|Pentastar V6||F-150 V6||F-150 V8
|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);
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.
The 2015 Dodge Charger squad has been tested in police trim for the first time, but since it kept the five-speed automatic, it has turned in numbers similar to past years. While the eight-speed V6 Charger does 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, the five-speed was timed at 8.05 seconds by the Michigan State Police. The civilian 2015 Charger gained acceleration from the eight-speed, [...]
David Friedman, deputy director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sent a two-page letter to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne expressing concerns about the Chrysler Group’s current efforts to repair 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys and 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees covered under a voluntary fuel-tank recall. In its most recent report to the agency Chrysler said it has remedied approximately [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]