Looking for a true workhorse? Look no further than the Ram 2500. This big heavy-duty (HD) truck enjoys the same improvements that the Ram 1500 benefited from over the last few years. Namely, the coil-spring rear suspension delivers a ride that is a bit more civilized than those of competing heavy-duty trucks. The Ram also benefits from an easy-to-use infotainment system.
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Ram 2500 Road Test

Looking for a true workhorse? Look no further than the Ram 2500. This big heavy-duty (HD) truck enjoys the same improvements that the Ram 1500 benefited from over the last few years. Namely, the coil-spring rear suspension delivers a ride that is a bit more civilized than those of competing heavy-duty trucks. The Ram also benefits from an easy-to-use infotainment system.

Most HD buyers are likely to opt for the torque-rich 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline-six-cylinder engine instead of Chrysler's powerful 383-hp, 5.7-liter V8. This strong-pulling diesel is a bit noisy with some engine clatter, however. And, it's a different, more heavy-duty truck engine than the passenger-car oriented diesel engine offered on the Ram 1500. At any rate, our Cummins-equipped Ram delivered stump-pulling torque and was able to sprint the Ram 2500 to 60 mph in less than 9 seconds. We also measured 14 mpg overall -- about on par with other HD trucks.

When properly equipped, the Ram lends itself easily to fifth-wheel towing (hooking up a heavy trailer directly to the frame through the bed), and it can be outfitted with a snow-plow preparation kit. Towing was no problem; you also get an assist with decelerating when carrying a load with built-in exhaust brakes (commonly referred to as "Jake brakes") that kick in extra engine braking.

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