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The Chrysler Group has announced the official EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Ram EcoDiesel pickup and with a highway number of 28 miles per gallon – this new diesel Ram 1500 is the most efficient half ton pickup ever.

Thanks to Patrick Rall at TorqueNews.com.

The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in rear wheel drive form has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency as achieving 20 miles per gallon in the city, 28 miles per gallon on the highway and a combined figure of 23 miles per gallon. Those numbers comfortably make the 2014 Ram EcoDiesel the most fuel efficient full size truck ever sold in America and more impressively – this powerful half ton diesel Ram is also more efficient than both of the most popular midsized trucks including the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier.

In other words, whether you are shopping for big trucks or small trucks, the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel offers THE best fuel economy among trucks sold in the USA.

“The new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is truly in a class of its 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.”

When you step up to four wheel drive with the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, fuel economy drops but not by much. The 4WD EcoDiesel Ram offers 19 miles per gallon around town, 27 miles per gallon on the highway and 22miles per gallon combined. So not only does this truck have four wheel drive with 240 horsepower and 420lb-ft of torque, but it is also vastly more efficient than any competitive truck…and some that aren’t competitive in terms of size and capabilities.

Now there are some critics who don’t believe that the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will be as popular as Chrysler is hoping due to the higher price of diesel fuel coupled with the lower acceptance rate of diesel technology in the United States. The average American consumer has warmed up a bit to the idea of clean diesel technology but there is no denying the difference in fuel prices but the in the long run – it costs less to feed the EcoDiesel than it does the next most efficient (non-Ram) truck.

Say that we compare the 2014 Ford F150 EcoBoost and the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoBoost over the course of 500 miles of highway driving. The Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V6 offers 22 miles per gallon (rear wheel drive) so driving 500 miles would take roughly 22.7 gallons of gas. Based on the price of the least expensive gasoline at my local gas station ($3.20/gal), buying 23 gallons of gas would cost you $73.60. Driving the Ram over that same 500 miles would only require only 17.8 gallons of diesel and buying 18 gallons of diesel fuel at my local prices (3.50) would cost you $63.00.

While saving $10 doesn’t seem like all that much, that is only over the course of 500 miles so imagine the savings over the course of 100,000 miles and even with the lesser fuel economy around town – Ram EcoDiesel owners will be able to save a significant amount of money compared to the Ford EcoBoost. Not only does the EcoDiesel beat the EcoBoost...but it beats it very badly.

By the way, I should point out that the second most fuel efficient half ton truck in America is the 2014 Ram 1500 with the Pentastar V6 – a truck which can hit 25mpg on the highway but that base V6 doesn’t offer the same amount of power or capability as the EcoDiesel. Now that Ram has the two most efficient trucks in America, we can expect Ford to counter with the next generation F150 that debuted 700 pounds lighter than the current models at the Detroit Auto Show.
 

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The Chrysler Group has announced the official EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Ram EcoDiesel pickup and with a highway number of 28 miles per gallon – this new diesel Ram 1500 is the most efficient half ton pickup ever.

The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in rear wheel drive form has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency as achieving 20 miles per gallon in the city, 28 miles per gallon on the highway and a combined figure of 23 miles per gallon. Those numbers comfortably make the 2014 Ram EcoDiesel the most fuel efficient full size truck ever sold in America and more impressively – this powerful half ton diesel Ram is also more efficient than both of the most popular midsized trucks including the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier.

In other words, whether you are shopping for big trucks or small trucks, the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel offers THE best fuel economy among trucks sold in the USA.

“The new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is truly in a class of its 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.”

When you step up to four wheel drive with the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, fuel economy drops but not by much. The 4WD EcoDiesel Ram offers 19 miles per gallon around town, 27 miles per gallon on the highway and 22miles per gallon combined. So not only does this truck have four wheel drive with 240 horsepower and 420lb-ft of torque, but it is also vastly more efficient than any competitive truck…and some that aren’t competitive in terms of size and capabilities.

