In the past full-size pickup truck manufacturers have always boasted about how much their vehicles can tow or haul – largely at the expense of fuel economy. Now Chrysler has taken a step towards making these vehicles more fuel efficient with the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which has a 28 MPG highway rating – the highest ever achieved by a full-size pickup.
Last year the 2013 Ram 1500 grabbed the title of the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup on the market with its 3.6L V6 engine, which earned a 25 mpg highway rating. Now the 2014 Ram EcoDiesel is giving the truck another title, as it’s even more fuel-efficient than some other smaller pickups on the market.
“The new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is truly in a class of it’s own with 28 MPG and the ability to tow 9200 pounds,” says Reid Bigland, President and CEO Ram Truck Brand. “To put the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in context, it gets 6 mpg better fuel economy than the best F150 Eco-Boost. Overall, the Ram 1500 Eco-Diesel has outstanding pick-up truck capability with compact-car-like fuel economy.”
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is powered by a 3.0L diesel engine that generates 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft. of torque. The engine meets emissions regulations in all 50 states and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.