2014 Ram 3500 Expert Review

Editor's Overview

The Ram 2500 and 3500 are heavy-duty pickups from Chrysler’s truck division, and come to market for 2014 bearing a newly available 6.4-liter Hemi V8 and innovative tow/haul features like an available load-leveling rear air suspension. And while rival HD trucks aren’t exactly slouches, the Ram 3500 simply outclasses the field with its 30,000-pound tow rating.

You'll Like The 2014 Ram 3500 If...

If you’re a longtime devotee of Ram HD trucks and it’s time to trade in your old outfit, the improvements made to the 2014 Ram 2500/3500 should rekindle your loyalty to the brand. Conversely, Ford and Chevy owners who long for a more upscale interior will find a lot to like in the Ram HD.

You May Not Like The 2014 Ram 3500 If...

Because full-size trucks have the most faithful customers in the industry, deciding among a Ford Super Duty, Chevrolet Silverado HD or Ram HD will likely boil down to personal preference.

What's New

Ram 2500 models gain a new 5-link independent rear suspension for 2014. A new 6.4-liter Hemi V8 along with load-leveling rear air suspension is also available on both the Ram 2500 and 3500.

Interior Features

Climb into a 2014 Ram heavy-duty pickup and you'll find a very unworkman-like interior. Even base trims seem relatively polished, while upper-crust Laramie models evoke a near-luxury feel with leather-lined and climate-controlled seats, a heated steering wheel, high-quality interior materials – the list goes on. The massive center console is long and deep enough to swallow a larger laptop or multiple tablets; it can even hold a set of hanging files. Reclining rear seats are one of the perks to be had with the Mega Cab, while Crew Cab owners enjoy convenient under-floor storage compartments.

Exterior Features

Ram heavy-duty trucks are available in three cab configurations: 2-door Regular Cab, 4-door Crew Cab and 4-door Mega Cab. Bed lengths vary between 6 feet, 4 inches and 8 feet, depending on cab style, while the rear-axle configuration can be had with choice of the standard 2-wheel or heavy-duty 4-wheel dually setup. Visually separating the Ram 2500/3500 HD trucks from the basic Ram 1500 truck are a larger grille, a taller hood with stamped louvers, and large chrome or black bumpers.Keep in mind that all heavy-duty trucks are sizable vehicles. If you plan to park one in a garage, measure accordingly.

Driving Impressions

As is the case with every heavy-duty pickup, the Ram HD’s capability story begins with its potent powertrains. We found the standard 5.7-liter Hemi V8 powerful enough to tow up to 14,000 pounds without issue, while loads pushing the 20,000-pound mark were best left to the new 6.4-liter Hemi V8. We recommend choosing the torque-rich Cummins turbodiesel for loads exceeding 10 tons. Perhaps the most remarkable trait of the 2014 Ram HD is its civilized road manners. In town, the Ram 2500’s new coil-spring rear suspension provides a surprisingly smooth, compliant ride, while generous use of sound-deadening materials gives an upscale feel to the interior of both the 2500 and 3500. Those in need of a heavy-duty truck designed to withstand the most demanding off-road situations should consider the Ram Power Wagon. This purpose-built variant treads through the rough stuff by way of 4-wheel drive, locking front and rear differentials and electronically disconnecting sway bars.

Pricing Notes

A 2014 Ram 2500 regular cab carries a starting price of right around $27,500, with the entry-level 3500 commanding an additional $700. At these prices, the 2014 Ram HD holds the title as the most affordable heavy-duty truck on the market. For comparison, HD models from Chevy, GMC and Ford begin in the low-$30,000 range. Checking all the options boxes for a range-topping Ram 3500 Laramie Limited will amount to $65,000 worth of truck. But regardless of which model grade you choose, we suggest you take a look at KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price tool at the bottom of this page to see what others in your area are paying for their heavy-duty pickups. Although the 2014 Ram HD has an enticing up-front cost, its long-term residual values trail the competition by a few percentage points.

Notable Equipment

In base Tradesman form, the 2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 HD come equipped with a 40/20/40 split front bench seat with rear storage, air conditioning, vinyl flooring, cruise control, a driver information center, automatic on/off headlights, a tilt steering wheel, manual windows and door locks, and a 6-speaker audio system with a USB port for digital music players. Safety features include six airbags and a full complement of electronic stability aids.

