The 2014 Ram 2500 HD pickup may well surprise you with how refined – yet more capable - it has become with improvements in power plant options, suspensions, tow/haul capacities, productive technology, and attractive interiors, ride and comfort.
The Ram line of heavy duty pickup trucks for 2014 offers seven trim levels from the work focused Tradesman (MSRP $29,840) and SLT ($33,865) - through the Big Horn ($39,720), Laramie ($43,605) and Outdoorsman ($43,950) which all target both family and play with outstanding work capability – to the more family play and luxury focused (with exceptional tow/haul capability) Laramie Longhorn ($49,020) and Laramie Limited ($51,515).
For 2014, the buyer needing more capability in their truck, than a half-ton full-size model offers, can opt for the Ram 2500 and get all of what they want in a slightly bigger package for not a lot more money (about $3,000) than a comparably equipped Ram 1500 half-ton pickup.
By example, we reference the 2014 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 that recently graced our driveway and, for a week, took us aggressively, with style, not only around Austin, Texas but also deep into the hills of Central Texas showing us how well it can deliver for both work and play.
Our Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 had a base price of $52,440 for the Crew Cab 4x4 version complete with its signature Longhorn hand-tooled leather interior and unique metal and real wood accents.
Standard equipment on our Ram 2500 HD - clad in a Deep Cherry Red and Crystal Pearl Coat exterior with a Canyon Brown / Light Frost Beige interior - started with a some new features that seriously improve the ride performance and safety of the Ram 2500. They included segment exclusives like:
- New Five-Link Coil Rear Suspension System
- A Rear Air Suspension Bag System for load leveling under tow or load is optional (from the Ram 1500)
- Front Axle Disconnect System
Other suspension, power train and ride features on the Ram 2500 were:
- New Rigid 50,000 psi steel frame with hydroformed main rails and eight separate cross-members for strength and ride improvement
- Wider front rails to enable slightly wider front suspension placement for stability
- Recirculating ball steering gear
- Four channel Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Borg-Warner electric-shifting part-time transfer case with 2WD (Normal), 4WD HIGH, 4WD LOW (2.64 ratio) and NEUTRAL
On the inside, our Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn featured:
- Dual Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
- Premium Bucket Seats
- Power 10-way Driver and 6-way Passenger Adjustment
- Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
- Power Adjustable Pedals with Memory
- Memory for Radio Drivers Seat, Mirrors and Pedals
- Heated Steering Wheel with Controls
- Heated Second Row Seats
- Power Rear Window
- Folding Flat Load Floor Storage
- Beneath Floor Rear Storage
Our Ram 2500 was also equipped with the high performing Uconnect 8.4 Technology that included:
- Premium Navigation
- Wi-Fi Connect Hotspot
- 8.4-inch Touchscreen Display
- AM/FM and SiriusXM Satelite Radio
- 9-Amplified Speakers and Subwoofer
- SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic
- SB, USB and Auxiliary Media Hub
- Integrated Bluetooth Functionality including Hands-Free Phone with Voice Command
The following items completed the standard equipment on our Ram 2500 – Remote Start, Automatic Bi-Function Projector Headlamps, Speed Control, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Trailer Brake Controller, ParkSense Rear Park Assist System, Locking tail gate with integrated ParkView Rear Backup Camera, Class V Receiver Hitch, 7-Pin Trailer Wiring Harness and 31-gallon fuel tank.
Our very well equipped Laramie Longhorn was further equipped with several options that seriously enhanced its appeal including:
- All-new 6.4L HEMI V8 engine with Fuel Saver cylinder deactivation and 6-speed automatic transmission and plus Dual Alternator Package (440 Amps) - $1,495 (Standard is the 5.7L HEMI with the 6.7L Cummins Diesel also optional)
- Anti-spin Differential Rear Axle - $325
- 4.10 Rear Axle Ratio -$125 (Standard is 3.73)
- Transfer Case Skid Plate Shield - $50
- Factory installed 5th-Wheel Gooseneck Towing Kit with in-box connector junction box - $400
- Top Center Cab High Mount Stop Lamp with Camera - $325
- Power Chrome Trailer Tow Mirrors w/Manual Fold-Away -$180
- Clearance Lamps - $80
- Wheel-to-Wheel Sidesteps - $600
- Keyless Enter and Go -$150
- 20-inch x 8.0-inch Polished Aluminum Wheels with LT285/60R20E OWL On/Off Road Tires - $1,200
As tested, with delivery, our 2014 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 priced at $58,565.
This 2014 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 with the 6.4L V8 delivered 410 horsepower with 428 lb.-ft. of torque and, in this configuration, had a tow/haul capacity rating of 15,500 pounds (max available is 17,970 pounds with the 6.7 Cummins Diesel) and haul rating of 3,170 pounds.
Sometimes a full-size half-ton pickup truck – like a Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 - does not quite have the power and capability for work and play that is needed or wanted by the buyer - but they hesitate to give up the amenities and family focused features and comforts that have become the standard in higher end full-size trucks like the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn.
With its bit bigger footprint and higher profile, our Ram 2500 performed better and was every bit as comfortable (with its signature Longhorn hand-tooled leather interior and unique metal and real wood accents) as any of our drive experiences in the similarly equipped Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Crew 4x4 with the smaller 5.7 HEMI engine.
For our money, we have no hesitation in saying that, choosing the Ram 2500 in the Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 configuration with its optional 6.4L gas engine, the buyer can also get all of the ride, comfort and family focus features they want plus get a significant extra measure of work and play capability that they need – for not a lot more money with the 2014 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4.