4 Benefits of Buying a Used Ram 1500
There are many benefits to owning a used Ram 1500 in Colorado Springs, CO, — in particular, a model from 2014. Not only are you getting a truck that’s still new enough to afford you most of the latest safety and performance features Ram has to offer, but also a truck that has long lasting durability with affordable repairs and parts. The best part? You can grab all these benefits for less than the price of a new 2016 Ram 1500.
2014 is a sweet spot for Ram 1500 models; new enough to get modern benefits, and just old enough to save a decent amount of money off the original price.
Long Lasting Durability With Affordable Parts
Just because a model is considered used doesn’t mean it’s any less reliable, which is a common misconception many people have about used vehicles. If properly cared for, most used vehicles can hit over 200,000 miles. That means a used truck from 2014, made by a legendary company like Ram, will still be found in phenomenal shape.
Along with long lasting durability, and the reliability of the brand backing it, the 2014 Ram 1500 makes for a great truck to grab if you are on a tight budget. Even better, the initial purchase of the truck isn’t the only savings you’ll experience — it’s also the availability of affordable parts.
Since it’s from 2014, it’s still new enough (and shares a very similar design) with the 2016 model featured on today’s market. If you need a part, chances are a part that once belonged to a 2014 or 2015 model, or a even brand new one for the 2016 model will fit just fine. Come to think of it, besides the addition of a diesel powertrain and discontinuation of an engine option, the Ram 1500 as a whole hasn’t changed much since it’s redesign and exclusive re-release under Ram’s name in 2009.
The reliability of an abundance of inexpensive parts, along with the Ram 1500’s already stellar durability, makes for a winning combination.
Excellent Overall Safety
Along with modern parts and durability, the 2014 Ram 1500 also has great overall safety. Apart from it’s average four or five star safety rating from the NHTSA, it also has an abundance of safety features on board.
The standard safety features go above and beyond most of those found on trucks and cars from 2014, while still covering all the basics. The general safety features found on the Ram 1500 are four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, and front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Ones that aren’t found on many other vehicles include trailer sway control and hill start assist. Typically, hill start assist is an optional feature on base model vehicles, and the trailer sway is a necessity for safe towing in a modern world.
Some other safety features that are standard or optional (depending on the trim) are a rearview camera and front/rear parking sensors. Any models that are equipped with Uconnect access have Ram’s telematics system that immediately connects you to 911 in an emergency situation — and this telematics service also offers stolen vehicle tracking.
Most of these 2014 safety features are still found in the 2016 models, a lasting testament to their effectiveness at preventing, protecting, or responding to a collision. When it comes the 1500, just because you are buying used doesn’t mean you are compromising modern safety features.
An Above-Average Driving Experience
A major factor for the 2014 Ram 1500’s above average performance when compared to other used trucks rests in its engines. The two gas-powered engines and diesel engine receive nothing but praise from car review experts like Edmunds, and the ride quality is indicative of its above-average performance.
3.0-liter Diesel V6
The main attraction in 2014 was the introduction of the Ram 1500’s optional diesel engine. During that year, this was the only light-duty truck that offered a diesel powertrain option, and it created an upset with the other companies competing in the light-duty truck game. The 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 engine is rated at 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, with a maximum towing capacity of 9,200 pounds, and a possible best EPA-estimated rating of 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Even though the acceleration might be on the slow side compared to the gas engines, Edmunds said the diesel engine provides just as smooth of a driving experience as the gas-powered engines, and has no trouble picking up the slack when towing a heavier load. Plus, that fuel saving experience because of diesel technology blows the competition out of the water.
The standard 3.6-liter V6 engine generates 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, which allows it to tow up to a modest 7,450 pounds when properly equipped, and a possible best EPA-estimated rating of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg combined, which is right on par for a truck this size. Compared to most other trucks, this base V6 provides a smooth and quiet power delivery, coupled with strong acceleration, which means you don’t need to pay extra for a better engine on a higher trim — a marketing ploy that’s all too common with vehicles on the modern market.
With a 5.7-liter V8 putting out 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, the towing capacity gets bumped up to 10,450 pounds, with an EPA rating of 14 mpg city and 20 mpg combined. Expectedly low fuel economy for a V8 engine providing that type of towing capacity, but still average against the other V8s from the same model year. While the towing capacity, admittedly, falls slightly below other trucks of this size, it’s not a deal-breaker. The fact that it’s able to provide smooth and on-demand performance while in city traffic or merging onto a highway is amazing for a V8 engine.
Apart from the diesel engine returning slightly slower speeds than a gas model variant, the 2014 Ram 1500 is one of the few vehicles that experts like Edmunds give all-around praise to as far as power, handling, efficiency, capability, and the overall driving experience.
Grab it All For Less
Finally, putting the cherry on top of this sundae is the price. According to Edmund’s price calculator, the average price within 500 miles of Colorado Springs for a 2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman with over 30k miles (and equipped with some optional features) is only $21,349, which is almost $5,000 less than what you’d pay for a new Tradesman with no optional features.
A price that low for a truck in almost new condition, featuring the same great reliability, performance, and safety as the 2016 model, is a deal that’s hard to pass up.