Many of you here know me from my long term ownership (3+ years) of an Ecodiesel. Two months ago, I traded it in on a Hemi. My main motivation was to get a 4WD pickup, but I was also a little scared of the lower end failures on the ED, didn't like the soot untuned, and didn't like the potential warranty implications of tuning. So I made the jump, and I know there were a limited number of reviews when I started looking several years ago so I figured I would write up my thoughts.
- When considering oil change prices, fuel price difference, DEF, fuel filters, etc., the mpg different isn't as big as it seems. I've gotten 25 mpg on the hwy in my Hemi (I had gotten 35 mpg in my ED), but I average closer to 19-20 mpg and 21-22 on normal hwy trips at 65-68 mph. My ED got 27.5 mpg average and 29-31 hwy at 65-68 mph.
- On the flip side, if I had the standard size tank on my Hemi, it would be really, really difficult to go back to 450-500 miles on a tank when I'm used to 650-750 on the ED
- The Hemi is somewhat of a paradox - I like the driveability way more in city traffic, but the mpg really tanks bad in the city compared to the ED. I was getting around 15 mpg on a few small stints in the city, whereas my ED I was still getting 23-24 mpg. That's over a 50% improvement when fuel is only 20% more.
- Overall, I do like the driveability of the Hemi more - I felt like I had to anticipate acceleration with the ED slightly, and the Hemi just goes as soon as you push the gas
- Towing capability at highway speeds is about even, but acceleration is much smoother with the ED due to the significantly better low-end torque
- Oil filter location on the Hemi is dumb