2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon First Drive: Capability beyond crawling

– Las Vegas, Nevada

It’s hard to have a conversation about the Ram 2500 Power Wagon without someone bringing up the Ford F-150 Raptor. I get it: two butch, off-road-ready trucks with big engines and bigger egos. The truth of the matter is, both trucks are silly, and most buyers won’t actually use them in deep-in-the-woods off-road situations. That said, should you actually find yourself crawling over boulders and trudging through mud, the Ram presents a very strong argument for why it’s the truck to have.

Yes, that’s a factory-integrated Warn winch behind the front bumper, with 90 feet of cable and the power to pull five Miatas (about 12,000 pounds) out of a ditch all at once. Behind that, there are front and rear locking differentials, and an electronically disconnectable front sway bar that allows for up to 26 inches of articulated wheel travel. Bring out your biggest rocks – with 14.3 inches of standard ground clearance and some serious leg stretching at all four corners, there isn’t much this truck can’t just up and drive over.

2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon: First Drive
2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon: First Drive
2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon: First Drive
2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon: First Drive
2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon: First Drive

With 14.3 inches of ground clearance and some serious leg stretching at all four corners, there isn’t much this truck can’t just up and drive over.

Out in the desert near Nevada’s Valley of Fire state park, I’m scaling steep grades and jagged rocks with confidence. Make no mistake, no vehicle is invincible out here, but considering how easily the Ram handles any obstacle I throw at it, it’s easy to believe otherwise. There’s a satisfying...