Exploring Several of the Ram 2500’s Pricier Trims
As a truck buyer, it’s not a particularly difficult decision to ultimately purchase the 2016 Ram 2500. After all, the vehicle offers everything you could possibly want from a pickup: excellent power and drivability, interior amenities, and exterior style.
However, as a Ram 2500 buyer, it can be difficult to choose between the nameplate’s variety of trim offerings. Each of these specific 2500s provides their own unique features and capabilities, whether it be the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine (available on the Power Wagon), the Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen (available on the Laramie Longhorn), or even Alpine speakers (available on the Laramie).
Which of these trims fits your needs best? Well, after having explored the benefits of the 2500’s most affordable trims, we’re now shifting focus to the pickup’s pricier options. Let’s take a look and see which version of 2500 is the proper choice for you…
The designers of the Ram 2500 Outdoorsman truly embraced the trim’s name. This specific pickup is the ideal choice for any laborer, as the engine and mechanics make it the perfect accompaniment for the worksite.
The standard 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine delivers plenty of power without compromising fuel efficiency. The unit can pump out 383 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque, resulting in an incredible 13,890-pound towing capacity. Drivers can truly test the towing capabilities with the standard tow hook, which makes connecting any large cargo an absolute breeze. Thanks to the inclusion of Variable Valve Timing, drivers can expect a 15 city/22 highway mile per gallon efficiency (as well as a reasonable 10,000-mile oil change interval).
Meanwhile, the anti-spin rear differential will allow the driver to overcome any odd terrain. While normal vehicles would struggle to get through sand or dirt, the rear differential plays a role in the vehicle’s excellent drivability. Plus, the standard fog lamps mean you can test your Ram 2500 day or night!
Of course, the interior is plenty comfortable, making the 2500 Outdoorsman the perfect little hideaway during the workday. The bucket seats are covered with a soft premium cloth, and the 10-way power adjustable seating capabilities allow you to easily find your preferred driving position.
Best of all, the Laramie is available in 21 different color options, meaning you may never come across a similar-looking Outdoorsman. Among the notable color options are Black Forest Green Pearl Coat, Flame Red, and Luxury Brown Pearl Coat (many of the colors can also be coupled with the gray paint, giving the truck an overall unique look).
Comfort. Convenience. Power. There really isn’t much that the Ram 2500 Laramie doesn’t deliver, making this particular trim one of the most popular options.
The star of the Laramie is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, which is as powerful as it is efficient. You can enjoy your engine’s capabilities at any time of night, as the bifunctional projector headlamps (and LED interior lighting) will provide optimal visibility.
In regards to comfort, the dual-zone automatic temperature control allows each of the pickup’s occupants to sit at their optimal temperature. Of course, the heated leather-trimmed front and rear seats are both as comfortable as they are cozy. Thanks to the Parkview rear back-up camera, drivers can be assured that they won’t accidentally hit a stationary object.
To top it all off, the nine Alpine speakers (with subwoofer) are the perfect accompaniment to the Uconnect system. Drivers can appreciate all of their music, whether it’s via SiriusXM Satellite Radio or even their smartphone.
Power Wagon Tradesman ($46,560)
The Tradesman offers so many amenities, it’s tough to focus on one in particular. However, the most notable inclusion may be the available Uconnect 5.0 system (with an accompanying five-inch touchscreen). The unit provides drivers with access to a number of applications, whether it be SiriusXM Satellite Radio or an available navigation unit. Plus, the system offers hands-free calling, so you can safely contact any of your friends and family as you’re traveling in your pickup.
Otherwise, the 2500 Power Wagon Tradesman’s top attributes are mechanical. The pickup is equipped with the “legendary” 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. The unit delivers best-in-class 370 horsepower and an incredible 800 pounds-feet of torque, resulting in some incredible towing and efficiency specs (like the 19,980-pound maximum towing capacity and 15,000-mile oil change interval).
Several other mechanical features accompany the engine, presenting owners with the best possible driving experience. A front disconnecting stabilizer bar, an electric winch, a 4.10 axle ratio, and the Tru-Lok front and rear axles contribute to the pickup’s excellent handling and drivability. Of course, the 17-inch aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires also play a role in the vehicle’s operations (they’re awfully stylish, too).
Power Wagon ($51,160)
The Power Wagon offers similar amenities as the Power Wagon Tradesman, but this trim adds a much-appreciated security feature in the form of remote keyless entry (with AllSecure). The technology means the key’s holder is the only person who can access the vehicle and operate the engine. This greatly reduces the chances of a thief jacking your vehicle in the middle of the night.
Otherwise, the inclusions are rather similar to the previous trim: the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 (albeit with a reduced 10,030-pound towing capacity), the electric winch, the front disconnecting stabilizer bar… they’re all included.
The vehicle is also available in a number of stylish color options, including Delmonico Red and Blue Streak Pearl Coat.
Laramie Longhorn ($52,215)
This particular Ram 2500 is all about the luxury. The interior is adorned with premium real wood accents, giving the pickup a rather opulent feel. Meanwhile, the UConnect system provides a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen, accompanied by nine Alpine speakers.
The dual-zone automatic temperature control assures optimal comfort for each of the pickup’s passengers, while the ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist System offers supreme safety. The unit uses exterior sensors to detect whether another object is closing in on it. If so, the driver will then be alerted via audible or visual warnings, thus reducing the chance of an accident.
The standard 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine can be enjoyed at any time thanks to the inclusion of the bifunctional projector headlamp.
Of course, there are several other trims available with the 2016 Ram 2500 (including some that we’ve previously touched on):
- Tradesman ($31,780)
- SLT ($35,755)
- Big Horn ($41,855)
- Limited ($55,500)
- Power Wagon Laramie ($57,680)
While the decision may be difficult, one thing is definitely certain: you won’t be unhappy with whatever trim you ultimately opt for in your 2016 Ram 2500 workhorse.