2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Wins Motor Trend's 2014 Truck of the Year Award

By Jacob Brown | December 04, 2013
Here's a first: a back-to-back repeat winner of the prestigious Motor Trend Truck of the Year award. Yet, looking at the figures, it makes sense that the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel ought to receive the award following last year's gas-powered victory. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 that produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, numbers that aren't earth-shattering by any stretch but still put it in the thick of gas-powered competition. What is, however, is the fuel economy and refinement of this diesel powerplant, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission--a segment first--and netting 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway in real-world testing, according to Motor Trend. Indeed, when we drove the truck earlier this year over a hilly Malibu, California, road loop, we saw 24 mpg, so we know MT is not bluffing. Amid a strong pack of contenders that included the 2014 Ford Transit Connect, 2014 Ram 2500 and 3500, and completely redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, the Ram EcoDiesel stood apart.
"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, in a statement. "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." The award has been given since 1979 to trucks of all sizes and shapes. Having driven the full-size pickup truck contenders, we couldn't agree more with the outcome. Congrats, Ram Trucks, for a job well done. Source: Motor Trend