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2017 Ram 2500 Buyer’s Guide

Key qualities for heavy duty trucks are performance and durability. The 2017 Ram 2500 achieves performance with its tremendous hauling and towing capabilities. The durability of this heavy duty truck is seen in the details: specific off-road package, special hauling options, and even an easy-clean vinyl seat option.The 2017 Ram 2500 is available in seven trim options and three comfortable cab sizes, giving you extreme customization to create the perfect heavy duty truck.

Complete Ram 2500 Features

The Ram 2500 has a number of impressive features that are important for a heavy duty truck. There are three cabin sizes and two bed sizes: 6’4″ or 8′. The regular cabin seats 3, but the crew cab and mega crew cab models seat 6 and offer additional storage in the rear floor panel and under the seat.

For optimum engine performance in all weather conditions, each Ram 2500 comes with a computer controlled valve system called Ram Active Air, which automatically switches the engine air source based on external conditions.

2017 Ram 2500

More power at your fingertips in the Ram 2500

By pressing the tow button, the truck engages a more aggressive downshift schedule and gives you more towing power. This important feature is extremely handy for summer camper trips to the Appalachians.

New Features for 2017 Ram Pickup Truck

The 2017 Ram 2500 offers a superior off-road experience with the off-road package for the crew and mega cabs.

Another new feature for 2017 is the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Coupled with the camera, internet radio, and navigation systems, Uconnect makes your truck safer and more comfortable for the long haul across Virginia.


The 2017 Ram 2500 has several impressive packages such as the 4×4 off-road package and the Snow Chief package.

4×4 Off-Road Package

Reviewed highly by critics, the new off-road package is available with the purchase of a crew or mega cab Ram 2500. As the name implies, the package fits your Ram for a comfortable off-road experience. The package, perfect for hunting, farming, or steep mountain paths, includes:

  • On/off-road tires
  • Tow hooks
  • Hill-descent control
  • Bilstein socks
  • Transfer case skid plate
  • Limited-slip Differential
  • Wheel flares

Snow Chief Package

Excellent for tough terrain in the mountains, high wind, and winter weather, the Snow Chief Package is made to conquer harsh winter conditions. This package includes a number of features that improve your performance on snow and even allow you to plow snow-covered roads. Some of these features include:

  • limited slip axle
  • transfer case skid plate
  • clearance lamps
  • 220-amp alternator
  • auxiliary instrument panel switches

What makes the exterior of the 2017 Ram 2500 unique from other full-sized trucks?

2017 Ram 2500

The 2017 Ram 2500 distinguishes itself from other heavy duty trucks with wheel-to-wheel side steps, power exterior mirrors, and a fleet of new colors. Add a tonneau cover to protect the bed, or box rail caps to avoid scratching the top of the truck’s box when you pull lumber to a construction site.

2017 Ram 2500

The Rambox® Cargo Management System puts extra storage room in your truck box sides. This allows you to shelter, stow, and haul smaller items. RamBox® is lit, drainable, and locking system that’s perfect for fishing and hunting gear or can be used like a cooler for drinks and snacks while out your Ashland construction site.

2017 Ram 2500 Performance and Durability

The Ram 2500 has a 50,000 PSI steel frame, three high-performance gas or diesel engine options, automatic or manual transmission, and even durable vinyl seat options for easy cleanup.

2017 Ram 2500

Choose from the standard 5.7L HEMI® V8 gas engine, heavy duty 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine, or Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 engine.

 5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine with VVTHeavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI® V8 EngineProven and Legendary 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 Engine
Pound-feet of Torque400429800
Max Payload3,0603,9903,160
Max Towing13,89016,32017,980
Max Horsepower383410370

The Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 engine works alongside Ram’s exhaust engine braking technology to help control the truck while going down steep slopes. This engine brake uses a variable nozzle on the turbodiesel for smoother braking, reduced brake wear, and extra stability – especially if you’re hauling a heavy load to your Ashland construction site.

The five-link coil rear suspension helps reduces overall friction to smooth your ride. Of course, this enhanced driving experience is done without sacrificing the Ram 2500’s towing capability.

The rear auto-level suspension keeps your load level despite terrain changes. At the touch of a button, you can select from payload or trailer height selections. This will easily maintain your load’s level when driving over rough terrain – even if that terrain is just Richmond potholes.

Additionally, Ram covers their diesel engine trucks with a 5-Year/100,000-Mile Limited Warranty and gas engine trucks with a 5-Year/60,000-Mile Limited Warranty.

2017 Ram 2500 Pricing

2017 Ram 2500

The Ram 2500 starts at just $32,145.

Trim OptionsTradesmanSLTBig HornLaramieLaramie LonghornPower WagonLimited

2017 Safety Features

2017 Ram 2500 has a number of safety features including:

  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Auto-on headlights
  • Front and side airbags
  • A rear back-up camera
  • Parking assistance system.
  • Its electronic stability control is also equipped with hill-start assist, trailer sway control, rain brake support, brake assist, and ready alert braking.

Ram 2500 Innovative Technology

2017 Ram 2500

Innovative technology continues in the cabin for a luxurious driving experience. Heated seats and even a heated steering wheel keep you warm, even in the coldest Virginia snow storm.

The new digital cluster display lets you customize critical driving information so you are always informed. The separate Uconnect system includes the following features:

  • 8.4-Inch touchscreen display
  • Voice command
  • Hands-free calling
  • GPS
  • SiriusXM Radio

The Uconnect system works with the cargo-view camera to give you peace of mind. Easily see items that you’re hauling at night with the LED lighting at the rear area of the cargo box.

Start Driving Your Powerful Pickup in Ashland, Today!

The 2017 Ram 2500 is a powerful heavy duty truck with excellent hauling and towing capacity, extreme customization, and innovative technology.

So what’s stopping you? Schedule a test drive of the heavy-duty Ram 2500 today by calling Whitten Brothers of Ashland at Call sales Phone Number804-406-9749 or by contacting us online.
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