The Dodge Ram 2500 is a line of rear- and four-wheel drive three-quarter ton pickup trucks. Based on the Ram 1500 truck line, this heavy-duty model offers as many as three cabin choices. It was introduced in 1981, renamed in 1994 and produced through 2010 before shedding its Dodge brand name.
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.