2014 Ram 1500

Base Price: $25,580-$52,605

Body Type: Full-size

MINOR: After receiving a new base engine and class-exclusive 8A for 2013, the hits keep coming for the Ram 1500 for 2014, with wider availability of the eight-speed automatic on the 5.7L Hemi V-8. But the biggest news is the debut of the 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 shared with the Grand Cherokee. Producing 240 hp and a stout 420 lb-ft of torque, the class-exclusive option promises to offer a compelling combination of capability and economy.

Look For: Class-leading fuel economy with diesel engine.

Sum Up: Ram gives half-ton customers the power of choice.


2014 Ram 1500
Base Engine 3.6L/305-hp/269-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engines 3.0L/240-hp/420-lb-ft t’diesel V-6; 5.7L/395-hp/407-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A/8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-19/19-27 mpg*
0-60 mph 5.5-8.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 4200-10,450 lb/1100-1950 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 4-6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 Ram Cargo Van

Base Price: $22,355

Body Type: Compact Commercial Van

UNCHANGED: The Ram C/V is essentially a gutted, panel-sided Dodge Grand Caravan. It’s the brand’s placeholder offering until a version of the Fiat Doblo, rumored to carry the ProMaster City moniker, makes its way stateside. Expect the ProMaster City to debut sometime in calendar-year 2014 as a 2015 model. To help move the 2014 C/V off lots, Ram cut the price by $1105 to $22,355 compared with the 2013 model.

Look For: Ram C/V’s Doblo-based replacement in about a year.

Sum Up: Ram’s lame-duck small cargo van.


2014 Ram Cargo Van
Base Engine 3.6L/283-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17/25 mpg
0-60 mph 8.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 3600/1800 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7 rear cam: O BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 37%
*estimated


2014 Ram HD

Base Price: $30,695-$67,175

Body Type: Full-size

UNCHANGED: Following last year’s torque bump of up to 850 lb-ft on the 6.7-liter Cummins, enabling a colossal 30,000-lb maximum towing capacity, Ram 2500 models get a coil and optional air spring rear suspension, and a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 option for $1495. The 2014 Power Wagon model promises to be one of the best ever, with the axle articulation afforded by the four-wheel coils, and the optional bigger Hemi.

Cool Fact: The Ram HD still offers the 6.7L diesel with a six-speed manual.

Sum Up: Ram keeps the improvements coming.


2014 Ram HD
Base Engine 5.7L/383-hp/400-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engines 6.4L/410-hp/429-lb-ft V-8; 6.7L/350-385-hp/660-850-lb-ft t’diesel I-6
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A/6M
EPA Econ City/Hwy Not rated
0-60 mph 8.0-10.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 10,500-30,000/1500-6750 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated


2014 Ram ProMaster

Base Price: $29,625-$37,145

Body Type: Full-size Commercial Van

ALL-NEW: The Ram ProMaster replaces the Mercedes-engineered Sprinter that once wore Dodge badges. With a unique-for-the-segment front-drive configuration, the ProMaster design gives the van a lower load floor than the Sprinter or the 2014 Ford Transit. A 280-hp 3.6L V-6 is the base engine, with an available 174-hp 3.0L I-4 turbodiesel with 295 lb-ft of torque. No factory passenger-van configuration is planned for now.

Look For: Configurations for just about every business need.

Sum Up: Ugly but supremely functional.


2014 Ram ProMaster
Base Engine 3.6L/280-hp/258-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/174-hp/295-lb-ft t’diesel I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD 6M/6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy Not rated
0-60 mph 10.0-12.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 5100/3500-5150 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6 rear cam: O BMS: N/A
*estimated


2014 Toyota Tacoma

Base Price: $18,985-$32,155

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: Sad news for performance fans: The X-Runner grade has been discontinued. However, a new appearance package is now available. On Pre-Runners and base grades, there’s an optional SR package: color-matched exterior (fenders, door handles, bumpers, side mirrors, and grille surround), smoked headlights, and available foglights. It’s only offered in Pyrite, Spruce, and Nautical Blue.

Driver’s Choice: If you want off-road gear and sweet looks, get the

Sum Up: It’s the best-selling compact/midsize for a reason.


2014 Toyota Tacoma
Base Engine 2.7L/159-hp/180-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 4.0L/236-hp/266-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5M/6M/4A/5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-21/19-25 mpg
0-60 mph 6.8-8.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 3400-6500/1200-1550 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 65%
*estimated


2014 Toyota Tundra

Base Price: $26,915-$48,315

Body Type: Full-size

MAJOR: The next-gen Tundra uses carryover engines, but there have been plenty of improvements. The truck has received a somewhat conservative restyle and a new trim level. In addition to SR, SR5, Limited, and Platinum, there’s the new Western-themed 1794 to compete with the Ram Laramie Longhorn, Silverado High Country, and F-150 King Ranch.

Cool Fact: The 1794 Edition was named in honor of the JLC cattle ranch, founded in 1794 where the Tundra plant is located.

Sum Up: Not the big seller the company hoped for.


2014 Toyota Tundra
Base Engine 4.0L/270-hp/278-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engines 4.6L/310-hp/327-lb-ft V-8; 5.7L/381-hp/401-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5A/6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-16/17-20 mpg
0-60 mph 6.7-9.1 sec*
Tow/Payload 4500-10,400/1450-2100 lb*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: S; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 62%
*estimated