The Ram HD lineup for 2023 now includes a brand-new Rebel trim. Skid plates, an electrically locking rear differential, and a raised suspension are all part of the new, off-road-oriented variant. While only available on the 2500 model, the Rebel can be purchased with either a gasoline or diesel engine; four-wheel drive is standard.
For the Ram 2500 and 3500 models from 2023, a few other pieces of equipment have been modified. Both a digital rearview mirror with side camera integration and a 12.0-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster are now available.
The 2023 Ram HDs also have Trailer Reverse Steering control as an option, which streamlines a sometimes challenging driving maneuver and makes life easier when towing a trailer. On the Laramie and Limited versions, a Mopar performance hood is now an option.
The base 410-hp 6.4-liter gasoline engine is more than capable, especially in the 3500, but the majority of Ram HD customers are ready to pay more for the diesel. We recommend sticking with the 2500 4×4 Crew Cab Laramie, the most popular model, for the best balance of capacity, room, luxury, and cost.
If towing large trailers is not a top priority for you, stick with the 410-hp V-8, which is speedier around town and matches well with a superb eight-speed automatic.
Spend the money saved to add the load-leveling air suspension and limited-slip differential, which enhance the Ram’s already excellent ride quality.
Performance, Transmission, and the Engine
There are three available engines. A 6.4-liter V-8 engine with 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque is used as the base engine for all versions. It is coupled with a top-notch eight-speed automatic.
In the Power Wagon, which only has four-wheel drive, this is the sole engine and transmission available. The 6.7-liter Cummins diesel inline-six is available with either rear- or four-wheel drive for every other model, though. The diesel comes in two different variations.
The first has a 2500 and 3500 model option, and it has a 370-horsepower and 850-pound-feet-torque output. A whopping 1075 pound-feet of torque is produced by the 400-hp high-output variant, which is only offered on the 3500.
Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, unlike all of its diesel rivals who all feature more recent 10-speed transmissions. The Cummins engine weighs 1060 pounds compared to the V-8’s 490 pounds, thus the diesel vehicles are less maneuverable and slower than the V-8s but can pull and tow a lot more weight.
Ram has done an outstanding job of improving the Cummins. Even though it continues to be noisier than the V-8, it is no longer a noisy beast.
Capacity for Towing and Payload
A Ram 3500 has a maximum payload of 7680 pounds and a towing capacity of 37,090 pounds thanks to the high-output Cummins engine and its 1075 pound-feet of torque. The more popular 2500 4×4 Crew Cab variant has a maximum payload of 2380 pounds and a maximum trailer-weight rating of 19,010 pounds when using that engine.
These are impressive results for the class. The 2500 4×4 Crew Cab’s 370 horsepower Cummins engine can pull 16,870 pounds and tow 3240 pounds. The vehicle can handle 3240 pounds and tow 14,370 pounds with the regular V-8, which is more than enough for the majority of work and weekend excursions.
Fuel efficiency and actual MPG
Because their Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR) are greater than 8500 pounds, commercial trucks like the Ram 2500 and 3500 do not have their fuel efficiency rated by the EPA. In our comprehensive testing, a Ram 3500 with a high-output Cummins diesel engine, four-wheel drive, and a dual-rear-wheel axle achieved 16 mpg on a 75 mph real-world fuel-economy route.
The crew cab 2500 with four-wheel drive and a 370-hp diesel engine had somewhat higher highway fuel economy with a rating of 18 mpg.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
The Ram comes in a wide range of trim levels and cab types, thus its interior materials, passenger capacity, and in-cabin technology systems can vary greatly in terms of quantity and quality, as is the case with most pickups.
There are three different types of cabs available: a single cab, a roomy four-door Crew Cab, and the enormous Mega Cab (which has the largest back seat in its class). The Ram offers the greatest interior in the market with luxury-car level details, incredible comfort, and a clean, modern design, while the highest trim levels offer quality materials.
Heavy-duty trucks from Ford, Chevy, and GMC are also huge and opulent inside.
The Longhorn emblem is hand-branded into the wood on the upper glovebox door of the truck, and the highest Longhorn trim even includes striped wood and gold trim on the dash, doors, and gauges.
Functional controls and a large amount of inside cubby storage are also highlights of the cabin’s design. A laptop with a 15.0-inch screen can fit in its tiered center console. Every Ram HD also includes standard acoustic glass and active noise cancellation integrated into the audio system, which makes the interior of the truck as quiet as that of a luxury automobile, even the diesel versions.
Connectivity and Information
Additionally, Ram equips its heavy-duty vehicles with in-cabin technology, including the most recent infotainment systems, on par with some expensive luxury sedans and SUVs. The Ram’s system is user-friendly and has straightforward menus and instructions.
It also has a huge, well-positioned 8.0-inch touchscreen that responds swiftly to user inputs. Ram’s 12.0-inch reconfigurable touchscreen, the largest in its class, provides the interior of the vehicle a high-tech appearance.
In addition, the system offers navigation, an on-demand Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The truck’s interior has five USB connections for your gadgets and up to three 115-volt outlets that can supply up to 400 watts of power to fast run or charge items.