2014 RAM 1500

MSRP $32,225 - $49,880

Ranked #6 in Pickup-truck

7.2

Overall Rating

2014 RAM 1500 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 15, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The RAM 1500 has been in the market for a long time. Currently, the RAM 1500 is in its fourth generation and the cheapest truck in the market with prices starting a shade over $33,000 for the Crew Cab. With multiple trim levels, engine options, and bed sizes on offer the RAM 1500 leaves us spoilt for choice and one can opt for a configuration that suits your purpose the best.

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Pros

Multiple trim levels on offer

Low pricing; undercuts the competition

Best-in-segment acceleration figures

Premium cabin materials

Cons

Low towing capacity

Low ground clearance

Dull and dated design

Underpowered V6 powertrain

What's New?

No changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32225

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

6

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

269 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

short and long arm front suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspensin w/anti-rll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

140 in.

length

229 in.

width

79.4 in.

height

76.9 in.

curb weight

4924 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

125.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

57.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

1870 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/21/25 mpg

highway range

650 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Tradesman$32,225 onwards

Tradesman 5.7$32,835 onwards

SLT$35,695 onwards

SLT 5.7$37,645 onwards

Sport$40,445 onwards

Laramie$40,980 onwards

Laramie 5.7$42,930 onwards

Longhorn$46,435 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 RAM 1500 in Blue Sky Metallic color
Blue Sky Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


On the flip side though, the RAM 1500 seems a little too outdated. It hasn’t had a major refresh for years now and the truck’s rivals like the GMC Sierra 1500 and the Ford F-150 just seem to have more onboard to offer. So is the RAM 1500 relevant? Can it be a good buy? Should you be putting on with this old truck? We shall answer all that in this in-depth review of the 2014 RAM 1500 Crew Cab.


8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2014 RAM 1500 Features

8.0/10

The 2014 RAM 1500 Crew Cab is offered in 9 trim levels, 2-bed options, and rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations. The base spec Tradesman trim with a 5.7 ft. box and with rear-wheel drive configuration is priced at around $33,420 and prices climb all the way up to $53,570 for the Longhorn Limited top trim level.

Models

Tradesman

Express

SLT 

Big Horn/Lone Star

Outdoorsman

Sport

Laramie

Longhorn

Longhorn Limited

MSRP (RWD / 5.7 ft. box)

$33,420

$34,555

$36,890

$37,695

$38,435

$41,640

$42,175

$47,630

$50,125

MSRP (AWD / 5.7 ft.box)

$36,640

$37,775

$40,110

$40,965

$41,705

$44,860

$45,320

$50,775

$53,270

MSRP (RWD / 6.4 ft.box)

$34,030

NA

$38,840

$39,645

$40,385

$41,490

$44,125

$47,930

$50,425

MSRP (AWD / 6.4 ft.box)

$37,250

NA

$42,060

$42,865

$43,605

$45,160

$47,270

$51,075

$53,570

Key features

17-inch steel wheels

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Heated, power-adjustable ORVMs

20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

17-inch aluminum wheels

20-inch chrome-clad aluminum-alloy wheels

17-inch aluminum wheels

20-inch polished aluminum wheels

20-inch chrome-clad aluminum-alloy wheels

20-inch polished aluminum wheels

Wheel to wheel side steps

 

Active grille shutters

 

Chrome rear step bumper

Chrome door handles

UConnect 8.4 infotainment system

Body-colored door handles

Chrome heated, auto-dimming, power-folding ORVMs

Running boards

Parksense rear parking sensors

 

Manual tailgate

 

Chrome grille

Tailgate power lock.

8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display

Body-colored grille

10-speaker audio system

Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Power adjustable lumbar support

 

4-way manual adjustable front seats

 

UConnect 5.0 infotainment system

   

LED brake lights

10-way power-adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats

SiriusXM real-time traffic display

 
 

Manual air-conditioning

 

Integrated voice command with Bluetooth

   

8-way power-adjustable driver seat

Dual-zone automatic climate control with front infrared

Heated second-row seats

 
 

Urethane gear shift material

 

Fabric upholstery

   

Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel

Leather upholstery

Leather / genuine wood heated steering wheel

 
 

Side impact beams

 

5-inch touchscreen infotainment display

   

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Power-adjustable pedals

Valet function

 
 

6-speaker audio system

       

Parkview back-up camera

 

Leather-wrapped gear shift lever

 
 

UConnect 3.0 infotainment

               

Which Trim should you buy?

