2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Pros And Cons

The 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 comes with contented ride quality, first-class interior, and remarkable hauling and towing capacity making it the best option for a heavy-duty truck. The bright side includes premium cabin, automatic diesel engine has immense torque, Mega Cab has huge rear-seat room, and silent highway ride. The only drawback includes awkward controls for audio and navigation system. For 2012 year model, the 5.7-liter V8 gets a six-speed automatic, the 6-foot-4-inch bed gets the choice of the RamBox bed side booth and there are some Power Wagon variants.


The heavy-duty 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck offers striking and pleasing features such as a smooth suspension, stronger powertrains, and an attractive cabin. The interior is famous for its premium feel and look and many fashionable features. Hydraulic mounts for cab, a fairly lenient suspension, and reduced wind and road clatter offer silent ride and a fairly comfortable for the occupants of the brawny Ram.


A 5.7-liter V8 is the standard mill for the new 2500 boosting 383 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. You should go for the diesel engine to maximize its work potential. There is also 6.7-liter Cummins 6-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine generating 350 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque mated with an automatic transmission. Depending on engine option and body style, 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 can tow equal to 15,500 pounds when suitably equipped and can haul 3,190 pounds maximum capacity. When it comes to ability and roughness, the 2012 Ram 2500 finds itself basically equally matched with Ford F-250 and Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. While there is still argument about its unusually upscale cabin and the most gorgeous styling.

Trim Levels

There are three cab styles for the 2012 Ram 2500 heavy-duty pickup including the regular, the Crew Cab and the Mega Cab. There is a long bed only for the regular cabs, while there are options of a short or long cargo bed for the Crew Cab. There is the same wheelbase between the Mega Cab and the Crew Cab long bed, but Mega cab has a short bed and a larger cabin. The regular cab includes the ST and SLT trims. Crew Cab is available in the ST, the SLT, the Laramie, the Laramie Longhorn and the Power Wagon trims while the Mega Cab is available in the SLT, the Laramie and the Laramie Longhorn.

The base 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 ST gets black bumpers and grille, 17-inch steel wheels, vinyl seats and floor lining, a front bench seat, an electronic car information screen, air-conditioning, a six-speaker stereo and a tilt steering wheel. Crew Cab gets standard Power windows and door locks, but regular cabs get manual controls. The SLT trim gets chrome-dressed wheels, chrome body trim, automatic trailer brake control, heated power-folding exterior mirrors, cloth seats, a sliding rear window, keyless access, satellite radio and cruise control. The Big Horn package is available for Crew Cab and Mega Cab SLT adding foglights, a chrome grille, four headlights, audio controls mounted leather-covered steering wheel, an auto-dimming interior mirror and a garage door remote control.

The SLT can get the Outdoorsman package adding a limited-slip rear differential, the diesel engine, tow hooks, refined alloy wheels, wheel flares, two-tone paint, a body-color grille border, foglights, auto-dimming mirrors, remote ignition, a ceiling console, power outlet, vanity mirrors with lighting, and electric seats with electric lumbar supports. Accessible only as a 4WD Crew Cab with the 5.7-liter V8 and short bed, the 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon is perfect for serious off-road tasks. Users will get skid plates, tow hooks, all-terrain tires, electronically locking differentials, a 12,000 pounds capacity power winch, a manual transfer case, a front antiroll bar with electronic disconnection to enhance off-road wheel articulation, Bluetooth, foglights, rooftop lighting, and four headlights. There are three sub-trims for Power Wagon, the ST, the SLT and the Laramie.

The 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, refined alloy wheels, leather uphosltery, heated front seats, electric-adjustable pedals, a memory power driver seat, audio controls mounted leather-covered steering wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, Bluetooth, rearview park monitoring, iPod integration and premium nine-speaker surround-sound audio system. The ventilated front seats, remote ignition, backing park sensors, bucket console seats, backing camera, and a navigation system are added in Laramie Longhorn.


There are options with rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive on 2012 Dodge Ram 2500. The high trim levels get electronic 4WD while the lower level gets mechanical one. Recirculating-ball steering system and a solid front axle are available on the 4WD version, while rack-and-pinion steering and independent front suspension are available on the 2WD model. A 5.7-liter V8 engine is standard boosting 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque mated with a six-speed automatic. A 4WD five-speed automatic gasoline V8 Power Wagon can hit 8.1 seconds to reach 60 mph from zero. A 6.7-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel engine is optional generating 350 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque mated with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic rates 800 pound-feet of torque.

An exhaust brake is normally seen only on big trucks but it is available on the diesel Ram. When towing very weighty cargo, there is extra braking power and stability with an exhaust brake. The gasoline engine Ram 2500 rates 14,000 pounds maximum tow ranking, the manual-equipped diesel rates 13,400 while the diesel engine automatic model rates 15,500.

2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Safety And Interior Design

Side curtain airbags and ABS are standard safety gears for the new Ram 2500. Power-adaptable pedals are standard on the Laramie and Optional on the SLT. A Ram Power Wagon heavy-duty truck can make a brake in average 141 feet from 60 mph to full stop. There is the most excellent interior amongst all pickups in the Ram 2500. All over the cabin, there are lots of smooth materials, metallic details, the luxurious seats and refined stitching on the higher trim levels. There is the twin gloveboxes complementing lots of pockets, bins and other Interior storage. The optional RamBox feature is optional on 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 adding lockable compartments inside the truck bed above the rear fenders.


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