2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Another Holiday Road Trip With Zero Complaints
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on December 9, 2015
Last week, for the second year in a row, I was presented with a choice between our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel or a four-door family sedan for an annual road trip to my father's house in Northern California. This time, I'd have a few passengers. For the second year in a row, I chose the Ram.
Choosing the Ram would've been easy if the only other vehicle available was the Yugo, but I had a few tempting options. My other choices were our long-term Volvo S60 or our Acura TLX. Both would've been comfortable, extremely serviceable vehicles for the trip, but for some reason, I was drawn to the Ram for this kind of journey.
As usual, my brother caught a few Z's as I drove us to Nevada City and just as predictably, the Ram ate up the miles. Our Ram EcoDiesel has repeatedly gone over 600 miles (and over 700 miles once) on one tank of fuel, which is part of what makes it so ideal for road trips.
When you add them all up, the average distance between fill-ups for our Ram is more than 425 miles. For reference, our long-term Ford F-150 has an average of 365 miles between fill ups, and that's with the optional 36-gallon fuel tank on board. Our previous long-termer, a 2014 Chevy Silverado with the 5.3-liter V8, averaged about 280 miles between fill ups. The reigning road-trip champion is clear.
Nina, one of my passengers, had bad experiences with a larger Ram 2500 in the past and she was worried about the ride quality in our long-termer. She feared that it would be a bouncy 500 miles in such a large truck, but those worries were unfounded.
"It's like my own personal bedroom back here" she repeated twice as she spread out blankets and books in the back seat.
After two days of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cookies and various pies, we piled back in the Ram and headed home. The trip added another 1,200 miles to the Ram's odometer in four days (which doesn't seem like much after all the driving we've done in this truck) and it didn't flinch once.
If I had the space and the cash, I'd be the first in line to buy this truck when Edmunds puts it on the market. And I'm hoping we wait another decade or so before we let this one go.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor