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2018 Ram 2500 in Gilbert, AZ

When you want a sturdy pickup that has the power you crave with the creature comforts you can appreciate all wrapped up in a shiny, polished package, the 2018 Ram 2500 is what you're looking for. Here's everything you need to know about this truck.

Trim Levels (Exterior)

There are a few special editions alongside the 2500's main eight-trim lineup. These include the Walnut brown-embellished Southfork and farmer-friendly Harvest, plus the ultra-luxurious Limited Tungsten, which earned the "Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas" title from the Texas Auto Writers Association. If you want to stick with a classic 2500 model, though, standard trims include the Tradesman, SLT, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Power Wagon, and Limited.

Exterior accents include a locking tailgate, halogen headlamps, and a regular, crew, or mega cab configuration. Splurge on the Luxury Group to add mirrors with turn signals and heating ability as well as LED bed lighting. Go for the Limited Tungsten for a chrome-embellished RAM grille and body moldings.

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Engine (Power)

Choose your ideal driving apparatus from a list of four options. Two 5.7-liter HEMI V-8s are up for grabs, one that runs with compressed natural gas and the other with variable valve timing. A multi-displacement 6.4-liter Heavy Duty HEMI V-8 also makes the list, plus a super-powerful 6.7-liter I-6 Cummins turbo-diesel engine. All equally complement a six-speed automatic transmission or optional six-speed manual transmission.

Add the Cold Weather Group to your pickup for an engine block heater. It may not be very useful in areas with mild winters, but those who experience freezing temperatures can benefit from this tool that prevents wear and tear to the engine and ensures a quicker startup in the cold.

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Performance

Two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive supports the 2018 Ram 2500, and both systems offer great traction over different surfaces. This is further proven by the all-season tires that most trims sport, though some can substitute those for off-road or all-terrain variants. Opt for higher trims such as the Laramie Longhorn and Limited for Bilstein front and rear performance-tuned shocks. They work well together to deliver a smoother transition over potholes and other roadblocks.

Toolbox in truck

Interior

Standard and available interior comforts include cloth bucket or bench seats, passenger assist handles, and under-seat storage for rear occupants. Simple yet elegant upholstery adorns the cabin, plus an electronic vehicle information center for helpful reports as well as tinted windshields and windows for reduced sun glare.

At the base level, connect your media devices with a standard USB port and audio jack. However, you can add a dash of flair to your interior with upgrades such as an 8.4-inch touch screen, smartphone integration, and satellite or high-definition radio.

Glove compartment in truck

Safety Features

The 2018 Ram 2500 is a burly pickup that doesn't solely impress with its power and interior luxuries. This truck also comes packed with several driver-assist technologies to keep you and your passengers relaxed. Find comfort with electronic stability control, front and rear parking assist, and speed control.

Supplemental side air bags also come standard, plus advanced multistage front air bags to reduce bodily injury following a collision. Lastly, reflecting triangles are a handy addition to any vehicle safety kit. These are optional on certain trims and help alert other drivers of your roadside emergency.

Middle console in front seats