2019 Ram 2500


2019 Ram 2500 Review: Refined Mobility With A Rugged Edge

by Gabe Beita Kiser

More than half a million units sold in 2018 is no mean feat for any vehicle, but when the Ram pickup's chief rival, the Ford F-Series, sold nearly a million units for the year, it puts things into perspective just a little. Third place is a great achievement, but Ram wants a bigger slice of America's favorite automotive pie, which is why for 2019, the company introduced an all-new Ram 2500 heavy-duty truck - one it's hoping will have what it takes to significantly eat into the F-250's sales.

Available in Regular, Crew, and Mega Cab body styles, the full-size truck makes use of either a burly 6.4-liter HEMI V8 or a 6.7-liter Cummins straight-six diesel with 850 lb-ft of torque available, which it pairs with either 2WD or 4WD. With towing capacities of up to 19,780 lbs, a payload capacity of up to 4,520 lbs, and two available load bin sizes, the 2500's versatility is impressive. Add to that standard coil-spring suspension and the Ram 2500 has the makings of the ultimate three-quarter-ton truck for the modern man or woman.

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2019 Ram 2500 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 2500?

2019 sees the introduction of the fifth-generation of Ram's 2500 heavy-duty pickup. A new frame beneath new bodywork - completely exclusive with nothing shared with the 1500 - sheds 143 lbs, while the new structure means more capability and improved handling, with the maximum payload and towing capacities bolstered to 4,520 lbs and 19,780 lbs respectively. Ram has also moved away from traditional leaf-spring suspension, giving the 2500 standard coil springs with optional air suspension to improve road-holding and ride comfort. The previous model's base 5.7-liter HEMI V8 has been dropped from the lineup, with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 doing duty as the basic engine, with an optional 6.7-liter Cummins diesel six heavily revised for the fifth-generation 2500.

Pros and Cons

  • SUV-like comfort from new suspension setup
  • Impressive in-cabin refinement
  • Class-leading towing capabilities
  • Monumental torque levels from Cummins engine
  • Loads of tech
  • Diesel engine lacks refinement
  • Uncomfortably perched driving position
  • Driver aids only standard on the Limited trim

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2019 Ram 2500 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
Big Horn
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
Lone Star
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
Power Wagon
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive

2500 Exterior

New underpinnings get a sharp new suit for the rugged Ram, which gets an individual look to separate it from the lesser 1500. The new body also gets upgraded from mild steel to high-strength steel, while items like the hood become aluminum for the sake of weight reduction. The 2500 can be had in three cab styles, with the default Regular Cab had with only the 8' box, the Crew Cab available with either a 6'4" box or the eight-footer, or a Mega Cab option paired with the shorter box length. The base Tradesman is outfitted with 17-inch steel wheels and 18-inch wheels are standard thereafter on all but the Limited trim, which gets an upgrade to 20-inch alloys. Tradesman, Lone Star, and Big Horn models feature halogen quad headlamps, while higher models get new bi-function LED projector units. Longhorn and Limited models get exclusive chrome grille designs, while the Power Wagon gets a black grille with large RAM lettering to match the black wheel flares. Additionally, it retains much of the styling present on the Tradesman, such as black front and rear bumpers, while the other trims get body-colored items instead.

2019 Ram 2500 Front Angle View Ram
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The Ram 2500 is available in three wheelbases and four body lengths, based on cab and bed configuration. The shortest combination is in the form of the Regular Cab derivatives, with a length of 232 inches on a 140-inch wheelbase in 4x2 guise, and 140.2 inches on the 4x4s. The Crew Cab models see increases in both figures, with the 6'4" box models boasting a 149-inch wheelbase and a 238.8-inch length, while the larger 8' box sees a wheelbase of 169 inches and a length of 260.8 inches. The Mega Cab is marginally smaller than this with a wheelbase of 160.4 inches and a length of 249.9 inches. All models share the same 83.5-inch width, but height and ground clearance differ, ranging from 78 inches in height on 4x2 Regular Cab models to 80.9 inches on the Power Wagon. Ground clearance ranges between 13 inches on 4x2 models and 14.2 inches on the Power Wagon.

