Used 2017 Ram 2500 Regular Cab Pickup
Ram 2500 Regular Cab Pickup
Ram’s 2500/3500 Heavy Duty pickups for 2017 offer brawn, beauty and impressive towing and hauling stats.
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2017 Ram 2500 Regular Cab KBB Expert Review
Although the Ram 1500’s capabilities continue to evolve, when it comes to serious payload and towing there is no substitute for the 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 HD pickup trucks. In the 3-way war among Ram, Chevy and Ford, the Ram HD lands squarely in the middle, offering a higher tow rating than the Silverado/Sierra twins, but falling short of Ford’s impressive F-250/350 trucks. As for torque bragging rights, the big three are really splitting hairs as the two rivals offer only slightly higher output than the Ram’s 900 lb-ft of torque. The Ram HD’s multi-link rear suspension, choice of two powerful Hemi gasoline engines and an available 6-speed manual on diesel models further sets it apart from the heavy-duty pack.
You'll Like This Car If...
With all the power most will ever need for hauling and towing, the 2017 Ram HD pickup -- available in 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive configurations -- also affords a wide array of trims and configurations ranging from the basic “don’t-mind-if-it-gets-scratched” work truck to the luxurious “wipe-your-boots-before-you-get-in” Limited.
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If you’re a GM or Ford loyalist, making the switch to a truck with a less desirable reliability and resale history might be a leap of faith too far. Those looking for diesel power without the added heft or price might look to the Ram 1500 or Nissan Titan XD.
What's New for 2017
Changes to the 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 HD pickups are mostly cosmetic. A new Power Wagon trim celebrates the classic 1979 Macho Power Wagon, while the Ram 2500 4x4 offers a new Off-Road package. The 6.7-liter Hemi V8 is now standard in Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims.
When it comes to ability, Ram’s heavy-duty 2017 2500/3500 HD pickup trucks have more than enough muscle to back up their bold and rugged appearance. Models equipped with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 can tow up to 13,900 pounds and when equipped with the larger 6.4-liter V8, a class-leading 16,320 pounds. Opt for the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel in the 3500 and a 5th-wheel-equipped model can pull an astounding 31,210 pounds, a figure certified by using SAE J2807 testing criteria (if you’re a truck person you’ll understand). The Ram HD’s unique 5-link, coil-spring rear suspension delivers an impressively smooth and controlled ride, while the various cabs, particularly on the Laramie and Limited trims, are simply some of the nicest, most comfortable and well appointed in the industry.
The Uconnect system is one of the best infotainment interfaces in any car at any price. We love the bright, colorful 8.4-inch touch screen, the excellent voice-recognition software and the large screen icons that make it easy to operate while the vehicle is in motion.
CLASS-LEADING POWER AND TOWING
Whether it’s powered by one of two gasoline Hemi engines or the incomparable Cummins turbodiesel, the 2017 Ram HD’s towing prowess is never in question. Properly equipped, the Ram HD can pull up to 15 tons, roughly the equivalent of two full-grown African elephants.
You might expect something with "Heavy Duty" in the name to be utilitarian, but the 2017 Ram HD pickups are surprisingly polished. If that's not enough, the higher-end Laramie models are downright luxurious, with leather-lined and climate-controlled seats, a heated steering wheel, high-quality interior materials, and so on. The long and deep center console is massive enough to swallow a larger laptop or multiple tablets; it can even hold a set of hanging files. Reclining rear seats are one of the perks to be had with the Mega Cab, while Crew Cab owners enjoy convenient under-floor storage compartments.
Despite the nice interior, "elegant" isn't a word we'd use to describe the exterior of the 2017 Ram Heavy Duty trucks. These tough-looking trucks share a basic similarity with the smaller Ram 1500, but are even brawnier. The Ram HD trucks come in three cab configurations -- 2-door Regular Cab, 4-door Crew Cab and 4-door Mega Cab -- while bed lengths vary between 6 feet, 4 inches and 8 feet, depending on cab style. The rear axle can be configured with two or four rear wheels for maximum capacity. Note that these are enormous, and you should measure your garage carefully.
Notable Standard Equipment
The base fleet-manager Tradesman form for the 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 HD comes pretty sparsely equipped. There's a 40/20/40-split front bench seat with rear storage, air conditioning, vinyl flooring, cruise control, a driver-information center, automatic on/off headlights, a tilt steering wheel, even manual windows and door locks. The 6-speaker audio system features a USB port for digital music players, and all audio systems feature Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. Safety features include six airbags and a full complement of electronic-stability aids.
