2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Finally Drove It and It Was Worth the Wait
March 16, 2015
Twenty-six thousand miles had gone by since we added the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to our long-term fleet, and I still hadn't driven our truck. Actually, I hadn't driven any Ram 1500 since the significant round of updates for the 2013 model year. So I signed out our diesel pickup for the weekend and drove it home. As others have written, this truck is easy and enjoyable to drive.
Its relaxed character reminds me a lot of our departed long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, though with a few key differences.
Obviously, these trucks are set up differently. Our Ram has four-wheel drive and the optional turbodiesel V6 engine, whereas the Chevy was two-wheel drive with a normally aspirated 5.3-liter V8 and the Z71 suspension tune. Yet, both ride exceptionally well if you're just using them for a daily commute on the highway, which of course is what plenty of full-size truck owners end up doing.
I (slightly) prefer the effort level and precision of the Silverado's steering, though that's a personal opinion that's not shared by the rest of our staff who prefer the A-rated Ram's steering to the B-rated Chevy's. I also remember the Chevy having a firmer brake pedal feel that I liked, though I'm sure in time I'll get used to the Ram's setup.
And while there's lots of torque available from the Ram's diesel six-cylinder, if all other things were equal, I would certainly choose the Silverado's quieter, more refined V8 for general everyday use. The reality, though, is that all other things are not equal: Our Silverado averaged 17.4 mpg over 24,825 miles. Our Ram 1500 is averaging 22.3 mpg. That's a difference that's tough to ignore no matter how you're planning to use your full-size pickup.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 26,088 miles