The current-generation Ram 1500 is entering its fifth year on the market, but Ram's half-ton truck is not showing its age whatsoever. While we continue to wait for the fuel economy figures for the all-new EcoDiesel V6, Ram has released towing figures for trucks equipped with this new engine, as well as models fitted with the upgraded gasoline-powered V6.

The EcoDiesel – a $2,850 option – will help the Ram compete with V8-powered trucks with its max towing capacity of 9,200 pounds, which is just 50 pounds shy of the 2013 Ram 1500 with the 5.7-liter V8. The true benefit here is that the diesel should return impressive fuel economy in the process, and even though official estimates have yet to be released, Chrysler has promised that it will achieve more than 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

But even with the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, upgrades to the eight-speed automatic transmission have resulted in an increase in towing capacity, now up to 7,450 pounds. This number is expected to be best in class for base-engine trucks.
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Ram Announces New EcoDiesel Max Towing Number

2014 Ram 1500 Achieves New Best-in-class Tow Rating for V-6 Gasoline Pickups

- 2014 Ram 1500 with 305 horsepower Pentastar V-6 tows 7,450 lbs., topping all base V-6 engines in the segment

- More robust parking system components inside the exclusive 8-speed transmission allow for greater tow rating

- 3.0-liter EcoDiesel towing capacity rated at 9,200 lbs. - approaching large V-8 capability

- No direct competitor for new Ram 1500 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel with best-in-class fuel economy that will exceed the current title holder, Ram's 3.6-liter V-6 gas engine at 25 MPG

The capability race is far from over. The 2014 Ram 1500 takes top spot in V-6 towing capacity at 7,450 lbs. To reach the best-in-class number, Ram powertrain engineers added a more robust parking gear to the exclusive 8-speed TorqueFlite 8 for a higher capacity rating.

"There was more towing capacity in the V-6 Ram 1500 but we needed to upgrade the transmission to hold the truck and trailer when parked on steep grades," said Mike Cairns - Chief Engineer, Ram Truck. "Now that we're building the transmissions ourselves, the improvements are included in the new assembly. "

Ram also finalized the maximum towing number for the exclusive Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. In a 2WD, two-door, long bed configuration, the new EcoDiesel will tow up to 9,200 lbs. The new diesel engine approaches much larger displacement V-8 towing capability with a small but powerful 3.0-liter V-6 and best-in-class fuel efficiency of better than 25 MPG on the highway.