Notable Options

The Ram HD lineup is as tech-savvy as it is tough, with an options list consisting of touch-screen navigation, conversational voice recognition, Sirius Backseat TV (offering Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network), a 10-speaker premium sound system by Alpine, backup sonar proximity sensors, and a rearview camera for easier trailer hookups. The 2014 Ram HD also offers an integrated trailer brake as standard equipment on SLT, Outdoorsman, Laramie and Power Wagon models.

Favorite Features

UCONNECT ACCESS

High technology doesn't need to be highly complicated. Case in point, the Ram’s available Uconnect Access is one of the most intuitive full-featured infotainment systems on the market. From its large 8.4-inch touch screen to its conversational voice-recognition software, Uconnect Access is the new benchmark in vehicle connectivity.


CLASS-LEADING POWER AND TOWING

Whether you're really using all that might or just boasting, it's hard not to be impressed with these figures: 30,000 and 850. The first represents the maximum towing capacity of Ram 3500 models, while the latter designates the torque produced from the optional 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Ram Heavy Duty is available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, a new 6.4-liter Hemi V8, or a considerably more powerful 6.7-liter Cummins inline-6 turbodiesel. The diesel engine is available in two power outputs, with the upgraded version available exclusively in the 3500. The 5.7-liter V8 is standard issue in the 2500 and 3500. Though costly, the standard Hemi engine can be retrofitted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of gasoline. The sole transmission for gasoline-powered models is a 6-speed automatic. Diesel models can be linked to a segment-exclusive 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic. Diesel models also feature exhaust braking for added stopping power.


5.7-liter V8

383 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm

400 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA


6.4-liter V8

410 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm

428 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA


6.7-liter turbocharged diesel inline-6

350 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm (manual transmission)

370 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm (automatic transmission)

660 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm (manual transmission)

800 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm (automatic transmission)

EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA


6.7-liter turbocharged diesel inline-6

385 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm

850 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

Editors' Notes

Although half-ton pickups sell in notably higher numbers, it’s the three-quarter-ton and 1-ton models that do most of the heavy lifting. In the relatively small world of heavy-duty trucks, the 2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 HD reign supreme in terms of all-out capability. For instance, the Ram 3500’s available Cummins turbodiesel cranks out a colossal 850 lb-ft of torque for a class-leading 30,000-pound tow rating. 2014's Ram 2500 models benefit from a new segment-exclusive multilink coil rear suspension for better on-road comfort than the outgoing leaf-spring setup. Rival pickups like the Chevy Silverado HD (or its GMC clone) and Ford’s Super Duty offerings come close, but when it comes to blending harmonious levels of capability and refinement, the Ram 2500/3500 HD remains our top pick.

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Great truck next one coming soon

Great truck pulls camper and other loads well. The fuel mileage is excellent for a truck. Pushing a 100k on it and just starting to break in. Being a more baseline model it sheet have many options but the ones I needed. Never had any mechanical or power issues. Look forward to buying another one.

- Ryan L

3500 RAM beat truck in the market.

I absolutely love my 3500 ram. It is very spacious thanks to it being a mega cab. I love how high the truck naturally sits. The interior is very modern and stylish. I love the you connect technology used it's super user friendly and has one of the best navigation systems.

- Monica S

gets good mileage for what it is

I like the looks. The ride is good for such a heavy duty pick up. Runs and drives well. It has had a few trim and electrical issues.

- Jon W

As much as I do like the car I highly doubt I that I will ever buy a VW again.

I like the towing capacity and comfort the most. I like the price and the size the least. I also do not like the gas mileage.

- Karen M

It is a good brand that is long lasting.

It is definitely way better than the vehicle we had previously. It rides smoothly and makes us feel proud to drive it.

- Elena A

Dodge Ram 3500 great for ranch life.

Great for pulling a trailer loaded with horses. I haul hay and other large cargo easily. Safe and reliable vehicle.

- Samantha K

It is a piece of junk and over prices.

Def system always messes up. The overall power and performance sucks. The craftsmanship and quality is very poor.

- Justin J

The Cummings diesel is a real workhorse, great for towing.

Great for towing my fifth wheel. Love the Cummings diesel. Great fuel economy for a truck.

- Helmut R

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