Video: Has Ram Improved The Legendary Cummins Diesel? 1994 vs 2021 Dodge Ram 2500 Driving Review

Tommy and Kase compare a 1994 vs 2021 Dodge Ram 2500 which is like comparing a biplane to the Concord.

This video has Kase and Tommy comparing the pros and cons of a second generation 1994 Dodge Ram 2500 and a 2021 Ram 2500. Both have Cummins Diesel engines, and both trucks are 4x4s – and that’s about it. They have very little in common in terms of amenities, comfort, safety, pricing, capabilities and ratings. Or do they?

Sure, Kase’s 1994 Dodge Ram 2500 is as modern as a stem locomotive, compared to the 2021 Ram 2500 – but check this out.

1995 5.9-liter I6 Turbodiesel (12-valve): Kase bought this truck for about $8,000. In that time, he’s invested over $8,000 in the engine alone. This was based on his need to improve performance and reliability. With about 250,000 miles on the ticker – he wants to make a beast for the remainder of its life. He has a five-speed manual transmission and open differentials.

Dodge Ram 2500 0-60 tow

Stock, the 1995 5.9-liter I6 Turbodiesel Dodge Ram trucks have 175 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. That’s when equipped with the NV4500 5-Speed manual transmission. Kase’s makes a lot more. Maximum towing is rated at approximately 12,000 lbs, and the maximum payload is 5,340 lbs.

2021 6.7-liter I6 Turbodiesel: At nearly $87,000 – this 2021 Ram 2500 is absolutely loaded. High trim features like wood, leather, sunroof, and electronics packages help inflate its price. On top of that, it is a crew-cab 4×4 built for luxurious towing. The max payload of 2,380 lbs is less than half of the old model. Granted, if it were a different configuration, it could hold a lot more. This 2021 Ram 2500 has a max trailer-weight rating of 19,010 pounds.

Driving experience:

Let’s just say, Kase’s truck is a bit industrial, compared to the luxury barge feel of the new Ram. The suspension and noise isolation are the main differences, but the vibration in the old Dodge Ram (which has been modified) is enough to loosen your molars. Still, the feel of a manly manual transmission is enough to justify the discomfort – according to Kase.

Check out this video and see for yourself!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.