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2014 Ram 1500 Truck - Overview

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$24,610 – $49,630 MSRP

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Overall Quality 2.0

Predicted Reliability 3.5

Detailed ratings for 2014 models are not yet available. Ratings for the 2013 model year are provided, but are not necessarily indicative of 2014 model performance. Ratings data for all body styles and trim levels within a particular model family are aggregated when calculating the model's overall Power Circle Rating.
2014 Ram 1500 Truck

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Overview

What's New for 2014:

  • Optional turbo-diesel engine
  • Optional front park-assist sensors
  • Revised air conditioning system
  • Blue Streak and Granite Crystal paint colors

Introduction
The 2014 Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup truck that competes against the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, GMC Sierra 1500, Nissan Titan, and Toyota Tundra. Previously, this model was called the Dodge Ram. Now it's just "Ram."

Models and Features
Truck buyers can choose a Ram 1500 in any of three cab styles, three bed lengths, and 10 trim levels, not counting any special-edition versions that might arrive during the course of the model year.

The Ram 1500 Tradesman is designed to be the work truck of the lineup, and comes standard with a Class IV trailer hitch receiver and a spray-in bedliner. Next up is the Ram 1500 Express, an affordable sport truck equipped with a V-8 engine, big aluminum wheels, body-color exterior trim, fog lights, and a dual exhaust system.

The HFE trim level is designed to maximize fuel economy, and comes with chrome exterior trim, satellite radio, and an automatic engine start/stop system to help improve fuel economy. Next up is the popular Ram 1500 SLT, which drops the auto start/stop feature and adds power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, and a Uconnect Bluetooth system. The Big Horn version adds bigger wheels and tires, as well as a billet-style grille, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Class IV hitch receiver. In Texas, this truck is called the Lone Star.

Outdoorsman models have a body-color grille, overfender trim, tow hooks, white-letter on-/off-road tires, heated outside mirrors, remote engine starting, and a Uconnect 8.4 color touch-screen infotainment system with Voice Command and Uconnect Access technologies. Choose the Ram 1500 Sport for a standard V-8 engine, unique 20-inch wheels, monochromatic exterior, LED running lights, and side mirrors with turn signal indicators. The Sport also includes a power driver's seat, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, reversing camera, and a premium audio system.

Laramie versions get a V-8 engine, 20-inch chrome wheels, upgraded headlights, a mesh grille, multi-function side mirrors with chrome caps, and memory for the driver's settings. The Laramie Longhorn adds premium leather, real wood trim, heated rear seats, and a navigation system. The Laramie Limited sits at the top of the lineup, offering a 4-corner air suspension, SmartBeam headlights, side steps, monochromatic paint, and more.

Options and Packages
Each 2014 Ram 1500 can be optioned with selected equipment from higher trim levels. Highlights include heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry with push-button starting, remote engine starting, universal garage door opener, audio system upgrades, Uconnect 8.4 technology, navigation system, reversing camera, air suspension, and nicer wheels. Most Ram 1500s can also be upgraded with a RamBox cargo-management system with storage bins integrated into the side of the truck's bed.

Under the Hood
One of three engines is installed under the 2014 Ram 1500 model's hood. Standard equipment for most versions of the truck includes a 3.6-liter V-6 engine making 305 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 269 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,175 rpm. An 8-speed automatic transmission with a unique rotary shift knob is standard with the V-6, and this engine is available with a fuel-saving automatic start/stop system on the HFE trim level, and active grille shutters on all but the Tradesman.

Express, Sport, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Laramie Limited trim levels all come standard with the 5.7-liter V-8 engine, as well as all Crew Cab models with the regular-length bed. This "Hemi" V-8 engine makes 395 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 410 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,950 rpm, and is paired with a fuel-saving 8-speed automatic transmission except in the low-priced Tradesman and Express trim levels. A standard Multi-Displacement System is designed to shut half of the V-8 engine's cylinders off under low-load driving conditions to improve gas mileage.

New for 2014, a 3.0-liter, turbo-diesel V-6 engine provides 240 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. at 2,000 rpm. It comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and is claimed to be the most fuel-efficient of the Ram 1500 model's powertrains.

Depending on vehicle configuration, the 2014 Ram 1500 model's maximum tow rating is 10,450 lbs., and its maximum payload rating is 1,890 lbs.

Fuel Economy
The Ram 1500 HFE (High Fuel Economy) is the only version of this truck to offer automatic start/stop engine technology. As a result, it is rated to get 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg in combined driving.

Other Ram 1500 trucks equipped with the V-6 engine return fuel economy ranging from a low of 16 mpg in the city with 4-wheel drive (4WD) to a peak of 25 mpg on the highway with 2-wheel drive (2WD). In combined driving, the 2WD model gets 20 mpg and the 4WD model gets 19 mpg.

Choose the 5.7-liter V-8 and fuel economy ranges from a minimum of 13 mpg in the city with 4WD and a 6-speed automatic transmission to a maximum of 22 mpg on the highway with 2WD and an 8-speed automatic. In combined driving, the V-8 delivers between 15 mpg and 17 mpg, depending on the drivetrain combination.

No official fuel-economy ratings were available for the new 3.0-liter "EcoDiesel" engine option as this overview was written, but Ram says it will get better than 25 mpg.

Safety Ratings and Technology
Concerning safety features, the Ram 1500 offers a reversing camera, front and rear park-assist sensors, trailer brake control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and SmartBeam headlights.

In crash testing performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ram 1500 receives an overall rating of 4 stars (out of 5 stars). Notably, the truck doesn't score lower than 4 stars in any individual assessment, except for rollover resistance when equipped with 4WD, in which case the truck gets a 3-star rating for resisting rollover.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had not rated the 2014 Ram 1500 model's crashworthiness as this overview was written.

Available Trims for the 2014 Ram 1500 Truck

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Tradesman/Express 8 speed automatic $24,610 305-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl 17/25
Tradesman 8 speed automatic $24,995 305-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl 17/25
HFE 8 speed automatic $29,120 305-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl 18/25
SLT 8 speed automatic $29,235 305-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl 17/25
Sport 8 speed automatic $34,655 395-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 15/22
SSV 6 speed automatic $35,360 395-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 13/19
Laramie 8 speed automatic $38,775 305-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl 17/25
Longhorn 8 speed automatic $46,185 395-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 15/22

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