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Ram Eco Diesel Trucks – Dominating the Market

Updated September 29, 2015


Diesel trucks, though ecologically responsible and economically sound in a sense, have hitherto often been large, heavy duty pickups that the average user finds either too expensive or an unnecessary show of muscle. Ram is changing this trend with the 2014 Ram 1500 Eco-Diesel. This is a light duty half-ton pickup with a relatively small diesel engine, giving users both the fuel economy advantages of diesel and the financially accessibility and suitability of a light duty pickup.

The engine is a 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel. This engine was designed with both power and economy in mind. It delivers an impressive 240 horsepower at 3600 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque. It is set in an iron engine block, has dual overhead cams, 24 valves, and aluminum cylinder heads. The engine is turbocharged and inter-cooled. With an 8-speed automatic transmission, this  trucks has all the power and versatility average pickup users could need. The chassis is sophisticated and state-of-the-art, and there is an option to have an air suspension and a front park assist. What about fuel economy? We spoke to AutoNation Dodge RAM, a local shop near us in CO, and found that in fact the Ram 1500 delivers excellent fuel economy for a pickup. It gets 18 city and 28 highway miles per gallon. This rivals even some of the less spectacular small economy cars, certainly of the fairly recent past, and is quite impressive for a pickup. Tests with the truck towing a max-capacity load behind it up tortuous hills have delivered roughly 13 mpg results, which is sharp indeed. Most gasoline engines would be making only single digits under the same conditions. The exterior doesn’t have huge changes with regard to earlier models, though the front end is bigger. There are a whole range of options available – the entire line includes 9 trim levels, three different bed sizes, and three cab sizes. These can be mixed and matched to create a fun assortment of styles and usage configurations. The interior is more spacious than the exterior would have the observer believe. There are extras like adjustable foot pedals, choices of seat cover and floor mat, and different cab styles in general. Plenty of storage is available as well. There are two glove compartments and many other spots in which to stash things. There are also electrical outlets and other types of technological compatibility. It is little wonder that this truck has won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year title for 2014. Test drivers are saying that this truck “isn’t just a new engine — this is, strictly speaking, a different technology for the segment.” Thus, for now, the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel has the small to midsize pickup truck market all to itself.

 

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