2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: I Almost Want One
June 9, 2015
I do not lead an exciting enough life to justify the purchase of a truck like our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. I don't own a rally car or have parents living on a beautiful and remote part of the Oregon coast. If I owned our Ram, I'd mostly commute in it and occasionally use it to haul mulch, Christmas trees and Ikea furniture.
But there's no question that I could drive this truck every day and be happy.
I always notice that the diesel engine is noisy at startup, but once I'm on my way, all I notice is the abundance of usable torque. I've never missed a hole in traffic, and the eight-speed automatic transmission rarely calls attention to itself, which must mean that its shifts are well-timed and smooth.
Handling is also excellent for a truck. There's nothing overtly sporty about it, of course, but the steering is precise and the ride is composed. Mostly, our Ram 1500 goes where you point it, and it's easy to gather up and park. My better half tells me the ride is too stiff over rough pavement, but that's the price we pay for choosing 20-inch wheels and tires.
I prefer the firmer brake pedal feel (or at least that's how I remember it) from our long-term 2014 Chevy Silverado, but I always acclimate quickly to the Ram's slightly softer pedal.
Really, the main reason I wouldn't go out and buy my own diesel Ram 1500 for personal use is the price tag. Our truck came in around $50,000, and for that sum I could buy myself a very nicely equipped Honda Odyssey. Said minivan wouldn't have anything close to the Ram 1500's utility, of course, but as I said, I don't pursue a lifestyle worthy of a full-size truck.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor