You cannot mention the Ram 2500 Power Wagon without also talking about the Ford F-150 Raptor which is normal because we have two heavy off-roaders with large engines and great personalities. However, the owners of these truck are probably not going to drive them in deep woods, or some other off-road terrain. But if you do go on an off-road adventure, the 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon will definitely transport you to safety through all the mud.
Yes, this is the warn winch that you can see behind the front bumper, and it comes with 90 feet of cable powerful enough to pull about 12,000 pounds. The Power Wagon boasts front and rear locking differentials, and in order to allow 26 inches of articulated wheel travel, the engineers designed the front sway bar that can be disconnected electronically. The standard ground clearance of this machine is 14.3 inches, which allows this truck to go over anything with ease.
Test Drive and Size
The 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon was tested in the desert near Nevada’s Valley of Fire state park, and the car is crossing over rocks confidently and as if the terrain is flat. What enhances the driving experience is the manual transmission, while every other feature in the vehicle is automatic, which is a good contrast. For example, you have buttons for disconnecting the sway or for hill descent control. This truck weighs 7,000 pounds, and although heavy, it is extremely stable, and the driver is in full control all the time.
The size of the 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is just hard to describe as it is slightly taller than the Raptor SuperCrew. Because of its size, it would take you some time to learn where your wheels are and its length and width may be a problem in tight sections during the ride. At that point, you would want to give up on the 20-foot-long Ram and replace it with either Wrangler or 4Runner.
Under the hood, the Power Wagon comes with the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that is connected to a six-speed automatic gearbox. This powerplant is rated at 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to move this heavy vehicle quickly through the desert in this case or on some other terrain. The throttle can be modulated easily if you need to do some crawling over the rocks.
Highway Ride and Towing Ability
Even on the highway, the Ram 2500’s ride remains superb, and the vehicle is stable on the broken pavement, so you will not bounce up and down in the cabin. There is the nonexistent feedback through the steering, while the damping for bounding through the thick sand is improved with the tuned Bilstein shocks, which appears to be better than the Raptor’s Fox units. Compared to the Raptor, Ram feels more like a truck and its ability to tow 10,030 pounds or carry 1,510 pounds of cargo is amazing. Just for the record, the 4×4 Raptor SuperCrew can tow up to 8,000 and carry 310 pounds of payload less than the Power Wagon.
Exterior and Interior
The 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon comes with bolder front and rear end. The front grille is new, and it is identical to the one found on the Ram 1500 Rebel, whereas across the middle of the tailgate there is “RAM” written in large letters. Underneath, there is “Power Wagon” written as well, but in smaller letters. This year’s graphics is better than on some previous models, but if you don’t like it, you can get it removed any time you want for free.
In the cabin, there is a choice between cloth or leather upholstery with authentic gauge cluster and every imaginable feature. It’s a tie between Ford and Ram’s interior, and it is really hard to decide which cabin is better, although Ram claims that the interior of the Power Wagon is the best truck interior in the market.
2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Price
The 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon sits between the Laramie and Laramie Longhorn models with the starting price of $51,695 without the $1,350 destination charge. However, it can be cheaper, but you would have to give up on some exterior flair and premium interior features. With that in mind, you can purchase the new model for $48,315, but if you want to add some of the features, the price will reach $60,000.