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.
Ford is presenting the latest iteration of the Ford F-150, which resets the standard for trucks in terms of toughness, capability and smartness. Aside from combining essential attributes like power, efficiency and capability on the new F-150, it also makes use of advanced materials to improve durability while preventing corrosion. Likewise, the new F-150 employs faster processors as well as groundbreaking cargo management and towing solutions.
Part of the Ford F-Series truck lineup, the Ford F-150 is the best-selling truck in the United States in 37 straights years, and is the best-selling vehicle in this market for 32 years.
Mark Fields, Ford’s chief operating officer, said while the F-150 is known for being Built Ford Tough, it is now both tough and smart. He remarked that the newest F-150 gives new meaning to the future of trucks, while setting another example of the One Ford plan that entails offering high quality, fuel efficient, safe and smart vehicles.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president of The Americas, remarked that the F-150 has a unique connection with its customers as it has been delivering the required capabilities as complemented by tougher and smarter features. He noted that Ford build trucks according to customers’ high standards.