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

Exterior Colors

While the Ram 1500 gets access to only 12 hues, the 2500 gets access to no fewer than 28 colors ranging from the mundane to the insane - at least on Tradesman, Big Horn, and Lone Star models. The remaining trims limit this substantially with the Limited boasting a demure palette of only eight colors including Pearl White, Diamond Black Crystal, and Delmonico Red Pearlcoat, while the Longhorn adds RV Match Walnut Brown and Flame Red. The Power Wagon gets more exciting options like Blue Streak Pearlcoat, but the real excitement happens on the basic three trims. $450 gets you access to no fewer than 18 vivid hues including the likes of National Safety Yellow, School Bus Yellow, Hills Green, Robin Egg Blue, and Omaha Orange. Andy Warhol wishes he had a color palette this vivid to choose from.

  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat
  • Black Forest Green Pearlcoat
  • Delmonico Red Pearlcoat
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat
  • Blue Streak 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.
  • Bright Red, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
  • Construction Yellow, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
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2500 Performance

With Ram's decision to cull the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 from last year, two engine options remain. While many will be happy with the 6.4-liter HEMI V8, which enables towing capacities of up to 17,580 lbs in 4x2 Regular Cab form, the available Cummins turbo-diesel motor is the one heavy haulers will be hankering for. Substantial revisions from last year see the engine become more economical, but they also ensure that with the correct gooseneck trailering equipment, you can tow a class-leading 19,780 lbs. That's what 850 lb-ft of torque gets you. It may not be the most refined engine out there, but for efficacy, it simply can't be beaten. Pair this with the ability to choose between 4x2 and 4x4 models, two-axle ratios, and two transfer case options - manual part-time or electronic on-demand, trim dependant - and you've got a master of practicality that makes the F-250 Super Duty seem weak with only 18,500 lbs towing capacity.

2019 Ram 2500 Front View Driving Ram
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Engine and Transmission

For the fifth-gen 2500, the base engine takes the form of a gasoline-fuelled 6.4-liter HEMI V8, churning out a rather healthy helping of 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft. While you get a choice between two drivetrains, the V8 is mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This is the engine to get if you value smoothness over outright torque, as it'll seldom ever break a sweat in day to day use, and the gearbox is smooth and slushy. But being a heavy-duty truck, the allure to upgrade to the Cummins six-cylinder turbo-diesel will no doubt be strong. It sacrifices a modicum of power at 400 hp but makes up for it with 850 lb-ft of torque from its 6.7-liter displacement. An Aisin six-speed automatic is the only gearbox capable of handling the torque load here, and while the engine/gearbox combination might not be the most refined, with gravelly tones that pierce the cabin and somewhat sluggish shifts, the fact that you have enough torque to reverse the earth's rotation, or at least slow it, is more than fair compensation.

  • Engines
    6.4L V8 Gas, 6.7L Turbo Diesel
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

One of the biggest changes to the new 2500 has been the inclusion of a coil-spring rear suspension setup instead of the traditional leaf-spring configuration that has been a staple of the full-sized truck for decades. While the 2500 hasn't lost any capability through the upgrade, it's gained hugely in the comfort and handling stakes. The steering is still light and slow, and on-road it's at times rather vague, but the suspension is supple - for a truck - and there's a better sense of connection with the road, even when unladen. It makes the 2500 feel far smaller than it is, which is saying something of a truck this size. But, Ram offers even more choice and versatility, now, with an available air suspension setup geared towards even greater comfort and ease of use. It has multiple modes to make regular driving, loading, and heavy hauling, as easy as possible, but the biggest takeaway is hugely improved ride comfort and the ability to soak up broken tarmac and gravel roads exceedingly well.

