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2021 Ram 2500 Review: Everyday Workhorse

With light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks still proving exceedingly popular in the USA, many automakers have been pumping out numerous new and improved versions of their trucks to compete in the thriving market. For 2021, the Ram 2500 continues in its fifth-generation guise but receives a few tweaks to its various models to keep it competitive. The entire line remains powered by a solid V8 unit, with 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, that's brisk and smooth for pleasant and fairly efficient everyday driving. For leading hauling and towing proficiency, the Power Wagon, with its 370-hp, 850-lb-ft turbo-diesel 6-cylinder is the apex workhorse of the line, offering a leading 19,780-pound towing capacity. With Regular, Crew Cab, and Mega Cab 4-door configurations, as well as 6'4" short box and 8' long box cargo bed options, there's plenty of versatility and utility available within the Ram 2500 truck lineup. There's still a lot of favor for the Ford F-250HD in the USA, which leads car sales in the classification, but the 2021 Ram 2500's pleasant ride, spacious and comfortable interior, and workhorse capability certainly give the Ford a run for its money.

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2021 Ram 2500 Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 2500?

Ram has made just one change for the 2021 model year, adding a Limited Night Edition model to the latest lineup. This monochromatic aesthetic comes complemented by 20-inch black wheels and various other black exterior trim elements.

Pros and Cons

  • Commanding and handsome aesthetic
  • Impressively refined and comfortable
  • Exceptional max towing capacity
  • Fairly plush and spacious interior
  • High reliability expectations
  • Top-spec models are excessively pricey
  • Limited access to smartphone connectivity
  • Not enough inclusive safety features

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2021 Ram 2500 Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Tradesman
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$35,425
Lone Star
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$39,175
Big Horn
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$39,175
Laramie
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$50,840
Power Wagon
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$54,740

2500 Exterior

2021 Ram 2500 Front View Ram
2021 Ram 2500 Front Angle View Ram
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Dimensions

  • Length 232.0 in
  • Wheelbase 140.5 in
  • Height 78.0 in
  • Max Width 79.4 in
  • Curb Weight 5,988.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

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

2021 Ram 2500 Front View Driving Ram
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Engine and Transmission

Every model in the 2021 Ram 2500 range comes as standard with a powerful 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that churns out up to 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, which is forwarded through an 8-speed automatic transmission to a rear-wheel drivetrain or, optionally, a four-wheel drivetrain. The latter is the only option for the Power Wagon, which is restricted to the V8 engine. A 6.7-liter turbodiesel 6-cylinder engine that fires out 370 hp and an immense 850 lb-ft is available for the rest of the line and comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Performance from the default power plant is solid and smooth enough for pleasant daily driving, but while it's optimized for efficiency, it doesn't really return the most frugal fuel economy figures. The turbodiesel has been purposed for apt payload hauling and heavy-duty towing; it's able to pull an impressive 19,780 lbs when properly equipped.

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

2500 Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    32.0 Gallons
* 2021 Ram 2500 Tradesman 4x2Regular Cab 8' Box

2500 Interior

2021 Ram 2500 Dashboard Ram
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Seating and Interior Space

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

2500 Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Ram 2500 Rear Passenger Seats Ram
2021 Ram 2500 Rear Passenger Seats 1 Ram
2021 Ram 2500 Top View Ram

2500 Safety and Reliability

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

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Ram 2500 a good Pickup Truck?

With esteemed and well-established competitors such as the Ford F-250 and GMC Sierra 2500HD, Ram knew that it would have to go all-in with the latest 2500 model in order to keep it competitive and attractive within the immensely popular pickup truck segment. It certainly didn't hold back; the vehicle delivers powerful performance and utilitarian capabilities in a variety of compelling packages. The 2500 truck now measures up with the best of them and even boasts leading acceleration times and truly impressive towing capabilities. It's presented with two superb powertrains and a good variety of configurations, which means the heavy-duty ute can always get the job done. But, it has more to offer than just workhorse capabilities. It has a plush and spacious cabin with plenty of creature comforts and conveniences, particularly in top-spec Limited form. However, it doesn't come with the best selection of driver aids and safety features, nor does it have the best safety rating - the NHTSA's review of the 2021 Ram 2500 returned disappointing results, but it's one of the most dependable trucks on the road nonetheless. When all is said and done, the 2500 has a lot going for it and is well worth considering alongside its top-selling contenders in the US.

๐Ÿš—What Ram 2500 Model Should I Buy?

If you're just looking for an authoritative and luxurious large pickup truck, the Laramie configured with the default Crew Cab and 6'4" cargo box is the version to go for. It comes standard with a more desirable selection of creature comforts and conveniences over the lower-spec models, including LED exterior lighting, an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, and the inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Both front seats in the Lamarie are also upgraded with heating and ten-way power adjustability. If all you care about hauling big loads, then the base-level Tradesman equipped with the turbodiesel engine and 4x2 drivetrain should more than suffice. However, the 4x4 might appeal to you if you need to take those loads off the beaten path. The Lamarie trim of the 2021 RAM 2500 pickup truck bears a price of $50,840 before you start opting for extras.

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