2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Northern California Road Trip Part 3
November 6, 2014
By day four of my road trip in our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, I'd gone 1,200 miles and I was in a bit of pain. The truck didn't cause this discomfort, though. On day three, I had run an 8-mile Spartan Race in northern California then driven 500 miles to participate in an obstacle course called Tough Mudder the very next day.
If anything, the truck's excellent ride quality (combined with the ability to plug in a massage pillow) made the Ram a much better friend to me than I was to myself. So far, the truck had performed flawlessly.
My friend Greg joined me on the final day of the road trip and we piled all our gear in the back seat of the crew cab. We flipped up one of the seats and there was more than enough space for CamelBaks, Clif Bars, backpacks, and extra shoes for after the race.
Sure, I could've fit most of this stuff in the back of a compact car, but in the Ram it just felt more appropriate. Trucks should get dirty from time to time. It's part of their appeal.
After the event, Greg and I were feeling charitable so we offered a ride to some fellow Mudders who hadn't paid for the premium parking. They cheerfully piled in to the bed of the Ram where all seven people fit easily.
Compared to the 1,200 miles I had already done in the Ram, the 122 miles between the event in Temecula and my apartment in Los Angeles, were a breeze. Even on beaten and pitted L.A. freeways, the Ram's ride was smooth and quiet. Over 1,322 miles, the 5,877-pound, diesel-powered truck had averaged 27.3 mpg and gone 700 miles between fill ups. It may not be perfect for commuting in the city, but for highway miles like this, the Ram was exceptional.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 15,895 miles