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2014 Ram 1500 Crew Cab - Rating Details

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2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 (3.0L V6 Diesel 8-speed Automatic)

Driven On 10/1/2013

Ratings Summary

We've previously awarded Ram 1500 pickups an A rating on the strength of an excellent chassis and thoughtfully-designed cabs. The diesel-powered version is no exception. It combines strong towing and hauling capability with substantially less thirst at the pump. And the engine will pay for itself in about 100,000 miles or less.
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Performance The diesel's strong suit is torque (it only has 240 hp), so the strength of this powertrain shines brightest when it's towing or hauling. Combine that with the excellent steering and handling of the Ram 1500 chassis, and you've got a winner.
Acceleration
B
The Ram 1500 diesel won't win many drag races. It takes 9 seconds to get to 60 mph. But that's not the point. Its immense torque (420 lb-ft) gives it a huge advantage when towing, hauling or climbing grades.
Braking
B
This example stopped from 60 mph in 135 feet, similar to other trucks with all-season tires. The pedal feels reassuring, but isn't overly aprupt -- a good trait when towing or hauling.
Steering
A
Nice direct feel and linearity. Crisp and predictable response with good feedback, even with a heavy load. Goes arrow-straight down the highway, too. The top of the pickup class.
Handling
A
Body roll is reined in nicely. Good cornering stability, even when the trailer is wagging in the wind. Credit the coil rear suspension's lateral link for that.
Driveability
A
Shifting is nearly imperceptible with the 8-speed automatic. The rpm jumps are small, and the diesel has more than enough torque to bridge the gaps. About as good as it gets for trucks.
Towing
A
Yes, the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 can tow about 1,200 pounds more, but the Ecodiesel's 9,000 pounds-plus is still quite stout. And it burns far less fuel, towing or not. Range is unmatched.
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Comfort Optional air springs take the edge off the ride when unladen, but even the standard coil springs beat the competition. The cabin is admirably quiet compared to other pickups, and the rear half of the crew cab is every bit as pleasant as the front.
Seating Comfort
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The seats are supportive and well-shaped; we never tired of them, even after extended periods. That statement applies equally to the Crew Cab's rear seats.
Ride Comfort
A
Standard rear coil springs (versus the typical leaf) on the Ram 1500 allow for the substitution of air springs all around. Our truck had this groundbreaking option, which makes for a plush ride over broken ground.
Quietness
B
Road and wind noise are admirably restrained. The diesel does emit a bit of signature noise when accelerating, but it quiets down when cruising at steady speeds.
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Interior Excellent ergonomics and front cabin airiness. The capable Uconnect infotainment system practically explains itself. The Crew Cab provides excellent rear seat space, more than enough for full-grown adults to settle in for long trips.
Ergonomics
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The a/c switchgear and touchscreen radio controls are as good as anything, and the driving position is comfy. Steering wheel buttons are small, but they conjure up an amazing array of data.
Ingress/Egress
B
Front seat access is good, partially thanks to handy A-pillar grab handles. Wide-opening rear doors offer similar handles. Only issue is 4x4 cab height, but all competing trucks share this basic trait.
Space/Room
A
Front cabin is open and the styling makes the dash feel airy, not monolithic. Crew Cab rear seat offers no-compromise full-size accomodations. Everyone's a winner here.
Visibility
B
Quite good to the sides and front, plus large mirrors. Longer Crew Cab rear windows aid blind spot visibility. Optional back-up camera on our truck was well worth the cost.
Cargo/Storage
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Generous pockets in all four doors. Rear seat bottoms fold up to reveal a flat surface. And there are handy storage wells hidden under the rear passenger floor mats.
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Value The diesel engine costs more up front but pays for itself in fuel savings. As for the rest of the truck, it's well made, well equipped and the important bits are covered by a solid warranty.
Build Quality (vs. $)
A
Exterior gaps and paint quailty are good. Inside, solid material and design choices give off a premium vibe. Quietness suggests there's no scrimping in unseen places.
Features(vs. $)
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The Ram 1500 has features others don't: an 8-speed transmission, coil suspension, locking tailgate via remote, etc. The diesel engine and 4-corner air suspension are unique Ram-only options.
Cost
B
The 1500 Laramie is reasonably priced compared to the competiton, but it feels premium. The diesel costs $2,850 more than the Hemi V8, but it will pay for itself in fuel savings in 100,000 miles.
MPG
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Rated at 22 mpg Combined (19 City/27 Highway), our 4x4 is a full 5 mpg better than the Hemi V8. The 4x2 model is rated at 23 Combined (20 City/28 Highway).
Warranty
B
No need to worry about the new 8-speed or diesel engine. The powertrain carries a 5-year/100,000-mile warranty. The rest of the truck is covered by an unexciting 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.
Ownership
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Roadside assistance matches the powertrain warranty at 5 years/100,000 miles, and you'll certainly buy less fuel every month. Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) must be replenished at each oil change.
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Fun To Drive Fun might not be the right word, but it's certainly no chore to drive this Ram. Pleasant and satisfying describes it well. And fully capable. It adds up to a sense of do-anything confidence.
Driving Experience
B
It's smooth, composed and comfortable. The suspension, 8-speed and immense diesel torque make a real difference. We could easily spend all day in the saddle if we had to.
Personality
B
Ram pickups have always stood apart with their unique big rig-inspired styling. The new diesel engine only adds to that vibe.
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