New for 2014The 2014 Ram 1500 adds a third engine option in the form of a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V-6 producing 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a maxim towing capacity of 9,200 pounds. A new front park assist feature has also been added.
Vehicle OverviewThe 2014 Ram 1500 is a full-size truck sold in three cab and bed options, and in rear- and four-wheel drive configurations. It is available in Tradesman, Express, HFE, SLT, Lone Star, and Big Horn grades. Short beds are available exclusively with a crew cab configuration.
SummaryIn addition to the diesel V-6, the 2014 Ram 1500 is also available with a 3.6-liter V-6 making 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque or a 5.7-liter V-8 producing 395 hp and 410 lb-ft paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is impressive with diesel trucks with the EPA rating rear-drive variants at 20/28 mpg city/highway and 19/27 mpg with four-wheel drive. Gas engine variants also achieve respectable fuel economy, ranging from 14-18/20-25 mpg depending on the engine and drivetrain configuration. The optional air suspension has helped improve the Ram 1500’s driving dynamics, allowing the driver to adjust the truck’s ground clearance for on- or off-road duties while keeping the ride smooth and the body stable. However, when driving in small two-lane roads, the Ram 1500 feels “bulky and a bit clumsy” compared to its competitors particularly the Ford F-150.
Inside, the Ram 1500 has a well-built cabin that feels upscale particularly in higher trim levels. Available convenience and premium features such as the large 8.4-inch touch screen UConnect interface with navigation, in-car Wi-Fi hotspot option, and leather upholstery “puts some luxury cars to shame.” The Ram 1500’s interior is refined and “extremely quiet—with most of the clatter is only audible only with the windows open.” Additionally, all the premium and convenience options don’t compromise the truck’s practicality and utilitarian functions with an abundance of storage spaces in the bed and inside the cabin. There are, however, some little quirks in the Ram 1500’s interior such as the manual shift controls for the eight-speed automatic mounted in front of the steering wheel, which puts them at a weird position and makes them
The 2014 Ram 1500 has a four-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).
What We Think:The 2014 Ram 1500 is an excellent truck that combines power, fuel efficiency, capability, and practicality in an upscale, tech-laden package. In a 2014 Driven review, we noted that the truck’s performance “is just as smooth and flawless as we have come to expect” with “gobs of power all the time.” However, the diesel engine’s $2,850 premium over the 5.7-liter V-8, which is mainly due to making it comply with modern emission stands, means buyers must decide whether the fuel economy advantage is worth it.
- Diesel fuel economy and towing capacity
- Plush interior
- Generous storage spaces
You Won’t Like
- Huge premium for diesel trucks
- Odd placement for manual shift function
- Clumsy handling
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