New for 2014The 2014 Ram 2500 adds a third engine option, a 6.4-liter V-8 producing 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, with cylinder deactivation.
Vehicle OverviewThe 2014 Ram 2500 is a quarter-ton truck sold in three cab styles, two bed lengths, and six grades in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations. It is available with three engine options, including a diesel I-6, and a maximum towing capacity of 17,150 pounds. The larger, heavy duty Ram 3500 is also available with the same powertrain options and a 30,000-pound towing capacity.
SummaryIn addition to the new 6.4-liter V-8, the 2014 Ram 2500 is available with a smaller 5.7-liter V-8 producing 383 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque or a 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel I-6 making 370 hp and 660 lb-ft (385 hp and 800 lb-ft with the automatic). Trucks equipped with V-8 engines are available exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission while diesel variants are offered with an optional six-speed manual.
The 2014 Ram 2500’s interior is a pleasant place to be with high-quality materials and user-friendly controls that make it appear more upscale. Convenience features such as a heated seat and steering wheel, and navigation make the truck livable and comfortable for commuting with a cabin that rivals luxury cars. However, ride quality remains “harsh compared to the crossovers and cars we’re used to.”
Depending on the drivetrain configuration, the 2014 Ram 2500 has a three- or four-star rollover safety rating from the NHTSA.
What We ThinkThe 2014 Ram 2500 is a capable work truck with generous towing capacity and a plush interior that belies its role as a utilitarian vehicle. We said in a 2010 Editor’s Notebook review that the Ram 2500’s interior “gives away nothing to conventional people haulers” with its high-quality cabin and host of available convenience features. However, we noted that the suspension’s utility-focused tuning made the Ram 2500’s ride rough “but tolerable for commuting.” The expensive pricing of the truck particularly the $8160 premium commanded by the diesel engine means that it’s easy to price one “into the $50,000 territory.”
- Diesel torque
- Well-appointed cabin
- Generous towing capacity
You Won’t Like
- Harsh ride
- Rearview camera not standard