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5 bad-boy work trucks for heavy hauling

2013 Ram 2500 SLT Crew Cab
2013 Ram 2500 SLT Crew Cab
  • Price: $45,015
  • GVWR: 10,000 pounds
  • Max. payload: 3,020 pounds
  • Max. towing: 17,850 pounds

That the Cummins Turbo Diesel in the Ram 2500 is a six cylinder is pretty amazing considering its 370 horsepower and whopping 800 foot-pounds of maximum torque. It also gives nothing away to its key competitors in payload and towing capacity.

It's the only truck on this list offering a manual transmission as standard equipment, but it's priced here with the six-speed automatic required with the turbo diesel.

The SLT is toward the bottom of Ram's pack of models but still includes some comfort features, such as air conditioning, power windows, door locks and heated mirrors, cloth seats, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio and iPod input jack.

Ram 2500 owners who want to bump up the technology can opt for one of the available Uconnect audio platforms that can include Bluetooth connectivity, direct access to 911 emergency responders, Wi-Fi hotspot and a bevy of other techo-goodies.

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