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Renewed Ram comparisons

by David Zatz on

With both Chevrolet Colorado and Ford F-150 boasting of their fuel economy— the latter without actually releasing it yet — Ram has done the footwork to provide comparisons of their mileage versus every competitor.

Ram 1500 aerodynamics

Of note, the Ram 1500 V6 is no longer the most efficient full-sized gasoline-powered pickup, though it is tied for best with the Chevrolet Silverado. The Ram 1500 diesel does retain the title of most efficient full or midsized pickup, arguably, with Tacoma coming in at the same rounded combined mileage (1 mpg better city, 3 mpg worse highway). Tacoma is smaller, and comes with a four cylinder engine coupled to a manual transmission.

The new Ford F-150’s gas mileage has yet to be revealed; the company has already said that it will be the highest-mileage F-150 ever,  but has not said it will be the best in the full size segment.

2013-ram-1500-launch

Ram wrote that their 1500 achieved strong mileage through its low drag (0.36 cD compared with mode of around 0.40, resulting in a gain of around 0.4 mpg on the highway); eight-speed automatic and parasitic loss prevention systems (around 2 mpg gain); and diesel engine (around 6 mpg gain). A Ram press release claimed that a 500 pound weight reduction results in around a 2% increase in fuel economy, or around 0.5 mpg.

Ford continues to enjoy a reputation for fuel economy, though F-150 is near the bottom of the class, ironically only beating a pair of Japanese trucks. The top two trucks in fuel economy come from two companies whose reputation among the general public is, also ironically, for inefficient powertrains: Chrysler/Ram and GM/Chevrolet.

Position Vehicle City Highway Combined Class Engine Transmission
1 Ram 1500 20 28 23 Full size Diesel 8-speed auto
2 Toyota Tacoma 21 25 23 Midsize 2.7 Four 5-speed manual
3 Chevrolet Colorado 19 26 22 Midsize 2.5 Four 6-speed manual
4 Nissan Frontier 19 23 21 Midsize 2.5 Four 5-speed manual
5 (tie) Chevrolet Silverado 18 24 20 Full size 4.3 V6 6-speed auto
5 (tie) Ram 1500 17 25 20 Full size 3.6 V6 8-speed auto
7 Ford F-150 17 23 19 Full size 3.7 V6 6-speed auto
8 (tie) Toyota Tundra 16 20 17 Full size 4.0 V6 5-speed auto
8 (tie) Honda Ridgeline 15 21 17 Midsize 3.5 V6 5-speed auto
10 Nissan Titan 13 18 15 Full size 5.6 V8 5-speed auto

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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