2021 RAM 2500

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2021 RAM 2500 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: March 23, 2021

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The 2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab is another heavy duty pick-up truck from the RAM dynasty that stands right in the middle of the heavy-duty Ram 3500 and the light-duty Ram 1500. The 2021 RAM 2500 pick-up also offers you various engine configurations and is geared for exceptional handling and hauling cargo. The 2021 RAM 2500 Regular cab regular is a carryover of the previous iteration that is always ready for taking up heavy and challenging tasks with its machismo and tough looks that define its wisdom on the rough roads.

Although there are no new surprises for the upcoming model, however, the previous 2020 RAM 2500 truck received mild refreshment. It added more high-strength steel in the frame, along with that aluminum body panels were added to reduce weight and improve fuel economy. Also the towing and hauling capabilities were improved and more standard features were included from the 2019 model year. The 2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab regular races against the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab, the GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab, and the Ford F-250 Regular Cab.

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Pros

Versatile cabin with luxury features

Powerful engine

Class- leading towing capacity of 19780 pounds

Rugged looks

Cons

Slow acceleration

Huge size not meant for city drives

What's New?

The 2021 RAM 2500 Regular cab will continue to be the same as its previous year model, with no real modifications. 


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34095

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

392

horsepower

410 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

429 lb.-ft.. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

8-speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Non-independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2/14.1

dimensions

wheelbase

140.5 in.

length

232 in.

width

79.4 in.

height

78 in.

curb weight

5988 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

62.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

72.2 cu ft.

maximum towing capacity

15040

payload

4010

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 RAM 2500 Detailed Review video

Trims

Tradesman $34,095 onwards

410 hp @ 5600 rpm | 6.4 L | V-8 | Premium unleaded

  • 17" silver styled steel Wheels
  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Accent-Color Shark Fin Antenna
  • AM/FM/Satellite-prep, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Halogen Quad Headlamps
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning
  • Power rear windows
  • trailer Tow Mirrors
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Vinyl Seat Trim

Big Horn/Lone Star $37,895 onwards

410 hp @ 5600 rpm | 6.4 L | V-8 | Premium unleaded

  • Bright front and rear bumper
  • Chrome Headlamps Bezels
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
  • Mirror running lights
  • Tinted Windshield Glass

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Colors and Styles

2021 RAM 2500 in Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat color 2021 RAM 2500 in Construction Yellow color 2021 RAM 2500 in Delmonico Red Pearl Coat color 2021 RAM 2500 in Hydro Blue Pearl Coat color 2021 RAM 2500 in Bright White Clear Coat color
Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Final Verdict

8.8

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OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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Overall Rating


Powered by a 6.4L V8 engine the RAM 2500 Regular cab not only enjoys the machismo of its rugged and sporty looks, but it shares the same underpinnings inside. With 410 hp of power and 429 lb-ft of torque on paper and feel them while they take command over the roads and drive with heavy haulage on the back. It also packs advanced comfort and safety features for its price that result in comfortable ride and handling on rough roads. The 2021 RAM 2500 does not allow any changes, however, it manages to be the best in the segment. 

2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab front angle view
2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab rear angle view

6.0/10
Pricing and Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.8/10
Final Verdict


2021 RAM 2500 Pricing and Features

6.0/10

The 2021 RAM 2500 Regular cab can be bought in various load and body configurations. Across the lineup RAM offers a 6.4 L V8 regular engine and two versions of the Cummins 6.7L turbo regular inline 6 engine. The standard RAM 2500 with a diesel engine gets the base version of the Cummins 6.7L turbo inline 6 belts out 370hp and 850 lb-ft of torque while the upgraded 3500 version pushes to 400 hp and 1000 lb-ft. However, both the versions of the engine make use of the 2 trims of the vehicle. 

Trim

Tradesman

Lone Star/Bighorn

MSRP

$34,895*(est.)

$38,895*(est.)

