The best all around half ton pickup currently on the market is the Ram 1500. So the all new 2010 Ram heavy duty has a lot to live up to. This year is the gigantic Ram 2500 Laramie crew cab fitted with the optional Cummins diesel, a trophy truck with huge dimensions and awesome capabilities.
Though the coil spring rear suspension that makes the Ram 1500 such a great riding truck has been abandoned for the sake of traditional lift springs with their greater capabilities. The suspension revisions here still provide this Ram with the best most comfortable ride in the class. It is amazing how smooth and well mannered this rig is on any surface.
My truck has the eight foot box, so it is a bare to pack at the grocery store. But in every other way the Ram heavy duty is just at ease in doing the work of the traditional SUV as it is in hauling payload or towing equipment.
So what are those capacities? Well for this 4x4 model with the robust 650 pound feet of torque from the 6.7 liter turbo diesel. You are looking at 2,270 pounds of payload and 12,500 maximum towing. And can you imagine how spacious the mega cab is when the crew cab offers up this kind of room? This is enormous and smart. There's in-floor storage and an easy to fold 60/40 split bench seat. Comfort is not an issue.
Of course climbing up into the Ram can be a challenge with the running boards, you tower over 99% of the traffic when you are in here. And with Laramie Luxury like a heated steering wheel, a media center system with navi, power adjustable pedals, driver memory settings, power sliding rear window, backup camera, remote start and on and on, the Ram 2500 is a luxury Sedan riding on a truck frame.
The Cummins is a costly option in over $7,600. Here it’s made to the optional six speed auto and includes in exhaust break and tow hooks. The EPA doesn’t rate this engine, but I average about 12MPG for the week. It’s 50 State compliant too. Now if you are expecting the quietness of some of the new passenger car clean diesels, you are barking up the wrong three here. This thing is loud. Luckily it gets hushed once you are inside.
With all the bells and whistles including this gorgeous red crystal pearl paint, this is a $53,450 truck. It shines in everyway. So if you are lucky enough to be the successful foreman, the Ram 2500 will get the job done and ultimate comfort and style. For Drive Time on Yahoo Autos, I'm Steve Hammes.