Nuts & Bolts: 2014 Ram 3500 Big Horn

February 7

Bottom line: The 2014 Ram 3500 Big Horn is a heavy-duty, commercial-grade vehicle. It is not really for weekend cowboys who have a penthouse in the city. This is not, and never will be, a city-friendly pickup.

Ride, acceleration, handling: Acceleration is good. Ride is good on well-maintained roads but nearly brutal over rough, poorly maintained pavement. This is a heavy truck. Take curves at low speeds. Handle with care.

Head-turning quotient: The look is intimidating. Intended or not, it works. Fellow motorists give you space.

Body style/layout: The 2014 Ram 3500 Big Horn 4x4 crew cab is a front-engine, all-wheel-drive pickup truck with large side doors. It is a commercial-grade work truck available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Engine/transmission: It comes with a gasoline-fueled 6.4-liter V-8 engine with variable valve timing and automatic cylinder displacement (operating on four or eight cylinders depending on vehicle speed and load). The engine delivers a maximum 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission that also can be operated manually.


2014 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup truck. (Chrysler )

Capacities: Seats six people. The fuel tank holds 31 gallons of gasoline (regular grade is recommended). The truck can be equipped to tow up to 30,000 pounds.

Mileage: I don’t know what “improved fuel economy” means here. I averaged 17 miles per gallon in mostly highway driving.

Safety: Standard equipment includes anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, trailer brake control, electronic stability and traction control, side and head air bags, and the Chrysler Uconnect emergency communications system.

Price: The 2014 Ram 3500 Big Horn Crew Cab 4X4 with the 6.4-liter gasoline V-8 starts at $41, 660, with an estimated dealer’s invoice of $39,000. Price as tested is $49,055, including $7,890 in options (heated front seats, onboard navigation with rearview backup camera, Uconnect emergency communications system, satellite radio) and a $1,095 factory-to-dealer transportation charge.

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