With Ram’s new Tradesman 4×4 and 2500 off-road package, you don’t really need a Power Wagon

Updated Feb 19, 2016

If you’re interested in buying the most off-road-capable Ram pickup available, the choice is easy: get the new Power Wagon. But if you’re not interested in spending quite that much money, or if you prefer the look of a more standard 2500 model, Ram has carried over quite a bit of the Power Wagon’s capability in a new off-road package.

2017 Ram 2500 Crew Cab with 4x4 Off-road packageThe package brings the new and improved five-link rear coil suspension and three-link front coil suspension, which provide extra axle articulation, over to any Ram 2500 model.

It also includes Bilstein monotube shocks, large fender flares, front tow hooks and, depending on the 2500 model you choose, either LT275/70R 18E OWL or LT 285/60R 20E OWL on/off-road tires from Firestone.

You’ll also get hill descent control (which is a new feature for the Power Wagon this year) and rear anti-spin differential.

This package basically brings all the important stuff over from the Power Wagon except for these specifics: 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, two-inch lift, sway bar, front and rear locking differentials, 12,000-pound winch, and exterior styling (duh).

And if you really want all those Power Wagon exclusives without the Power Wagon look, Ram has even given you another option: The Tradesman Crew Cab 4×4.

This Tradesman looks more like a standard 2500 but includes all the off-road equipment of the Power Wagon including the winch, lockers, larger tires, electronic disconnecting sway bar, suspension and under-body armor.

It’s nice to have choices.