A fuel economy war is looming between a downsized turbocharged gasoline engine and a similar sized diesel in similar pickups with similar prices in the United States. The fight pits the Ford's 2014 F-150 with 3.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline V-6 against the new 2014 Ram 1500 with its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. Here are the quick stats.
The Ford F-150 XL SuperCrew has a starting price of $32,010, and comes $2,095 higher when fitted with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Including the $1,195 shipping charge, a buyer has to shell out around $35,300, plus taxes and other fees as tagged by a dealer tacks.
On the other corner, the Ram 1500 Crew Cab with a Hemi V-8 and an eight-speed transmission has a starting price of $33,870. Including the $1,195 shipping charge and a $2,850 upgrade to EcoDiesel, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel comes at $37,915 before taxes and dealer fees.
At an almost similar price, it would be better to dig deeper to know on how each truck offers value for money. The F-150 has its engine paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the Ram EcoDiesel’s is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. In terms of horsepower, the F-150’s 365 hp overwhelmingly beats the Ram’s 240hp.
However, horsepower is not considered as the most important factor in choosing a truck and its engine, as it has more to do with the top speed. Pickup truck performance is usually measured in terms of torque, which is a measurement of the twisting power of the wheels – a higher torque means higher ability to pull and carry more load. On this matter, the EcoBoost and EcoDiesel engines are tied at 420 pounds-feet of torque.