Motor Trend has named the 2014 Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck as its 2014 Truck of the Year according to an announcement from Ram on Dec. 4.
This is the second year that Motor Trend has honored the Ram 1500 as Truck of the Year - having named it the Truck of the Year for 2013. This is the first time in the history of the Motor Trend Truck of the Year competition that this accolade has been awarded twice in a row to the same vehicle.
The Motor Trend honor follows the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) recognition of the 2014 Ram 1500 as the Truck of Texas following their annual Truck Rodeo in October. This was also the second year in a row that TAWA so honored the Ram 1500.
According to the announcement by Ram, a full report on Motor Trend’s comprehensive Truck of the Year testing will be featured on MotorTrend.com and in the February 2014 issue of Motor Trend.
The announcement went on to say that the Motor Trend Truck of the Year winner is not chosen from a direct comparison against the other contenders, but rather as a result of how each contender measured up against the award’s six criteria: Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value, and Performance of Intended Function.
The Ram 1500 was noted as a clear leader in the competition particularly for its all new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel - the first (and only) full-size pickup in North America to be powered by a diesel engine.
The Ram 1500’s all-new EcoDiesel V-6 engine with its its eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission - delivers a class leading tow capacity of up to 9,200 pounds while delivering fuel economy in the testing of 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined (Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 with a 3.92 rear axle) and an even more notable 18/28/22 for the Lone Star Crew Cab 4x2 with a 3.55 rear axle.
The optional air suspension system on the 2014 Ram 1500 also scored high marks in the Engineering Excellence category, according to Ram, as it delivered a compliant ride and commendable handling no matter the terrain.
Motor Trend also was impressed by the 2014 Ram 1500's breadth of line-up, style, packaging, and interior ergonomics; notably, the Laramie Longhorn’s luxury aesthetics and real wood trim.
“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.”
"Half-ton truck customers have been asking for a diesel engine and Ram is the only truck manufacturer to answer the bell and deliver not only best-in-class fuel economy but also 9,200 pounds of towing capability," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "In a brutally competitive truck industry, the Ram 1500 is the only vehicle to ever win the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award two years in a row, reaffirming the fact that we have the best truck on the road."
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