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2010 Dodge Ram 2500

2010 Dodge Ram 2500

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$11,151 — $36,851 USED
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Overview

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The Good

  • New interior is high-quality and very refined
  • Powerful 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine doesn't need urea to meet 2010 regulations
  • Power Wagon off-road model continues

The Bad

  • Hemi V-8 should have six speeds, not five
  • Can't get Power Wagon with diesel engine
2010 Dodge Ram 2500 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2010 Dodge Ram 2500
  • New exterior
  • New interior
  • Full-size crew cab with 8-foot-bed option replaces Quad Cab model
  • Integrated trailer brake controller available

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2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

PickupTrucks.com puts the trucks through their paces by taking them up a 16% uphill climb.

Vehicle Overview
Last year, the light-duty Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was overhauled by Chrysler. This year, the Ram 1500’s big brothers, the Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups, get their turn.

The update isn’t quite as comprehensive as the Ram 1500’s makeover, though you’d never know it just from looking at the trucks. Almost everything above the heavy-duty Ram’s frame is brand new, including its aerodynamic exterior and all-new interior, which is shared with the Ram 1500. The front axle and suspension have been strengthened to accommodate a wider range of snowplow prep packages for winter work. New hydraulic body mounts under the cabin are said to smooth out freeway hop.

A new four-door crew cab with bigger back doors and more rear passenger space replaces the previous, smaller four-door Quad Cab. A new 8-foot cargo box option (a 6-foot, 4-inch bed is standard) should make the crew cab Ram HD an attractive choice for fifth-wheel towing.

The 6.7-liter Cummins six-cylinder diesel and Hemi V-8 powertrains both continue unchanged from last year, as does the Hemi-powered Power Wagon off-road version of the Ram HD. It’s the only Ram HD with a 4.56 rear axle and locking front and rear differentials.

Exterior
Ram heavy-duty pickups share headlamps and fenders with the 1500, but the grille is bigger to keep the engine cool while towing big trailers, and the hood is different to make room for the Cummins diesel. The front bumper has aggressive stampi...

Vehicle Overview
Last year, the light-duty Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was overhauled by Chrysler. This year, the Ram 1500’s big brothers, the Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups, get their turn.

The update isn’t quite as comprehensive as the Ram 1500’s makeover, though you’d never know it just from looking at the trucks. Almost everything above the heavy-duty Ram’s frame is brand new, including its aerodynamic exterior and all-new interior, which is shared with the Ram 1500. The front axle and suspension have been strengthened to accommodate a wider range of snowplow prep packages for winter work. New hydraulic body mounts under the cabin are said to smooth out freeway hop.

A new four-door crew cab with bigger back doors and more rear passenger space replaces the previous, smaller four-door Quad Cab. A new 8-foot cargo box option (a 6-foot, 4-inch bed is standard) should make the crew cab Ram HD an attractive choice for fifth-wheel towing.

The 6.7-liter Cummins six-cylinder diesel and Hemi V-8 powertrains both continue unchanged from last year, as does the Hemi-powered Power Wagon off-road version of the Ram HD. It’s the only Ram HD with a 4.56 rear axle and locking front and rear differentials.

Exterior
Ram heavy-duty pickups share headlamps and fenders with the 1500, but the grille is bigger to keep the engine cool while towing big trailers, and the hood is different to make room for the Cummins diesel. The front bumper has aggressive stamping. The single-piece chrome bumper wraps around the front fenders to give it a modern look and improved aerodynamics to help gas mileage.

The plastic snap-on rear fenders on previous-generation Ram HDs with dual rear wheels have been replaced with sculpted fenders stamped into the sides of the cargo box. They look clean and modern, but if they’re dinged or damaged they’ll require bodywork instead of replacements. Regular cab and Mega Cab models continue for 2010.

The external rearview mirrors have been revised to better facilitate towing. They can be pivoted horizontally or vertically, depending on trailer size, and the mirrors are larger and convex to improve visibility. Turn signals are integrated.

Interior
The inside features all the high-quality materials and ergonomic and electronic options the Ram 1500 has, and it adds a new integrated trailer brake controller, like Ford and GM offer in their heavy-duty pickups. The brake controller eliminates the need for an aftermarket kit to control a trailer’s electric brakes for improved towing control.

Buyers who tow long distances will appreciate the Ram’s seating improvements, which include better ergonomics and comfort. The seats can be equipped with heat and ventilation for the driver and front passenger. Rear-seat heating is also optional, as is a heated steering wheel.
Other interior features include:

  • Optional navigation
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals
  • Optional Sirius Backseat TV with three channels of programming
  • UConnect tunes with 30GB hard drive and available 10-speaker surround-sound stereo system
  • Numerous storage options, including in-floor storage

Under the Hood

  • 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 400 pounds-feet of torque
  • 350-hp, 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder turbocharged diesel with iron block and cylinder head, cam-in-block, four valves per cylinder and 650 pounds-feet of torque with the automatic, 610 pounds-feet with the manual
  • Six-speed manual (5.94:1 1st gear) standard with 6.7-liter engine
  • Five-speed automatic standard with 5.7-liter engine
  • Six-speed automatic available with 6.7-liter engine

Of Interest to Truck Owners

  • Maximum gross vehicle weight rating: Regular cab, Quad Cab 3500 DRW, 12,200 pounds (6.7-liter)
  • Maximum payload capacity: Regular cab 3500 DRW, 5,110 pounds
  • Maximum towing capacity: Quad Cab 3500 DRW, 18,500 pounds fifth wheel
  • Axle ratio: 3.42:1, 3.73:1, 4.10:1, 4.56:1 (Power Wagon only)
  • Transfer-case ratio low range: 2.72:1
  • Minimum ground clearance: 7.1-8.0 inches (depending on model)
  • Cargo-bed load height: 32.7-37.2 inches, 36.3 inches (Power Wagon)

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
23 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(4.0)

Great truck for the money plenty of power reliabl

by Fatz from Ohio on June 8, 2019

The truck is only being upgrade because we have upgraded to a bigger 5th wheel camper has been a great truck and is in great condition after 9 years Read full review

(3.0)

I bought it for the engine....

by BoatingFam1 from Nipomo, CA on May 6, 2019

It tows great. Granted, I have already replaced all of the suspension, brakes, driveshafts, ujoints, brake lines, etc and it has about 50k miles. I use it to tow a 10k camping trailer and a 8k boat. ... Read full review

Safety

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ram 2500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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