2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel impresses Consumer Reports, outscores its competitors

Article by Christian A., on August 27, 2014

The American pickup war got even tougher as the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel outscored rivals such as the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Nissan Titan in the latest test conducted by Consumer Reports. According to the well-known magazine, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel received the first spot among full-size light-duty pickups.

First of all, the pickup made by Chrysler impressed with its average fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is far better than its rivals. Consumer Reports said that the fuel economy returned by the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is comparable with a midsized SUV.

For those who don’t know, the vehicle uses a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine supplied by Fiat subsidiary VM Motori SPA, that produces 240 hp and 420 pounds-feet of torque. In addition, the turbodiesel engine is bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The whisper quiet interior was also an important factor that impressed the magazine. Earlier this year we reported about the impressive sales of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel which is selling about six times faster than the petrol-powered Ram 1500.

According to Consumer Reports, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel score was 82 and this is the second consecutive year when Consumer Reports recommends the Ram 1500 over other half-ton competitors.

If you are interested in buying one, you’d better know that it has a starting price of $30,465, including delivery charges.

2014 Ram 1500 could be powered by a new, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine -- as paired to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission – that is engineered to deliver inspiring capability, unparalleled torque and best-in-class fuel efficiency.

The new 2014 Ram 1500 has a starting price of $24,200, excluding $1,095 in destination. A model powered by the exclusive V-6 EcoDiesel mated to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic gearbox costs $2,850 higher than a similarly equipped Ram 1500 powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with a Torqueflite 8-speed transmission.

Aside from a front park assist system, the new 2014 Ram 1500 is also laden with an array of new elements that deliver new levels of efficiency, comfort and emissions. These include a variable displacement compressor, a humidity sensor, a pulse-width modulated blower and the latest air conditioning refrigerant technology.

Thanks to a number of pioneering, fuel-saving systems, the 2014 Ram 1500 is able to deliver a best-in-class fuel economy. These include an eight-speed automatic gearbox, a thermal management system, stop-start system and pulse-width modulation. Active aerodynamics is also fitted in the 2014 Ram 1500 like grille shutters and air suspension.

Its immediate predecessor – the 2013 Ram 1500 – won three major accolades: Motor Trend's Truck of the Year, The North American Truck of the Year and Truck of Texas. The new 2014 Ram 1500 builds on this success, while boasting of better fuel economy values and more technological elements that customers seek in this segment.

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