2014 RAM 1500Change Vehicle
of the 2014 RAM 1500 base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Interior design, comfort and quality
- Storage options
- Diesel-engine availability
- Cheapest V-8 pickup you can buy
- Excellent ride quality
- No direct injection in gas V-6 engine
- Crank windows, manual locks &
- mirrors on base model
- Newly available turbo-diesel V-6 engine
- V-6 and V-8 gas engines also offered
- Available eight-speed automatic transmission
- Available four-corner air suspension
In the age of expensive pickup trucks, you can still get a cool one for under $30,000 — but in the case of the 2014 Ram 1500 Express, the content you'll have to sacrifice to get there may be too much.
Pickup trucks are expensive, far more now than they used to be, with the sticker prices of more well-optioned rigs easily topping $70,000. Even average, midlevel versions can go for nearly $50,000 when you start adding options.
The folks at Ram, however, think a good pickup doesn't have to be so expensive — and to prove it, they built the 2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman/Express. Take a Tradesman work truck, add a few appearance items, give it a Hemi V-8 engine and — voila: an attractive, two-door, sporty pickup that just happens to be the least-expensive V-8-powered truck in America. What do you get for the money you do spend? Not much, it turns out — not even some of the basics that people have come to expect in modern vehicles, though that hasn't stopped the Express trim from being massively popular with Ram customers. Compare the 2013 and 2014 Ram 1500s here.
The Ram light-duty truck got an update for the 2013 model year, making it one of the most attractive pickups on the market. The Express is the base version of the truck, so there isn't much flash. Instead, Ram has made a few cost-careful cosmetic choices to emphasize sportiness. The Express is limited to a few body styles: only regular or quad cab with the 6-foot-4-inch bed, or ... Read more
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Great car for the Price
This truck does the job. This truck is reliable and dependable for what I need around the house. I'm constantly doing work that required heavy lifting. Read full review
Great truck, plenty of storage places inside the cab. Handles very nicely on the highway.Lots of power, only five thousand miles like having a new truck. Read full review