KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 10/8/2013
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.
You'll Like This Car 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 This Car 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 for 2014
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.
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.
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.
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