Jacksonville Florida Did You Know The 2014 Ram Truck Wins Motor Trent Truck Of The Year For The Second Year In A Row?

August 9, 2014

Warren Truck Assembly, the Birthplace of Ram Trucks was the site of the Announcement. The report in its entirety will be featured on MotorTrend.com and in Motor Trend Magazine February 2014.

Trucks and vans from all the major manufactures were probed to determine which one would claim the crown. The Motor Trend braintrust tested the the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ram Heavy Duty, and Toyota Tundra pickups; and the Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Nissan NV200, and Ram ProMaster vans.

Uvalde Texas was the location of the truck showdown. The competitors were put through a rigorous evaluation at the Continental Tire Automotive Proving Grounds. Each combatant underwent the following tests: Standard testing (without load): 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip. Limit handling (without load): closed-course cornering, braking, and acceleration. Tow/payload testing: 0-60 acceleration repeated with trailers attached (pickups) or payload secured (vans), loaded to 75 percent of each truck’s maximum rating (as equipped). Road looping: Highway and real-world replication.

At Continental’s 5000-acre proving grounds, the team utilized the facility’s 8.5-mile high-speed oval, 15-acre dynamics pad, 1.1-mile dry-handling road course, and multi-surfaced ride road to evaluate each truck’s capabilities and expose strengths and weaknesses. Following the team’s intensive, week long evaluation in Uvalde, the trucks were shipped to Motor Trend headquarters in El Segundo, California, to undergo proprietary “Intellichoice Real MPG” fuel-economy testing. Using advanced technology including a weather station, GPS data-logger, and flow-rate and gas analyzers, Real MPG measures exhaust samples every second during an 88-mile drive to record accurate real-world fuel economy.

When it was all said and done, the Ram 1500 outperformed the competition and took its rightful place as Motor Trend’s 2014 Truck of the Year. The Ecodiesel V6 mated with the Torqueflight 8 speed transmission performed brilliantly. The power was as obvious as the performance and fuel efficiency with a towing capacity of up to 9,200 pounds. Motor Trend’s Real MPG testing echoed what was revealed in Uvalde: No gas half-ton trucks in this year’s field could approach the EcoDiesels mileage. After registering fuel economy of 15 mpg under strenuous testing the EcoDiesel continued to turn heads during the Real MPG exam , producing the following winning stats: 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined for the Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 with a 3.92 rear axle and an even more notable 18/28/22 for the Lone Star Crew Cab 4×2 with a 3.55 rear axle.

When the voting was completed the Ram 1500 easily claimed the title Motor Trend’s 2014 Truck of The Year. A deciding factor for the judges was The Ram 1500 new EcoDiesel V6 with the 8 speed transmission. The performance of the new engine and Torqueflight transmission was impressive producing a towing capacity of 9200 pounds. In addition, Motor Trend’s Real MPG testing substantiated what the team observed in Texas: The EcoDiesel had no equal when it came to fuel milage, the gas engines be they V-6 or V-8, 4×2 or 4×4, did not measure up. The testing recorded 15 mpg under extreme testing at Continental’s facility, the EcoDiesel continued to impress during the Real MPG test loop, producing unrivaled stats: 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined for the Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 with a 3.92 rear axle and an even more notable 18/28/22 for the Lone Star Crew Cab 4×2 with a 3.55 rear axle.

The Ram’s available air suspension system also received outstanding scores in Engineering Excellence, delivering a smooth ride and responsive handling regardless of the driving surface.The interior ergonomics, overall styling and packaging of the Ram 1500 blew the judges away; notably, the Laramie Longhorn’s luxury aesthetics and real wood trim. The diversity of the lineup was another resounding advantage. Regardless of whether the Ram was equipped as a basic work truck or a luxury vehicle the Ram 1500 provides all of the capability needed in a truck.

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