MSRP (4WD)

$37,847*(est.)

$41,795*(est.)

Key Features

17-inch steel wheels

18-inch steel wheels

 

front bench with vinyl upholstery

chrome exterior trim

 

Bluetooth

integrated trailer brake controller

 

tilt-only steering wheel

power-sliding rear window

 

5-inch touchscreen interface

remote locking and unlocking

 

Power windows and locks

remote ignition

*Estimated prices.

The Tradesman trim starts at $34,895 and is the most basic one, but it does certainly come with plenty of standard features.

The Big Horn/Lone Star trim starts at $38,895; it is known as Lone Star in the state of Texas, and it has a considerable amount of standard features added to its repertoire.

2021 RAM 2500 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

More often than not RAM has found itself among the best when it comes to reliability, customers love its reliability factor and have repeatedly spoken wonders about how well their trucks hold up with the passage of time. Customers have used RAM trucks for years and very few have complained about its reliability. This has to be noted however, in recent times, the technology and infotainment sometimes have drawn some criticism and could be something to work on for RAM.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

Pickup trucks are the most loved segment of cars in the US, however, the lack of reliability and expensive maintenance and running costs do not allow many buyers to look over this segment. This needs no mention that RAM has been a leader in manufacturing light commercial vehicles and pickups for the US market. The company excels in providing powerful machines that rule the minds and hearts of the american consumers.

However, the company has always addressed the faults in its assembly line and manufacturing. The company has been eager to notice and repair its fault on the line and even after sales of its products. The RAM 2500 had made several recalls in the past resulting from fault and defect in the manufacturing process. The 2021 RAM 2500 has not made any recalls till date, any recalls that are made further the date of writing this review shall be updated. 

 The 2020 RAM 2500 has had three previous recalls till now, those are:

  • POWER TRAIN: AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION defect: Transmission fluid leak which may cause a fire.
  • SENSING SYSTEM: CAMERA defect: Lingering rearview image distracts the driver
  • STRUCTURE defect: Bed step that unexpectedly fails can injure passengers

Warranty

RAM offers a competitive limited warranty and the reason you should absolutely choose a regular engine over the gasoline one since it has a longer powertrain warranty. However, unlike its rivals, it offers no complimentary maintenance which is a shame indeed.

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Complimentary maintenance

-

Miles Per Dollar

The true cost to own a RAM 2500 according to the length of 5 years and 15,000 miles driven per year is $45,998. That makes a miles-per-dollar figure of 1.63.

2021 RAM 2500 Buying Advice

Even if you go for a Regular Cab paired with a regular powertrain, you have quite some options to choose from. To start with, you could go for the Big Horn/Lone Star trim as it comes with a good number of standard features. If you are going to be towing stuff quite often the 4x4 makes an obvious choice but you don’t need it if you will be using it to totter around the city mostly.

Is buying a used RAM 2500 Regular Cab regular a good idea?

Going for a used RAM 2500 Regular Cab regular is certainly a great idea as the 2020 model has been carried over unchanged for 2021. However, do note that there were a significant amount of changes that took place from 2019 to 2020, so you shouldn’t choose a car older than last year.

2021 RAM 2500 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Since this truck has to do quite a significant amount of heavy-duty hauling, it also needs to be up to the task. The regular cab version comes with a 6.4L Hemi V8 engine that has 410 horses and 429lb-ft of torque. Well, if you are unsatisfied with this, the diesel engine cab is there for you. The diesel cab behemoth with a 6.7-liter turbo regular Inline 6 sourced from Cummins is more than up for the task. The engine makes 370 hp and 850 lb-ft and it is a towing champ and is capable of lugging a 37,100 pounds heavy trailer.

2021 RAM 2500 regular cab has 6.4L engine

It is worth noting that the same engine in the 3500 makes 400 hp and 1,000 lb-ft. The engine is hugely refined than before, but not as refined as the standard HEMI V8.

