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Ram HD, Chassis: price drops, hikes

by David Zatz on

Ram is set to release the 2014 Ram Chassis Cab and Heavy Duty trucks (2500 through 5500 series), and source oh2o has provided us with introductory prices on the new trucks, which, in a surprise move, have had major re-engineering and retuning work despite having been revised quite recently.

For 2014, all chassis cabs have a base 6.4 Hemi gasoline engine, which is also available on the pickups, and, like the same-size SRT motor, uses cylinder deactivation to increase gas mileage.  On both truck lines, Ram claims best-in-class towing, front axle rating (4500/5500), combined weight rating, and alternator output (dual-alternator setup, late availability). The pickups claim best-in-class combined weight rating, towing (both gas and diesel), payload (3500), diesel torque (3500), and gas-engine power and torque.

All trucks include stability control, “smart” diesel exhaust brake (on diesels), chassis-cab-exclusive power takeoff with V8 engine, largest standard single fuel tank (chassis-cab, 52 gallons), best-in-class diesel oil change intervals, longest-lasting, largest-in-class brakes, five year-100,000 mile powertrain warranty, and exclusive backup camera on both chassis cab (for upfitter positioning) and cargo view (pickups).

Destination charges of $1,095 ($1,145 in Hawaii) are added onto the following prices.

Ram 2500 gains a link/coil rear suspension for 2014, along with an improved front suspension. The regular-cab Tradesman starts at $29,600; 4×4 adds $2,820, and crew-cab adds around $2,500. Buyers ponying up for the Laramie will find the crew cab short-wheelbase model starting at $43,365, with long wheelbase adding just $200. Laramie Longhorn adds over $5,000 to that price. The base Mega Cab (rear wheel drive, SLT) starts at $38,645. The top of the line truck, Ram 2500 4×4 Mega Cab Laramie Longhorn, starts at $53,200.

Ram 3500 continues with the traditional leaf-spring rear suspension, but has an improved front suspension. The regular cab Tradesman starts at $30,355, a $755 premium over Ram 2500, which is roughly similar across the line; the top of the line Ram 3500 4×4 Mega Cab Laramie Longhorn starts at $54,290, $1,090 more than the equivalent Ram 2500. Moving to a Ram 3500 gives buyers considerably more capacity, but the ride and handling on the 2500 are now markedly better  due to the suspension differences.

Power Wagon, based on Ram 2500, ends up at $48,630.

Chassis cabs have far fewer models; while pickups come in Tradesman, SLT, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Power Wagon, and Laramie Limited (for which we don’t have pricing), with regular, crew, and mega cabs, we only have pricing for Chassis Cabs in ST trim, with rear and four wheel drive, in regular and crew cabs. The Ram 3500 starts at $30,795; Ram 4500 and 5500 start at $34,410.  The Ram 3500 has gone up in price by around $800 from the 2013 model, but gained many new features; the Ram 4500 and 5500, on the other hand, dropped by over $6,000, as Allpar has predicted for months, because the Cummins diesel is no longer standard.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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