Now there are some critics who don’t believe that the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will be as popular as Chrysler is hoping due to the higher price of diesel fuel coupled with the lower acceptance rate of diesel technology in the United States. The average American consumer has warmed up a bit to the idea of clean diesel technology but there is no denying the difference in fuel prices but the in the long run – it costs less to feed the EcoDiesel than it does the next most efficient (non-Ram) truck.

Say that we compare the 2014 Ford F150 EcoBoost and the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoBoost over the course of 500 miles of highway driving. The Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V6 offers 22 miles per gallon (rear wheel drive) so driving 500 miles would take roughly 22.7 gallons of gas. Based on the price of the least expensive gasoline at my local gas station ($3.20/gal), buying 23 gallons of gas would cost you $73.60. Driving the Ram over that same 500 miles would only require only 17.8 gallons of diesel and buying 18 gallons of diesel fuel at my local prices (3.50) would cost you $63.00.

While saving $10 doesn’t seem like all that much, that is only over the course of 500 miles so imagine the savings over the course of 100,000 miles and even with the lesser fuel economy around town – Ram EcoDiesel owners will be able to save a significant amount of money compared to the Ford EcoBoost. Not only does the EcoDiesel beat the EcoBoost...but it beats it very badly.

By the way, I should point out that the second most fuel efficient half ton truck in America is the 2014 Ram 1500 with the Pentastar V6 – a truck which can hit 25mpg on the highway but that base V6 doesn’t offer the same amount of power or capability as the EcoDiesel. Now that Ram has the two most efficient trucks in America, we can expect Ford to counter with the next generation F150 that debuted 700 pounds lighter than the current models at the Detroit Auto Show.

Thanks to Patrick Rall over at TorqueNews.com for this story! Source: Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Most Fuel Efficient Full Size Truck Ever


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This is pretty crazy when I think about it and I mean that in a good way. Those are some VERY impressive numbers. *ck gives a resounding round of applause*
 

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Excellent news.

You have to think Ford is in overtime mode pulling up an existing diesel to shoehorn in the new F150 for 2016.:)
 

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Kal, I think you are right about Ford at the drawing board with either the 3.2 inline 5 or the 3.0 V6 that has been rumored in the "lion" code name series of motors.

The other guys, Ford, GM, and probably even Toyota, will be watching to see what sales will do, before they commit to a diesel.

If the Ram diesel takes off, sells well, takes market share, you can bet Ford will be ready
 

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It must really suck to be ford. Think of all the work that went into making the F150 lighter. All the R&D work for their 2.7L ecoboost and other engines. Then Ram puts an existing motor into their non-redesigned truck and gets better performance and mileage, and everyone is talking about it.

If ford is worried, then GM must admit defeat. Is it just me? or did they just drop out of the news?
 

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I'm hearing from some guys at GM that they're taking the covers off the old 4.5l dura max which was supposed to be good for 26-28mpg
 

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I'm hearing from some guys at GM that they're taking the covers off the old 4.5l dura max which was supposed to be good for 26-28mpg
Yea, yea, yea.

I think all trucks models sold in North America in 2016 will have at least 1 diesel option. Well... excluding Tesla of course.

Ram is going to have to work smart if they want to keep all the awards and class exclusives.
 

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Those fuel costs are NOT correct here in Florida or in Georgia where I often visit.

Diesel is most always a ridiculous $.50 to $.60 a gallon more than gasoline. At $3.80 a gallon that 18 gallon of diesel costs $68.40, not the $63 they speak of. You can move the prices for both products up and down but local differences make the difference in cost for 500 miles of fuel (if the mileage figures are correct on both ends) between $5 and $7.Wait...Urea has to be paid for. You will be using urea (DEF) during those 500 miles. No clue how much as I never had one of those things yet. Probably cost the fuel cost difference - bye bye $5.

Now that does not factor in the longevity of the typical diesel. You also have to factor in the extra oil you will be buying and any additional cost of oil filters and fuel filters for the diesel. On top of that there is the additional cost of $4,000 for the engine over the V6 and $500 more for the transmission over the standard gasser transmission.

Unless you tow and/or just love the sound and idea of a diesel it's fuel mileage increase is mostly a financial allusion.
 

