- New 410-hp, 6.4-liter HEMI V-8
- Suspension upgrades and increased towing capacity – up to 30,000 pounds
- Two available dual alternator systems for powering accessories
- 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty
The 2014 RAM 3500 continues to stretch the limits of what a heavy duty work truck can accomplish, adding a new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, suspension upgrades, and even greater towing capacity.
Heavy-duty trucks are really judged by one thing and one thing alone: can it get the job done, and can it do it again. And again. And again. RAM, the truck and commercial vision of Dodge, sought to upgrade the 3500’s capabilities in the new model year and have done so by offering a slew of upgrades, both under the hood and in the suspension. New for 2014 is a five-link coil rear suspension, and a rear air suspension option which doesn’t negatively impact towing or payload. The air suspension offers automatic load leveling, which improves stability and ride even when towing large loads. RAM also proudly touts their unsurpassed powertrain warranty and extended maintenance cycles which make it cheaper to keep the RAM 3500 on the road.
The 3500 already could boast best-in-class towing, but that figure has been bumped up again for 2014 and it now tows 30,000 pounds, an impressive figure for a truck that weights much less. Max payload jumps up to 7,320 pounds. Choose between several different cab styles and single or dual rear axles.
Besides the new aforementioned HEMI V-8, the 2500 offers a few engine options. The base engine is a 383-hp, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, while a 350-hp, Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8 is optional. The 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 makes 410-hp, making it the most powerful gasoline engine found in a heavy duty truck on the market. The EPA does not require fuel economy testing on commercial vehicles, so mpg figures are not available.
The 3500’s interior can run the gamut from bare bones to posh. UConnect with an 8.4-inch touchscreen is optional, as are most of the luxury options also found on the 1500 half-ton pickup such as leather upholstery, real wood trim that’s been gouged by barbed wire for a worn look, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Standard safety features include trailer-sway control, an integrated trailer brake control, backup camera, traction control, front and seat-mounted side airbags, and electronic stability control.