Used 2014 Ram1500 Express 5.7 Truck Regular Cab

  • VIN: 3C6JR7AT6EG168991
  • Stock: 12057G

Ram 1500
  • Carfax One Owner
  • Certified
Odometer
50,199 miles
Fuel Economy
16.0/23.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Black
Interior Color
Black
Body/Seating
Truck Regular Cab/3 seats
Drivetrain
four-wheel
Engine
5.7L V8 F OHV 16V / 4 WHEEL DIVE

Included Packages & Options

  • Engine: 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT$1,150
    • Dual Rear Exhaust w/Bright Tips
    • Electronically Controlled Throttle
    • GVWR: 6,350 lbs
    • Heavy Duty Engine Cooling
    • Heavy Duty Transmission Oil Cooler
    • Hemi Badge
    • Next Generation Engine Controller
  • Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic$500
    • Tip Start

Highlighted Features

  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Bedliner
  • Trailer hitch receiver
  • Trailer sway control

Dealer Notes

RAMSEY CORP IS HOME OF AUTO LOAN SPECIALIST ! THIS VEHICLE COMES WITH A FREE 3 MONTH WARRANTY; EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE. FAMILY OWNED, NO COMMISSION SALES, NATIONWIDE SHIPPING RATES

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2014 RAM 1500 ST
3C6JR7AT6EG168991
PICKUP 5.7L V8 F OHV 16V
4 WHEEL DIVE
2014 RAM 1500

In the age of expensive pickup trucks, you can still get a great deal for under $30,000 — but in the case of the 2014 Ram 1500 Express, the content you’ll have to sacrifice to get there may be too much.

Pickup trucks are expensive, far more now than they used to be, with the sticker prices of more well-optioned rigs easily topping $70,000. Even average, midlevel versions can go for nearly $50,000 when you start adding options.

The folks at Ram, however, think a good pickup doesn’t have to be so expensive — and to prove it, they built the 2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman/Express. Take a Tradesman body type work truck, add a few appearance items, give it a Hemi V-8 engine and — voila: an attractive, two-door, sporty pickup that just happens to be the least-expensive V-8-powered truck in America. What do you get for the money you do spend? Not much, it turns out — not even some of the basics that people have come to expect in modern vehicles, though that hasn’t stopped the Express trim from being massively popular with Ram customers. Compare the 2013 and 2014 Ram 1500s here.

Styling


The Dodge Ram light-duty truck got an update for the 2013 model year, making it one of the most attractive pickups on the market. The Express is the base version of the truck, so there isn’t much flash. Instead, Ram has made a few cost-careful cosmetic choices to emphasize sportiness. The Express is limited to a few body styles: only regular or quad cab with the 6-foot-4-inch bed, or crew cab with the shorter 5-foot-7-inch bed. The least expensive version is the one I drove: a standard cab with the regular bed, in 4×2 configuration. Despite its being cheap, it looks complete — body-colored bumpers front and back, blacked-out trim, fog lamps and big 20-inch painted wheels don’t make it look like a stripped-down model. There’s very little chrome for a pickup, but it has a custom sport-truck look to it that’s fantastic. Unfortunately, the Express is also built to a price, so things like a spray-in bedliner and a trailer hitch receiver for towing are extra-cost options.

How It Drives


The best part about the Express is what comes under the hood — a 395-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It also pumps out 410 lb-ft of torque, good enough to lay down some massive stripes if smoky burnouts are your thing. Around town, it means instant acceleration and maximum bass through the truck’s exhaust. A recent back-to-back drive with the much more expensive Ford F-150 Tremor and its twin-turbo V-6 engine gave the crown of best-sounding truck to the Ram, hands-down, thanks to that traditional V-8 rumble.

The six-speed automatic shifts with authority but feels clunky and outdated — the optional eight-speed would’ve been smoother, more fuel efficient and would have made the 1500 Express quicker off the line, as well. My test truck came with a 3.92:1 rear axle and a limited-slip differential. The former made acceleration a bit quicker than it might have been, the latter helped put the Hemi’s power down in slippery conditions. Not that the 1500 feels slow by any means; all that power in the smallest, lightest pickup in the Ram stable means the truck flies when you ask it to. It also helps the brakes haul the truck to a stop with considerable force.

Handling is typical for a truck, meaning it’s not going to win any autocross events, but the thick steering wheel is grippy and confidence-inspiring. What stands out much more is how well the 1500 rides — choppier than your average family sedan, of course, but much more relaxed and controlled than most pickups over broken pavement. There’s no bouncing around in here and no unusual chassis movements, just a steady, comfortable ride for three people. It’s quiet, too, keeping the Ram’s occupants very well insulated against wind and road noise. 

Being a pickup, the 1500 Express tows and hauls easily, especially with the big, torquey 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 Jet Skis, a camper trailer, even an automobile. Fuel economy is fair for a two-wheel-drive, V-8 pickup, rated 14/20/16 mpg city/highway/combined. My week with the truck averaged a spot-on 16 mpg in an even mix of city and highway driving.