Models

2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

2021 Ford F-250 Regular Cab

2021 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Base MSRP

$34,895

$41,600

$41,895

$41,000

Engine

6.4L hemi V8

6.6L V8

6.2L V8

6.6L V8

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

4WD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

410@ 5600

401 @ 5200

385 @ 5750

401 @ 5200

Torque

429 @4000

464 @ 4000

430 @ 3800

464 @ 4000

The Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab and the Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab have essentially the same engine, so their figures are the same and are the best in this comparison.

2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab regular Acceleration And Braking Performance

A 6-speed automatic transmission is paired to the 6.4L Hemi V8 regular engine and it is a competent gearbox. The gearboxes are not quick by any means, though its performance figures are impressive considering its weight. The transmission priority is hauling and towing large numbers of weight. So, when you pin the accelerator down, it’s a gradual but adequate build-up of speed. The 4WD truck does have some competitive acceleration figures in the segment.

2021 RAM 2500 regular cab cover 0-60 in 7.2 sec

The brakes are just average in their operation, even with panic stops, you would get some average for this segment braking distances.

Models

2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

2021 Ford F-250 Regular Cab

2021 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

0-60 MPH

7.2

6.7

7.3

7.5

Quarter mile

15.6

N/A

15.5

15.9

Top Speed

140

N/A

96

98

You would want to take the 2500 Regular Cab regular if you find yourself on the drag strip.

2021 RAM 2500 Fuel Economy

7.1/10

EPA does not have any figures for the RAM 2500 but, it should be pretty obvious considering the size and weight of the rig, the truck would be thirsty. Combined mileage is less and it is even lower when towing.

Models

2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

2021 Ford F-250 Regular Cab

2021 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

MPG (city)

-

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (highway)

-

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (combined)

15

N/A

N/A

12

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

32

36

34

36

Range (city/highway) (miles)

520

N/A

N/A

432

The 2500 Regular Cab regular has a great range ideal for long-distance clearing.

2021 RAM 2500 Interior

7.0/10

Very few cars are as comfortable and spacious as the RAM 2500 Regular Cab, but not just that, the interiors are indulging. Since it is a Regular Cab which will mostly be used by work users and will be more common among the base trims. But nevertheless, the seats are plenty spacious, but getting into them is a bit of a chore.

2021 RAM 2500 regular cab front seats

The interior materials used are great too, they prioritize comfort even when you are touching them. Even the detailing almost resembles that of a luxury car. The design language is clean and modern, which also takes the comfort quotient even further. Yes, if you want the premium materials, you will only get those with the Big Horn/Lone Star trim, the materials used in the Tradesman trim are not exactly cheap, they are comfortable but they don’t shout wealth. There are tons of interior cubby storage, you can even store a 15.0-inch laptop in the center console. Plenty of functional controls are strewn about, and the cabin is impressively quiet inside.

Coming back to the seats, they are extremely comfortable. Not only are they bolstered and padded well, but they also offer plenty of adjustabilities. The surfaces around the seats are plenty soft and comfortable, the materials used are comfortable as mentioned before.

Model

2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

2021 Ford F-250 Regular Cab

2021 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Seating Capacity

3

3

3

3

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.8/65.9/40.9

43.1/66.1/44.5

40.8/66.7/43.9

43.1/66/44.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

-

-

-

-

The Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab impressively has the most interior space, makes it an ideal choice for those weekend trips too.

How’s the 2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab regular’s infotainment system?

The infotainment in this truck is seriously premium, comparable to cars way above its price segment. The infotainment technology is the latest, and it is pleasingly intuitive, complete with simple menus and prompts. The reasons to use inputs are quick, you navigate through an 8.0-inch touchscreen which is not only large in size but is conveniently placed too. There is a 12.0-inch touchscreen available too, and it is the largest in the class, including it to your truck will make your interiors look and feel really high-tech.

2021 RAM 2500 regular cab infotainment display

some standard features are listed below

  • Subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
2021 RAM 2500 regular cab
2021 RAM 2500 regular cab

2021 RAM 2500 Exterior

9.0/10

The interiors may look stellar, the exteriors are not all that striking. RAM has decided to carry over the same anonymous and smooth design so that people won’t mistake it for anything other than a work truck. What’s most impressive is the fact that RAM makes sure that you can recognize between the different trims of the truck. The Tradesman is though-and-though a work truck, you won’t mistake it for anything else. But whenever you see the truck going down the road, it oozes personality, it certainly is one of the classiest trucks in the segment and the looks speak for themselves.

2021 RAM 2500 regular cab three quarter view 

Model

2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

2021 Ford F-250 Regular Cab

2021 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Curb Weight (lbs.)

6310

6227

6112

5924

Length (in.)

238.8

235.5

231.8

235.5

Width (in.)

79.5

81.8

80.0

81.8

Height (in.)

78.2

79.9

81.1

79.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.4

10.2

8.3

10.2

Wheelbase (in.)

149.0

141.6

142.0

141.6

It is not a surprise that a separate step is provided with the Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab in order to help the passengers get more than 10 inches above the ground just to be able to get inside the car.

2021 RAM 2500 regular cab
2021 RAM 2500 regular cab
2021 RAM 2500 regular cab
2021 RAM 2500 regular cab

2021 RAM 2500 Safety

7.0/10

The truck has not been crash-tested, but the truck does have a lot of safety features, “safe” to say the most in the segment. But there is a wrong step taken by RAM, which is features like active lane control, surround-view camera and the automatic emergency braking are included as optional, they should have been available as standard. But still, it is nice that there is a really wide variety of safety features the drivers can choose from.

  • Forward Collision Warning System
  • Adaptive LED headlamps
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Traction control and Electronic stability

2021 RAM 2500 Competition

2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab Vs Ford F-250 Super Duty

The Ford F-250 Super Duty is really closely matched to the RAM. Yes, the RAM is newer but Ford has introduced quite some changes for 2021 and kept it fresh as far as the look is concerned at the least. Similar to the RAM, the F-250 Super Duty also has impressive and well-designed interiors, but it does miss out on the premium-like look and feel of the RAM.

Ford f-250 superduty

2021 RAM 2500 Regular Cab Vs Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

It’s not even a year since Chevy launched the all-new Silverado 2500HD and they have already heavily updated it for 2021, so it is right up its lane to compete against the RAM. It also has plenty of options and configurations to choose from, and its towing capabilities will impress every truck-nut. But the interiors of this truck are a huge let-down, especially when you compare it to the premium interiors of the RAM.

Chevrolet silverado 2500HD

2021 RAM 2500 Final Verdict

8.8/10

Although it is pitched as an extremely capable work-truck, it is undoubtedly a lifestyle product, and it can do a lot more than just towing; you can use it for home, the weekend, and the hauling. The truck ripples with power and torque so its hauling and towing capability is unquestionable. What's more, if you spec it up, it wouldn't look out of place in the valet parking too. It's a shame that big trucks don’t get crash or fuel tested, but the truck is plenty versatile which is understood even without the figures, to a limit.

Used RAM 2500 for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2021 RAM 2500 1 $42,170 33 Listings
2020 RAM 2500 27 $34,874 1241 Listings
2019 RAM 2500 52 $24,950 2125 Listings
2018 RAM 2500 54 $650 2034 Listings
2017 RAM 2500 75 $7,795 1320 Listings
2016 RAM 2500 80 $12,199 1220 Listings
2015 RAM 2500 86 $12,490 850 Listings
2014 RAM 2500 89 $12,995 885 Listings
2013 RAM 2500 51 $9,988 387 Listings
2012 RAM 2500 72 $5,900 533 Listings
2011 RAM 2500 33 $8,999 249 Listings
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