2018 Ram 2500 vs 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD

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Drivers seeking confident heavy-duty power have several options on the road. In this 2018 Ram 2500 vs 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD comparison, we are checking out two heavy hitters that are top choices for busy truck drivers.

The 2018 Ram 2500 starts strong with its 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 gasoline engine. This base engine offers 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, while the base 6.0-liter V-8 gasoline engine on the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD offers just 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The Ram truck also offers the user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system (with an advanced GMC IntelliLink system available on the 2018 Sierra 2500HD). Both of these trucks are available with elite luxuries and practical features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. The 2018 Ram 2500 also has a slightly lower starting price than its GMC rival.

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2018 Ram 2500 vs 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD
$33,045 Starting MSRP $34,940
5.7-L HEMI V-8 (383 hp) Base Engine 6.0-L V-8 (360 hp)
5.7-L HEMI V-8 (383 hp) Infotainment System 6.0-L V-8 (360 hp)
Off-Road Package, Power Wagon Package Off-Road Options All Terrain, All Terrain X

Powertrain Options on the 2018 Ram 2500

While the base gasoline powertrain on the 2018 Ram 2500 offers impressive power compared to the gasoline engine option on the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD, that is not the end of the engine options on this bold heavy-duty truck. The Ram 2500 is also available with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 gasoline engine rated for 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. The GMC is not available with a second gasoline powertrain, but both models in this 2018 Ram 2500 vs 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD comparison are available with a diesel powertrain option. On the 2018 Ram 2500 this is a 6.7-liter Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel rated for 385 horsepower and 900 pound-feet of torque, while the Sierra 2500HD is available with a Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V-8 offering 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque.

Drivers looking for off-road capability on their heavy-duty truck will be intrigued by the possibilities of the 2018 Ram 2500. This model is available with an Off-Road Package that adds features like skid plates and off-road optimized shocks, while the elite Power Wagon trim level feature even more advantages like a front winch, front and rear locking differentials, and more. The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD is available with the All-Terrain and All Terrain X models that also offer upgrades like different tires, wheels, shocks and skid plates, but features like a winch are not offered as part of a standard package.

If you would like to learn more about this comparison, or test drive the 2018 Ram 2500 in the Twin Cities area, contact us here at the Fury Ram Truck Center in Lake Elmo MN.


headlight of the 2018 Ram 2500
2018 Ram 2500 driver instrumentation cluster
rear seat storage in the 2018 Ram 2500
steering wheel and infotainment system of the 2018 Ram 2500 Limited


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