2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel
In the never ending push to make diesel “ring” with U.S. consumers, automakers continue to explore more of the diesel landscape. And doing so first among light-duty full-size pickups is this 2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel.
The 1500 Eco-D grabs power from the same Italian 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 we loved in the Grand Cherokee. Output rates 240 horsepower. Torque is 420 lb-ft, or more than Ram’s Hemi V8. Despite noticeable turbo lag, the diesel’s throttle response was great: manageable, and most importantly, livable.
Our Laramie Limited diesel brought the best of the best inside: heaps of leather, whisper-quiet ride, great comfort, and plenty of room with a true Crew Cab setup.
We took the opportunity to compare fuel economy with our Long Term 2013 RAM 1500 Quad Cab with a gasoline-fueled 3.6-liter V6, rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft.
Both sixes are matted to an 8-speed automatic, have active grille shutters, and ride on four corner air suspension.
While not quite an apples-to-apples comparo…it was close enough to gauge any big differences.
And through a 100 mile test loop of mixed city/highway driving, the diesel averaged an impressive 27.5 MPG, while the gas RAM saw 23.4 MPG. So the diesel does 4 miles per gallon better. That’s a big deal for a big truck, made even bigger when compared to a thirstier gas V8.
But, at what cost? The 1500 EcoDiesel adds nearly $4,000 to a base Ram’s sticker, and $2,850 more than the V8 Hemi.
Still, we think once again the innovative folks at Ram are starting a trend for rival trucks to follow.
Engine: 3.0 liter