2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: A Calming Influence
March 25, 2015
Far too much time had passed since I last drove our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. I don't know who to blame for the truck's utter lack of availability on the signup sheet, but as in most cases my index finger points straight at Senior Editor Josh Jacquot. And that damn rally car he's always towing around.
It sure didn't take long for me to remember just how much I love the big old lug (the Ram, not Josh). My ample commute home highlighted the Ram's smooth ride and superb interior.
But I'm also quite fond of the EcoDiesel engine. You see, it has a calming influence on me.
I've been told I can be pretty intense at times (And man, was I ever mad at that person when they said that to me!). So it's good to sometimes get into a vehicle that takes me out of my usual rush-everywhere-at-all-times syndrome.
The nature of diesels is that they are low and slow revvers. The engine is happy to just loaf along, and this laid-back personality causes me to drive more laid-back, too.
In the Ram EcoDiesel I don't feel the need to "work the traffic," or pour on the coals leaving the line. I just diesel along all easy-like, enjoying the big truck and its plentiful low-end torque, while letting everyone else stress out about their commute.
But what's cool about this Ram diesel is that if you do need/want to squirt through traffic, it's got plenty of sauce to do it. Dip your right foot into the throttle pedal and it's like you just hit the thing with a cattle prod. It jumps forward quickly.
I dig this dual-nature personality.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 25,179 miles