Despite the number of trim level options available on its lineage, the Ram 1500 Tradesman has long been recognized as the most popular Ram truck available in the market. Partly because it is the most affordable option also, the truck also comes with a number of features that make it a worthy purchase; especially to anyone who’s searching for a light duty full-size truck. But how good is it?
As the base trim level for the 2014 Ram 1500, the Tradesman trim level is available with all the offered body style; whether a Regular Cab, Quad Cab, or the Crew Cab. Choosing from these cab options help pick out the appropriate truck cabin length suitable for the driver. The Crew Cab (available with a short box of 5’7” and mid box of 6’4”), Quad Box (mid box of 6’4”), and Regular Cab (mid box of 6’4” and long box of 8”). Depending on the need of the driver, each body style comes with a number of exclusive features.
Like almost all the other trim levels offered with the 2014 Ram 1500, the Tradesman trim level comes with a standard 5.7-liter V8 engine capable of producing 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. An option to go for the 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine is also available for individuals with a specific need for it. This engine, meanwhile, produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The EPA estimate of fuel economy for the 5.7L V8 engine is rated at 14/20 mpg city/highway (2WD, 6-speed automatic), 15/22 mpg city/highway (2WD, 8-speed automatic), 13/19 mpg city/highway (4WD, 6-speed automatic), and 15/21 mpg city/highway (4WD, 8-speed automatic).
Interior & Audio Features
Features on the interior of the 2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman include front passenger seat belt alert, manual adjust seats, rear folding seat, and rear under seat storage compartment. Its audio features include a 6-speaker sound system, auxiliary jack input for mobile devices, USB port, remote USB port with charge only option, and Uconnect 3.0 AM/FM. There is an option to upgrade to include a 5.0-inch touchscreen display, GPS antenna input, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, single disc remote CD player, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Uconnect 5.0 AM/FM/BT.