Changes for the 2014 Ram 1500:
A new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 engine option debuts for the 2014 Ram 1500, delivering more than 25 mpg on the highway. Other news includes newly optional front parking assist sensors, and the air conditioning system is upgraded to deliver more efficient and environmentally responsible operation. Blue Streak and Granite Crystal are new paint colors for 2014.
The 2014 Ram 1500 is sold in Regular Cab, Quad Cab, and Crew Cab body styles, with 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, and a short, regular, or long cargo bed. Trim levels, in order of most affordable to most expensive, include Tradesman, Express, HFE, Lone Star, Big Horn, Outdoorsman, Sport, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Laramie Limited. Prices range from $24,385 to $51,410, before adding a destination charge of $1,195 and any options.
Engines and Transmissions:
Depending on the cab style, trim level, and cargo bed, the 2014 Ram 1500 comes standard with either a 3.6-liter V-6 engine or a 5.7-liter V-8 engine. For 2014, a new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 is available on certain versions of the Ram 1500 for a price premium of $2,850 beyond the cost of the V-8 engine.
The 3.6-liter V-6 is rated to make 305 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 269 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,175 rpm. The 5.7-liter V-8 delivers 395 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 410 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,950 rpm. The new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine option produces 240 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm. Both the gasoline and diesel V-6 engines are equipped with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 is offered with a 6-speed or an 8-speed automatic, depending on configuration.
According to Chrysler, the Ram 1500 can tow up to 10,450 pounds and can carry a payload of up to 1,930 lbs., when the truck is properly equipped.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Based on EPA fuel economy ratings, the 2014 Ram 1500 returns between 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and between 13 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway with the 5.7-liter V-8 engine. As this summary was written, the EPA had not officially rated the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, but Chrysler estimates that the Ram 1500’s new turbo-diesel will get better than 25 mpg on the highway.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Ram 1500 receives an overall crash-test rating of 4 stars. In terms of rollover resistance, the 2-wheel-drive model rates 4 stars, while the 4-wheel-drive model rates 3 stars.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Ram 1500 a “Good” rating for moderate overlap frontal-impact and rear-impact injury prevention, and a “Marginal” roof crush strength rating.
With its available Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen infotainment system, the Ram 1500 offers HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, smartphone integration, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot access, Internet radio, USB and SD card ports, text-messaging capability, and more.