2014 Ram EcoDiesel Gets 28 MPG, Sets Benchmark

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Chrysler’s Ram pickup trucks took a big risk when they jumped to and eight-speed automatic transmission to boost fuel economy, but the new diesel is setting a new industry benchmark.

The company announced today that its diesel half-ton will return up to 28 mpg during highway driving or 23 on average between city and highway speeds. Last year, Ram grabbed the segment’s fuel miser title with its V6-equipped 1500 pickup, which returns 25 mpg on the highway, a rating that remains the same for this year.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Review

“To put the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in context, it gets six mpg better fuel economy than the best F150 Eco-Boost. Overall, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has outstanding pickup truck capability with compact-car-like fuel economy,” said Ram truck boss Reid Bigland.

The truck also offers 420 lb-ft of torque , but it doesn’t come cheap. The Outdoorsman model is the lowest-possible trim Ram offers with its 3.0-liter oil burner, and that truck comes with a starting price of roughly $35,500 for the base V6 gasoline engine. It’s going to cost another $4,000 to add the diesel engine plus another $500 for an upgraded transmission, bringing the truck within spitting distance of $40,000 before other options. Ram says that compared to a “similarly equipped” Ram 1500 with a Hemi V8, the diesel version comes at a $2,850 premium.

GALLERY: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Discuss this further at our Ram EcoDiesel 1500 Forum

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

More by Luke Vandezande

Join the conversation
  • Bdkennedy11 Bdkennedy11 on Feb 16, 2014

    That's all great and everything, but diesel fuel is over $1 more than regular gas, so where are the long term savings?

    • See 1 previous
    • Jamesaray Jamesaray on Feb 25, 2014

      I did the numbers and I cant justify it. A 1500 SLT Quad Cab Hemi cost $3,000.00 less than the same truck with the ECO Diesel. With diesel fuel costing $0.69 a gallon more and the ECO averaging only 5mpg more than the Hemi it would take me 12 years at 30,000 miles a year to break even. In other words, there is no breakeven point. Most people would replace either truck long before 360,000 miles. Even if someone were to give you both trucks (nice Christmas gifts) the Hemi would cost only $8.00 more to drive 1,000 miles than the ECO. Thats not counting oil changes. Im sure the ECO holds more oil and is more expensive to do the oil changes. Then theres the urea. By the time you figure the extra cost of the oil and urea the diesel may actually cost more to drive and then it cost more to buy up front by $3,000.00.

  • Diesel Guy Diesel Guy on Feb 17, 2014

    $4000+ (X Miles)/28mpg*$3.89/gal = (X Miles)/22mpg*$3.20/gal Solve for X=612,935 miles OUCH, and i'm a diesel lover. Love my 2001 Jetta TDI.