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2014 Ram 3500 Truck - Overview

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Overall Quality 2.0

Overall Performance and Design 3.0

Predicted Reliability 3.5

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2014 Ram 3500 Truck

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Overview

What's New for 2014:

  • Optional 6.4-liter V-8 engine
  • Available rear link coil and air suspension systems
  • Pickup bed camera
  • Integrated gooseneck trailer hitch setup
  • Upgraded frame and front suspension (chassis cab models)
  • Updated Uconnect infotainment system

Introduction
Ram's 2014 Heavy Duty pickup lineup consists of 2500 and 3500 series models offered in regular, crew, and mega cab body styles with varying bed lengths, one of a variety of gasoline- and diesel-powered engines, rear-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive capability, and a host of trim levels. Competitors include the Chevrolet Silverado HD, Ford Super Duty, and GMC Sierra HD.

Models and Features
In addition to the bounty of powertrain and body style configurations, the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty is also available with a considerable array of trim levels. Starting things off is the Tradesman, which is equipped with vinyl flooring and upholstery, manual windows (regular cab only), cruise control, infotainment system with a USB port, and little else in terms of amenities. A Power Wagon version of the Tradesman adds an upgraded alternator, lower gear ratio, electronically locking differentials, upgraded shocks and extra skid plates, 12,000-lb. winch, heated mirrors (2500 only), power door locks, and more.

Ram follows the Tradesman with the SLT trim level, which is where buyers will find standard carpeting, cloth upholstery, sliding rear window, 5.0-inch touch-screen infotainment display, keyless entry, and an electronic trailer-brake controller. One step up from the SLT is the Big Horn/Lone Star model, differentiated by a unique chrome grille, upgraded seat fabric, power driver seat with 10-way adjustment, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and remote start.

Positioned in the middle of the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty lineup is the Outdoorsman, featuring a honeycomb grille, power-folding turn signal mirrors, two-tone paint, rubber floor mats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, USB port exclusively for charging, 8.4-inch touch-screen display, and off-road tires.

Finally, at the top of the Heavy Duty range is a selection of Laramie trim levels, the most basic of which offers unique headlights and LED taillights, memory settings, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, rearview camera, and a premium surround-sound system. The most decked-out of all Heavy Duties, the Laramie Limited, features chrome running boards, the company's innovative RamBox storage system, genuine wood trim, front center console, push-button start, premium leather upholstery, and rain-sensing wipers.

Options and Packages
As expected with any pickup truck engineered to tackle tough jobs, the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty can be equipped with a Snow Plow Prep package, extra skid plates and tow hooks, engine block heater, and dual rear wheels for those who need to maneuver heavy loads. However, Ram also offers an ample assortment of creature comforts, including a Comfort Group package with heated seats and a heated steering wheel, and a Luxury Group package equipped with power-folding outside mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Under the Hood
In preparation for the hard work it will undoubtedly be tasked with doing, the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty features a standard 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine that produces 383 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. For 2014, Ram has added a second Hemi V-8 to the Heavy Duty lineup. This one is a 6.4-liter version that delivers 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Drivers who need significantly more pulling power may want to consider the available turbocharged, 6.7-liter, inline 6-cylinder diesel engine. When paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox, output measures 350 horsepower and 660 lb.-ft. of torque, figures that rise to 370 and 800, respectively, if connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Dual-rear-wheel (DRW) 3500 models squeeze out even more: 385 horsepower and 850 lb.-ft. of torque.

According to Ram, the 2014 Heavy Duty has a maximum towing capacity of 30,000 lbs. and a 7,320-lb. maximum payload capacity.

Along with its updated powertrains, the Ram Heavy Duty has also been upgraded with rear link coil (offered only on the 2500) and air suspension systems, as well as an available gooseneck trailer hitch that's integrated into the truck's frame.

Fuel Economy
The EPA does not provide fuel-economy estimates for heavy-duty trucks.

Safety and Ratings
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Ram 2500 crew cab received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars (other Heavy Duty models not tested). As this overview is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the crashworthiness of the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty.

Ram equips its Heavy Duty trucks with 6 air bags, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and a standard trailer sway control system. A rearview camera and rear park-assist sensors are also available.

Available Trims for the 2014 Ram 3500 Truck

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Tradesman 6 speed automatic $30,910 383-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 0/0
SLT 6 speed automatic $34,970 383-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 0/0
Laramie 6 speed automatic $45,350 383-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 0/0
Longhorn 6 speed automatic $50,810 383-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 0/0

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