Key Specs

of the 2017 RAM 2500 base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Towing, hauling potential
  • Uconnect 8.4 multimedia system

The Bad

  • No long-bed Mega Cab model
  • No heavy-duty eight-speed automatic
2017 RAM 2500 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 RAM 2500

  • Updated Power Wagon model, new 4x4 Off-Road Package
  • Gas and compressed natural gas V-8 engines available
  • Cummins six-cylinder diesel available
  • Coil-spring rear suspension for 2500 model
  • Rear air suspension available

2017 RAM 2500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks are available in three cab styles: regular cab, crew cab and Mega Cab. Buyers can choose single or dual rear wheels and one of two cargo-box lengths. These trucks can seat up to six people in certain configurations. V-8 engines that run on gas and compressed natural gas are available, along with a six-cylinder Cummins diesel that generates up to 900 pounds-feet of torque. Competitors include the Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD and Ford F-Series Super Duty.
New for 2017
The Power Wagon model has been revised with changes to the cabin and exterior including heritage graphics. There's also a new 4x4 Off-Road Package for the 2500 that includes hill descent control, tow hooks, a skid plate for the transfer case, Bilstein shocks, a limited-slip differential, wheel flares and Off Road decals.
Significant Standard Features

  • 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine with 400 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic headlights
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt steering column
  • Required in every new vehicle: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 410-hp (370 hp in Mega Cab), 6.4-liter V-8 with 429 pounds-feet of torque
  • Turbo-diesel 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder (350 hp and 660 pounds-feet of torque with six-speed manual transmission; 370 hp and 800 pounds-feet of torque with six-speed automatic; 385 hp and ...
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks are available in three cab styles: regular cab, crew cab and Mega Cab. Buyers can choose single or dual rear wheels and one of two cargo-box lengths. These trucks can seat up to six people in certain configurations. V-8 engines that run on gas and compressed natural gas are available, along with a six-cylinder Cummins diesel that generates up to 900 pounds-feet of torque. Competitors include the Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD and Ford F-Series Super Duty.
New for 2017
The Power Wagon model has been revised with changes to the cabin and exterior including heritage graphics. There's also a new 4x4 Off-Road Package for the 2500 that includes hill descent control, tow hooks, a skid plate for the transfer case, Bilstein shocks, a limited-slip differential, wheel flares and Off Road decals.
Significant Standard Features

  • 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine with 400 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic headlights
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt steering column
  • Required in every new vehicle: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 410-hp (370 hp in Mega Cab), 6.4-liter V-8 with 429 pounds-feet of torque
  • Turbo-diesel 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder (350 hp and 660 pounds-feet of torque with six-speed manual transmission; 370 hp and 800 pounds-feet of torque with six-speed automatic; 385 hp and 900 pounds-feet of torque in 3500 with available six-speed automatic)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Rear air suspension
  • Dual rear wheels (3500)
  • RamBox cargo management system
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 8.4-inch touch-screen multimedia system
  • Navigation system
  • Backup camera

2017 2500 Video

In order to find out which one of our fully loaded three-quarter-ton pickups had the strongest powertrain, we ran each of our competitors in a series of empty and loaded runs down race track to see who accelerates and who stops the best.

Latest 2017 2500 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

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Value For The Money
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Latest Reviews

(1.0)

Worst truck I have ever owned

by JustinEmbrey from Mechanicsville, VA on May 24, 2018

This is the worst truck i have ever owned. I bought this 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon brand new and it has been a problem since it was a month old. It has been in the shop 9 times in barely a year with ... Read full review

(4.0)

Ram makes a great pickup.

by DarinD 1979 from Pilot Rock Oregon on May 11, 2018

This is by far the best truck I have ever owned. The power of the 5.7 liter Hemi combined with the modern stylings of the Ram truck make a great combination! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 RAM 2500 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 RAM 2500 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by RAM

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 2500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker