Here is the state of the art of the new 2023 Ram HD trucks. In this comparison, Roman and I show you the differences between a 2022 Ram HD 2500 Big Horn trim level and a luxurious 2023 Ram HD 2500 Rebel off-road truck with its latest towing and off-road technology. Both of these trucks are equipped with 6.7L Cummins turbo-diesel I6 engines. There is a $23,000 price difference between these two new trucks. Here is what sets them apart.
2023 Ram HD
The new Ram 2500 Rebel is based on a more premium Laramie trim level. The HD Rebel takes off-road technology from the Power Wagon and adds luxurious cabin appointments and new features such as the new towing mirrors and a digital gauge cluster.
The most basic new Ram heavy-duty Tradesman pickup truck starts around the $45,000 mark. Once you configure it to have a four-door crew cab and 4WD – the price goes up to around $52,000 for a truck with no options. There is still a $7,995 Power Wagon package that can be added to a Ram 2500 Tradesman 4×4. This brings the base Power Wagon price to around $60,000 (plus destination fees).
You still cannot have a diesel-powered Power Wagon, but adding the Cummins I6 turbo-diesel to a Tradesman raises the starting price to around $62,000. Our long-term Big Horn trim-level truck you see here has a sticker price of $68,000.
The 2500 Rebel package can be added to either a gas-V8 or a diesel-I6 Ram heavy-duty truck, as long as it’s not a Ram 3500. The Rebel includes specially tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks, 20-inch wheels with aggressive Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, and many visual changes that make the Rebel look like a Power Wagon. The exterior changes include the grille and a unique power-bulge hood.
The 2500 Rebel truck you see here includes LED adaptive headlights, LED tail lights, a spray-in bed liner, a gooseneck and 5th-wheel hitch package, a trailer camera package, a rear-view camera mirror, and more.
Personally, I really like the new Ram towing mirrors and the digital gauge cluster. The mirrors include front and rear-facing LED lights, and a power-extending feature. They are fairly easy to control. I also love the new digital gauge cluster. Ram has always been great with showing important information to the driver, but now it’s organized in a more visible way. The gauges include diesel exhaust brake actuation, turbo boost, diesel particulate filter status, transmission fluid temperature, coolant temp, engine oil pressure, and much more.
The new Ram 2500 Rebel Laramie 4×4 with options comes at a high price. The truck you see in this comparison has a sticker price of over $91,000. Join the video below and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.