2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: A Good But Not Great Cruise Control System
October 23, 2014
I use cruise control more than most. Don't ask me why, but anytime I have clear road ahead of me I usually set my speed and hope that no one gets in my way for a while.
After using the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's setup countless times I've grown to appreciate it for the most part, but it has its drawbacks.
For one, the buttons are small and non-distinct. You have to look down to see which one to use. I much prefer a separate stalk that you can hit without looking.
Another thing that annoys me is the on/off button. I don't see why it's necessary. If you hit "set" the system should turn on. If you hit cancel it should turn off, no power button necessary.
On the plus side, this system shows your set speed clearly in the instrument panel once you've set it. And it holds that speed without letting it drop too high or low. Having all that torque on tap probably helps somewhat.
There's also the fact if you drove this truck every day you would eventually get to know the buttons without looking. At that point, they're well positioned to use quickly and without having to even move your hands on the wheel.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 11,102 miles