It's official folks and history has been made! The winner of the 2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year is none other than the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. For the second year in a row, the judges/testers at Motor Trend have selected the Ram 1500 to be the best of any all-new or significantly revised trucks (defined as vans or pickup trucks) for the 2014 model year. Other trucks in the competition this year included the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Toyota Tundra, Ford Transit Connect, GMC Sierra 1500, Ram HD, and several others. From the looks of it the staff still appreciates the Ram 1500 for all the same reasons they awarded the truck the win last year, but this time the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel powertrain played an instrumental role in making history.
For those of you wondering how the EcoDiesel handles towing, the Motor Trend judges rated the EcoDiesel the highest in ease of towing. Harwood writes:
Kiino followed up by saying:"Doesn't feel like it's struggling at all. Once it gets up to speed, it chugs along, smooth, fairly quiet, and with little effort. Operates at low rpm, and it's easy to forget you're towing."
There still are no EPA ratings out as of yet (perhaps later today) but Motor Trend took the EcoDiesel through its paces and came up with some very impressive numbers. Take a look at this report:"Awesome torque down low. Superb eight-speed automatic -- it just surfs the torque wave"
Folks the RAM 1500 has just made history. Motor Trend has been awarding Truck of the Year since 1979 and have never given the award to the same truck two years in a row. What a remarkable achievement. Head on over to Motor Trend to read their entire write up, it will give you goose bumps. Congrats RAM!19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined for a Laramie Longhorn 4x4 with a 3.92 rear axle to 18/28/22 for a Lone Star 4x2 with a 3.55. Signficant stats for a 1/2-ton truck. To put that into perspective, the GMC Sierra Denali with the 6.2-liter gasoline-powered V-8 managed 15/20/17. What about GM's smaller 5.3-liter V-8? I will do one better: How about the 4.3 Ecotec V-6? It scored 15/21/17.
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