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’14 Ram Hemi/8-speed mileage

by David Zatz on
2014 Ram
2013 Ford
Pentastar V6 F-150 V6 F-150 V8
5.0
F-150 V8
6.2
F-150 V6
Turbo
VM
Diesel
Hemi V8
6 speed
Hemi V8
8 speed
Horsepower 305 @ 6,400 302 360 411 365 240 395 @ 5,600
Torque 269 @ 4,175 278 380 434 420 420 407 @ 3950
4×2 mpg 18 / 25 (HFE);
17/25 (base)
17/23 15/21 13/18 16/22 ? 14/20 15/22
4×4 mpg 16/23 16/21 14/19 12/16 15/21 ? 13/19 15/21

Reader “Mentallica” pointed out that the EPA has posted 2014 Ram 1500 gas mileage, for both rear wheel drive and four wheel drive Hemis, with both six and eight speed transmissions.

The numbers show that, while Ford has been garnering laurels for fuel efficiency, Ram is now meeting or beating the lead seller of pickups, even without the forthcoming VM diesel option (which we expect to easily trump the Ford turbo-six option in fuel economy, while matching its torque — and without any lag).

Pickup owners have also noted that while the Ford V6 turbo option provides good power and gas mileage, economy plummets when under load (e.g. while towing), so that those who use their trucks for moving loads around may find the Ram Hemi to be more economical, especially with the eight-speed.

Of note, while Ford F-150 has a large-V8 option, Ram currently reserves those for the Ram Heavy Duty series. However, the horsepower difference between 5.7 Hemi and Ford 6.2 is only 16 hp. The Ram Hemi eight-speed both outpowers the F-150 5.0 V8 (by 35 hp and 27 lb-ft), but also exceeds its gas mileage — a slight difference with rear wheel drive and a substantial one with 4×4.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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