Notable Optional Equipment
We'll forgo the multiple bed-and-cab pairings available on the 2017 Ram HD, otherwise we'll be here all day. Instead, note that the Ram HD lineup offers tech-savvy options such as touch-screen navigation, conversational voice recognition, a 10-speaker premium sound system by Alpine, backup sonar proximity sensors, power-folding trailer-tow mirrors and a rearview camera for easier trailer hookups. If you upgrade to the SLT, Outdoorsman, Laramie and Power Wagon models, an integrated trailer brake is also standard equipment.
Under the Hood
Standard on the 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 is a gasoline-powered 5.7-liter Hemi V8, with an upgrade to a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 available. These strong engines are good, but serious haulers and towers should pick one of the Cummins turbodiesel engines. Two versions of the Cummins inline-6 are available in both the 2500 and 3500, one with 660 lb-ft of torque (manual transmission), and another with 800 lb-ft of torque (automatic transmission). An even higher-output version exclusive to the 3500 puts out an incredible 900 lb-ft of torque. Gasoline-powered Ram HD models get only a 6-speed automatic, while the diesel buyers can choose between that or a segment-exclusive 6-speed manual transmission. Diesel models also feature exhaust braking for added stopping power. Two-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive is your choice.
5.7-liter V8 (Ram 2500)
383 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
6.4-liter V8 (Ram 2500, 3500)
410 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
370 horsepower @ 4,600 rpm (Mega Cab only)
429 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
6.7-liter turbocharged diesel inline-6 (Ram 2500, 3500)
350 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm (manual)
660 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm (manual)
370 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm (automatic)
800 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm (automatic)
385 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm (Ram 3500 only)
900 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm (Ram 3500 only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.
The 2017 Ram 2500 Tradesman, with a regular cab and standard bed, starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just under $33,500; add about $500 if you want the 3500 model. You have to move up to the SLT trim to get the 2500 Mega Cab for about $42,600. However, keep clicking options and you'll find yourself well past $60,000 for a fully loaded Laramie Longhorn. That's pretty spendy, but it's in line with competitive models from Chevy, GMC and Ford, which also span the low-$30,000 -to-$60,000-and-above range. Whatever you decide, check out KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price tool to see what others in your area are paying for their heavy-duty pickups. The downside is that the Ram HD trucks don't have the resale strength of their Ford, Chevy and GMC competition.
Ram 2500 Regular Cab Consumer Reviews
November 24, 2018
love driving this truck
I love driving this truck. Ive made four trips up to Oregon towing my buds trailer each time fully loaded and it ran and drove perfect....
November 14, 2018
Very comfortable truck, quiet ride - once you get rid of the original tires. Always felt safe and in control. Tons of features like a...
August 30, 2018
Does What it is Designed to do
There isnt much to say. This truck simply does what it is supposed to do. Hauling, towing and general work are so much easier with...
July 24, 2018
Best value in HD pickups out there
Mine is a 17 Crew cab 2500 with the 6.4 hemi and 3.73 axle. Great truck, so far no reliability issues at all. Gas mileage is 12-13 city...
December 29, 2017
Fully equipped with B and W 5th wheel & gooseneck
Also bumper hitch rated at 20,000 pounds. All highway miles pulling bumper pull and fifth wheel trailers from factory to dealers. 2...
December 08, 2017
The best truck I have ever owend!
Hands down the nicest truck I have ever owned! This truck is the best value for the money in my opinion and I have owned quite a few...
November 13, 2017
Best truck ever
I have the Limited, with the air rear suspension with all the options. I also own a E350 4matic Mercedes. I always drive the Ram. It is...
October 01, 2017
Good vehicle for the money Ram 2500
I bought the Ram 2500 Big horn Edition Truck. This was a very good choice for a used truck under 50k miles. Price was in the mid...
June 15, 2017
Best Vehicle ever
Do not buy a ram lost 29,000 in value in 6 months Some value no way will not buy again great truck bad value!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 24, 2017
very impressive truck-
this is the first ram diesal truck i have owned. it is the longhorn 2500 4x4 with the 6.7 cummins motor. that motor is by far the best...