The Ram 2500 has undergone improvements similar to the ones the Ram 1500 received. With a coil-spring rear suspension it now has a ride that is more civilized than competing heavy-duty trucks. Choosing this work truck over the regular 1500 lets you opt for the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel six-cylinder that pulls strongly. The high step-in makes cabin access difficult.
Alerts
There are 16 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC standard from 2012. Head protection air bags standard.
Model Summary
The Ram 2500 has undergone improvements similar to the ones the Ram 1500 received. With a coil-spring rear suspension it now has a ride that is more civilized than competing heavy-duty trucks. Choosing this work truck over the regular 1500 lets you opt for the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel six-cylinder that pulls strongly. The high step-in makes cabin access difficult. Chrysler's powerful 383-hp, 5.7-liter V8 is the standard engine. The truck lends itself easily to fifth wheel towing. It has two rear cameras: one for backing up, another for monitoring what's in the bed. The crew cab's rear seat is very roomy. Reliability of the turbodiesel version has improved to average.
Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
mega cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 5.7-liter V8 (383 hp)
  • 6.4-liter V8 (410 hp)
  • 6.7-liter 6 turbodiesel (350 hp)
  • 6.7-liter 6 turbodiesel (370 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Ram 2500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"It was terrible, the rest of the truck was great. I drove it mostly unweighted for short distances and constantly had it in the dealer for clogged sensors, EGR valve replacement, other issues all related to managed emissions"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The exhaust filter clogged and would not regenerate. The cost of the repair NOT at the dealer was in excess of $4000."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ram 2500 TRX 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Continued problem with regeneration exhaust filter and needs constant software downloads at the dealership to correct problems"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Ram recalled 2014-2016 diesel pickups to replace the EGR. My mileage is down 2+ MPG with the new part. There have been numerous (5+) recalls on this vehicle"

Anonymous, NV (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"THE DEF PUMP FAILED AND HAD TO BE REPLACED"

Michael S., GA (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"I personally replaced the downstream after treatment NOx sensor."

Eric S., UT (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Nothing but problems with the nox sensors, DEF emission control issues"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"DEF gauge stays reading full if DEF tank is filled 100%. Dealer said to only fill 3/4 full and gauge would operate correctly"

Anonymous, WY (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"the DEF gauge does not work even after 2 trips to the dealer"

Richard-Lynda H., AR (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Recall on Tie rod ends."

Robert D., VA (2014 Ram 2500 ST 6.4-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"Air tank had a leak so badly, the rear end was sitting on it axle, we were able to SLOWLY drive it to the dealer, who had it for over a week trying to get parts and the right mechanic."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.4-L V8)

"Air suspension is limited light was on in the information center"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I had no problem but there was a potential for a weld breaking and steering not working so they fixed it"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ram 2500 6.4-L V8)

"Drag link lock nut backed off half-turn. Found before factory recall. Was tightened and welded atdealer."

John H., VA (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"steering column kept coming lose. 3x, actually. Steering wheel would start turing and the wheels wouldn't. had it fixed three times and it kept re-occuring. not good"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Steering wheel vibration

"Steering support became loose and caused severe front end vibration and lack of response to steering wheel movement"

Anonymous, NV (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"at 75-80mph, the steering wheel and chassis has a vibration. Have had it looked at 3x and they can't figure out how to fix it"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Backup camera does not activate everytime vehicle is put in reverse. Works about 50% of the time. Dealer has been unable to fix the problem"

Anonymous, IA (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.4-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"I already described this issue. HOWEVER, the "debounce" of switch inputs to the on-board navigation computer is HORRIBLE. This includes manual shifting of the 6 speed automatic transmission, changing screens on the navi display. Most of the time you must press a button 2 times for it to be recognized; sometimes it works the first press, but it can also take several presses. With some functions this is a safety hazard"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Media Hub had to be replaced, problems w/Sirius and radio"

Robert H., NE (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Does not work sometimes by displaying false information about where we are and needs constant software downloads that are $50 a shot."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Doesn't work blank screen"

Paul D., AR (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Tracking does not update in real time. It jumps every 5-10 seconds."

Anonymous, MT (2014 Ram 2500 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Routine software updates

"recalls on computor system"

Victor N., CA (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.4-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Third break light leaked took it to get fixed it leaked again. Mold in the interior. Took it to get fixed again and had the interior complestly replaced (was told they don't do that anymore) and it was "fixed". Went back in again and I was told they finally have a fix for he break light seal but won't fix mine until it leaks again. But I could fix it myself and was handed instructions"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Water leaks thru the ceiling inside the cab"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Third brake light leaked and let rain water stain the headliner. no warranty resolution so I cleaned the old gasket off and made a new rubber gasket to correct the problem. Not a big deal to repair but really frosts my butt that the healiner is stained."

