2016 RAM 2500 – Miami, FL
Ram trucks may be the most popular pickup brand on the market, but it’s tough to choose from their selection of vehicles. Do you opt for the smaller 1500? Maybe you want the heavy-duty 3500.
If you want the best of both worlds, it may be worth your while to pursue the 2016 RAM 2500. Why is this truck the right pickup for you? Continue reading to find out, and we’ll let you know where you should be making that purchase…
History of the Ram 2500
While the 2500 debuted in 1994, the Ram nameplate had been around for nearly 15 years prior to that. Named after the familiar Ram hood ornament that accompanied the brand’s vehicles, the truck was also referred to the D or W (‘D’ indicating two-wheel drive and ‘W’ indicating four-wheel drive). Featuring a lengthy bed, a stylish design, and a relatively powerful engine, the Ram was an instant hit.
The Ram 2500 came along with the introduction of the second generation of the truck. The three-quarter-ton pickup included the exclusive 8.0-liter Magnum V10 engine or 5.9-liter Cummins Turbo-diesel I6 unit. Interestingly, the vehicle was initially available in two different gross weights, with the company intending for the heavy-duty 2500 to replace their retired, one-ton, single-rear-wheel pickups.
There were a number of amenities and special features included in the original 2500. Besides the 6.5-foot bed boxes (with club or quad Cabs), the vehicle offered plenty of storage room via the large glovebox, in-cab storage areas, a center storage area, and rear-seat storage area. The interior (including the upgraded dash and gauge clusters) were significantly modernized, as the brand discarded the designs and styles that were consistent with a 1980s vehicle.
The third generation (or, technically, the second generation) 2500 was released for the 2003 model year. The vehicle underwent a major overhaul, as engineers included a new frame, suspension, powertrains, interiors, and sheet metal. While the light (1500) trucks had their live axles replaced by an independent front suspension system, the 2500 retained the parts, thus improving the vehicle’s lifespan and durability. Whether it was due to the changes or the suddenly booming economy, the trucks sold 400,000 unit during the 2001-2002 year and 450,000 from 2002-2003, a record for the nameplate.
The current 2500 was released in 2010 alongside the 3500, 4500 and 5500. The changes this time around included a new styling option, a new suspension system, an optional Hemi engine, the Rambox, a new truck bed storage system, and a remote keyless system. Since that time, engineers have included an electronic stability control system, a ‘center axle disconnect’ unit, and a coil spring suspension.
The 2500 is currently only available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. However, a sophisticated gray market (a legal marketplace that contradicts the manufacturer’s intent) exists in Europe (especially Germany) and China, and you’d probably catch some 2500s in the Middle East (where only the 1500 is available).
Why You Should Buy a 2016 Ram 2500
The Ram 2500 is one of the most durable and dependable trucks on the market, and you can rely on it whether you’re plowing snow or hauling a boat to the beach. The vehicle’s various capabilities should be attributed to the impressive engines, including the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (383 horsepower, 400 ft-lbs of torque, 13,890-pound towing capacity, 3,060-pound payload), 6.4-liter Hemi V8 (410 horsepower, 429 ft-lbs of torque, 16,320-pound towing capacity, 3,990-pound payload), and 6.7-liter Cummins (370 horsepower, 800 ft-lbs of torque, best-in-class 17,980-pound towing capacity, 3,160-pound payload). These units are accompanied by either the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission or G56 six-speed manual transmission. The 50 KSI hydroformed steel frame rides on top of three suspensions: a five-link coil rear, three-link front, and rear air.
The exterior features all you could want from a pickup, including the class-exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System. The lit storage area can keep all off your goods secure, and you can take advantage of the extender/divider and cargo bed rails (with four adjustable tie-down cleats). There’s also a ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera (meaning you can always see what’s happening behind you) and Cargo-View Camera (allowing you to monitor your precious goods in the truck’s bed). The pickup also has incredible plowing capabilities, allowing you to shove 1,225 pounds worth of snow out of your way.
The interior is as luxurious and innovative as you can get from a pickup. The vehicle features the largest-in-class 8.4-inch touchscreen, allowing the driver to access SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a navigation system, and hands-free calling. Furthermore, the passengers can take advantage of the WiFi hotspot, meaning they can take all of their work on the road. Other interior features include the Electronic Range Select (allowing the driver to choose the best gear for downshifting and braking), available work-grade vinyl seats, and built-in storage underneath the seats.
Incredibly, the Ram 2500 starts at $31,585 for the Tradesman trim. Even if you upgrade to the fully equipped Laramie, you’ll still only be dishing out $46,245.
Why You Should Buy From Kendall RAM
Kendall DCJR offers all of your favorite car brands, including Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and (of course) RAM pickups. Despite their vast selection, Kendall DJCR doesn’t follow the strategy that other dealerships follow (entice their customers by promising gimmick sales or crazy discounts). Instead, Automall has separated themselves by offering the fairest and lowest prices in the area.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Kendall DCJR is the professional and trustworthy financing department. Nowadays, these are relatively rare in the car-selling business (unless you visit a buy here-pay here car lot). The staff will help you with any of your financial or automotive concerns, whether it be your budget, the value of a trade-in, or the future cost of ownership. As a customer, you can work with the staff to find the most logical payment plan, assuring that you won’t find yourself in any financial turmoil.
Everyone knows that the car-buying ordeal can be a hassle, and it sometimes seems that dealerships are doing their best to undermine your enjoyment of the process. That’s certainly not the case at Kendall DCJR, as the helpful staff understands the potential investment you’re making. Therefore, the salespeople do their best to get to know each individual customer and their corresponding needs, thus making the process significantly easier (and a bit more bearable).
Speaking of helpful staff, you can access the dealership’s sales department at (practically) anytime! You can get immediate assistance via the business’s call-in number, or you could instead visit the sales or parts department during normal business hours.
Although we doubt that you need much more convincing, you should still head over to the dealership’s website to see for yourself, and you can even take a virtual tour of their entire facility. You’ll see that your options (even for a specific brand) are practically endless, and a virtual walk around the office will allow you to anticipate what to expect when it’s finally time to visit.
So what’s the wait? Get in your beater car, head down to Kendall DCJR, and buy yourself a new pickup today!