega Cab body costs $61,250. Finally, the top-spec Limited has a starting price of $61,650 with the Crew Cab and shorter bed length, while the Mega Cab variant will set you back $66,350. For all models other than the Power Wagon, the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine can be equipped for an additional $9,100.

All prices exclude licensing, registration and other sundries, as well as a destination charge of $1,695.

2020 Ram 2500 Models

Seven models make up the 2020 Ram 2500 range, starting with the Tradesman, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie and Power Wagon, and topping out with the Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims. All models feature a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 as standard, with the option to upgrade to a 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel on all but the Power Wagon. The Power Wagon is also unique in being equipped with 4x4 as standard - all other models are 4x2 by default, with 4x4 being an option.

The Tradesman rides on 17-inch wheels as standard, and features a four-way manually adjustable driver's seat, optional front bench seating, and front armrest with cupholders, upholstered in vinyl. A five-inch touchscreen display with the Uconnect 3 infotainment system is standard, as are four speakers, air conditioning, hill start assist, rearview camera, push-button start, and trailer sway control.

Next up, the Big Horn with its 18-inch wheels and halogen headlamps, gets a small upgrade to the infotainment system in the form of two extra speakers. Remote keyless entry is included, as are a few more upholstery options. Almost identical to the Big Horn is the Lone Star edition, the Texas-pride Ram 2500 that shares all the same features as the Big Horn, but tips its hat at the Lone Star state with chrome exterior trim and unique badging.

The Laramie trim adds LED lighting, front and rear, to the features from the Big Horn, and gives more adjustability to the front seats (ten-way power adjustments for both the driver and passenger including lumbar support). Seats are heated in the front, and a larger 8.4-inch infotainment screen is added together with a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Power Wagon is also based on the Big Horn, but chooses an off-road focus. As a result, it is only available in one configuration: 4x4 with crew cab and a shorter bed length. It reverts to 17-inch wheels, but keeps the infotainment setup from the Laramie, minus three speakers and the subwoofer. It boasts the highest ground clearance in the range at 14.2 inches, but cannot be equipped with the diesel motor. Keeping the off-road focus in mind, the Power Wagon also gets a suspension aimed at tackling rougher terrain, and has a front disconnecting sway bar, front and rear axle lockers, and a 12,000-lbs winch for rescuing lesser trucks when needed.

Second from the top is the Laramie Longhorn, which can be had in Crew Cab (SB or LB) and Mega Cab (SB only) guises. It gets LED projector headlamps with automatic high beams, LED bed lighting, heated seats all around, and ventilated seats in front, as well as standard navigation, HD Radio, and leather upholstery.

The Limited trim is the apex model, with configurations in Crew Cab with two box lengths, and Mega Cab with one bed size. It boasts 20-inch wheels, power-deployable running boards, and limited leather bucket seats in unique color schemes. Seat adjustments include lumbar support, while the infotainment screen here is the biggest in the range: 12 inches, with navigation.

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Additional Packages

Depending on trim level, upgrades can be made by means of standalone add-ons or available packages. For the Tradesman, packages range from Chrome Appearance enhancements for $1,095, to the Level 1 Equipment Group (including additional interior storage, upgraded door trim panels, remote keyless entry, heated and powered mirrors and windows) for $895. The Safety Group package costs $2,095 and adds adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, blind-spot detection, and forward collision warning.

On the Big Horn, heated seats can be added together with a heated steering wheel and steering mounted controls for $445, while LED lighting can be equipped at $795. Various equipment groups are also available, to upgrade to bigger wheels, leather, a heated steering wheel, blind spot detection, remote start and a bigger infotainment screen for $4,890. The mid-spec Laramie gets access to the same, while the Power Wagon, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited get their own versions of these same packages. Fifth wheel/gooseneck towing prep costs $495 on all trims, while a 50-gallon fuel tank can be equipped to corresponding trims for $295.

🚗What Ram 2500 Model Should I Buy?

Generally speaking, there are two possible reasons for buying a heavy-duty truck: one, you need a workhorse to tow monstrous earth-moving equipment, horseboxes, or small houses; and two, you want the swagger of a badass truck to impress (intimidate?) people with. Depending on which of these reasons apply to you, we'd advise opting for at least the Laramie, or Laramie Longhorn trim. The Laramie has the basics needed to keep you comfortable and safe (with available options to add on if you want to), while still able to tow and haul the maximum - keep the stock 6.4-liter engine, add on the fifth-wheel hitch for $1,075 and you have yourselves a hard laborer. If your reasons for wanting a truck is the second option mentioned above, you'll have to opt for the Longhorn version to get the most out of its luxury, convenience and technological advances. It's worth a mention that if your truck will regularly be traversing rough terrain or going off-road, the Power Wagon can be similarly outfitted as the higher-spec trims, but with the benefit of better rough-housing capabilities.

2020 Ram 2500 Comparisons

Ram 1500 Ram
Ford F-250 Super Duty CarBuzz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Ram 2500410 hpTBC$33,895
Ram 1500 305 hp20/25 mpg$32,145
Ford F-250 Super Duty 385 hpTBC$34,035

2020 Ram 2500 vs Ram 1500

The baby brother to the Ram 2500 is also the donor from which many of the 2500 underpinnings stem. It seems an unlikely comparison, as the 1500 is lighter in weight and capability, but for many, it will remain a valid question: is it worth forking out over $4,000 more for the 2500? The Ram 1500 is a fine truck in and of itself, with all the same cargo capacities in terms of box length. It's naturally less bulky, and - as the names imply - one is for heavy-duty work while the other functions much better as a lifestyle vehicle that can be used for the occasional move, haul or tow. The 2500 is focused on carrying and hauling heavy items, and with both vehicles offering the same list of features, it really boils down to what you need from your truck. The 1500 offers better fuel economy, too, but cannot compare to the brute strength of its bigger, badder sibling.

See Ram 1500 Review

2020 Ram 2500 vs Ford F-250 Super Duty

The rivalry between Ram 2500 and Ford F-250 Super Duty is as American as the names of the Ram trucks themselves. While the Ford Super Duty continues to lead the pack in terms of sales and popularity, it is rapidly losing ground against the Ram truck that is now nipping at its heels in terms of pure power and capability - however, the Ford offers much more torque and a far greater towing capacity - while the Ram manages in excess of 19,700 pounds, you get 24,000 lbs and upwards from the Blue Oval now. Besides available muscle, the Ram 2500 has also come to the party in a much nicer outfit, looking smart both inside and out - the interior is sublime for a truck, with fine leather at the top-end of the spectrum. The Ford tries hard to keep up, but Ram has outdone itself in putting together a premium cabin and a no-nonsense powertrain. If we had to pick one, we'd opt for the Ram.

See Ford F-250 Super Duty Review

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