For the second year in a row, the Ram 1500 won Motor Trends’ Truck of the Year. In 2013, Ram rocked it with air suspension and an eight-speed automatic. For 2014, not only did they convince the judges that it deserved consideration for a second year, they also proved a new diesel engine was enough to warrant inclusion.
Having been more than 15 years since a manufacturer has offered a ½-ton diesel truck, it had become part of the reason why diesels had all but disappeared from America. It hardened consumers’ belief that diesel is for slow-moving, smoke-spewing trucks. If you haven’t driven a modern diesel, you might still think that way.
Ram’s new EcoDiesel is a 3.0 liter DOHC turbodiesel V-6 that produces 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. In addition, it returns impressive fuel economy numbers of 20 mpg city and 28 mpg+ highway.
Motor Trend judges rated the EcoDiesel the highest in ease of towing. Commenters said it “Doesn’t feel like it’s struggling at all. Once it gets up to speed, it chugs along, smooth, fairly quiet, and with litter effort. Operates at low rpm, and it’s easy to forget you’re towing.”
The Motor Trend Truck of the Year has been awarded since 1979, and has never given the award to the same truck two years in a row. The Ram 1500 makes history because it offers all the things buyers want in a truck: choice, value, great design, and more than enough power and torque.
Ram made a big decision bringing a diesel to the full-size market. It’s a bold move that ultimately made Ram 1500 the 2014 Truck of the Year.