2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon Review: Engine, Suspension, Tires, and Performance

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The 2010 Dodge Ram 2500’s Power Wagon name was introduced on a military truck chassis in the 1940’s, lasting until the late 60’s.  The Power Wagon returned next in the form of a trimline for the Dodge Ram in 2005. The 2500 series Dodge Ram finally gets the “new” front end (previously only found on the 1500 models), and so the Power Wagon rides again strong as ever.

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The 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon features the 5.7L Hemi V8 mated to
a 5-speed automatic transmission, feeding power to the ground via a set
of 4.56 gears.  Electric locking front and rear differentials, electric
front sway bar disconnect, special springs, and Bilstein mono-tube
shocks make the Power Wagon one of the most capable factory equipped
off road trucks on the market – able to lift one tire 32″ off the
ground while keeping the other three planted.  Alcoa 17″ forged
aluminum rims are wrapped in BFG All Terrain 33″ tires, and with the
suspension goodies and underbody skid plates, the Power Wagon can go
almost anywhere.  Should the Power Wagon come across a buried Toyota
along the trails, the 2010 2500 Power Wagon is equipped with a Warn
12,000 lb winch and 90 foot cable.

New for 2010, the Power Wagon is offered only as a full crew cab body
style, making it 9″ longer in the wheel base than the previous Power
Wagon.  As mentioned, the exterior of the 2500 and 3500 get the front
ends found on the 2009 Ram 1500s, so not only is the 2010 Dodge Ram
2500 one of the most powerful trucks on the road, but it is also one of
the most aerodynamic.

The 2500 and 3500 series truck class is a tight one, with Chevy, GMC,
and Ford all offering worthy competitors but the 2010 Dodge Ram with
the 5.7L Hemi or the awesome 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel will continue
its dominance of the class.

– Patrick Rall

If you’re going Ram 2500 and up anytime soon, is there any reason not to go for the Power Wagon? What would hold you back? See any drawbacks in going for the option? Do you see any competition in other super and heavy duty lines? Where else might you go for your next “big job” truck?

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