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Here in Alberta the prices are $1.12 and $1.35 per liter for gas and diesel. This would be a $6 saving for the 500mile(800km) example. if we average 12500 miles (20000km)/ year, that's a yearly savings of $150. No its not good.

You need to factor in the season too: gas is always cheaper in winter, and I've heard that diesel is more expensive in winter. Guess we'll have to see what happens during the summer to see if the diesel is worthwhile.

I live about 10h from the second largest deposit of oil in the world, and we pay $5.10/gallon for diesel. figure that. Gasoline literally drops 25% in cost as soon as you cross the border into Montana.
 

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Here in Alberta the prices are $1.12 and $1.35 per liter for gas and diesel. This would be a $6 saving for the 500mile(800km) example. if we average 12500 miles (20000km)/ year, that's a yearly savings of $150. No its not good.

You need to factor in the season too: gas is always cheaper in winter, and I've heard that diesel is more expensive in winter. Guess we'll have to see what happens during the summer to see if the diesel is worthwhile.

I live about 10h from the second largest deposit of oil in the world, and we pay $5.10/gallon for diesel. figure that. Gasoline literally drops 25% in cost as soon as you cross the border into Montana.
Attach a 7,000 lbs weight to any gas engine in the segment with the same weight to the Ecodiesel and the fuel economy differential on the gas engine will be more than that of the diesel. We're not comparing straight mileage, we're comparing towing-capable mileage. That $150 savings becomes a hell of a lot more if you're not driving around with an empty truck(and if you bought a truck to do that why do you give two shits about mileage?).
 

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E/D a good point for any fuel mileage discussion on the Ram diesel. Economy under load or towing should be a consideration.

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Diesel beats gas,instead of fueling every 150 to 200 go maybe twice as far pulling a load before you top it off.plus a diesel will pull better.
 

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Those fuel costs are NOT correct here in Florida or in Georgia where I often visit.

Diesel is most always a ridiculous $.50 to $.60 a gallon more than gasoline. At $3.80 a gallon that 18 gallon of diesel costs $68.40, not the $63 they speak of. You can move the prices for both products up and down but local differences make the difference in cost for 500 miles of fuel (if the mileage figures are correct on both ends) between $5 and $7.Wait...Urea has to be paid for. You will be using urea (DEF) during those 500 miles. No clue how much as I never had one of those things yet. Probably cost the fuel cost difference - bye bye $5.

Now that does not factor in the longevity of the typical diesel. You also have to factor in the extra oil you will be buying and any additional cost of oil filters and fuel filters for the diesel. On top of that there is the additional cost of $4,000 for the engine over the V6 and $500 more for the transmission over the standard gasser transmission.

Unless you tow and/or just love the sound and idea of a diesel it's fuel mileage increase is mostly a financial allusion.
If you buy jugs of it of 2.5 gallons it's 12-18$
If you buy it at the pump
Some has station have it it's 2.50 a gallon or close
You can go to the dealership here in town they sell you jugs and they will fill them with bulk pricing at 2-2.50 a gallon
Remeber one fill up is suppose to last 8-10k miles I think the tank is 6 or 8 gallons
 

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I’ve been crunching these numbers like everyone else. Going by online supposed“real world” Ecodiesel towing tests it appears a guy can get 20-23 mpg towing. At least some have towing 7000 lbs. I figure 13 mpg is generous towing with gas such as 5.7 Hemi or Toyota. Compare gas and diesel prices for me locally today and here’s how it shakes out. 20 and 23 mpg with diesel, 13mpg gas.

Gas 500/13 mpg = 38.46 gal x $3.79 = $145.76

Diesel 500/23 mpg = 21.73 gal x $4.14 = $89.96
Diesel 500/20 mpg = 25 gal x $4.14 = $103.50

$42.26-$55.80 less $$ for a 500 mile trip.

In rough numbers I’m figuring diesel will be about 50 bucks less per 500 miles which means about 25000 miles will pay for the initial cost of the diesel.
 

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I purchased my ED one month ago. I tell you this truck is one nice ride. Allusion it is not. It's the real deal and I am glad to pay the extra for diesel and oil changes.
 

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My understanding on the 2015 Ford to get the mileage they claim requires premium gas
 
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