Claire P., CA (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Squeaks or rattles

"Squeak and clunk once in a while when turing right over a bump, front coil basket is hitting track bar you can see scars on top of the track bar on the right side just bellow the coil basket - RAM has done nothing to repair - many reports by owners"

Robert G., CA (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Wind noise

"Recall and replacement cat converter. Mirrors noisy in trailer mode"

William A., GA (2014 Ram 2500 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

CV joint

"It was not the CV joint but close to it. It was the wheel bearing that went bad."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Differential

"axle seals started leaking"

Anonymous, BC (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Driveshaft or axle

"u-joint wore out, causing leak in transfer case"

Anonymous, BC (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Axle bearing was not pre-loaded adjusted correctly. bearings and sealed failure"

Allen T., AL (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Stability control (ESC)

"not stability control but transmisin problems"

Victor N., CA (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.4-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"catalytic converter would make loud rattling/grinding sound under light acceleration"

Steve F., TX (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.4-L V8)
Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust leak a result of transmission repair. Clamps were not adequately tightened"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

"Loose"

Tim E., GA (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"exhaust manifold bolt broke and warped the manifold so it whistled while driving"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Other/unsure

"Problem was a bad electrical connection under the front passenger seat for the weight sensor in that seat."

Rob B., TX (2014 Ram 2500 ST 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"transmission line to cooler connection developed a leak and lost most of the transmission fluid. truck became inoperable and had to be towed in."

Philip D., IA (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.4-L V8)
Gear selector or linkage

"Took several trips to diagnose a door squeak a failed driver's door upper hinge. Once replaced, it took two trips to get door re-aligned after hinge replaced leaving wind noise from misaligned door after repair. Frequent random reoccurrences of inability to move transmission gear selector from P to D, irregardless of following proper procedure or driver. Multiple trips to dealer who along with regional factory service representative, refused and refuses to account for diagnostic methods used or"

William A., GA (2014 Ram 2500 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Rough shifting

"When towing a trailer up a hill the transmission would not gear down to a lower gear some of the time causing the engine to chug."

Shane H., AB (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.4-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission slips and engine revs between each up shif and down shift before transmission finally locks tight. If I was pulling a large, heavy RV trailer, I'd bet the transmission would fail shortly. I would like to see a much crisper shift"

David J., TX (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"When inserting the key fob and turning to on, everything remains dead, no power whatsoever"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.4-L V8)
Interior lights

"The overhead passenger side light still does not work even after 2 trips to the dealer"

Richard-Lynda H., AR (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"the front drivers side map light is sometimes dim and sometimes gets bright on its own"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Tire pressure monitor

"intermittent warning goes off Took the dealer three times to fix it"

Tim M., CA (2014 Ram 2500 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"The company response to the slipping transmission was to change the torque converter but that didn't fix the problem"

David J., TX (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Without warning the transmission quit working and engine red lined with no power to wheels on a highway in rush hour causing me to cross two lanes of traffic and almost cause an accident to get off the road. Truck had to be towed and received an new transmission."

Shane H., AB (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.4-L V8)

"Transmission blew while towing 5th wheel RV. While traumatic, Chrysler handled the repairs on warranty and provided very reasonable reimbursement for related expenses. Took nearly 30 days to get back vehicle"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Rubber door molding slips off frame allowing water/rain into vehicle"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Rust

"Noticing surface rust forming on chrome bumpers around door openings and on door hinges"

Philip D., IA (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.4-L V8)

"Noticed rust forming under the windshield across the top"

D H., ON (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"recall"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Ram 2500 TRX 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Calipers

"stuck caliper. Parts availability to several days"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Ram 2500 TRX 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"coolant leak at the upper radiator hose and the plastic wye"

Dan J., WA (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Water pump

"Had a significant water pump leak and the pump was replaced under warranty. Discovered the issue before it became critical."

Anonymous, MT (2014 Ram 2500 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"The batteries wouldn't hold a strong enough charge to start the engine after sitting overnight."

Dan J., WA (2014 Ram 2500 SLT 6.7-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"rocker arm broke at 3750 miles - repaired but vibrations from the engine after rocker arm replacement have never been corrected - told that it is operating as designed"

Bruce H., MN (2014 Ram 2500 Laramie 6.4-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"One of the Rambox lid hinge rivets slid out of the lid. The lid would not longer close completely and lock. This happened 1000 miles past the warranty expired and appeared to be a build issue. Ram paid half the cost of the repair."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ram 2500 TRX 6.4-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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