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Old 10-18-2013, 10:15 AM
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I'm in the process of deciding which new pickup truck to order (Dodge-oops, Ram , Chevy or Ford). Though I have been unable to get a 2014 brochure from any of several Ram dealerships as yet, I did read the following excerpt from a recent review of the Ram truck: "...The Ram 1500 is the first non-hybrid pickup with auto-stop, which saves fuel by shutting the engine off when the truck is at a standstill!..."
Is this so-called "feature" standard equipment or even an option on the Ram (I have read a lot of reviews on the new Ram truck and this is the first time I've ever seen "auto-stop" mentioned)? I'm pretty sure that I don't want anything to do with auto-stop and it could well be a deal-breaker for me.
Thanks for any information about Ram and auto-stop.
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Only the HFE trim comes standard with the Start/Stop system, not an availble option on the other RAM trims.
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You can download a 2014 Brochure from RamTrucks: here is the link:

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Buy the Chevy and then report back to us what a huge mistake you made.
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Don't laugh - but what does HFE mean when referring to the "HFE Trim"? Guess this verifies I am a newcomer.
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I believe its High Fuel Efficiency or something along the lines. Its only available in regular cab 2wd. Its really for fleet use more than anything else. If you want the best price/mpg. I would go with a ram with the 3.6 and 3.21 rear end. 2WD of course will get better than 4wd. I have the 3.6 with 3.55 and 4wd (with on/off road tires). I average 19 - 20 MPG mix of country, hwy and city driving. I am very happy with it. I believe 4wd 3.21, I could get 20 - 22. 2WD 3.21 22 - 24.
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This information is correct. The stop/start feature was going to be in every Ram with the 8 speed but the final results turned out and the MPG gain was... pretty sad.

That being said they scrapped the idea and put it on only one trim level of Ram. The HFE model is really just their MPG numbers truck. I have yet to see one in person.

Overall though good luck checking out the competition.

Things that I chose Ram over the other two were mainly more creature comforts.

Passive keyless enter and go, rain sensitive windshield wipers, heated rear seats, front and rear sensors(I know Chevrolet has this but ford does not to my knowledge), and finally more bang for your buck.

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GM used to have it as an option a few years ago. It was a bit of a nuisance, particularly when doing three point turns. The engine would shut off just when you were trying to make the quick transition from Drive to Reverse and back again. Almost had one roll into a ditch because of it.
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My question was answered and I appreciate all of those who took the time to share their information. I'm new to this forum and it's clear to me already that there are some very knowledgeable members on board.

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Buy the Chevy and then report back to us what a huge mistake you made.
When I'm in the market for a new vehicle (or a new toaster, for that matter), I try to keep an open mind, skyhop, and I do a lot of research before making my choice. No need for you to have any angst over what my final decision might be. And yes, though I'm leaning toward the Ram right now, the Chevrolet (and Ford) are still "in the running". Having owned all three brands over the years, I'm of the opinion (especially in recent times) that each offer some particular merit for individual buyers and that none pose a "huge mistake" for anybody.
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