Dodge Ram 2500 Overview
Although the Dodge Ram 2500 name debuted in 1994, the first-generation model was known as the Ram 250 and was produced from 1981 to 1994. Thus, the model debuting in 1994 is often referenced as the second-generation Dodge Ram.
Initially, the 2500 line offered a regular cab body style, with an extended cab added in 1995 and a crew cab introduced in 1998.
Engine choices include a 5.2-liter V8 that’s paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. An 8.0-liter V10 is also available. Beginning in 1995, a 5.9-liter V8 was added and a natural gas version of the smaller V8 was also offered. However, both versions of the smaller V8 were dropped for 1997. The second-generation Ram 2500 stayed in production through 2002, one year longer than the Ram 1500.
In 2003, the third-generation Ram 2500 and 3500 debuted and remained in production through 2009. Two cab styles — Regular and Quad cab — were initially offered with a Mega cab added in 2006. These models come with a 6-foot-4-inch or an 8-foot-2-inch bed, the latter available only on Regular and Mega cabs.
Throughout the 7-year model run, the third-generation Ram 2500 was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that was initially paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
Beginning in 2007, the transmission choices were upgraded with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic offered. Starting in 2009, the V8 no longer offered a manual transmission.
In 2010, the fourth-generation Dodge Ram 2500 was introduced. Besides a full style change, the Ram 2500 received an upgraded interior, a retuned suspension system, and a new crew cab body style that replaced the previous Quad Cab layout.
Regular cab models are equipped with an 8-foot-2-inch bed. Mega Cab models have a 6-foot-4-inch bed. Crew cab models may come with either bed size.
The standard engine is a 5.7-liter V8 making 383 horsepower. This engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Also available is a turbodiesel 6.7-liter six cylinder engine making 350 horsepower. The diesel comes paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
In 2011, the Dodge name was dropped and Ram was elevated to a distinct brand as it continues in that capacity to this day.