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Editors' Page: 2014 Ram 1500

By Trevor Dorchies on January 24, 2014 5:01 PM
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Ram's compelling overachiever now available with diesel power

Since breaking off from Dodge and becoming its own entity a few years ago, Ram has begun building momentum and hasn't looked back since. The 2013 Ram 1500 changed the light-duty truck segment for the better in a variety of ways, and the 2014 model has only built on these positives. Features like air suspension, an 8-speed automatic transmission and Chrysler Group's Uconnect multimedia system lead the charge for the latest Ram light-duty variant. These plus other optional features like RamBox and a newly available diesel engine make the 2014 Ram 1500 a pack leader in a segment full of quality contenders.

Driving It

The 2014 Ram 1500 is a pleasure to drive, as noted in our full review: "No full-size pickup drives more like a car than the 2014 Ram 1500. Instead of leaf springs for the rear suspension, the Ram 1500 has a multi-link layout with coil springs, with benefits in ride comfort and handling. For most general applications the 3.6-liter V6 will be perfectly acceptable. However, for pulling larger trailers, there's the choice of the robust Hemi V8 or the new EcoDiesel, which makes even more torque than the Hemi."

Smooth operator

An 8-speed automatic transmission works harmoniously no matter which engine you decide to go with. Shifts are done with purpose and even though there are eight gears to choose from, the gearbox never seems busy. Fuel economy also benefits from the assortment of gears, too. A big dial shifter mounted on the dashboard makes choosing the appropriate gearing easy, a new touch that feels right at home.

Decisions, Decisions

The first light-duty truck in the latest round of refreshes to offer a diesel engine, the 2014 Ram 1500 engine lineup includes a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, 5.7-liter V8 and new 3.0-liter V6 diesel options. In addition to three engines the Ram 1500 offers nine trims to choose from, ranging from the base Tradesman model all the way up to the top-tier Laramie Limited.

Build and Price

The 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200 and crests $48,000 for the Laramie Limited. But those are sticker prices. Build and price your own 2014 Ram 1500 right here at KBB.com to unlock its current Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to own and more.

Straight from the Owner's Mouth

Ram's full-size light-duty offering is known for its comfortable ride and now, a stable of robust engines. Here's how one of our visitors put it: "Very Comfortable Ride. Great mileage for a pickup (18 city, 23 hwy). Has plenty of power to pull a 26 foot travel trailer. Very quiet ride." Read more consumer reviews of the current Ram 1500.

 

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