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Fuel economy: Ram 1500 diesel vs new Chevy diesel

Discussion in 'Mopar News' started by Dave Z, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. Dave Z

    Dave Z It's me, Dave
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    https://www.allpar.com/news/2019/10...-the-ram-1500-diesel-top-chevys-mileage-46101

    Recently, Chevrolet announced that its new 3-liter, six-cylinder diesel engine, custom-designed for the job, would bring fuel economy of 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, to the Silverado. Can Ram beat that with its newly upgraded 3-liter V6 diesel?

    The answer: No, but it comes awfully close—falling behind by just one mile per gallon—and doing better on torque and starting price. The half-ton EcoDiesel will be rated at 32 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, 22 mpg city with rear wheel drive. Opting for the 4×4 drops highway mileage to 29 mpg highway, while city mileage is similar—21 mpg.

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    The Ram 1500 4×4 diesel matched the Chevy Silverado 4×4’s 29 mpg highway rating; 4x4s represent more than 80% of the U.S. full-size truck mix. In addition, in the Ram Classic at least, Ram’s diesel is the least expensive in the class.

    The Ram tops the Chevy in torque (480 pound-feet vs 460 for the Chevy) and towing capacity, which is a greatly-improved-over-2018 12,560 pounds. That makes the Ram a practical replacement for top gasoline half-ton pickups and for 3/4-ton pickups, for people who need to tow more than 10,000 pounds.

    Ram easily beats Ford’s F-150 diesel in power and torque, as well as economy: Ford checked in with 22 mpg city, 30 highway with rear wheel drive. Going up to a 4×4 drops Ford down to 21 city, 28 highway, giving the edge to Ram’s more powerful diesel.

    The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel also leads all trucks in fuel range: with an optional 33-gallon fuel tank, Ram’s driving range exceeds 1,000 miles.

    The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available across all models and configurations, including , for the first time, the Ram Rebel.

    The list price for the 2020 Ram 1500 diesel starts at $36,890 for the Tradesman Quad Cab 2WD, plus $1,695 destination. The EcoDiesel is a $4,995 option over the V6, $3,000 over the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 eTorque ($3,300 on Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Rebel and Laramie base models).

    The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Crew Cab is also offered with the second-generation 3.0-liter EcoDiesel. Pricing for the Ram 1500 Classic EcoDiesel (Crew Cab 4×2) starts at $39,140, plus destination. Dig deeper: What makes the second-generation VM diesel different.
     
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  2. unverferth

    unverferth Well-Known Member

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    Still hate the name.
     
  3. Dave Z

    Dave Z It's me, Dave
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    It's not my favorite, either.
     
  4. Adventurer55

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    Hey, they can call it bat crap crazy for all I care if I can get 30mpg in a 4x4 half ton. Might have to rethink things.
     
  5. dana44

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    Agree, too. Dinomizer would be much better.
     
  6. Tin Man 2

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    Without an extended warranty I would not touch the Ram 1500 Diesel .
     
  7. wilbur

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    This fits with the older version, you, I or anyone else doesn't know how reliable the new generation diesel will be...

    Wil
     
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    True, but given the issues with the older version, I wouldn't want to take a $50k gamble without an extended warranty.
     
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  9. WXman

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    It's better than "EcoBoost" on a family of engines that gets less towing efficiency (and sometimes unladen efficiency) than your "old" V8s.

    At least the EcoDiesel does offer a small measure of "eco".
     
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  10. XRT2SRT

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    All that TORQUE managed by artificial intelligence and corralled by one of industries smoothest gearbox with top level fuel economy and driveability: very attractive.
     
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  12. Chase300

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    Just read another test on MT and they much preferred the GM diesel engine performance over the Ram. Even though they hated the GMC's interior they gave it the nod due to its superior performance of the drivetrain compared to the Rebel diesel.
     
  13. 66coronet

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    I agree. This motor had many years of testing and it's hard to believe all the issues it's had. It's been said the MB 3.0L crd was a throw away motor, but so far I have not seen issues with the MB3.0L crd like the VM 3.0L.
    Still love to see it installed in the 300 in USA since they used it in the over seas vehicles.
    I still wish the 300 spun off into 2 or more vehicles with new nose and tail and keep doors & cabin interchangeable. Dodge Coronet & Chrysler Fury.
     
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    This and all the reported issues makes me wish they had gone with CUMMINS....
     
  15. Dave Z

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    The GM is brand new, and I suspect done in partnership with Isuzu.
     

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