by John Calderwood, Video Producer on January 27, 2016
I'll start off by saying that I'm pretty impressed with myself for downsizing all of my earthly possessions to the point that they don't send pangs of anxiety down my chest every time I think about my impending relocation. Aside from my motorcycle and a few guitars that merit their own transportation, set aside from decade-old pots, pans, and band t-shirts I can't seem to part with, I felt like (hoped?) a pickup truck could get the job done.
Getting self-congratulations out of the way, I realized I still have to lug what's left from my buddy's house in San Pedro to my new apartment in Los Angeles's beautiful Koreatown. I put in a request for our Ford F-150 with the vehicle testing team well in advance since I know our trucks are in high demand, but no luck. It was signed out, but I did get the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on December 21, 2015
It was time to move some of my motorcycles around on a Friday morning and the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was definitely up to the task. With the U-Haul 5x9 ramped trailer hitched up, the errands began.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on December 11, 2015
I'm currently completely remodeling my house. Blowing out bathroom walls and ripping up carpet naturally creates a lot of refuse. We usually store the debris in the covered patio until one of the long-term pickups is available. Then it's time to take a journey to the mystical land of the Orange County Waste and Recycling facility in Brea.
Or if you want to be poetic about it, the dump.
So when the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was available for the weekend, I jumped at the chance to tidy up the patio.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on December 4, 2015
Taking our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to Home Depot isn't exactly a new or extraordinary experience. This truck has seen all kinds of hardware store duty, but this time I found yet another item that wouldn't fit in the Ram's short bed.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on November 26, 2015
We've fit bikes, test gear, weekend rally-race essentials, workout gear and muddy humans, rear-facing car seats, dogs, and, I'm certain, some combination of guns, mescal and three suitcases full of neatly-arranged stacks of pesos in the rear cab of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
But I finally found something that didn't quite fit.
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on November 16, 2015
I'm a big fan of pickups. Not only do I actually enjoy driving them, but I love that trucks make it easier to haul around motorcycles and bicycles. You know, because of that bed behind the cab. But what if I want to throw the bicycle in the cab instead? Will it fit? Without taking any wheels off? Because that would be kinda awesome. And easy.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on November 11, 2015
A year ago, I took our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel on a 1,200-mile road trip that ended at a Tough Mudder event in Temecula, California. Tough Mudder is a global series of obstacle-course events I participate in and as you'd expect from the name, participants get pretty filthy by the finish. Running a 10-mile obstacle course can also be pretty painful, so along with the dirt, I expected a few sore muscles by the end of the day.
So when I signed up for another Tough Mudder this year, I made sure the Ram was available. It was the perfect vehicle for the job the first time around and I knew it wouldn't let me down.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 21, 2015
One big decision you need to make when buying a Ram 1500 like ours is whether or not to get the unique Rambox storage compartments in the bed. They're a nice feature if you regularly need lockable storage space but don't want a tonneau cover over the entire bed.
As an added bonus, the Rambox option also adds four adjustable tie-down cleats along with an adjustable box divider. We had that option in our previous Ram 1500 and it proved useful more than a few times.
I was reminded of it this past weekend when moving an old engine block.
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 21, 2015
Once a year, a group of us leaves town for a weekend of guy-time at the Calico Ghost Town. The location was a random choice in the beginning that grew into a tradition. This year our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel got the call to shuttle us there. It was a great fit. The Ram covered all of the basics for a dudes-trip to the desert.
by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on August 27, 2015
One of the benefits of a full-size truck, especially our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, is full-size utility. I came to fully realize how much I appreciate full-size utility when I drove our midsize Chevy Colorado to Wyoming this summer. It was the same trip I took with my family in the Ram last summer.
Certain small details, like the utility of big door pockets, stood out.
July 30, 2015
This happens almost every week. Usually on Thursday.
Phone rings. We answer it. And we regret it.
It's a friend or a friend of a friend telling us he's moving this weekend, or his girlfriend is moving this weekend, or his girlfriend's girlfriend is moving this weekend, and he's wondering if he could borrow one of our pickups and our time.
We say no. They beg. We weaken. They offer beer and barbecue. We cave.
Sure, man. How about our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel?
July 15, 2015
Some of you may remember our 2012 Jeep Wrangler long-term test vehicle. A subset of you may also recall that I bought it from the company when its time eventually expired. It lives in my garage now.
We added many parts during its time in the long-term fleet, but the ridiculously tall 3.21 fuel economy-oriented axles that came with our 6-speed manual-equipped Sport 2-door remain to this day. They're OK if you stick with the stock 29-inch tires and never go off road, but we?d upgraded to taller 33-inch rubber.
I'd corrected the resulting speedometer error, but the only way to get the engine back in its sweet spot was to have the axles re-geared. But something about the 3.21 carrier makes it impossible to go beyond 3.73, which wasn't going to be enough. And a Sport's front axle housing is a lighter Dana 30 unit that isn't worth upgrading. I suffered in near-silence.
Turns out Mopar sells complete front and rear Dana 44 crate axles with 4.10 gearing and e-lockers, just like the ones that come in a Wrangler Rubicon. And they've recently introduced a huge price drop that makes trying to buy used ones off Craigslist a silly idea.
Why all this Jeep talk in a Ram post? The crates are sized just right to fit side-by-side in a pickup truck, so I arranged to be driving our 2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel when the axles arrived at the nearby dealer where I bought them.
June 18, 2015
Considering the light off-roading, the road trips and all the hauling it's done, I had a pretty basic weekend with our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Basically, I drove it to a local trailhead, parked it and left it alone while a friend and I hiked in for some camping. The trailhead is close, about 30 minutes from home at a place called Henninger Flats. While I'm sure a much smaller vehicle could've done the same job, I was happy to have the Ram.
June 4, 2015
I get it that full-size trucks are designed to feel full-size, particularly in a crew cab body style. But if you really need room for stuff plus people, the lack of indoor space is an obvious issue with any pickup, unless you're going to put a cap over the bed.
However, after another week in our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, I've realized that this truck has enough enclosed storage areas to accommodate my family 48 weeks out of the year.
March 30, 2015
Trips to IKEA are never going to be a problem if you have a full-size pickup like our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel at your disposal. Hauling away a bunch of assemble-it-yourself furniture is even more convenient since Dan Edmunds had our truck's cargo bed coated with a Line X bedliner.
March 23, 2015
Our 2015 Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Colorado were close to brand new when we had their Line-X spray-on bedliners applied. But our 2014 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 Ecodiesel has some miles on it — over 26,000 of them.
At this point its bed is full of scuffs and scratches. Not many, mind you — we're not landscaping contractors or brick masons — but enough to make us wonder how beat up it might get after the next 26,000 miles and beyond. And we can only imagine the rust we might be seeing if we were located where they use road salt in winter or had the good fortune to live in a seaside bungalow.
The water cooler conversationalists on the testing team wondered if the Line-X spray-on bedliner treatment would be a good restorative measure. There was only one way to find out.
February 17, 2015
After a round of home improvement projects over the last couple of months, I had a side yard full of wood scraps and other junk to get rid of. Despite not having a protective bed liner, our Ram 1500 handled the task with ease, and without a scratch.
December 22, 2014
With the Thanksgiving festivities behind us, it was time to prepare for the 1,040-mile drive home. But this wasn't a simple matter of loading ourselves into the cab and sliding our suitcases under a tarp in the bed and waving goodbye. Before we could set out I first had to drive across Bend to pick up a trailer.
One of my co-workers had bought a rally-prepped Subaru RS 2.5 from someone that just happened to live nearby. The transaction had been in the "deposit" stage for some weeks while he made plans to come up and get it, but then we both realized two things: I was going to be in Bend for my own reasons, and I had already signed out the 2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel so I could collect the contents of my daughter's dorm room at the University of Oregon.
I stopped for more diesel fuel on the way over to grab the trailer even though I didn't strictly need it yet. A fresh top-up would isolate the non-towing miles from the towing ones in the logbook. So with "just" 372 miles on the clock the attendant added 15.824 gallons.
That works out to 23.5 mpg for a tank that included a fair bit of messing around on dirt roads, sightseeing and driving around town. Taking all three tanks together, the entire 1,513-mile trip to this point had gone down at 24.7 mpg.
December 10, 2014
Our 11-foot-tall Christmas tree (plus stand) didn't exactly fit in the bed of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, but as you can see, the truck got the job done.
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.
October 31, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel seems to be a road-trip favorite around here. It's got a big fuel tank, excellent seats and since it's the only pickup currently in our fleet, it's the default vehicle for hauling big items. My cargo was the hood from a 1970 Chevrolet Nova and it was too big for the available crossovers in the Edmunds garage, so I signed out the Ram last weekend for a road trip of my own.
My route went from Los Angeles to Nevada City, Sacramento, Temecula and back home to L.A. Seems like a complicated route just because car part, right? That's because it was just part of the journey.
October 14, 2014
It's tough work helping a senior couple move from their home that they've lived in for over 35 years into a smaller new house. Fortunately our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was there to save the day. I honestly don't know what I would have done if I had to take one of our long-term SUVs — the Cherokee or the Highlander — for the job instead.
Here are the different ways I got to use our Ram like a truck.
October 8, 2014
If someone hasn't already created one, there should be a ride-sharing app for pickup trucks so you can just call one up on your smartphone when you need one! My uncle has wanted to work on his backyard shed for a long time but could never find a way to get the construction material to his home. Obviously his daily driver Corolla wasn't going to cut it and Home Depot won't deliver for such a small order.
October 6, 2014
I hadn't been in Sacramento 24 hours when it started. My uncle asked if I could haul some random items for him in the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. His daily driver is a Corolla so he was in dire need of something that could carry the two pieces of plywood, two tables, a bird fountain, and a potted plant that my parents gave him. That I gladly did. But then the next day, he asked if I could also do him a solid and help him pick up some plywood from Home Depot for a shed he was building. And then I wondered if this was just going to lead to more favors asked.
September 2, 2014
Possibly you remember the broken interior light in our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Last month when I took the truck in for its first service the dealer ordered the part. A few weeks later I received a notice that the part, a small bezel to locate the lamp in the seat bottom, had arrived and that it would be held until this week.
What? Held until this week? What if we couldn't get the truck there by then?
August 25, 2014
Look, I'm with you guys. I don't get short-bed pickup trucks. But when I needed to transport a motorcycle and our 2014 Ram EcoDiesel was the only thing available, I wasn't going to complain. Until now.
Weird proportions of a crew cab, short-bed truck aside, not being able to close the tailgate of a full-sized pickup truck behind a normal-sized motorcycle is kind of...sad. It's also a little nerve wracking, especially when you're bombing down one of L.A.'s dismal freeways only to look in the mirror and see nothing more than four ratchet straps keeping your motorcycle from sitting in the passenger seat of the Prius behind you.
But I digress.
August 18, 2014
If there's one thing our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel does well it's cupholders. Seriously, check it out. I bet there's room for 800 calories there if you're drinking Mountain Dew. I love trucks.
August 04, 2014
Last week our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was in Idaho, Wyoming and Utah. We were appreciating the great vastness and stunning beauty of the American West. We rode bikes, fished and rafted.
Here are a few shots of the Ram along the way. And other good stuff.
July 21, 2014
Our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has two glove boxes.
Because one glove box absolutely, positively won't do.
July 18, 2014
July 17, 2014
Because I'm driving the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to Wyoming next week and taking bikes I needed something similar. Problem is, the Ram's 5.5-foot bed isn't long enough to accommodate bikes using the one slot it offers for holding a 2x6 board vertically. That slot is between the wheel wells and the tailgate so the bikes would need to face backwards, and they're too long for that.
July 16, 2014
What's missing in this shot of our Ram's bumper?
June 17, 2014
This hole once housed an LED interior light in our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. It's located in the rear driver's side seat bottom cushion. When the seat bottom is flipped vertically to carry cargo instead of people, the light illuminates the cargo area, or at least it would if it were still located in this hole.
Instead, it's been pushed from its mount and is floating around in the seat bottom, visible when it's turned on through the carpeting on the bottom of the cushion.
June 16, 2014
Previous-generation Dodge Ram pickups had this feature so it's not a huge surprise to find these bins built into the rear floor of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
June 11, 2014
I used the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to haul my motorcycle to a track day at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada recently. I've said before how much I enjoy driving this truck, with its almost ridiculously smooth ride, sweet diesel engine and comfy cabin.
But, as with our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, I wish our Ram's bed was longer.
This time I actually have a legitimate reason for it. It even involves some Harley-Davidson-riding dirtbags, just to make the story more interesting.
May 14, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has one flexible backseat. Check this out.