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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 Arrival

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/23/2014 Jason Udy, Alex Bernstein

As the first back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year winner, the 2014 Ram 1500 owes much of its repeat success to its class-exclusive turbodiesel engine. It's been more than 15 years since the last diesel half-ton pickup was available. Like last year's Golden Calipers winner, the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel offers class-leading features including an eight-speed automatic transmission, Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system, available air suspension, and the innovative Ram Box.

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We replaced our long-term 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 with a new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 in Pearl Prairie Coat paint over Canyon Brown/Light Frost Beige cloth. Power comes from a Fiat-sourced 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 rated 240 hp with 420 lb-ft of torque. Like the Ram's standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and available 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, the EcoDiesel engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 A 19/27 mpg city/highway (20/28 mpg for RWD) EPA rating makes the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel the most fuel-efficient half-ton pickup available. In comparison, the 2014 Ford F-150 with the 302-hp, 278 lb-ft, 3.5-liter V-6 is EPA-rated 16-17/21-23 mpg, while GM's 2014 half-ton pickup twins with the 285-hp, 305 lb-ft, 4.3-liter V-6 are rated 17-18/22-24 mpg.

Starting at $39,860 (including $1195 destination), our nicely equipped 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 reached $53,440 with options. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 (800-amp battery, heavy-duty cooling system) adds $4000 to the bottom line, while the stronger 8HP70 TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic adds $500.

The $1545 Customer Preferred Equipment Package 28T has lots of desirable features, including Uconnect infotainment system with Wi-Fi, foglights, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, power heated exterior mirrors, power 10-way driver's seat, 115-volt power outlet, security system with remote start, heavy-duty rear shock, anti-spin rear differential, transfer case and front suspension skidplates, Class IV receiver hitch, and much more.

Other options include a $1695 air suspension, $1400 black finish 20-inch alloy wheels, $1295 Ram Box, $600 wheel-to-wheel side steps, S595 rearview camera and front and rear park sensors, $500 navigation system with traffic, $475 spray-in bedliner, $395 Comfort Group (heated front seats and steering wheel), $300 nine-speaker audio with subwoofer, $230 trailer brake control, and $50 for a 3.92 rear axle.

We expect to use the new Ram for more than just commuting. We plan to go camping, go off-road, take road trips, and haul and tow stuff. Stay tuned to see how closely the Ram EcoDiesel sticks to its fuel economy ratings in our Real MPG testing and the real world. 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4
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