If you’re looking for a truck for occupational purposes, then the Tradesman trim should just suffice. However, if you’re buying a truck for personal use and carrying your family along, then maybe you should go for the top-spec Laramie or Longhorn trims.

2014 RAM 1500 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

As standard, the 2014 RAM 1500 Crew Cab comes equipped with a 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 engine. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and power as standard goes to the rear wheels. The engine churns out about 305 horses and 269 lb-ft of torque which is pretty good for a truck in this segment.

The truck is pretty quick off the straight line. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.4 seconds while it takes about 15.6 seconds to cover the quarter-mile distance. These numbers are decent by pickup truck standards. The truck also has a towing capacity of 4400 lbs. which does seem a tad less when compared to other trucks in the segment. The truck is also offered with a bigger 5.7 liter naturally aspirated V8 unit that churns out a solid 395 horses and 410 lb-ft of torque. This engine too comes mated with a 6-speed auto box and can be availed in both, rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive configuration.

Models

2014 RAM 1500 Crew Cab Tradesman 5.7 ft. box

2014 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 5-1/2 ft. box

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Work Truck short box

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab short box

MSRP

$33420

$33785

$34795

$35295

Engine

3.6 liter, naturally aspirated, V6

3.7 liter, naturally aspirated, V6

4.3 liter, naturally aspirated, V6

4.3 liter, naturally aspirated, V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

305 @ 6350

302 @ 6500

285 @ 5300

285 @ 5300

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

269 @ 4800

278 @ 4000

305 @ 3900

305 @ 3900

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.4

7.5

7.6

7.7

Quarter mile (seconds)

15.6

15.8

15.8

15.9

Top speed (mph)

128

125

120

120

Towing Capacity (lbs)

4400

5800

6400

6400

The RAM 1500 Crew Cab has the best power and acceleration numbers in the competition but it has the lowest torque figures. As a result, the truck has the lowest towing capacity in the competition. The GM trucks on the other hand have the lowest power numbers and are slower than the others but then they also have the highest torque figures. Moreover, the GM trucks have the highest towing capacity of 6400 lbs. which is almost 1.5 times that of the RAM 1500.

2014 RAM 1500 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The RAM 1500 Crew Cab mpg figures are on par with all the other trucks in the competition. The truck in the city travels for about 17 miles on a single gallon of gas while on the highway it can travel up to 25 miles. It has an EPA rating of 20 MPG combined which is quite decent. It also has a sizable fuel tank of 26 gallons and so you don’t need to make frequent stops for refueling.

Models

2014 RAM 1500 Crew Cab Tradesman 5.7 ft. box

2014 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 5-1/2 ft. box

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Work Truck short box

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab short box

MPG (City)

17

17

18

18

MPG (Highway)

25

23

24

24

MPG (Combined)

20

19

20

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

26

26

26

26

Range (City/Highway/Combined in miles)

442/650/520

442/598/494

468/624/520

468/624/520

The Ford F-150 has the least fuel economy figures here but the differences are only by a slight margin. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500 share the same powertrain hence their fuel economy ratings are identical too s. The gas tank capacity of all the trucks is identical at 26-gallon but the Silverado and the Sierra offer some commendable driving range figures owing to the higher fuel economy ratings.

2014 RAM 1500 Interior

7.0/10

Well, in its base spec trim level, the Tradesman, the 2014 RAM 1500 Crew Cab interior is pretty much bare-bones and has shabby cheap plastic all around with a dull grey and black color scheme. However, things improve drastically as you climb higher up the trim levels. The quality of materials is way superior on the Laramie and LongHorn trims and you all the bells and whistles like heated and ventilated, power adjusting front seats, leather upholstery, genuine wood trim on the dash, heated leather steering wheel, and many others. The quality and opulence of the truck’s cabin with the higher trims are as good as some luxury SUVs but with the lower variants, it is just too bad.

You get pretty basic seats with base trim level and they offer sufficient support and cushioning. The amount of room on offer is good and 6 adults can fit in the truck but it will be a bit of a squeeze. With the standard 5.7 feet long bed, the truck has about 50.3 cubic feet of cargo storage volume. With the longer 6.4 feet box, the truck can haul about 57.5 cubic feet of cargo.

