2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Pedal Placement
May 30, 2014
I'm having a difficult time finding a comfortable seating position in our new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. First of all, there is no telescoping steering wheel, which is common in pickups, but our Silverado has one. As it is, the tilt-only wheel is too far away, requiring an uncomfortable arms-straight-out position.
Ah, but there are adjustable pedals! That's what everyone says when I bring this up, but quite frankly, adjustable pedals don't do anything for tall people like me. Their furthest forward position is basically the standard, non-adjustable position and then from there, move backward towards a shorter driver. In this way, adjustable pedals are a fantastic feature. My tiny wife drove our Silverado back in October and she never would've been able to do it without them. They just don't do anything for someone my height.
Finally, the pedals themselves are placed too far apart. I fully understand that trucks are driven by people who wear big boots and for that it makes sense for the pedals to be placed far apart on a lateral plain. Nobody needs to be accidentally heal-toeing a Ram. I just don't understand why they need to be so far apart longitudinally, as in the brake pedal is far closer to you than the accelerator.
If I set my seat for the accelerator, none of the above is an issue at all. However, since using the brake is fairly important and I'd rather not constantly contort my ankle to reach it, I have to set my seat for it instead.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor