The optional EcoDiesel engine is back in the RAM 1500 and is more powerful and frugal than ever
RAM and FCA were the first to introduce a diesel-powered engine option in their full-size light-duty pickup. The 2020 RAM 1500 with EcoDiesel V6 provided power, fuel economy and loads of capabilities that were unmatched in the segment. Now that Ford and GM have diesel alternatives, the numbers war rages on.
In this round of who provides the most, the RAM wins a few battles, if barely. Diesel is all about torque so its 480 lb.-ft. rating outdoes the Ford (440) and the GM (460). Same goes for towing capacity where the RAM EcoDiesel manages a maximum of 12,560 lb. compared to 11,400 (Ford) and 9,300 (GM.)
The reason for the news story is fuel economy. Here, the margins are even slimmer. With 4×4, the 2020 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel returns 8.0L/100km highway and 9.7L/100km in the city. The Duramax is close behind with 8.1L and 10.2L respectively. Ford trails the other two with 8.3L and 11.2L (highway/city) averages.
While we love nearly all things diesel, these powertrains always come with a hefty near-$10,000 price tag. Although RAM boasts that the 1500 EcoDiesel can travel up to 1,600km between fill-ups with the optional 125-litre tank, it’s best to evaluate your real pickup needs before opting for the diesel engines.