2014 Ram 1500 Changes, Engines, Price
After the great success the previous Ram 1500 model had, 2014 Ram 1500 aims even higher. Seems that the manufacturer liked The North American Truck of the Year 2013 award, which the 2013 Ram 1500 won, so they want to see its name next to this title again. That intention led them into implementing the new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0-liter engine under the hood. As a remainder, diesel engines were used in 2500 and 3500 models only. Besides that news, there is a lot more of changes and improvements in the 2014 Ram 1500.
2014 RAM 1500 INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS
The front look is unchanged since the last year model redesign is still attractive enough. Headlights have halogen low beams projectors and LED indicators. The part of the more expensive trim levels are sets of vertically oriented fog lamps, placed in the corners of the front bumper. There are five grilles which slightly differ and speak of the trim level you chose. On the opposite side, taillights use LEDs, like the sidelamps do. The rear end of the 2014 Ram 1500 is subtly redesigned. The evidence of improvement are power-locking Ram Boxes and redesigned rear bumper and tailgate. Since 2014 Ram 1500 has Ford and Chevy full-size pickups as a competitors, the manufacturer had to improve the interior so they can attract more comfort-oriented drivers and continue the job started with 2013 Ram 1500 interior redesign. There are three cab options: Regular Cab (with 6.4-foot and 8-foot beds), Quad Cab (6.4-foot bed) and Crew Cab (5.7-foot and 6.4-foot beds). Inside the 2014 Ram 1500 you will find redesigned dashboard and climate-control. The 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch infotainment system in the 2014 Ram 1500 is implemented to make your time in this truck more comfortable. In the cabin, manufacturer used more expensive materials. 2014 Ram 1500 owners will have the best accessibility to the driver seat. The comfort is granted by power-adjusting steering column, seat and, optionally, power-adjusting pedals. Drivetrain modes are selected via the rotary shift knob, which a majority of drivers like more than old column shifter. The people who make 2014 Ram 1500 must be proud of the noise reducing they accomplished, since you can easily forget that you’re inside a truck. That impression is enhanced by the new suspension, air springs front and rear, which make your driving even more comfortable. It has five modes: Normal, Aero, Off-road 1, Off-road 2, and Park.
2014 RAM 1500 ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
The reasons every owner will brag about his or her 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel are obvious: they should mention, first of all, 9,200 pounds of towing capacity. Besides that, the fuel economy is estimated at 20 mpg/city and 27 mpg/highway. That remarkable numbers, almost double compared to the 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI, are the result of Ram’s suspension which makes lower drag and 8-speed automatic low revs at highway speeds. Estimated acceleration (0-60 MPH) is 8.5 seconds and estimated top speed is 108 MPH. This engine will deliver 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The EcoDiesel took the place of the 4.7-liter V-8 engine, which was in the middle between the two other engines. One of that engines is a standard 3.6-liter V-6 with 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque with eight-speed automatic transmission and 6,500 pounds of towing power It’s fuel economy is 17 mpg/city, 25 mpg/highway, and 20 mpg/combined. Besides that, there is a 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI engine with 395 horsepower and 407 lb-ft with variable valve timing and a cylinder shut-off system. It will be connected to a six-speed automatic or a new eight-speed gearbox. It accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.7 seconds and can tow up to 10,450 pounds. It’s fuel economy is 15 mpg/city, 22 mpg/highway or 17 mpg combined with the rear-wheel drive and eight-speed transmission. With six-speed gearbox the numbers are 14/20/16. If you choose 4×4, your 2014 Ram 1500 V-8 HEMI will make 15/21/17 with eight-speed transmission and 13/19/15 mpg with six-speed transmission.
2014 RAM 1500 SAFETY FEATURES
As a part of standard package, 2014 Ram 1500 offers airbags, traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, hill-start assist and trailer-sway control. You can get a rearview camera either as an option or as a standard depending on a trim level. If you chose the Regular Cab, you can’t get rear parking sensors, but other body versions have it as standard of optional feature.
2014 RAM 1500 PRICE
Since there is ten different trim levels and three engine options, the price can vary a lot. It goes from $25000 for Tradesman rear-wheel drive, up to $50000 for 4×4 Laramie Longhorn. EcoDiesel can be chosen on trim levels: Tradesman, SLT, Outdoorsman, Big Horn, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn, but not on Express, HFE, Bighorn/Lone Star and Sport. The new 2014 Ram 1500 will be available in December this year.