2500 Gas Mileage

Fuel economy is always a bit of a tough one to judge when it comes to heavy-duty trucks. First of all, they fall outside of the purview of the EPA as heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and secondly, there's a lot hinging on what you use them for and how you've equipped them - that's why manufacturers don't make mileage claims for them. Real-world reports, however, suggest the HEMI V8 will achieve 13 mpg combined figures, while the Cummins diesel motor will achieve closer to the 14 mpg mark. Regardless of engine choice, a 31-gallon fuel tank is the standard, yielding a range of between 403 and 434 miles on a tank depending on how you drive.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    32.0 Gallons
* 2019 Ram 2500 Tradesman 4x2 Regular Cab 8' Box

2500 Interior

With multiple cab styles and numerous trims, the Ram 2500 is somewhat of a jack of all trades. From the spacious-but-utilitarian Regular Cab Tradesman model to the Mega Cab model which has more real estate than most three-bedroom apartments, you certainly won't be found complaining that you don't have enough space. But it's about more than that - the cabins are well laid out, with intuitive placement of controls and a plethora of storage cubbies that one expects but seldom finds in full-size trucks. Higher trims receive premium interior materials that feel lifted from more expensive luxury sedans, and the number of available assistance features could put those sedans to shame too. The 2500 hasn't forgotten its utilitarian roots, either, with five USB ports and up to three 115-volt power sockets running up to 400-watt outputs. For most though, these will be unsung heroes, as family and friends will simply be gawking at the massive 12-inch infotainment screen that dominates the dash.

2019 Ram 2500 Dashboard Ram
2019 Ram 2500 Backup Camera Screen Ram
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Seating and Interior Space

Versatility is the name of the game for the HD Ram 2500. The Regular Cab models seat two by default, with the option for three if you spec a 40/20/40 bench up front, while the Crew Cab models seat either five or six - thanks to the same optional front bench. Even sitting three abreast, though, there's an abundance of shoulder room, while head and legroom are about as generous as they come, even for the seven-foot footballers in the family. As far as the number go, 65.9 inches of shoulder room is present up front with 65.6 for rear seat occupants, legroom measures at more than 40 inches for both, with almost identical headroom. Wide-opening doors and available deployable running boards on more luxurious trims make access to and from the cabin easy. The seats are comfortable, too, but the driving position seems oddly high-mounted, creating a sense of being perched behind the wheel. That small faux pas aside, the 2500 has arguably the best seating of all heavy-duty trucks.

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 39.8 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Standard on the 2500 Tradesman, heavy-duty vinyl in either Black or Diesel Gray is standard fit for the heavy-duty nature of the 2500, and the interior materials are equally as robust and utilitarian. However, cloth is available, so long as you select the front bench seat, but it's only available in Black. It's from the Big Horn trim that the perceived quality increases with cloth and premium cloth options in a number of hues such as combination Light Frost Beige/Black and Black/Light Mountain Brown. Leather-trimmed seating is standard from the Laramie, while the Laramie Longhorn gets premium Filigree leather and the additional color options of Mountain Brown and Cattle Tan. The Limited goes the whole hog with Limited-exclusive perforated leather and a more subdued range of colors like flat black, embossed brown leather, or the unique combination of Indigo and Frost.

2500 Trunk and Cargo Space

Mammoth towing capacity aside, the 2500 has an immense amount of storage capacity, too. The 6'4" box - available on Crew Cab and Mega Cab models - measures 76.3 inches long and 66.4 inches wide, with 51 inches between the wheel housing. With 20.1 inches of depth, it gives 57.5 cubic feet of storage. The larger eight-foot box on Regular or Crew Cab derivatives boosts this capacity to 74.7 cubic feet by virtue of the 98.3-inch length with the tailgate closed. Loading large items into the box is fairly standard, unless you opt for the available air suspension, in which case the loading function lowers the suspension to make it an easy task. Up to 4,520 lbs of payload capacity can be hauled depending on the configuration.

