When the folks at Ram set out to design their latest pickup, they didn’t think a good pickup truck has to be so expensive. And to prove it, they built the 2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman/Express.
They tweaked the exterior with a few updates, gave it a Hemi V-8 engine and produced a magnificent, two-door, sporty pickup that was the least-expensive V-8-powered truck in America for 2014. The result was that the Express trim became massively popular with Ram customers.
Despite its lower cost, it looks fantastic with body-colored bumpers front and back, blacked-out trim, fog lamps and big 20-inch painted wheels that certainly rebuff the ‘stripped-down’ supposition.
That being said, the best part about the Express is what’s under the hood — a 395-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine combined with a six-speed automatic transmission. It also pumps out 410 pounds-feet of torque. The six-speed automatic shifts with clout, the broad steering wheel is firm and inspires driving confidence. All that power in the smallest, lightest pickup in the Ram line-up means the truck can really move when you need it to. It also helps the brakes bring the truck to a stop with considerable force.
Being a pickup, the 1500 Express tows and hauls easily, especially with the big, forceful V-8. The truck is rated to tow 9,250 pounds thanks to the 3.92 gear, which is more than enough to haul a boat, a pair of motorcycles, a camper trailer, even an automobile. But cargo capability is most likely what you’re looking for, and there's a full-size 6-foot-4-inch bed behind the cabin that can accommodate pretty much anything. Payload is rated at 1,620 pounds.
Hopping into the very nicely arranged cab, you'll swing onto on a big bench seat which seats three across with the option of folding down the center position for an armrest, cup-holder and storage bin. The driver and passenger seats are comfortable and can be customized to match your exterior paint with after-market coverings. When you’re on the road, there's no bouncing around and no unusual chassis movements, you’ll find a steady, comfortable ride for three people. It's quiet, keeping you and your occupants very nicely insulated against outside clamor and road noise.
The latest Ram pickup interiors are the best in Chrysler history; even in this entry-level model, material and assembly quality is excellent. There's a standard trip computer in the gauge cluster, which itself is clear and easy to read, there’s a media hub containing an aux jack, USB port and a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet accessible in the fold-down console. Satellite radio is present in an option package and 2014 did offer an interesting array of options for customization. Come in to Kelly Risk Free to discover what kind of options packages we have in our Ram used inventory.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested The 2014 Ram 1500 and gave it a mixture of four and five stars throughout the various crash tests. You’ll find front- and side-impact airbags and stability control.
Visit us at Kelly Risk Free to see our inventory of 2014 Ram 1500 Express and other model years. We can help you make your decision on the best truck recommendations!
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