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8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.5
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2014 Ram 1500 Review

The 2014 Ram 1500 has three powertrains that deliver strong performance, in addition to a top-tier interior for a full-size pickup. Towing and cargo capacity are good, though other pickups can handle more weight. One negative is the Ram 1500’s low safety rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch cabin materials
  • Comfortable ride
  • Fuel-efficient available diesel engine
  • Smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Base V6 feels underpowered on the highway

New for 2014

  • Diesel V6 became available
  • 4.7-liter V8 discontinued
  • Eight-speed automatic became available with more engines

2014 Ram 1500 Overview

Is the 2014 Ram 1500 a Good Used Truck?

The 2014 Ram 1500 is a good used truck. It has top-notch cabin materials, a comfortable ride, and an available smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The Ram 1500 also won our 2014 Best Full Size Truck for the Money award.

Used 2014 Ram 1500 Performance and Interior

The 2014 Ram 1500 comes standard with a 305-horsepower V6 engine that feels a bit underpowered on the highway. A 395-horsepower V8 and a 240-horsepower turbodiesel V6 are available. The V6 engines are paired with a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers power when needed. The V8 has a less efficient six-speed transmission, but the eight-speed is available. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available. Fuel economy estimates for the non-diesel engines range from a low of 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway to 18/25 mpg city/highway.

The Ram 1500 has a comfortable and composed ride, and its steering is direct and responsive. An available adjustable air suspension improves 4x4 off-road clearance. When properly equipped, the 2014 Ram 1500 can tow up to 10,450 pounds and haul up to 1,930 pounds. You get more towing with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or GMC Sierra 1500, and considerably more hauling capacity from the Ford F-150.

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The Ram 1500's front seats are comfortable, as are the rear seats found in some models. Regular Cabs seat three, while Quad and Crew Cabs seat up to six. The base model has standard vinyl seats, but cloth, leather, and front bucket seats are available. Quad and Crew Cab models with second-row bench seats feature full LATCH child-seat systems in the outboard rear seats and a tether anchor on the middle seat. Quad and Crew Cab models with split second-row seats have full systems for all three seats. The Regular Cab has child-seat connectors in the passenger and middle front seats. The Crew Cab’s LATCH system has a Marginal rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its ease of use, which is the second-lowest score. Its tether anchors are hard to locate.

Standard interior equipment in the base 2014 Ram 1500 includes a USB port, an auxiliary input, and a six-speaker stereo. Available features include navigation, satellite radio, a seven- or 10-speaker stereo system, and a voice-activated Uconnect infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, and an 8.4-inch touch-screen display.

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Used 2014 Ram 1500 Prices

Used 2014 Ram 1500s range from just over $19,000 for a Regular Cab Tradesman model to about $35,000 for a four-wheel-drive Crew Cab Longhorn Limited. Exact prices depend on the condition, mileage, and features of the truck you're looking at. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Ram 1500?

The 2014 Ram 1500 has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s average for the industry and for the full-size pickup segment.

How Safe Is the 1500?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2014 Ram 1500 a score of Good – the highest rating – in three crash tests: moderate overlap front, side, and head restraints and seats. The 1500 earned a Marginal rating – the second-lowest score – for roof strength. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Ram 1500 an overall crash test rating of four out of five stars.

All Ram trucks have standard electronic stability control and a variety of safety technologies that may include all-speed traction control, trailer-sway control, hill-start assist, and an anti-lock brake system (ABS).

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Should I Consider Another Used 1500?

The 2014 Ram 1500 is part of the truck’s fourth generation, which launched for the 2013 model year and includes the 2017 model. You can save money by purchasing a 2013 Ram, but neither the diesel V6 nor the eight-speed automatic transmission are available for that model year.

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Which Used Ram 1500 Is Right for Me?

There are three cab styles – Regular, Quad, and Crew – and 10 trim levels to select from. Depending on the cab, you can find pickup boxes from 5 feet 7 inches to 8 feet. There are two gas engines and a turbodiesel available. The two transmission offerings are a six-speed automatic and an eight-speed automatic.

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab in the Sport trim is the best choice for towing. It can haul 10,000 pounds thanks to the V8 engine, and it has a practical 6-foot-4-inch pickup bed. You can get four-wheel drive and a 9,900-pound towing capacity in the SLT trim with the V8. If you’re looking for a daily driver, consider the HFE trim. Equipped with a V6, it can haul 7,250 pounds in a 6-foot-4-inch bed, yet it still has good fuel economy.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Ram 1500. For certified pre-owned Ram vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Ram warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 67 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Instead of basing our used car rankings and reviews on our own tests and personal opinions, our team collects and analyzes data like credible expert reviews, safety and reliability scores, and total ownership costs. We conducted this research on the 2014 Ram 1500 to help you make the best buying decision possible.

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2014 Ram 1500 and Other Trucks to Consider

The Ram 1500 is sometimes referred to as the Dodge Ram 1500, though Dodge and Ram split in 2009. Today, Dodge focuses exclusively on cars, SUVs, and minivans, while Ram produces trucks.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ram 1500 or 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

When properly equipped, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,000 pounds and haul up to 2,108 pounds. That beats the Ram’s 10,450-pound towing capacity and 1,930-pound hauling capacity. One advantage the Ram 1500 has over the Silverado 1500 is its standard bed liner, but that won’t be enough to sway you if you need higher towing and hauling capacities. The Silverado is the better choice for its greater capacity, higher safety scores, and better reliability.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ram 1500 or 2014 Ford F-150?

The 2014 Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 have standard V6 engines that produce about the same horsepower. When properly equipped, the F-150 can haul up to 3,120 pounds and tow up to 11,300 pounds. That’s about 1,000 pounds more hauling capacity and 900 pounds more towing capacity than the Ram 1500. Both pickups have comparable reliability, but the F-150 has better safety scores. The Ford F-150 is the better choice due to its higher towing and hauling capacities.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ram 1500 or 2014 Toyota Tundra?

The 2014 Toyota Tundra has a five-speed automatic transmission. That contributes to its EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. The Ram 1500’s highway mileage is 5 mpg less. The Tundra can tow up to 10,400 pounds and haul up to 2,040 pounds. That’s 100 pounds more hauling capacity than the Ram 1500, but towing capacity is nearly the same. The Ram has a nicer interior, as the Tundra relies on hard plastics. Fuel economy alone is reason enough to choose the 1500 over the Tundra.

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