2022 Ram 2500

2022 Ram 2500
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2022 Ram 2500 Review: A Call To Arms

The current Ram 2500, the fifth-generation full-sized heavy-duty pickup from Ram, has put up with a lot of competition from the Ford F-series camp in the USA 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 2022, a few tweaks have been made to an already excellent product, which has truly managed to stare down the Ford F-250 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 an excellent towing capacity of 20,000 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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2022 Ram 2500 Changes: What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Ram 2500?

This year, the Ram 2500 receives next-generation infotainment software in the form of Uconnect 5 on the Big Horn trim and up, adding both content and responsiveness. The new Silver Edition is available on the Big Horn and Lone Star trims and, as the name implies, adds additional chrome to the exterior; it also gets black accents on the interior. These two trims also get redesigned grilles. The Power Wagon trim gets black headlight surrounds, a model-specific grille, the Level 3 Equipment package, a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a Harman Kardon audio system, and various optional upgrades, such as an electronic transfer case, Bristol leather upholstery, and a full console. When opting the black interior on the Limited, there is newly updated Black Onyx interior trim. Harvest Sunrise joins the paint palette, a new towing mode has become available in which the area behind the trailer is displayed by the rear-view mirror camera, and newly optional is a trailer-optimized four-camera surround-view system. Still with towing, the Trailer Group now includes an LED hitch-lighting system.

Pros and Cons

  • Handsome and less gimmicky looks than most
  • Near-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 not available across the range

What's the Price of the Ram 2500?

The very basic Tradesman has an MSRP of $37,050 in 4x2 configuration with the Regular Cab and eight-foot bed. Choosing the Crew Cab configuration will cost you $40,670 with the smaller bed, or $40,870 for the longer bed. $2,930 buys you the upgrade to 4x4 across the range. Big Horn and Lone Star models start at $41,170 with the Regular Cab and 4x2, and top out at $50,145 for the Mega Cab with 4x4.

The mid-range trims begin with the Laramie which carries a starting MSRP of $52,020 for the 4x2 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 $56,460. 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 $56,790.

Second from the top, the Limited Longhorn's cheapest configuration costs $60,320, while the most expensive 4x4 with the Mega Cab body costs $64,765. Finally, the top-spec Limited has a starting price of $64,985 with the Crew Cab and shorter bed length, while the Mega Cab variant will set you back $69,730. For all models other than the Power Wagon, the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine can be equipped for an additional $9,400.

The price of the Ram 2500 excludes licensing, registration and other sundries, as well as a destination charge of $1,795 in the US.

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2022 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
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2022 2500 Exterior

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  • Length 249.9 in
  • Wheelbase 160.5 in
  • Height 80.1 in
  • Max Width 79.5 in
  • Curb Weight 7,071.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat +$100
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat +$100
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat, Build Out: 09/23/2021 +$100
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat, Build Out: 09/23/2021 +$100
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat, Build Out:09/23/2021 +$100
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat, Build Out:09/23/2021 +$100
  • Pearl White, (DISC) +$100
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat, (DISC) +$100
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat, (DISC) +$100
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat, (DISC), Build Out: 09/23/2021 +$100
  • Pearl White +$100
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat +$100
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat +$100
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat +$200
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat +$200
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2022 2500 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

Carrying over from 2019's substantial upgrade, the five-link rear coil springs and the frequency-response dampers 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 competitors such as GMC's Sierra or Ford's F-250, the Ram 2500 truck 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 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.

2022 2500 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 40.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 43.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 40.3 in

2022 2500 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 2500 Safety and Reliability


  • 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 Ram 2500 A Good Truck?

The current generation of the Ram 2500 seemed to have been a call to arms for the manufacturer when it was launched; striving to best rivals like the Ford F-250 and GMC's Sierra 2500, Ram has truly come out with guns blazing. Not only does the Ram 2500 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 US 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 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 Limited 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 $545 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 Limited 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.

2022 Ram 2500 Comparisons

Ram 1500 Ram
Ford F-250 Super Duty CarBuzz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Ram 2500410 hpTBC$46,050
Ram 1500 305 hp20/25 mpg$37,905
Ford F-250 Super Duty 405 hpTBC$43,970

2022 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 the extra cash 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.

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2022 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 20,000 pounds, you get nearly 23,000 lbs 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.

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