Models

2014 RAM 1500 Crew Cab Tradesman 5.7 ft. box

2014 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 5-1/2 ft. box

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Work Truck short box

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab short box

Seating capacity

6

6

6

6

Front row (Headroom/Shoulder room/ Legroom in inches)

41/66/41

41/65.9/41.4

42.8/66.03/45.27

42.8/66.03/45.27

Second row (Headroom/Shoulder room/ Legroom in inches)

39.9/65.7/40.3

40.3/65.5/43.5

40.5/65.73/40.93

40.5/65.73/40.93

Cargo bed capacity (cubic feet)

50.3

55.4

53.4

53.4

The GMC Sierra 1500 is marketed as a premium product and thus its cabin has better appeal and feel. The Sierra’s material quality and interior design are simply a notch better than all the others. Moreover, the GM trucks offer more passenger space than all the other trucks. On the flip side, it’s the Ford F-150 that has the highest cargo volume of 55.4 cubic feet on offer while the RAM has the lowest of 50.3 cu.-ft. The RAM 1500 Crew Cab doesn’t get many interior features in the standard, base spec guise. 

Some interior features are:

  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls
  • Full cloth headliner
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 4-way manually adjustable front seats
  • Urethane gear shift material

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2014 RAM 1500 comes with RAM’s UConnect infotainment system. You don’t get many infotainment features with the base spec trim. However, you’re offered features like an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 10-speaker sound system satellite radio, and navigation with the top-of-the-line trim levels. 

Standard infotainment features offered with the truck include:

  • AM/FM radio
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • USB and aux inputs
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Satellite radio(optional)

2014 RAM 1500 Exterior

6.0/10

The 2014 RAM 1500 exterior design isn’t quite handsome, especially when you compare it against the Ford and GMC trucks. The RAM’s design feels outdated and dull. It sure does have a nice tall stance but that just isn’t enough to attract buyers. Other trucks in the market have a brawny and muscular presence with a lot of drama going on with the design but that is simply not quite the case with the RAM and that’s a bit disappointing.

At the front, there’s a huge RAM cross grille finished in chrome with a sculpted bumper and rectangular headlights. There’s nothing particularly disappointing on the sides, just 2 doors, blacked-out mirrors and door handles, and round wheel arches. The truck sits on 17-inch steel wheels and you get alloys and larger wheels as you climb higher up the trims. Overall, the truck's design doesn’t quite appeal to us and quite frankly, it needs to be refreshed and updated ASAP!

Models

2014 RAM 1500 Crew Cab Tradesman 5.7 ft. box

2014 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 5-1/2 ft. box

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Work Truck short box

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab short box

Curb weight (lbs)

4924

5128

4987

5031

Length (inches)

229

231.8

230.5

230.6

Width (inches)

79.4

79.2

80.0

80.0

Height (inches)

76.9

74.8

74.17

74.17

Ground clearance (inches)

7.6

8.3

8.73

8.73

Wheelbase (inches)

140

145

143.5

143.5

The Ford F-150 is the longest of the lot measuring 231.8 inches and that’s the reason why it ends up offering the highest cargo volume in the competition. The GM trucks are also longer than the RAM by an inch and hence, the RAM truck is the smallest truck in the competition. Moreover, the RAM truck has a ground clearance of just 7.6 inches while all the other trucks have 8+ inches of ground clearance.

Highlight Exterior Features:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Power adjustable heated outside rearview mirrors
  • Fully automatic aero-composite halogen headlamps
  • Blacked out front grille

2014 RAM 1500 Safety

6.0/10

The 2014 RAM 1500 is a pretty tough and safe vehicle. It gets a 4-star safety rating from the NHTSA and gets 3- and 4-stars in almost all their tests. It does well in the IIHS safety tests as well and gets ‘good’ and ‘acceptable’ ratings in all the tests of the agency. These ratings clearly tell that the RAM truck will indeed keep you safe while you’re driving.

Key Safety features:

  • Side impact beams
  • Tire-specific low tire pressure warning
  • Optional rearview camera
  • Front anti-pinch power windows

2014 RAM 1500 Final Verdict

The 2014 RAM 1500 Crew Cab isn’t a bad truck but then it isn’t just up to the mark as its rivals. All the other trucks in the competition are better than the RAM in terms of performance and capacity and that’s where the RAM lets us down. The 2014 RAM 1500 is a part of the 2009 generation and hasn’t been refreshed since. It needs to be updated soon if it has to stay relevant to the competition. If you’re in the market looking for a crew cab pickup, we will not recommend you this one as the other trucks in the segment are so much better than it.