Need more storage, or simply protected storage? Well, there's the optional RamBox Cargo Management System that turns the bed rails into your own personal secure storage bins. They're lockable, weatherproof, drainable, feature illumination, and on the driver's side, there's a 115-volt power outlet. Even with the RamBox setup in place, you still get 48.1 inches of width, or enough to load a 4x8-foot sheet of plywood.

The thoughtful storage options continue inside the cabin. With only two seats equipped up front, the center console bin will store a 15-inch laptop. There are a number of cubbies and well-placed cupholders throughout the cabin, and below the center stack; there are clever nooks for wallet storage and phones - with available wireless charging. Mega Cab models also get masses of storage behind the rear seats, with two bins contributing to a total of 9.1 cubic feet of internal storage.

2019 Ram 2500 Rear Passenger Seats Ram
2019 Ram 2500 Front View Driving 1 Ram
2019 Ram 2500 Rear View Driving 1 Ram

2500 Infotainment and Features


In various trims, the 2500 fulfills different roles with different levels of specification. In base Tradesman guise you'll find amenities like air conditioning, rear climate vents, power front windows, a rearview camera, cruise control, push-button start, and a tilt-adjustable steering column. But it's only from the Lone Star trim onwards that you'll get the option of a universal garage door opener, standard acoustic glass, the option of a sliding rear window, and even a power sunroof on Crew Cab and Mega Cab models. Other options include power-adjustable pedals - which become standard on the Laramie - while dual-zone climate control is only included at Laramie level and above. Heated front seats are an option from the Lone Star, but from the Laramie, you can get heated second-row items as well as the option of ventilated front buckets. The full 2500 range gets access to driver aids like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, full-speed forward collision warning, and rear park sensors, with front park sensors an option from the Lone Star, along with a surround-view camera.


Three choices of infotainment screen await Ram 2500 buyers, with a base five-inch touchscreen doing duty on Tradesman, Lone Star, and Big Horn models - it is paired with a six-speaker sound system. It's a fairly rudimentary system with no standard smartphone integration and input only via auxiliary jack, USB port, and Bluetooth, while radio options are limited to simply AM and FM, with a CD player and steering-mounted audio controls as optional. Standard from the Laramie, and optional from the Lone Star, Uconnect 4 boasts an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, steering-mounted audio controls, and the option to include navigation - standard on the Laramie Longhorn. But it's the uppermost trim, the Limited, that gets the cream of the crop, a standard 12-inch display with Uconnect 4C NAV that also includes standard HD radio and dual remote USB ports. Optionally available is a 17-Speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound System.

2500 Problems and Reliability

Any new car is bound to have a few teething problems, as is true of the Ram 2500, which was the subject of two recalls for 2019. The problems varied, with one recall affecting only 499 models for the potential for fuel line leakage, while a more widespread recall affecting 5,495 vehicles was linked to drag on the front brakes. Both recalls also included 3500 models as well. Comprehensive warranty coverage is included with the purchase of every RAM 2500, including a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty with matching gasoline engine coverage, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty (the Power Wagon gets 100,000 miles of coverage for the diesel engine), and five years/100,000 miles of roadside assistance.


  • 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 pickups generally aren't tested for crashworthiness, and the same is applicable for the Ram 2500. However, with basic underpinnings shared with the 1500, along with the same safety features, it bodes well for the big truck that the 1500 received the IIHS's coveted Top Safety Pick Plus award for 2019, with the NHTSA awarding five stars overall to the light-duty variant.

Key Safety Features

The Ram 2500 has leaped ahead of the heavy-duty pack when it comes to available safety features, boasting adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and automatic trailer braking on high-end models. But there's also blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, available front and rear parking sensors, a standard reverse camera, and an optional 360-degree camera. Various systems like ABS, EBD, and stability control are also present, while in the event of an accident, eight airbags (dual front, front side, side curtain, and dual front knee airbags) protect the occupants.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2019 Ram 2500 a good Truck?

