The 2018 Ram comes with some extensive updates to the seasoned Ram truck lineup. Most importantly, it features an updated powertrain, introducing new diesel powerplants, and the trademark cab configurations, including three bed lengths, and two- or four-wheel-drive setups.
In the heavy-duty department, the new Ram has to offer the two 2018 Ram 4500-5500 models that stand out from the bunch due to their hauling and towing abilities, although they bring little novelty with their design which, naturally, resembles their smaller siblings from the series.
Exterior and Interior
The 2018 Ram 5500 offers the same basic design as the 2500 and 3500 with the major updates to the fenders and front bumper. The extra beefy front axle in the 4500 and 5500 have a wider track that requires wider fenders to cover the tall, skinny tires.
Also, a restyled air dam with integrated heavy-duty tow hooks adds to the truck’s rugged good looks. The Ram’s fenders are massive and yet they look elegant enough and are well-integrated into the prominent front.
In the back, new frame rails come extra strong for severe duty. Wiring and plumbing is tucked in clean within the frame rails. The three industry-standard frame lengths are available: 60-, 84-, 108-, and 120-inches. Both the regular cab and crew cabs can be purchased on order.
Inside the cabin, the models borrow more than a few cues from the luxurious cabin of the Ram 1500 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks. Uconnect, a 7-inch TFT display, and navigation are just a few enhancements the Ram boasts.
Overall, the cabin looks functional and business-like. However, it is not exactly Spartan with plenty of comfort features such as heated leather seats with power adjustment, power-adjustable pedals, and more storage compartments than the last time.
The 2018 Ram 5500 are outfitted with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that produces 410 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 429 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. It comes with a six-speed automatic, and can tow 18,950 pounds and carry a 11,108 pounds of payload in the bed.
However, the real workhorse is a 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel delivering 320 horsepower and 650 pound feet of torque. With the right six-speed automatic you get a power bump to 325 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. The Cummins Turbo is capable of towing a 29,600-pound trailer and hauling 11,626 pounds in the bed.
2018 Ram 4500-5500 Price
The 2018 Ram 4500-5500 vary in prices from $34,620 for the 6.4-liter HEMI Ram 4500 to $35,720 for the 5500 before options.