There’s a new sheriff in town when it comes to fleet pickups. Ram Truck announced that a new, more fuel-efficient pickup is joining its half-ton truck lineup. Ram already holds steady in the segment with its fuel-efficient 4x4s along with the quickest, fastest and most powerful pickup straight from the factory — the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. However, the pickup brand’s latest offering — the 2021 Ram 1500 Tradesman HFE EcoDiesel — is more about efficiency than performance. The 2021 Ram Tradesman HFE (High Fuel Efficiency) EcoDiesel has an unrivaled highway fuel economy rating of up to 33 miles per gallon (mpg), with a city rating of 23 mpg and a combined fuel efficiency rating of 26 mpg. Ram Trucks added the special HFE designation to highlight the new model’s refined fuel efficiency. Read the rest of this entry
The 2020 Ram 1500 is the diamond of the existing Ram lineup, plain and simple. From the humble entry-level Tradesman trim to the top-tier Limited trim and every other trim in-between, the thoughtfully designed pickup truck impresses buyers like no others. Sales figures can certainly attest to that, given that Ram has completely taken over the second best-selling truck spot from Chevy. With capabilities that go above and beyond what buyers expect from a pickup truck, the Ram 1500 delivers thanks to its strong fuel economy numbers and its array of engine options. Those not behind the wheel of a 2020 Ram 1500 are doing themselves a disservice and here’s why: Read the rest of this entry
Edmunds named the Ram 1500 the Top Rated Truck for 2020. Editors show love to the full-size pickup in its Top Rated awards that span over seven categories and are seen as recognizing excellence in today’s automotive market. The winner of each category represents the best of each respective segment because Edmunds tests each and every competitive vehicle on the market. Read the rest of this entry
Ram Trucks finally announced the pricing for their 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck that goes on sale this year. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has a starting MSRP of $38,585 — including the destination fee. Buyers will be able to buy a two-wheel drive Tradesman Quad Cab Ram truck model for that starting MSRP, while higher-tier trim levels cost a bit more. Read the rest of this entry
Critics are finally getting their first chance to get up close and personal with the upcoming 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. This isn’t Ram’s first foray into the EcoDiesel trim, but it is the first for the latest-generation model with 80 percent new parts. With 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, the EcoDiesel engine bests both Ford’s PowerStroke engine and GM’s Duramax engine, effectively leading the half-ton class in torque. Let’s break down what sets the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel apart from the rest of the lineup. Read the rest of this entry
Great news are in order for all truck fans – Ram just announced that the 2020 Ram 1500 lineup will finally introduce a half-ton pickup powered by an EcoDiesel engine. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel features tech, torque and towing capacity figures that give plenty of other pickups in its segment a run for their money. Ram’s new, 3.0-liter diesel V6 is capable of generating 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. Both figures represent an increase when compared to the last-generation Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, with past figures coming in at 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy estimates are unavailable for the time being, but Ram is confident that the EcoDiesel engine “is expected to lead the segment on fuel economy” according to the brand’s official statement. The last-generation Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was rated at 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Read the rest of this entry
Ram trucks are definitely shaping up to be something else this year. The newly redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck made its first debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and again showed up with Mopar during a Mopar and Ram webcast presentation at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. There, they talked about the new Mopar catalog featuring over 200 new features for the Ram 1500. Going forward, Ram trucks are set to take on Ford, the world’s leader in light duty and heavy duty trucks in decades. Now, with new engines popping up on both, let’s take a look at both truck brands and do a little comparison of their engines.
2018 Ram 1500
Let’s look at the powertrain lineup of the 2018 Ram 1500 pickup truck, being that the 2019 Ram 1500 won’t be available for awhile. Three engines are available on 2018 Ram 1500 trucks – a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, and a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. Not too different from its 2019 lineup, aside from the to-be-determined return of the EcoDiesel and a new eTorque system that has been added for additional torque and hybrid capabilities.
The standard engine of the three is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with VVT, able to generate 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. With the eTorque system in the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, that torque capability comes out to 359 lb-ft of torque. When paired to the eight-speed automatic transmission and a 4×4 drivetrain, this engine on the 2018 Ram 1500 truck can get a fuel economy of 17/25 mpg city/highway. So far, so good.
Next up on the list is the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, able to deliver a total of 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. When paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission, this engine can grant a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Here’s hoping it returns to the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck lineup.
Returning to the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty truck is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 (with VVT and MDS), currently found on the 2018 Ram 1500 as well. Able to generate 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, this engine isn’t as strong as the EcoDiesel when it comes to towing. The eTorque system in the 2019 Ram 1500 truck will change that, adding an extra 130 lb-ft of torque. That will give trucks with the HEMI V8 a total of 540 lb-ft of torque! Amazing.
2018 Ford F-150
The 2018 Ford F-150 light duty pickup truck is available with four engines at the moment. Six if we count the to-be-released 3.0L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel engine and the Raptor DOHC 24-valve, High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Comparable to the three Ram 1500 engines above, the 2018 Ford F-150 light duty pickup truck can sport a new 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine. That’s twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT), a variation of variable valve timing (VVT) that alters the open/close valve lift events of an engine’s cylinders, optimizing it to increase the power output of the engine. This engine generates 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.
At this time, Ford has no diesel engine in the F-150 lineup. The EcoBoost engines are not to be mistaken for the same thing. They are turbocharged gasoline engines made to match the same horsepower and torque of engines that receive its air intake via atmospheric pressure, but with better fuel efficiency and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
A V8 engine is available on the 2018 Ford F-150 lineup and it’s a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that is able to deliver 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. It claims the “best-in-class” payload, but that’s only if properly equipped. Ford doesn’t go into defining what that means, but one can safely assume it needs a trailering package of some kind if it’s going to beat the payload of the 2018 Ram 1500 truck, touting another 20 lb-ft of torque over the 2018 Ford F-150.
Well there it is. Ford may be ruling the truck industry at the moment, but come 2019 their reign may just come to a final end. What do you think? Does Ram have what it takes to be crowned King of Trucks? Let us know on social media, or shop for a Ram 1500 pickup truck at Miami Lakes Ram and test it out for yourself.
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