Ram wasn't content with playing second-fiddle in the full-size truck segment, so it's thrown absolutely everything it can at the 2500 to make sure it can rival, and best, the Ford F-250. Through powerful engines, innovative storage solutions, class-leading payload capacity, and monumental towing power, the Ram 2500 has emerged from the fray as what seems to be the best workman's truck available in the segment. But buyers these days care for more than just functional capability, and this is where the 2500 truly excels. The broad range of trims ensures there's a truck for anyone and everyone, with utilitarian models built to withstand the most rugged working conditions and high-end trims like the Limited kitted to the hilt with massive infotainment screens, high-quality upholstery and in-cabin materials, and loads of advanced tech to keep all occupants content. The sheer number of safety systems is something not found at this level, and it simply adds the cherry to the top of the finest HD truck on the market. The Ford F-Series may still dominate the sales charts, but if you want the best HD truck for your money, the 2500 is it.

🚘What's the Price of the 2019 Ram 2500?

From top to bottom, you can double the price of a Ram 2500, showing just how broad the product lineup is. Prices start as low as $33,395 excluding licensing, tax, registration, and a $1,695 destination charge for the Regular Cab 4x2 Tradesman, with the Regular Cab Big Horn carrying an MSRP of $37,645. Crew Cab models start at $36,950 for the Tradesman, while a standard wheelbase Laramie starts off at $49,100 in 4x2 form, with an extra $200 added for the large box. The Power Wagon asks $53,350 before options. Laramie Longhorn models start getting pricey at $56,300, while a SWB Limited model starts at $61,300. If size matters, then nothing short of the Mega Cab will do. Expect to pay $46,500 for the cheapest Big Horn Mega Cab model, while the most expensive base price comes attached to the 4x4 Mega Cab Limited at $65,700. On models not sold as 4x4 by default, $2,900 gets you a 4x4 drivetrain, while opting for the Cummins diesel-six will set you back $9,100.

2019 Ram 2500 Models

Seven trims comprise the lineup for the 2019 Ram 2500: Tradesman, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Power Wagon, Longhorn, and Limited. All are equipped as standard with a 6.4-liter gasoline V8 and eight-speed automatic gearbox, while an optional 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel straight-six is optional with a six-speed automatic.

Tradesman models live up to the name, starting in Regular Cab guise and equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, automatic halogen headlamps, vinyl seating, manual air conditioning, push-button start, a height-adjustable steering wheel, cruise control, rearview camera, and a basic five-inch AM/FM infotainment system with Bluetooth, six speakers, and no smartphone integration.

The Big Horn adds some refinement with 18-inch chrome wheels, acoustic glass, carpeting, remote keyless entry, more premium exterior styling, and a great suite of optional extras, including additional safety and infotainment.

Lone Star models are almost identical to the Big Horn, with one caveat - they're Texas-only vehicles with minor differentiating factors. These include chrome door handles, bumpers, and grille surrounds, Lone Star badges, and unique interior trim.

The Laramie receives polished aluminum wheels, LED foglights, LED headlights, body-colored fenders, and chrome exterior trim, while inside, it's equipped with eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats, leather-trimmed seating, dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen with full Android Auto/Apple CarPlay integration and nine speakers. Safety is bolstered by front and rear park sensors.

Power Wagon models are exclusively equipped with the 4x4 drivetrain, but also gets a unique suspension system with a factory lift kit, locking front and rear differentials, disconnecting sway bars, a 12,000-pound winch, a 360-degree camera, as well as bespoke exterior styling.

Stepping into a Longhorn adds more luxury, by equipping projector-beam LED headlights, chrome side steps, and rain-sensing windshield wipers outside, while inside you'll find heated second-row seats, premium Filigree leather, ventilated front seats, a leather and wood steering wheel, and standard navigation with HD radio functionality.

