2014 RAM 1500: Coolest Features for Going Off Road


One of the reasons that the 2014 RAM 1500 is incredibly popular is its ability to haul loads, go off road, and act as a traditional family vehicle. Because of its nature as a full-size pickup truck, the RAM 1500 excels at traveling over rough terrain, particularly off road conditions.

Anyone who has taken this RAM off road before knows that it has a comfortable ride and can easily withstand the uneven trails of dirt and rocks. A combination of features work together to provide the RAM 1500 with more power and better handling when off road.

Air Suspension 

A particularly cool feature of the 2014 RAM 1500 is the Active-Level Four-Corner Air Suspension. This is an optional addition to the traditional suspension found in the RAM, and it will automatically level loads while hauling cargo or towing. In terms of going off road, this air suspension was specifically designed to improve the performance and capability of the truck. You can use the adjustable air springs to lower or raise your pickup truck to five different ride height settings. You can even adjust your clearance manually using dashboard controls, which is ideal for clearing obstacles while driving off road.

Hill Start Assist

Although most people think of Hill Start Assist as being exceptionally useful when hauling loads on a hilly road, it can actually be just as helpful when traveling off road in hilly areas or mountains. This cool feature will detect if your RAM 1500 is located on an incline and make the necessary adjustments so you don’t roll backward when you release the brake. This feature is particularly useful for hilly off road conditions as it prevents you from accidentally rolling backward into a lake or large muddy patch.

Powerful Engines

One thing that any pickup truck needs to be able to navigate off road without a problem is a powerful engine. With the 2014 RAM 1500, you will have three powerful options to choose from: 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, 5.7 Hemi V8 (which has an impressive 410 pound-feet of torque and 395 horsepower), and 3-liter EcoDiesel V6.


Another feature that most people expect from a full-size pickup capable of going off road is the choice of four-wheel drive. Although it is a fairly standard optional feature in pickups, it is still one of the coolest and most important in the RAM’s ability to travel off road. When looking at various configurations of trim levels and engines for your 2014 RAM, you will notice two general choices in terms of 4WD systems. There is the traditional system that is part-time, or a deluxe option that includes an Auto 4WD mode that is on-demand. This deluxe option is perfect for those who plan on taking their trucks off road or over other difficult terrain but don’t need the extra traction of 4WD all the time and want to control when it is in use.

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