Ford is still a dominant force in the truck market. For a long time, we were listening to argues with Chevy fans. Now, the Ram trucks are biggest rivals and some of them already surpassed Chevrolet models. Most truckers are looking at the half-ton segment only, but the hard-core drivers will be more focused on the heavy-duty class. The 2023 Ram HD is complete, delivering powerful engines and plenty of features.
A change many are discussing of, is the Allison transmission. For now, FCA has no intentions of replacing the AISIN gearbox. But, it the rival trucks continue to gain difference, the switch won’t be a hard choice. Besides that, we don’t expect big styling updates and new packages. The Dodge Ram 4500 is not going to happen, although there is a higher interest in light-duty chassis cab trucks.
Engines and Specs
Both series 2 and 3 are using the same engine lineup. The 2023 Ram HD will offer petrol and diesel plants. The second one is needed if you want to maximize the towing capacity. A 6.7-liter turbodiesel is Cummins with 370 hp for the Ram 2500, and 400 horsepower for the high-output Dodge Ram 3500 pickup. The torque jumps from 850 to 1,000 pound-feet. A six-speed automatic gearbox is sending power to wheels. This transmission works nicely, but Allison did a great job on its latest 10-pace case. That is why the 2023 Ram HD trucks might replace AISIN transmission.
Besides an oil burner, the heavy-duty class will also feature a petrol unit. A 6.4-liter V8 is able to deliver nearly 500 hp. But, for Dodge Ram heavy-duty trucks, the engine is creating 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Here, an eight-speed automatic gearbox serves as the power router.
Best Models: 2023 Ram HD Power Wagon
The Power Wagon package is available only for the Dodge Ram 2500 truck. This is a special edition, with unique upgrades that enhance styling and off-road capability. However, there is no special engine available for this one. Instead, designers make it look good with skid plates, revisited front fascia, and Power Wagon graphics. In the past, this package had limited themes for the exterior, such as Mojave edition. Ram got us used to such things, so the 2023 YM might offer some of those upgrades as well.
Best Haulers: 2023 Ram HD Dually
Like said, power and torque outputs are maximized on the Dodge Ram 3500. However, the main boost comes when we take a look at the towing capacity numbers. The 2023 Ram HD can haul up to 35,000 pounds. But, the maximum towing potential requires a few steps in upgrading. First, you need the Series 3 model with a diesel engine. It is already enhanced with 400 hp and 1,000 lb-ft. then, the dual rear wheel setup provides maximum balance and traction. The price of this configuration sits above other models. Some truckers will skip on this one, not needing so many power and torque. Besides the high price, the 2023 Ram HD Dually is also going to consume significantly more fuel.