Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year award is one of the most coveted honors in the automotive industry. Since 1970, the automotive publication has been choosing the truck that was the biggest game-changer, but the honor never went to the same truck two years in a row. That’s changed now, with the Ram 1500 being crowned the 2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year just a year after taking home the prize in 2013.
Thanks to the all-new 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel powerplant, the Ram 1500 put up big numbers in observed fuel economy, without sacrificing any of its capability. Impressive torque gave testers reason to praise the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, and Motor Trend said, “That’s the brilliance of this truck: It never feels like it’s trying. The gas-powered trucks spend more time hunting for gears and revving at engine speeds the diesel will never see.” And the Ram 1500 continues to lead the class in just about every category they tested, making it a shoo-in for the win. Be sure to read the rest of the Motor Trend write-up to see how editors put the competitors through their paces and determined the winner.
We’ve got a great selection of Ram 1500 models at our New Hampshire Ram dealership, and we’re expecting the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to start arriving early next year, so be sure to drop by and test out this workhorse of a pickup for yourself! There’s no doubt in our minds that the Ram 1500 is by far and away the best truck on the market, and we are confident you’ll feel the same once you get behind the wheel.
Marked by slim, slanting headlights and a curved waterfall grille, the daring design of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee midsize SUV has prompted strong reactions from auto journalists since its debut at the New York International Auto Show in March. However, it is the opinions of SUV buyers that will ultimately determine the success of the Cherokee, and they purchased more than 10,000 units of the model last month, helping Jeep earn its best-ever November sales.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee instantly became the brand’s third-best-selling model in its first full month on sale, trailing behind only the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Wrangler, the latter of which achieved a record November of its own with a 14 percent sales increase year-over-year. Meanwhile, the Jeep Patriot compact SUV also saw its best-ever November tally, selling 5,148 units for a 23 percent rise compared to November 2012. Overall, Jeep sales were up by 30 percent year-over-year last month, totaling more than 45,000 units in the United States.
“Jeep took a chance by stepping outside of its comfort zone with the aggressive design of the new Cherokee, and so far, the SUV appears to be strongly resonating with buyers,” said Brian Duval, general manager of Concord, New Hampshire Jeep dealership Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. “Not only do Cherokee owners get Jeep’s most modern design yet, but they also receive excellent fuel economy without losing the brand’s signature capability for navigating New England’s crazy winters.”
Housing a standard 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 four-cylinder engine, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee returns up to 31 mpg on the highway while offering a best-in-class range of up to 490 miles between fill-ups. For snow-ready driving, buyers can opt for one of three new four-wheel-drive systems, while the most dedicated adventurers can go with the Trail Rated Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, which features a one-inch factory lift, skid plates, signature red tow hooks and Jeep Active Drive Lock with locking rear differential.