Interior


Haul yourself up into the cab (there are no side steps) and you’ll plant yourself on a big bench seat — three across, with the center position featuring a fold-down seatback that becomes an armrest, cupholder and storage bin. The driver and passenger seats are plenty comfortable, but I wouldn’t want to test that center seat: Along with a lack of legroom, one has to contend with a thick backrest that just doesn’t look like it would be comfortable for anything more than the quickest jaunt down the street.

At an as-tested price of $28,380 including destination, this is an inexpensive truck — and it’s easy to see where the cost came out. There’s almost nothing in the interior besides the aforementioned bench seat, which can be optionally clad in cloth rather than vinyl.

Stepping inside this truck is like stepping back in time to how trucks used to be: crank windows, manual door locks, manual seats, fixed rear window glass, manual climate control, a column shifter, manual side mirrors and very little in the way of creature comforts. My truck did feature satellite radio as part of a popular equipment group, but the only things “automatic” on the truck are the headlights and the transmission. It will take only a few times having to stretch all the way across the cabin to unlock the passenger door for a friend, or wishing you could reach that door while driving to roll down the window on a hot day, to make you realize that for just $735 more, the Power and Remote Entry Group with power mirrors, locks, windows and a remote key fob would make living with the Express massively easier.

Despite the lack of equipment, the cab is very well-done. The latest Ram pickup interiors are the best in Chrysler history, by far. Even in this stripped-down, entry-level model, material and assembly quality is noticeably good. About the only thing to complain about is the drabness of it all in diesel gray, but with the money you’ve saved getting the Express over a more expensive truck, you can easily spring for some aftermarket leather seat coverings in matching body-colored red to spice things up.

Ergonomics & Electronics


There isn’t much to talk about in the Express in terms of electronics. There’s a standard trip computer in the gauge cluster, which itself is clear and easy to read, but there isn’t even a CD player in there. There is, however, a media hub containing an aux jack, USB port and 12-volt auxiliary power outlet in the fold-down console. In my tester, satellite radio was present thanks to an option package, but there was no Chrysler Uconnect, the company’s excellent multimedia system, at this price. Again, it feels like a throwback to a simpler time, but it does offer an interesting palette for customization.

Cargo


It’s a pickup, so cargo is ostensibly the name of the game, and there’s a full-size 6-foot-4-inch bed behind the cabin that can accommodate anything you might need for towing. Payload is rated at 1,620 pounds, but without an optional spray-in bedliner, practically whatever you put in the cargo box is going to scratch up the paint. The RamBox fender storage system is optional. Storage inside the truck is limited to some space behind the seats, but with two larger cab sizes available (Quad Cab and Crew Cab), the option to have a more capacious cabin is there.

Safety


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Ram 1500 good in every test except the roof-crush strength, where it was rated marginal.

There’s not much in the way of extra safety equipment in the 1500 Express, but the basics are here, like front- and side-impact airbags and stability control. The 2014 Ram 1500 has been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from which it got a mixture of four and five stars throughout the various tests. See the results of the crash tests here and a list of the 1500’s safety equipment here.

Value in Its Class


The Ram 1500 Express justifies its existence right here, in the value category. As equipped, my truck cost $28,380 including a rather hefty $1,195 destination charge (a Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG luxury sedan has a destination charge of $925 and it was shipped here from Germany on a boat, not put on a train from a factory in suburban Detroit). Ram has adjusted prices over the course of this past year, however, with my example now costing $28,630 as-tested rather than the $28,380 seen on its window sticker when I had it.

That’s a pretty good price for a V-8 truck with all the basics you need to get by, but as stated earlier, checking the box for the Power and Remote Entry package still brings you in under $30,000 and makes the Express a much more pleasant truck to live with on a daily basis. Adding the eight-speed automatic would also be a good decision, but strangely it also eliminates your ability to opt for a cloth seat instead of the standard vinyl. Choose your own options on one here.

The Ford F-150 has an STX trim level that does much of what the 1500 Express does: provide an entry-level, relatively inexpensive sporty truck for younger buyers with limited means. It’s more expensive than the 1500 Express and does not include a standard V-8 engine, but it does have more standard equipment, like power windows and locks. Optioning one up to match some of the features of the 1500 Express (V-8 engine, 20-inch alloy wheels, fog lights) does push it well above $32,000, however, giving the value advantage to the Ram.

Over at Chevrolet, there really is no equivalent entry-level sport truck — it’s all about work at this low price. A regular-cab Chevrolet Silverado 4×2 with the 2WT package is roughly equivalent, but like the Ford it does not include a V-8 engine or 20-inch wheels. It does have a more advanced electronics suite, however, with Chevrolet MyLink and satellite radio standard, along with more power equipment than the Ram offers. Neither the Ford nor the Chevy can match the best-in-class Ram’s 5.7-liter V-8’s power and torque, however. Compare all three here.

So yes, you can get a cool truck for under $30,000 these days. But pay a little extra for the convenience touches, and your cool truck will become much more enjoyable.

Detailed Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Driver door bin
  • Front beverage holders
  • Passenger door bin
  • Speed control
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Power steering
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Radio data system
  • Speakers: 6
  • Front seats: bench
  • Max seating capacity: 3
  • Drive type: four-wheel
  • Engine location: front
  • Fuel economy city: 16mpg
  • Fuel economy combined: 19mpg
  • Fuel economy highway: 23mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 26.0gal.
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Mode select transmission
  • Recommended fuel: Regular Unleaded
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Variable valve control
  • Approach angle: 21 deg
  • Departure angle: 26 deg
  • Ground clearance (max): 229mm (9.0")
  • Ground clearance (min): 218mm (8.6")
  • Ramp breakover angle: 19 deg
  • Bedliner
  • Rear cargo: tailgate
  • Rear step bumper
  • Trailer hitch receiver
  • Trailer sway control
  • Exterior body width: 2,017mm (79.4")
  • Exterior height: 1,910mm (75.2")
  • Exterior length: 5,309mm (209.0")
  • Front headroom: 1,024mm (40.3")
  • Front hiproom: 1,598mm (62.9")
  • Front legroom: 1,041mm (41.0")
  • Front shoulder room: 1,676mm (66.0")
  • Passenger volume: 1,784L (63.0 cu.ft.)
  • Turning radius: 6.1m (19.9')
  • Wheelbase: 3,048mm (120.0")
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Display: analog
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Oil pressure gauge
  • Tachometer
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Voltmeter
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Electronic stability
  • Ignition disable
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Overhead airbag
  • Traction control

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

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Overall4.6Out of 5
  • Incredible reliability and comfort

    By ArmyDoc on Thursday, November 09, 2017

    5.0
    My truck has 94K miles. I thought I would trade around 70K miles but could not justify trading until this beast began to fail. It hasnt. Its ride remains very comfortable. The cab is quiet. Has yet to disappoint me on any aspect. I justified new tires, spark plugs and brakes at 93K miles since she just seems to want a few more years with me. I could not be happier.
  • Ram Bighorn Don't Underestimate the V6

    By Rod on Monday, September 23, 2019

    5.0
    I needed a truck that could multitask and provided the best value. Hauling the occasional load of lumber (with the gate down), concrete, bikes, furniture, Jeep parts etc. and also hauling a family of 4 (sometimes 5) comfortably around town and on longer trips. I also kept debating if I needed a V8 or if the V6 would do the job. I recently hauled home a project jeep from 4 hours away and most of my questions were put to rest. It pulled a trailer with a jeep and many extra part loaded in the bed and Jeep (about 6,500lbs) very well. Although mostly highway, I was able to haul at 65 mph, get onto and off ramps with enough throttle and break to blend with traffic. It averaged 16 mpg FULLY loaded. Not bad considering I get 24 mph highway and 16 city. I've put about 20K miles on the truck over the year and have been very happy with almost all aspects from performance to comfort. While I really like the sound and extra power a Hemi might have. The Pentastar has 300 hp and 260 pound feet it is close to spec for past Truck V8s. The 8 speed Torqueflite transmission it has enough mechanical advantage on demand to get the job done well. It also handles great with 250 pounds less over the front axle. The smooth ride rivals other full sized luxury SUVs. All around I've been happy with V6 choice. If you haul trailers over 6,000 lbs on a regular bases go ahead and get the V8 but if you are hauling a couple motorcycles, jet skis, a small boat or small camper (4k-6k lbs) several weekends a year then this is a great balanced powertrain to do the job. As far as value goes, I let someone else take the new car scent. With 24k on the odometer and almost 2 years old as a fleet vehicle, I got great deal. I hope the next 100k miles keep me happy.
  • I LOVE MY RAM!

    By TDMAC on Saturday, June 01, 2019

    5.0
    I have owned over 75 vehicles, cars, trucks, crossovers, vans, SUV's, almost every brand, but ...NEVER a Dodge product. Granted, this 2018 RAM (purchased brand new in 2018) has only 25,000 on its first year birthday, so it's still relatively unproven to me, BUT, I LOVE THIS TRUCK! I get tons of compliments on the truck, the color and the overall look (I wash it 2-3 times weekly)...Big Horn, Crew Cab, 5.7 HEMI...I have been in the auto business for years, most recently selling Chevrolet which was a challenge for me. During Silverado customer test drives I felt like I was in a stagecoach compared to my RAM. Steering the Silverado compared to the RAM was amazingly different and the RAM Ride was like a limo! The Chevrolet was most difficult to steer, the RAM, easy, easy! Both well built trucks but the RAM...well, let's just say...I won't ever be buying a Chevrolet. I will return at 50,000 miles for another review update and thereafter continue my reviews.... I own a lifetime bumper-to-bumper warranty good up to 999,999 miles...I fully rust proofed it, interior, exterior protection, so I plan to drive this RAM into oblivion and back! Stay tuned and have confidence in considering a RAM!
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