The 2014 Ram 1500 HFE pick-up truck is one of the best pick-ups you can find today. The wide range of engines and the modular design means that everyone can find a truck for themselves. 2014 Ram 1500 HFE is one of the best pick up truck solutions. The guys from RAM though wanted to take this a step closer to a modern pick-up, so they introduced the 2014 Ram 1500 HFE With Stop-Start System hybrid.
2014 Ram 1500 HFE Engine and Performance
This car is basically the smallest version of RAM there is (the short bed, 2 door model) with an improved 3.6 liter V6 Pentastar engine that will be around 20% more efficient than the previous 3.7 liter unit. Also, thanks to a Start/Stop system, the Ram will get you around 17MPG in the city and as much as 25 MPG on the highway. How is this possible? Well, the engine is mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission on which the two gears at the top are basically two overdrive gears.
The engine has 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for what this truck is intended for. The Start/Stop system works as intended. If you press the breaks while at a traffic light, the engine will stop but all the commodities in the cabin (AC, radio or even the interior lights) will still work uninterrupted. As soon as you take your foot of the brake, the engine will come back to life and you’ll be able to continue your journey. This is said to reduce fuel consumption by up to 5%.
Other improvements over the previous generation include a better drag coefficient (of 0.36) and better use of materials. The hood is now made out of aluminium and thanks to this is around 26 pounds lighter than the one on the previous model. This and other improvements make the 2014 Ram HFE almost 130 pounds lighter than the normal model.
Pricing wise, the HFE is in a pretty good spot. Considering the fact that the base model of the Ram costs around 25 thousand dollar and the better model, the SLT is almost 30 thousand, the 29 thousand dollars price-tag on the HFE is great. Also, thanks to better equipment level than the Base model (almost the same equipment as on the SLT) and better fuel economy, the HFE is a great adition to the lineup.
The only drawback of the Ram HFE is the fact that you can have it in a single variant. Short bed with 2 door cab. This and the fact that you get a payload rating of just over 1400 pounds and a towing rating of just 4750 pounds put it in a tight spot!