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2018 RAM 2500

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$33,045 — $59,645 MSRP
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Regular Cab Pickup
2-6 Seats
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Towing, hauling potential
  • Uconnect 8.4 multimedia system

The Bad

  • No long-bed Mega Cab model
  • No heavy-duty eight-speed automatic transmission
2018 RAM 2500 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 RAM 2500
  • Limited Tungsten, Harvest editions available
  • Backup camera now standard
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity available
  • Gas and compressed natural gas V-8 engines available
  • Cummins six-cylinder diesel available
  • Rear air suspension available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

From the 2017 State Fair of Texas, Pickuptrucks.com's Mark Williams takes a look at the 2018 Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star Silver Edition, a Texas exclusive.

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 2500HD and 3500HD, GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD, and Ford F-Series Super Duty.

New for 2018

A backup camera is now standard, and high-end Limited Tungsten and farm-oriented Harvest editions are newly available.

The available 8.4-inch multimedia system now has a higher-resolution touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom functionality, incorporates HD Radio and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Available emergency communication services are provided by SiriusXM Guardian, and there's also now a switch in the cargo bed for the available LED bed lights.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
71 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Most fuel efficient truck I have ever owned

by AKparatrooper from Anchorage on December 12, 2018

I sold my 2013 Ford F150 XLT 3.5L Ecoboost and purchased a 2018 Ram 2500 Laramie with the Cummins Diesel and thus far have zero regrets. Besides the ram being a larger vehicle it actually gets ... Read full review

(5.0)

Nice truck, plenty of power

by ImSpanjy from The Dalles Oregon on December 12, 2018

I upgraded to this rig from a 2015 RAM Tradesman to tow a 5th wheel because my job is moving 130 miles away and the 2015 wouldn't quite tow a 10,000lb trailer. So far it has been reliable, comfortable... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 RAM 2500 currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 RAM 2500 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by RAM

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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.

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