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The 2021 Ram 2500 is the latest in a line of trucks that have done more to change the perception of what a truck represents in the mind of Americans than any other pickup. Forget your F-150s and Silverados for a moment because they were left behind when Ram released the truck that would be the backbone of contemporary truck design for years to come. The competition was forced to play catch up for the rest of the decade. Now, the design of the Ram is the one to beat when it comes to styling and premium features that truck buyers are after.
Leading up to that landmark design, each truck offered by the Big Three followed a very basic formula. All of them were based on designs that had changed very little since the mid to late seventies. Sure, engines and drivetrains were updated as time went on, and interiors were changed somewhat, but the basic platform remained almost completely unchanged. Pickup trucks in that time were crude, rattling things, and it was more comfortable and exciting to occupy the bed than the cabin in some cases.
That all changed when in 1994, Dodge released the New Ram, inspired by big rigs of the time. The hood bulged above the headlamps, the grille was large, and the design was aggressive while shedding the overly boxy shape of the Ram that had come before it. All in all, it spelled out how the Ram would look for decades to come, and it is a design that is carried forward in the new 2021 Ram 2500.
The 2500 version of the Ram is the mid-level, heavy-duty model, and as such, offers two brawny engines to choose from. One is a legendary power plant among diesel truck fans, the Cummins 6.7-liter inline-six turbo-diesel, making 370 horsepower and an incredible 850 pound-feet of torque. The engine is made to do one thing and one thing better than any other option around: haul massive loads for mile after mile without breaking a sweat. For those of you in the market for a truck you’ll swear can pull a building off its foundation, this is the engine for you. It comes paired with a six speed automatic transmission designed to limit noise vibration and harshness.
If you need something durable and powerful without wanting to deal with the investment that maintaining the Cummins would entail, look no further than the equally storied HEMI 6.4-liter gasoline V8. This engine makes 420 horsepower and has a stump-pulling 429 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic that uses on-the-fly shift mapping, it’s sure to get you where you’re going, along with everything you could ever think of to take along with you.
When you have a truck as capable as the 2021 Ram 2500, you’re going to want to use it. A truck like this demands owning other things, simply to take them places. Do you really need a bass boat? An ATV? How about a project car to work on during the weekends? Perhaps not, but you know your truck will be able to take them anywhere and everywhere. When equipped with the aforementioned Cummins Diesel engine, your Ram can tow an incredible 19,680 pounds - but this truck offers more than raw power.
Using a system of five cameras positioned around the truck, you can be more aware of your surroundings and can easily hook up a trailer solo. In fact, Ram offers you a Fifth-Wheel/Gooseneck Prep Package with fully integrated hardware mounted in the bed, right from the factory. As a class-exclusive perk, you can order your Ram with an auto-leveling rear end that works by using compressed air, similar to those systems seen on semi-trucks and other pieces of industrial equipment. Using the available Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System, one only needs to glance down at the gauge cluster to see how the tires on their trailer are holding up, because as anyone who tows trailers often will tell you, something as simple as a flat tire can really put you behind schedule.
Another neat feature offered only by Ram is the RamBox Cargo Management System. This consists of two storage boxes built into the bed walls that are waterproof and lit with the LED lights mounted within them. Able to be locked, these convenient storage areas could be used for anything from tools and rope to a bag of ice and drinks while tailgating. Also available are RamBins, storage units under the seats that feature removable liners. The 2021 Ram 2500 is built to get the job done right, and that includes offering you the very best in powertrains and hauling capability.
Back in the day, your truck was seen as luxurious if it came with air conditioning and carpeting. Now, trucks offer drivers features that wouldn’t have been but a glint in the eye of an automotive engineer just out of school at that time. The 2021 Ram has, for example, a rearview mirror that doubles as a rearview camera feed. The gauge cluster uses a seven-inch touchscreen in the center to help you monitor a number of aspects of your truck, such as fuel usage and tire pressure. While it may be hard to picture, the size of that screen is larger than what other automakers are using for their standard infotainment screen!
Speaking of infotainment, the Ram 2500 offers a class-exclusive twelve-inch infotainment screen that can display navigation information as well as a suite of other apps in amazing high definition. No other half-ton truck has an infotainment center this large or all-encompassing. Gone are the days of a single speaker in the middle of a metal dashboard. With the Ram 2500, you have the option of getting a premium Harmon-Kardon sound system, and you’ll be able to hear it in amazing clarity, thanks to the truck’s active electronic noise cancellation that comes as standard.
In the premium trim levels seen in some other trucks, you’ll get seats that are fake leather. Sometimes, you might get seating with real leather inserts. With the Ram 2500 Limited, you get seating that is 100 percent real leather, plus real wood and aluminum accents. You won’t find any cheap chrome-covered plastic here. In the Longhorn trim, you get more wood trim and Southwest-inspired brown leather seating.
With the PowerWagon, things get really interesting. You get black leather seats with grey contrast stitching and exclusive badging, denoting the 75th anniversary of a legendary nameplate that began all the way back during the Second World War. In the exclusive Mega Cab version of the Ram 2500, rear-seat passengers can enjoy 43 inches of legroom and reclining seats. Those rear seats can also be folded down to increase cargo room for those items you don’t want to keep in the bed. The Ram you choose might just be more comfortable than your own living room!
The 2021 Ram 2500 comes with class-exclusive headlamps that turn up to fifteen degrees to aid in nighttime visibility, perfect for getting around dark curvy streets with a bit more confidence. In addition to this, the truck is available with Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and plenty of sensors to keep you informed of your surroundings.
It should be noted that all these safety features are designed to work with a trailer in tow, warning you if there is an obstacle alongside your trailer and taking its extra weight into account when braking. Ram knows that the 2500 is intended for hard work and makes sure every system is designed to work even when the truck is fully loaded. Swiveling headlamps notwithstanding, while the rest of these technologies have become commonplace in the last few years, they all work together to make our roads safer in the end and to give you peace of mind.