July 21, 2014
Our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has two glove boxes.
Because one glove box absolutely, positively won't do.
July 18, 2014
July 17, 2014
Because I'm driving the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to Wyoming next week and taking bikes I needed something similar. Problem is, the Ram's 5.5-foot bed isn't long enough to accommodate bikes using the one slot it offers for holding a 2x6 board vertically. That slot is between the wheel wells and the tailgate so the bikes would need to face backwards, and they're too long for that.
July 16, 2014
What's missing in this shot of our Ram's bumper?
July 15, 2014
This is a shot of the courtesy lights on our 2014 Ram 1500. They come on when you unlock the doors and as you can see they do a pretty nice job of lighting up the area around the truck.
July 14, 2014
Our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has adjustable pedals. They can be moved fore and aft using this switch on the side of the steering column.
July 11, 2014
Our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's tires rub the wheel wells. It only happens in certain situations, at full steering lock when passing over a bump. In other words, it happens every time I pull out of my driveway, which doesn't have an aggressive transition.
July 09, 2014
As Kurt pointed out the other day, our 2014 Ram 1500 is in need of diesel exhaust fluid, or DEF. It's the stuff that's sprayed into the exhaust to help clean up the emissions.
With the DEF gauge firmly in the red zone, I figured I would fill it up a little since I was driving it all weekend. I opened the manual to see how much DEF I'd need to add. I've never done it before so I don't have a reference point to start from. Are DEF tanks big? Small? I have no idea.
July 07, 2014
That's the DEF gauge, and as you can see, we're running low on the stuff. DEF is an acronym for Diesel Exhaust Fluid, which broadly, is used to help reduce emissions for the diesel power plant in our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
July 03, 2014
In the month of June, our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel spun an additional near-1,200 miles onto its odometer and consumed 56 gallons of diesel fuel. That equates to 20.8 miles per gallon for the month.
July 02, 2014
This compartment in the center console of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is not large. As you can see, it's barely deep enough to accommodate a box of delicious orange Tic Tacs.
Some might see this as a major oversight, since everything in a full-size truck must be full-sized right? Not so.
June 30, 2014
I've always liked the idea of alternative shifters for cars. Rather than have a giant lever taking up all that space on the console, why not make it a switch like everything else so you can put it anywhere that's convenient? Sure it takes some getting used to, but eventually you're glad to have the extra space.
I'm not so sure it works as well for trucks.
June 27, 2014
Now that we have our new commenting system is place, let's test it out with a caption contest.
June 26, 2014
The soundtrack to this 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel update is the song "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" by The Clash. That's what it comes down to really. Should those massive chrome side step bars stay or should they go?
June 17, 2014
This hole once housed an LED interior light in our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. It's located in the rear driver's side seat bottom cushion. When the seat bottom is flipped vertically to carry cargo instead of people, the light illuminates the cargo area, or at least it would if it were still located in this hole.
Instead, it's been pushed from its mount and is floating around in the seat bottom, visible when it's turned on through the carpeting on the bottom of the cushion.
June 16, 2014
Previous-generation Dodge Ram pickups had this feature so it's not a huge surprise to find these bins built into the rear floor of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
June 11, 2014
I used the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to haul my motorcycle to a track day at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada recently. I've said before how much I enjoy driving this truck, with its almost ridiculously smooth ride, sweet diesel engine and comfy cabin.
But, as with our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, I wish our Ram's bed was longer.
This time I actually have a legitimate reason for it. It even involves some Harley-Davidson-riding dirtbags, just to make the story more interesting.
June 10, 2014
In May we clocked about 2,000 miles on our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. At the 4,000-mile mark the Ram's lifetime mpg was sitting dead-on the EPA combined estimate of 23 mpg despite many highway miles. We're currently at about 4,411 miles but haven't filled the truck in June.
June 9, 2014
The following is an actual reenactment of a conversation between me and EIC Scott Oldham in the hallway of Edmunds world headquarters. As both of these guys are somewhat gruff, former east-coasters, it works better if you read it with a slight Jersey accent.
Me: "Hey Scott, how you doin'?"
Scott: "Don't wreck my truck."
June 2, 2014
Our new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has heated and ventilated front seats. I've never been one to automatically stab at the seat heater or seat ventilator buttons when I sit down, so I was a bit surprised when cool air spontaneously blew up through my seat as soon as I fired the Ram's engine.
Was this some sort of driver preference set up by a previous Edmunds staffer?
It was a particularly hot day, so I didn't mind so much. But was it supposed to do that? And could I keep it from doing that if I wasn't a fan?
May 30, 2014
I'm having a difficult time finding a comfortable seating position in our new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. First of all, there is no telescoping steering wheel, which is common in pickups, but our Silverado has one. As it is, the tilt-only wheel is too far away, requiring an uncomfortable arms-straight-out position.