The Limited is the cream of the crop, luxuriously decked with all the bells and whistles like 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels with off-road tires, power-deployable running boards, the RamBox cargo management system, Luxury interior trim, wireless device charging, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, and every conceivable safety feature except full-speed forward automatic braking and a surround-view camera - both of which are available options.

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Additional Packages

With numerous body styles, trims, and needs for a heavy-duty pickup, there are dozens of packages and standalone options available. Anti-spin differentials ($445) and rear air suspension ($1,595) are available on all but the Power Wagon, while every Crew Cab and Mega Cab can be equipped with a power sunroof for $1,095. The Safety Group package, available for all trims but the Tradesman and the Limited, the latter of which it's already included in, costs $1,195 but adds adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, full-speed collision warning, and upgraded mirrors and reverse lamps. Numerous trim-specific packages will add underfloor storage bins, Harman Kardon sound systems, navigation, and more.

Regardless of your chosen trim, we'd recommend the $1,095 Towing Technology Group with blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera, and trailer reverse guidance.

🚗What Ram 2500 Model Should I Buy?

Which Ram 2500 you buy will largely come down to your needs, but unless you're towing immense loads, we'd avoid the diesel engine and stick with the stock HEMI V8. The Power Wagon is a must if you plan on going off-road or wish to conquer the wilderness, but for most who'll regularly use the 2500 as a hard-working leisure vehicle, we'd opt for the Laramie Crew Cab. Sure, you miss out on a bunch of extra luxury finishes, but you still get upscale materials, leather-trimmed seats, LED exterior lighting, heated power-adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, and full smartphone integration via the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen. To make it the best possible version of itself, equip the auto-leveling rear air suspension and Safety Group package, taking the total outlay to $52,240 with the 6'4" box.

2019 Ram 2500 Comparisons

Ford F-250 Super Duty Ford
Ram 1500 Ram
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Ram 2500410 hpTBC$35,425
Ford F-250 Super Duty 385 hpTBC$34,230
Ram 1500 305 hp20/25 mpg$32,795

2019 Ram 2500 vs Ford F-250 Super Duty

The Ford F-Series trucks outsell the Ram offerings nearly two-to-one, but when it comes to heavy-duty offerings, this time around the Ram is the better buy. The optional Cummins diesel in the Ram may fall short of the F-250's outputs, but it puts them to better use, towing 19,780 lbs to the F-250's 18,500-pound maximum. The 2500 also offers more practicality with its Mega Cab offerings, and the RamBox cargo management system is simply brilliant. Both trucks offer the availability of high-end interiors, but it's once again the Ram that takes the cake, with more premium finishings, more tech, and better infotainment when equipped with the range-topping 12.3-inch infotainment screen. With standard coil-spring suspension and optional air suspension, the Ram rides and handles better, and while the F-250 might be the go-to option for many, it's simply outclassed by the newer Ram 2500.

See Ford F-250 Super Duty Review

2019 Ram 2500 vs Ram 1500

Like the 2500, the 1500 is also all-new for 2019, with a new lightweight chassis and a pair of heavy-duty engines, including a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with mild-hybrid assistance. This helps it easily decimate the big 2500 from a gas mileage perspective, but when it comes to pulling power, the 2500 separates the men from the boys. Its class-leading towing capacity of 19,780 lbs with the available Cummins diesel engine is 7,030 lbs more than the 1500, proving why the 2500 is classified as heavy-duty. Both come with the same class-leading innovations like a coil-spring suspension and optional air suspension, as well as a slew of available safety features that very few offer, but which is better will come down to individual needs. If you need superior capability and versatility; the three cab styles, two box lengths, and monstrous engines of the 2500 will get the job done. But if you want a cheaper, more lifestyle-oriented pickup that can do the job when needed, the 1500 is cheaper to buy and run, and will make an easier daily companion.

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