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Ram diesel: three-peat on Ward’s Best Engines List

by Bill Cawthon on

The 3.0-liter Ecodiesel used in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee was named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines list for 2016 — the third consecutive year the EcoDiesel has been on the list.


Ward’s editors wrote that they had expected the EcoDiesel to be knocked off by the Cummins 5.0L V-8 diesel in the new Titan pickup, or by General Motors’ 2.8L Duramax 4-cylinder diesel in the Colorado and Canyon mid-size trucks. But the others “could not keep up with the Ram 1500’s 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6, which completes a three-peat of fairy-tale proportions.”

Nissan Titan XD had 555 lb.-ft. of torque, the editors thought it was too big and too loud for most light-duty pickup buyers (fuel economy has been less than expected, too).


GM’s Duramax diesel launched in Thailand four years ago, and Ward’s wrote that it was too small, noisy, and costly — at $3,200 over the conventional V6, it was the most expensive option.

Ward’s praised the EcoDiesel for its capability, smoothness, and refinement. Over the ten days of testing, the Ram 1500 got about 24 mpg in real-world driving, including towing tests.

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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