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Ram 1500 wins Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” twice in a row

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

The 2014 Ram 1500 took the top prize for Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year Award for the second time in a row. This is the first time any make or model has taken the prize two years running. The only trucks considered for this award are ones that have dramatically improved their model over the previous model year. This Ram 1500 is the first diesel powered 1,000-pound truck in 15 years. The recent advances in diesel technology allow this truck to be a game-changer. This diesel truck is not the heavy, slow, pollution-spewing diesel of old. This truck comes with one of the most advanced 8-speed automatic transmissions ever put in a diesel truck.  The new Eco Diesel engine actually has been proven more efficient than its regular gas powered counterparts. For every 500 miles a gas-powered counterpart can run, the new Ram EcoDiesel will run about 575.

The engine is a 3-liter turbo diesel V6 with 240 hp held together by graphite instead of aluminum. The graphite parts in this truck provide a better strength-to-weight ration than aluminum, which decreases weight and increases acceleration and cornering. The EcoDiesel engine puts out an impressive 26-mpg highway, which is about 4-5 mpg better than the average of a comparable truck. Another impressive stat is that Motor Trend ranked the 2014 Ram 1500 the best in class in “ease of towing.” The Ram 1500 has the smoothest ride when towing and experiences the least amount of loss in power when doing so. Its ability to chug at low rpm’s and the industry leading 8-speed automatic transmission allow the Ram to tow its payload in the most efficient way.

The Ram also received some of the highest grades in the world as far as interior space, comfort and design. The controls are user-friendly and designed to be easy to operate even in heavy-duty work gloves. This award has been given out since 1979 and never, until now, has it been given to the same truck twice in a row. That says it all right there.

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