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EcoDiesel 3-peat: Ward’s 10 Best Engines

by Bill Cawthon on

For the third year in a row, Fiat Chrysler’s 3.0-liter “EcoDiesel” engine was one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines — and, for the second year in a row, it was also the only diesel on the list. This makes the EcoDiesel the longest continuous “10-Best” resident of any engine on the latest Ward’s list.

3.0L V6 EcoDiesel

3.0L V6 EcoDiesel

Tom Murphy, executive editor of WardsAuto World, wrote, “the Ram 1500 proved superior and continues to impress us with ideal measures of power, torque, refinement and luxury-car smoothness.”

The engine contributes to best in class economy for both the Ram 1500 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee; it is matched to an eight speed automatic in both cases.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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