Impressive, stunning, a leap forward, the best truck in history, are all ways you could describe the 2014 Ram 1500. Or you could simply sum it up the way the experts at Motor Trend did; the 2014 Ram 1500 is the 2014 Truck of the Year.
The announcement was made at the Chrysler Group LLC Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan, the birthplace of Ram Trucks. The Ram went in head to head with eight other Truck of the Year contenders. All of the trucks were put through an extensive battery of testing designed to evaluate virtually every aspect of each vehicle.
Other contenders included the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Toyota Tundra and the GMC Sierra, all of whom came up embarrassingly short of the game-changing Ram. Testing was held at the Continental Tire Automotive Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas where judges tested each truck’s performance in speed, handling, towing and payload capacity, and road looping.
The votes cast were overwhelmingly supportive of the Ram, crowning the 2014 Ram 1500 as the Motor Trend Truck of the Year, making Ram the first truck to ever win the coveted award in consecutive back-to-back years.
The 2014 Truck of the Year was chosen by how the Ram 1500 held up to the following criteria: Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value, and Performance of Intended Function. The judges were impressed with the performance of the Ram 1500’s all-new EcoDiesel V-6 engine and its eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission, a combination that boasts a towing capacity of up to 9,200 pounds. Furthermore, Motor Trend’s Real MPG testing supported what the team learned in Uvalde: None of the gas-powered half-ton trucks in this year’s competition – be they V-6 or V-8, 4×2 or 4×4 – could match the EcoDiesel’s mileage.
“For 2014 we had a large and highly competitive field of contenders for Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year,” said Edward Loh, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. “At the end of the day, though, the Ram 1500 quickly rose to the top. Not only did it withstand our rigorous testing, it thoroughly impressed our judges with its vast array of standard and optional equipment, and, most notable, its fuel-efficient, segment-exclusive EcoDiesel V-6. With 420 lb-ft of torque and up to 28 ‘Real MPG’ highway, the EcoDiesel is a true game-changer. In fact it helped make Ram 1500 the Motor Trend 2014 Truck of the Year – and the only consecutive winner in the history of the award.”
Ram Trucks continue to rack up award after award and are truly a sight to behold. Come experience the 2014 Truck of the Year today at Dodge City of McKinney. Visit our showroom at 700 South Central Expressway in McKinney, Texas or give us a call at 972-569-9650 today!