Not long ago, 28 miles per gallon would have been a perfectly fantastic highway fuel economy rating on the window sticker of a midsize sedan, and here we are just a few years later, with a fullsize pickup laying claim to the very same number. According to Chrysler, the EPA has certified its 2014 Ram 1500 with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 at that lofty number – a figure, not incidentally, that's better than anything available from the industry's midsize trucks. The drop-shouldered pickup gets a combined city/highway rating of 23 mpg, as well. All-in, the diesel six-cylinder churns up 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque dispensed exclusively through Chrysler's excellent eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic, a combination good for up to 9,200 pounds of towing capacity.

Understandably, Ram President and CEO Reid Bigland isn't missing the opportunity to thumb Ram's nose at its crosstown rivals: "To put the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in context, it gets six mpg better fuel economy than the best [Ford] F-150 EcoBoost. Overall, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has outstanding pickup truck capability with compact-car-like fuel economy."

All that power and economy doesn't come cheaply, of course. While a base Ram 1500 starts at $24,200 (plus $1,195 delivery), Ram says the EcoDiesel model is priced at $2,850 more than a comparably equipped 5.7-liter Hemi V8 model, and that's before the additional per-gallon cost of diesel fuel.

While not historically known as a hotbed of innovation, the fullsize pickup segment has been making massive advances as of late, from Ram's own coil-spring rear suspension and active aero bits to Ford's recent watershed announcement that the 2015 F-150 is going aluminum in a big way. With the Blue Oval claiming cuts of 700-plus pounds of weight out of its truck, it will be interesting to see how the Ram's diesel fuel economy figures stack up against the future truck out of Dearborn.
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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Sets New Fuel-Economy Benchmark of 28 MPG;
Ram Now Owns Top Two Spots in Pickup -Segment Rankings


February 4, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The EcoDiesel-powered 2014 Ram 1500 has earned a 28-mpg rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best highway-cycle test result ever achieved by a full-size, half-ton pickup.

It also exceeds the EPA highway rating for the top-ranked small pickup.

The breakthrough results mean Ram keeps the half-ton fuel-economy record set last year by the 2013 Ram 1500. Equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine, the truck earned 25 mpg highway, a rating that stands for model-year 2014.

The Ram 1500 now owns the half-ton pickup segment's top two spots in the EPA's 2014 highway fuel-economy rankings.

"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 EcoDiesel is the first and only advanced-technology turbo-diesel offering in the half-ton pickup segment. In addition to superior fuel economy, it delivers peak torque of 420 lb.-ft. (569 Nm), which is unsurpassed among full-size trucks equipped with V-6 engines.

The all-new engine's block and bedplate are made from lightweight Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI). Its performance is enhanced by the innovative MultiJet 2 common-rail fuel-injection system, which is exclusive in North America to Chrysler Group.

MultiJet 2's high-dispersion nozzles and advanced-technology servovalve can accommodate up to eight fuel-injection events per cylinder cycle. This mitigates noise and improves low-speed throttle response, while also reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

The all-new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel features state-of-the-art Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), high-pressure cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), variable swirl intake ports and a variable-geometry turbocharger. All contribute to 50-state compliance with Tier 2-Bin 5/LEV II emissions regulations.

Named one of Ward's 10 Best Engines for 2014, the EcoDiesel V-6 was a significant factor in the Ram 1500's selection as 2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. The Ram 1500 is the first vehicle to win this prestigious award in back to back years.

Chrysler Group's segment-exclusive TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission further improves the Ram 1500's fuel efficiency. While enabling optimal engine speed in a wide range of driving conditions, the advanced-technology gearbox benefits from a thermal-management system that quickly warms transmission oil to reduce pumping losses associated with cold, low-viscosity fluid.

The 2014 Ram 1500's efficiencies are not restricted to powertrain technologies. Other key features include:

Active grille shutters that optimize air flow for improved aerodynamics
Electric Power Steering (EPS), which relieves the engine from constantly turning a hydraulic pump
Thoughtful material-use strategies that leverage lightweight aluminum for components – such as hoods – that do not compromise capability

Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200, plus $1,195 destination. The exclusive V-6 EcoDiesel with TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is priced $2,850 greater than a similarly equipped Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission.

Ordering for EcoDiesel models begins Feb. 7.

The 2014 Ram 1500 is backed with an unsurpassed five-year /100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty, which is transferrable, covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system.

The standard three-year / 36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram 1500, from the body to the electrical system.

The 2014 Ram 1500 is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Mich.), which has assembled more than 12.5 million trucks since it started operations in 1938. Regular Cab models of the 2014 Ram 1500 are built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

About Ram Truck Brand
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they'd like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.


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      micha423
      • 10 Months Ago
      The best part is the fact that customers will actually get the 28mpg (unlike other bogus FE labels)! Motor Trend tested a ram ecodiesel crew cab 4x4 Limited (a heavy premium model) and averaged 28mpg!! Also, the diesel is only $2,850 over a traditional V8 and considering most trucks on the road are older models, 28mpg will pay for itself with the fuel savings and resale value! Great job! I love to see this progress by the Big 3!!! http://wot.motortrend.com/1311_2014_ram_1500_ecodiesel_gets_28_mpg_highway_in_real_mpg_testing.html
      tsktsk3
      • 10 Months Ago
      I think this is awesome. However, one must factor in what is about a 20 - 25% premium for diesel fuel, which unfortunately diminishes the benefits somewhat. For environmental factors, this is awesome, for cost saving ones, this is mediocre, and unfortunately, most people will be, perhaps by necessity, prioritizing cost savings first.
        justgoawaymad
        • 10 Months Ago
        @tsktsk3
        Right now as we speak diesel is 3.40 and regular is 2.86 in albuquerque. Thats 19% difference, but I always use mid grade 3.04 (12%) unless im towing then its premium at 3.14 (8%). So my difference is even less, then add in the optional 35 gallon fuel tank on the 1500 and your looking at a range of darn near 980 miles. Not having to stop on the interstate sells it for me. Drive with an easy foot and ill put down over 1000 miles.
      anse987
      • 10 Months Ago
      Diesels (non HD Trucks) are more smile per mile without the penalty of putting your foot into it. I've owned three TDI Jettas (avg 37 mpg with auto trans) and now drive the Touareg TDI (avg 23 mpg.) Made sense since we didn't want a dedicated tow vehicle sitting around unused. The 3.0 diesel is a real sweet spot for towing and managed to get 19 mpg pulling 7,200 lbs. When you look at what's being sold for $30 - 40K and what it can tow, it's really a sad selection of vehicles limited to 5,500 lbs or less for towing.
      DraGuLa
      • 10 Months Ago
      In what configuration does it acheive the 28mpg highway? I didn\'t see it mentioned in the PR.
        Greg Aryous
        • 10 Months Ago
        @DraGuLa
        2 wheel drive and the EcoDiesel is a $4,500 premium over the base v6 plus 20% more for fuel n higher maint costs... Not the "deal" it appears to be...
          montoym
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Greg Aryous
          I agree with jtav2002 100% This engine, even though it's also a V6, isn't meant to be comparable to the base V6, but instead, to the Hemi. It offers much of the capability of the Hemi while offering better fuel economy than even the base V6. It has more torque than the Hemi and nearly matches the Hemi's tow rating, but yet it returns fuel economy that better than the V6 and substantially better than the Hemi. If you don't see the benefits there, then you aren't using a truck for what it's for. That said, if you're selecting your truck solely on it's fuel economy figures, then you're doing it wrong.
          jtav2002
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Greg Aryous
          The majority of Rams sold have the Hemi though. In which case it's only $2500 more expensive. It's also offering capability closer to that of the Hemi than a base V6 truck. The benefits need to be compared to the trucks performance/capabilities with the Hemi, not the base V6.
      Krazeecain
      • 10 Months Ago
      Now chrysler needs to hurry up and throw this engine in the charger, police departments could really use the reliability/economy of diesels!
      Hoale
      • 10 Months Ago
      Diesel has a lot of potential in the US since its been neglected for so long. Almost every car and truck could or should have a diesel option.
      citidriver
      • 10 Months Ago
      I would think that the epa ratings are for a vehicle with just a driver aboard. those numbers would be a good guide for a passenger car. It would be interesting to see the fuel ratings on all trucks based on carrying a full load or at least a 50% of capacity load. Diesels would probably give better numbers compared to gasoline under real world conditions rather than the math wars going on here. It's nice to have this choice at least.
      Hoale
      • 10 Months Ago
      Excellent
      Jim1961
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Ram 1500 EcDiesel is Motor Trend's truck of the year. Congrats Chrysler.
      Hoale
      • 10 Months Ago
      Excellent
      Ryan Schneider
      • 10 Months Ago
      As somebody who will be in the market for something to replace my '05 F-150 in summer 2015, this is going to make it hard to stick with the blue-oval. I just don't see the ecoboost engines being able improve anywhere near that much despite a ~700lb diet. Sure, mileage in stop and go traffic will improve a bit, but losing weight doesn't do much for highway fuel economy in these trucks.......and the ecoboost 4-cyl sure as hell isn't going to be pulling 9,200lbs.
        john96xlt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Ryan Schneider
        Ford is not offering a 4 cyl EcoBoost in the F-150. The 2.7L EcoBoost is a V-6.
          Ryan Schneider
          • 10 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
          Yea, sorry for the typo. Won't let you edit comments..... :/
        fordskydog
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Ryan Schneider
        So why don't you just go ahead and decide, considering you don't yet have the data to base that decision on. No, don't do that. Wait until the new Ford is out and then look at the numbers. Oh screw it. Let's speculate and bench race instead. You are right.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 10 Months Ago
      Complete baloney, let's see real world mileage from a reputable reviewer.
        Brian B
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        Motor Trend and Pickuptrucks.com already got the same 28 MPG during their reviews. There are plenty of reviews already out there. Do your homework.
        montoym
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        It will probably be higher. Diesels are underrated on the EPA testing, even after the 2008 updates.
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