2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: City Life Requires Parking Helpers
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on November 9, 2015
When I parked our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel outside my apartment, the street was clear and there were no other cars to worry about. I just pulled the Ram up curbside, folded in the mirrors and walked away. A few hours later though, I found the Ram gently wedged in between two cars, owners unknown.
The Toyota Corolla behind the Ram is about six inches off the rear bumper while the driver of the Ford Escape was much more generous, leaving at least 14 inches of wiggle room. Clearly, there was some tricky maneuvering in my future.
It took an eight-point turn to extract the Ram from this automotive-Chinese-finger-trap, but eventually, it was out. The Ram is large (duh), the location of the front bumper is hard to judge from the driver's seat, and the exhaust tips stick out past the rear bumper, all of which could make it cumbersome if not for the driver-assistance systems.
They may have trouble with items like parking poles, but in this case, the parking sensors and the rearview camera were excellent, allowing me to get within an inch or two of the other cars before adjusting and going the other direction. If you live in a city or even just commute through one, and plan on buying a Ram, opt for the sensors and the camera — they're the right choice.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor