2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge: One-Ton Video

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We knew putting together a one-ton comparison test wasn't going to be easy, but we knew it was time to get the big boys of the pickup truck world back together to see who sits at the top of the heap.

We spent two weeks on the road, testing every day, putting three one-ton crew-cab 4x4 turbo-diesel HD pickups through a series of 19 different head-to-head competitions. In the end, the final point totals were amazingly close. Think of this video as a followup to our 2014 Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge full story; it contains some great footage and information about each competitor's strengths and weaknesses.

And in case you missed our 2014 Ultimate Three-Quarter-Ton HD Challenge when it went live last month, click here.

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Great job ram!

•The Ram 2500/3500 pickup gets its minor refresh in 2016, with its major redesign happening in 2018.
•The chassis cab truck platforms gets a minor update in 2016, with a major redesign in 2018, following the 2500/3500 HD pickup plan.


The ALL NEW 2018 Power Wagon is on my shopping list!

I'm waiting for the 2018 Rams.

2018 will work for me.

I didn't want to let my Ram go; hands down the best truck I've ever owned and has been without flaws.

So I'm planning on keeping my Ram. Then get me one of the all new 2018 3/4 ton Rams..

I'm going to wait, too. I'll be first in line when they reveal the 2018 Ram HD.

The Ram Brand Product Action:

Looks like there will be a lot of people waiting for the new 2018 Ram HD!





All HDs across the Big 2 and the Fiats will have to have a major refresh in or by 2018.

The refresh you talk of will be instigated by US government regulations regarding FE, emissions, etc.

This is why the Big 2 and Fiat should be aware of the Titan and Tundra when they come out with their V8 ISV Cummins pickups.

I do think they will emulate what the original HDs were all about.

Many prospective HD buyers will find these very attractive replacement vehicles over the Ford, GM, Fiat HDs.

Maybe Toyota and Nissan have made a very wise move.

During the 2018 business plan presentations for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) annual investor’s meeting earlier this week in Auburn Hills, Mich., Reid Bigland, President and CEO of the company’s Ram Truck Brand, shared the progress the brand has made over the past few years since it became a stand-alone brand in 2009.

From the FCA presentation it was clear the Ram Truck brand’s goal of being the market leader of best-in-class fuel economy, power, payload and towing numbers was going to continue into the future.

No surprise as those elements are very near and dear to pickup owners whether recreational or work truck.

It was also no surprise that Bigland gave his competitors and Ram buyers a head’s-up that the 1500s would see a “major update” in 2017 and the following year the HDs get their time in the spotlight.

So just what would be a “major update?” Well, that almost always entails a significant change in the grille, chassis and interior. Will we see a full-on adjustable air suspension as standard in the 2017-2018 trucks? I think that’s a distinct possibility.

Better seats, more legroom and better use of interior space for cargo storage is also usually in the cards. Ram has been leading the way in cool storage ideas such as the Rambox. Wonder if they’ll add under bed storage and a slide-out loading ramp in the 2017 1500s? That’d be slick.

I’d also say the odds are good Ram rolls out a production model of the 5500 Long Hauler as part of the 2018 HD update. It was a hit when they unveiled the concept truck in 2012 and would give them a decided advantage over everyone else in a truly big heavy-duty pickup.

But the biggest update I see coming will be in staying ahead of the competitors in fuel economy and power.

It’s very possible that three years from now Ram Truck will be offering 10-speed automatics out of their Tipton, Ind. Transmission Plant mated to some CNG-injected diesel hybrid big-block from the VM Motori side of the world or, if relations stay strong, with Cummins.

Imagine a 600hp/1,000 lb.-ft. torque diesel/LPG or diesel/CNG hybrid that gets 30mpg on the road and 20mpg towing. The technology is there and who knows how advanced it’ll be in another couple years. It’s just a matter of how important those numbers are in Ram Truck’s quest to remain best-in-class.

Add in start-stop technology, advanced cylinder deactivation, more advanced aerodynamics and you have the makings of some great fuel economy and power options.

Now figure in an all-aluminum body like the next generation F-150s. Saving weight increases fuel economy, increases payload and towing capacity. It’s a triple bonus.

Ram is good at both and using aluminum and other light, strong materials would do just that.

During the FCA meeting an analyst asked about an aluminum-body pickup in 2017, to which FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said, ”We’ll make the deadline. We can do aluminum in ’17.We have the technology in-house.”

I don’t know what Ram Truck is planning. Auto manufacturers keep such “future product” plans close to the vest.

But you can bet I’ll be paying very close attention to every concept pickup Ram Truck rolls out from now until the day we actually get to see the production 2017 Ram 1500 and 2018 Ram HDs. I’ll also be watching what new diesel technology VM Motori and Cummins are playing with overseas. You should as well.

Exciting times ahead for sure.

@HEMI V8, A “major update” will be due for both the 1500 and commercial light duty trucks for 2017.

A “major update” will be performed for the HD truck line in 2018, a year after the light duty line is redesigned.

Chrysler wants to keep its popular Ram pickups fresh.

I thought you were going to buy a Power Wagon as soon as they are available.

I hope you are serious, because if you're just saying stuff, you make the rest of the Ram guys here look stupid.

He's been buying one since I can remember.

Earlier this year he stated he was getting one this July, but that never eventuated.

He's just an 8th grader or a retard or both.

Leave him alone.

I guess it proves that brains are more important then brawn. Why to go GM. The smarter choice for towing.

@BAFO, I don't see one post i have made before this one. Do you?

Who is the retard?

@Hemi monster, I am for sure buying three new 2014 Chrysler vehicles.

#1 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

#2 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

#3 Ram Power Wagon.

Lol... right.

May as well throw a Viper or couple other Fiats in there, maybe a small island and a trip to Mars on a date with Marissa Miller.

@Dav - HemiV8 claims to be recovering from severe trauma due to a work related fall. He had stated that his employer has erected safety barriers that were not to proper safety code.

If anything the lawyer handling the case will be the one buying a Viper, and a collection of Fiats.

Zero gravity with a woman with big boobs sounds like fun ;)

@Hemi V8, 2014 Ram stopped production and the 2015 started last month. Hellcat is a 2015.


Are you going to wait to 2015?

Hemi V8 hasn't worked since he first posted here 4 years ago. Don't settle for anything less than $10 million.

I am for sure buying three new 2014 Chrysler vehicles.

#1 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

#2 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

#3 Ram Power Wagon.
Posted by: HEMI V8 | Sep 5, 2014 9:37:38 PM

@HEMI V8, Sweet! Looks like I need to get into the HVAC business.

Trial date is this month. These vehicles minus the jeep (wife) are a present to myself for all the hell, pain, suffering, mental frustration i have experienced these last 2 1/2 years.




you guys were following one another way to close at highway speeds carrying that much weight, if the first one had to brake hard all 3 trucks would of been wrecked

Legendary and proven Ram trucks have always been founded on guts and built for glory.


Defective 2014 Ford F-250 with proof with picture!

Congrats on the win Chevy, sorry Ford, second is your destiny. Why did Lamb show up? Last place.

@Lou, "If anything the lawyer handling the case will be the one buying a Viper, and a collection of Fiats."

You got that right. He already sold his viper. Has a G.T. 40, McLaren, and two Bentleys. He is supposed to be the best from what multiple Dr.s have told me. At forty percent he is the only one winning.

All HDs across the Big 2 and the Fiats will have to have a major refresh in or by 2018.
Posted by: Big Al from Oz | Sep 5, 2014 7:10:27 PM

Who cares when Fiat is gonna have a refresh. They don't make trucks for NA market.

Try to be civil to your fellow blog readers.
Stay on topic. We want to hear your opinions and thoughts, but please only comment about the specified topic in the blog post.

Congratulations to GM and RAM. Better 1 ton trucks than Ford.

And in FIRST place GMC Duramax!

How sweet it is!!


@hemiV8 - you might need to save some of your winnings to pay for a proctologist.......... 40%.
Who's side is he one?

Good luck.

Congrats GM for the 1st place showing and the way you gave it to Ford and Ram! and while looks are an acquired taste, and subjective, the numbers do not lie! Ram does make the nicest looking truck inside and out, and Ford? well lets just say they do make a tough truck.

Will anyone build a pickup that can take away the crown from GM's HD trucks. I DOUBT IT!!!

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