2016 Ram 2500 Tradesman: The Perfect Size Work Truck
The 2016 Ram 2500 Tradesman is sitting between the ever popular 1500 model line, and working-dog 3500. But, it’s a little overlooked. Why? Because, the 1500 models are the right size for daily drivers, and the 3500s have garnered a famous towing reputation. That doesn’t mean, however, consumers should ignore the 2500 model; because the Ram 2500 is the perfect size work truck. It takes the smaller and more daily-driver friendly design of the 1500, and the heavy hauling design of the 3500, and mashes them together. The result? A truck that get’s the best of both worlds; performance-driven and consumer friendly — all for the right price.
If you need to do some heavy hauling, it’s still advised to pick up the 3500. But if you aren’t trying to move houses, the 2500 will do just fine.
Best-in-Class Gas-Powered Truck
For it’s size/class, the Ram 2500 Tradesman is able to get best in class gas-powered performance. Thanks to the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine with fuel saver technology, the Ram 2500 can perform to the best of it’s ability. The V8 engine puts out a best-in-class 410 horsepower, and 429 pound-feet torque, which means it has a max towing capacity of 16,300 pounds, and a payload of 3,990 pounds.
However, if that engine doesn’t put out enough torque for you, you can always opt for the Cummins.
Best-in-Class Diesel Towing
The 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine is a real beast, and puts out 370 horsepower and 800 pound feet of torque. On the 3500, this is the engine that gives it legendary numbers. For the 2500 — It gives it the perfect amount of torque and power. Opting for the Cummins turbo diesel engine gets you a maximum towing capacity of 17,980; which is also best in class.
Best-in-class for both gas and diesel? The 2500 is the only truck in the lineup to achieve that. The 1500 and 3500 achieve one or the other, but not both, and it’s because they are either too big or too small. But the 2500? Just the right size.
All the Same Great Features
It’s still part of the 2016 Ram truck lineup, and therefore it gets all the same great features the other models get. Like the five-link coil suspension, or the 50 KSI steel frame. It also has the same type of optional features available, such as upgraded Uconnect features, trim options, and the RamBox cargo management system.
Just because it’s the middle child doesn’t mean it’s neglected. Ram still made sure to take care of the 2500 just the same.
The Perfect Size
It doesn’t take an engineer to see what the Ram 2500 is meant for; it’s meant for those who need a truck with a little more oomph than the 1500, but not quite as much power as the less-efficient 3500. This, combined with best-in-class gas-powered performance and diesel towing, make it a truck that’s still big enough to get the job done, but still small enough to be a comfortable daily driver.
I’m not saying the 1500 or 3500 are bad trucks, but if you need a vehicle that’s somewhere in between; don’t rule the 2500 out. Because, it is the perfect size work truck for the perfect price, which is a starting MSRP of $31,780.