EcoDiesel-Powered 2014 RAM 1500 Tops in 1/2 Ton MPG

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.

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.

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