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      Jeff Gilleran
      • 1 Year Ago
      rtttack, Yes, am well aware of some of the high cost parts with Diesel. ;-) That was not my point in my posts. My point was that overall, the costs tend to be lower in general operation with Diesel engines, which with someone that actually uses their truck, and averages at least 12-15K a year, fuel cost savings alone outweigh any issues by and large. I also mentioned, warranty takes care of any problems for several years of use, leaving this a moot point. Complaints aside.. that forces the Automaker to improve any negative issues with the consumer. As far as with out of warranty situations? They will for sure, vary. Most consumers will recirculate their "problem children" and either buy new, or say how bad the experience was. If you can afford a 40-50K truck in the first place and actually work your truck, then you don't really care all that much as long as there isn't a ton of down time. These trucks of today, 5 years from now will be on the market as used vehicles with any inherent design flaws. They will also buy "aftermarket kits" that will improve emission issues, that will come available by people looking to take advantage of any OEM mistakes, and the greatly reduced cost over brand new. Nothing is perfect, but Diesel has both advantages and disadvantages. Its also why I said "take your pick". ;-)
        metusmetu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jeff Gilleran
        You also might want to look at this way Jeff, most diesel vehicles "I know of" (p/u trucks) come with a 100K drivetrain warranty these days, and in the past. They don't warranty them that long for no reason. Means they're built to last, if you take care of them.
      MeLikey
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will buy this truck. I really like that we can finally have this sensible engine in a half ton. Power where you need it in a vehicle of this size and weight. However....why do they have to give these things names like ecodiesel, ecoboost. Its not very manly and it makes you sound like a damn treehugger. I know thay are trying to appeal to a wider audience. But lets get real, no Pious....I mean Prius driver ;-) is ever going to say "I think Ill have me one of those". I wish they would put a Cummins badge on it instead. How about Cummins LD (Light Duty) or something like that so we dont feel like we have been castrated by the greenies.
      MeLikey
      • 1 Year Ago
      .....but at least they seem to have spared us a green leaf on the side of the truck.
      TONY P.
      • 1 Year Ago
      My two-cents worth on this is simply that they should be putting an updated and upgraded version of the 4BT in the 1500. Then it would BE a Cummins ! Can I get an AMEN !
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good Job FIAT
      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beyond a certain point, maximum towing capacity of a 1/2 ton is marketing fluff. How it works towing a 4-7000 lb load (typical boat/camper/car-trailer) is what's really important. While it may not have best-in-class max rating, this model may be best-in-class for hauling that kind of load, especially when you factor in mpg.
        Old Dude
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gary
        That sounds like what people say about the VW's TDI engines. Just oh-so much wishful thinking, so many unsupported, shady and completely inaccurate claims about MPG, reliability, longevity, operating costs and performance. Gary, don't brush off the HEMI's tow rating in order to jazz up the Ecodiesel's rating. Just face the fact that Hemi is rated to tow more. If you're going to justify spending several grand more for a diesel, don't image things, don't distort numbers, don't delude yourselves, just be certain and honest about it.
      Chris Zeidler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still didn't see any reference to the new (2010) SAE J2807 standardized towing test that only Toyota has abided. No credibility when it comes to "domestic trucks*" *Not all are made by Americans 😊
        mitytitywhitey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris Zeidler
        Toyota still makes that awful truck?
          Jack
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          Sheldon, you're being selective. The Tundra's won many awards and placed well in many other comparisons in the past. But really, why should anyone care? What cars have you owned? Are they all "car or truck of the year" winners? If someone loves their ride, that's all that's important, not anyone else's stupid opinions.
          T228
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          It's not an awful truck, you're just being ignorant. I have overt 120,000 miles on my '08, and I think it's a great, reliable truck. I use it mostly for work, but it has not shown its age at all. No oil leaks, no funny noises, everything works, does everything I ask it to without fail. I've owned every make of truck. No truck is perfect, and they all have their strengths and weaknesses, but the Tundra has been great to me. The Tundra is certainly not an awful truck.
          Jack
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          Yes, and that "awful truck" has seen an increase in sales.
          teh_4rd_humper_deep_sheman
          @mitytitywhitey
          Oh, I see what level we're at now. It's an awful, girly, sticky, doodie, poopie head truck. American trucks are for grown, mature men like us!
          caddy-v
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          Correction: It's an awful girley mans truck.
          kb
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          Caddy and Whitey, stop being so narrow-minded and insecure.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          Pick a test and put the Tundra up against any other full size truck. They will all do the same things. Is the Tundra class leading in anything? Nope, but if you took the badges off all of them and ran them they would all fit what 99.9% of truck buyers need to do. Sure do they lack some features/higher spec trim levels the way others do, sure. But they don't sell in quantities to really warrant having 18 different trim levels. If you're looking to spend under $40k for a new truck you're hard pressed to get as much for the money with the other guys as you do with the Tundra. Gas mileage does suck though. And sure if someone wanted an F150 Limited or something it's going to fall short when comparing the fancy models. Besides, I'm not sure how towing the same and being the fastest half ton pickup on the market makes it a girly truck. Most people that complain about how awful it is don't even own a truck.
      threefortyduster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Best thing I see in this article is that they tell you how they were able to increase the max tow rating for the V6. This is one of those things that people were thinking the numbers were just going up for no reason (and for a few years, they were), now they detail their changes. As far as 9200 is concerned, anyone who actually tows 10k+ with a half ton needs a 3/4 ton. I have an 11 Ram 1500 rated at 10,250 (hemi, 3.92) and the truck just doesn't weigh enough to pull that type of weight around, and in reality, it is limited by payload capacity, since 10% of 10,250 is 1025 lbs of tongue weight. My max payload is 16xx. Doesn't leave much room for error. But, let's be real. Most of the half tons do what mine does, drives to and from work every day and hauls trailers on the weekend, usually under 4000 lbs, with the occasional bigger trailer. The heaviest mine has pulled is around 7k, and done it many times, but the majority of my miles are unloaded driving around town, so for that, I'll take these sweet riding coils any time. Hopefully when my truck is paid off, the diesel 1500s won't be priced so far out of whack that I'll be able to get one with air suspension.
        TrueDat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @threefortyduster
        my dad has towed almost 10,000 lbs with his F150. he said it was very uncomfortable and it completely toasted his brakes, lol. even though it's rated for 11,000 plus, doesn't mean it's safe.
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Americans should be proud of they quality and engineering know how that has led to the intense competition between American pickup brands and the resulting product. We could argue about which of Ram, Chevy/GM or Ford is best, but we can sure agree, they are all very good. As a Chrysler guy, I'd give the edge to Ram, but that's based mostly on my bias, but I know Ram has given me ample ammunition to back that up. Proof positive is the aforementioned Ram in this article. No doubt Ram has made this a darn good truck and a clear competitive choice in the market place, if not the best choice in it's class. As a committed lifelong Chrysler guy, this Ram gives me reasonable confidence that the right thinking is going on at corporate, that the right commitments in capital and resources are being made and that the new product coming down for guys like me who only buy Chrysler products will be as good or better than the competition like this Ram. Great job guys, keep it coming it's good for everyone.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's four diesel articles on ABG. When did diesel become 'green'?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great job.
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