2013 vs. 2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon - Styling Showdown
Now, A Flavor for Any Taste
Since the modern version of the Power Wagon was unveiled for the 2005 model year, it has racked up award after award from off-road and truck enthusiast titles. Once the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor burst onto the scene in 2010, the Power Wagon's star faded ever so slightly into the background as Ford's new truck wunderkind stole the spotlight, but the Power Wagon has remained as competent and capable as ever. Although comparisons between the Power Wagon and Raptor are inevitable, the two trucks are truly unique beasts, with one built for low-speed, rugged technical trails, and the other built primarily for blasting through high-speed desert terrain. With the 2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon, there are more trim choices than ever with Ram's off-road star, ranging from youthful exuberance to restrained understatement.
Visually, aside from the loud graphics package, the 2014 looks very similar to the 2013 Power Wagon model, with the biggest changes being under the skin. The rear suspension goes from leaf springs to coils, and the engine gets an upgrade from 5.7L to 6.4, with increases in horsepower, torque, and ironically enough, fuel economy.
The new bespoke trim level combines in-your-face graphics with red grille slats, framed somewhat jarringly by a chrome bumper and grille surround. If you want a lower-key look, you can now go for either the low-key Tradesman, or the upscale Laramie. Personally, we think the Tradesman's flat-black grille surround works better with blacked-out headlight clusters and action-oriented graphics than the chrome schnoz, but if you're determined enough, probably not a job you couldn't attempt yourself with a ratchet set and screwdriver. Like the rest of Ram's lineup, the Ram Power Wagon is also available with the optional bed-mounted Ram Box storage system.
Regardless of which trim level you select, you get standard the new 6.4L Hemi V-8 with 410 hp and 429 lb-ft and 4.10 axle ratio, four-wheel coil spring suspension, a two-speed transfer case (naturally), and an integrated 12,000-pound Warn winch. Some hard-core fans are still disappointed the 6.7L Cummins I-6 diesel isn't offered on the Power Wagon, but the packaging of the integrated winch with the long Cummins proved problematic in crash testing, so for the time being, the Power Wagon remains gas-only.
We're glad that Ram has given buyers a choice of trim and styling with the always-impressive suite of Ram Power Wagon hardware, and most of all, we're glad the Power Wagon is still in production. What do you think of the 2014 Power Wagon's changes?
2014 Ram Power Wagon
2013 Ram Power Wagon