2014 RAM 1500 Review Begins

Discussion in 'Chrysler' started by xcel, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi James:

    Yup. Most 1/2 tons are being offered with $10k on the hood. I do not think you can get an EcoDiesel with anywhere near that yet. Another year maybe?

    Wayne
     
  2. RoadWarrior222

    RoadWarrior222 rockit serjun

    If I had to put money on it, I'd say not until the first wave come off 3 year leases, probably in short supply until then. Unless the rental fleets are buying them, in which case there might more around used by next year.
     
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Roadwarrior:

    Good point. In any case, new 14 RAMs with the 3.6L Pentastar are being given away at < $20k right now. The EcoDiesels days at $30k are minimal at best. When these brutes come down to the $23 to $24k range new, why buy something else?

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2014
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Spent all morning removing furniture for a local charity, electronics for electronic recycling, and trash for ultimate disposal with the 2014 RAM 1500 Tradesman. The bed looked so empty so I decided to put something in it.

    2014 RAM 1500 Tradesman

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    Looks pretty good even if it is just “junk”. Exactly what a work truck should be used for! :)

    Now for a quick calibration drive and add some “stickers” to its quarter panels and cross hatches to the rear bumper.

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2014
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    2014 RAM 1500 Review

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    Some like to add some chrome bling to personalize their truck and make it stand out. Usually at considerable personal expense.

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    In the case of the 2014 RAM 1500 Tradesman with the 3.0L EcoDiesel, I have my own ideas and it not only costs a lot less, it makes for an easier to see and safer pickup truck to boot.

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    A few other nice touches include a sculpted lower cutout above the sill. Just a nice touch compared to most trucks flat slab designs.

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    Also notice how the edge of the door seal fills the door to frame opening. That is a really neat and unique aerodynamic design feature. Along with the tight bed to cab gap and integrated wind deflector between of course.
    Really like this truck and cannot wait to place some big miles on it starting Thursday afternoon.

    ‪#‎RAMTargets40‬

    I used the smartphone as it was beginning to rain. Will swap out these for some Canon shots tomorrow. Still owe somebody a pic of the large storage box behind the seats. It is really a nice addition to this truck.

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2014
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I swapped out all the garbage smartphone pics with pics from the Canon embedded above. Although it is overcast and drizzling, they are much clearer now.

    In addition, here is a closeup of aero flap between the cab and the bed. The 14 Silverado's include this as well.

    2014 RAM 1500 Tradesman

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    And the large std. storage box - it's is reasonably deep too - behind the rear seats of the regular cab. I placed the RAM hat in it to provide some perspective.

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    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2014
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    On FB, a member posted the following:

    That adds a little pressure now doesn't it. ;)

    Wayne
     
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Ram #Target40 Drive – The sleeping quarters

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    Eureka! Sunrise

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    Eureka! Tetragon​

    It was drizzling outside so I thought it best to set everything up just in case… Probably never see this happen again. ;)

    My son is coming along so two sets of equipment are coming along...

    Wayne
     
  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A nice Q&A with RAM Trucks Director of the Ram Brand Robert Hegbloom, and the Director of Ram Truck Engineering, Michael Cairns.

    [flash]http://www.youtube.com/v/N_Qvf5pg2Tw?version=3[/flash]

    Wayne
     
  10. slcMPG

    slcMPG Member

    Did you run any numbers on cost of ownership on the EcoDiesel vs the 3.6 pentastar? I am starting to research a Ram 1500 for a camping rig. Also, any idea on the MPG change with the air suspension and aero mode?
     
  11. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi SlcMPG:

    The EcoDiesel is so new and minimal discounts are being handed out by comparison to the 3.6L. I just do not have enough information for you. The 3.6L is one heck of an engine with the 8-speed attached too.

    I do not hear Ford clamoring about Fuel Economy of their 15 with 2.7L EB right now either so they may have found themselves behind the 8-ball otherwise known the the EcoDiesel.

    Wayne
     
  12. carrmann

    carrmann Well-Known Member

    so what happened with this? very curious. I have a friend thats pondering one (he needs a crew and 4wd though, so results would vary slightly lol).
     
  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has been crowned the overall winner of the “Canadian Truck King Challenge.”

    The 2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel earned the overall title by claiming the top spot in the Full-Size Pickup Truck category by out-scoring the 13 other pickups, mid- and full-size vans in the competition, including new and refreshed light-duty domestic truck competitors.

    2016 RAM 1500 Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4

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    This one just so happens to be equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel.​

    Claiming the top spot at Truck King technically marks a back-to-back win for Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, as light-duty pickups last faced off in the 2014 edition of this acclaimed event. In this 2016 Canadian Truck King Challenge, Ram faced-off against the revised Chevrolet Silverado and new Ford F-150.

    The ninth annual Canadian Truck King Challenge was a rigorous, multi-day, third-party event that saw today’s top light-duty pickup trucks and commercial vans tested head-to-head in an apples-to-apples series of exercises. From a base in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, a newly expanded group of nine expert judges from across Canada put all of the entrants through intensive, real-world truck evaluations with the focus on capability, consumption and features. The testing included towing 6,000 lbs.; 1,000 lbs. of payload and off-road driving.

    I do not know who the group was doing the drive-offs so this may be a pretty weak release.

    Ram pickups are the second best-selling vehicles in Canada and are on pace for a record-setting year with sales up 9 percent through September 2015. With fuel economy now ranking as one of the top consumer purchase reasons in the half-ton truck segment, 1-in-4 Ram 1500 customers are opting for the exclusive EcoDiesel engine. Ram 1500 offers a host of other segment-exclusive features, including Active-Level Four Corner Air Suspension, a multilink coil spring rear suspension, and the RamBox Cargo Management System, a lit, secure, durable and drainable storage system incorporated into the side rails of the truck bed.

    What’s more, Ram trucks are also Canada’s longest-lasting pickups, as measured by the percentage sold in the last 27 years that are still on the road today, according to third-party data.

    Howard Elmer, founder and director of the Canadian Truck King Challenge:
    Wayne
     

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