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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is rated at 23 mpg combined

When it comes to full-size pickups, Ford has been grabbing the lion’s share of the attention in recent month. Leading up its official unveil at the Detroit Auto Show, everyone was abuzz about the use of aluminum in the 2015 Ford F-150. And when the sheets were finally lifted, we were greeted with a truck whose body contained 95 percent aluminum.
 
The 700-pound weight reduction -- thanks to the use of high-strength aluminum -- was used to show that the F-150 would once again feature class-leading fuel economy (although the official EPA numbers are not yet available).
 
Chrysler is obviously tired of hearing about the F-150 and wants to put some of the spotlight back on its own hot-selling pickup: the Ram 1500. In this case, the company is proud to announce that its Ram 1500 EcoDiesel V6 (240hp, 420 lb-ft torque, 9,200-pound towing capacity) is rated for 28 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined (the company neglected to provide city numbers).


Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
 
Naturally, Chrysler tried to dig the knife into Ford a little deeper by calling out the F-150. “To put the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in context, it gets 6 mpg better fuel economy than the best F150 EcoBoost,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO Ram Truck Brand. “Overall, the Ram 1500 Eco-Diesel has outstanding pick-up truck capability with compact-car-like fuel economy.”
 
The company even used its press release to bring attention to Ford’s extensive use of aluminum in the 2015 Ford F-150, clearly reaching out to a segment of the population that is not too keen on the use of the lightweight material. The press release talks about the “Thoughtful material-use strategies that leverage lightweight aluminum for components – such as hoods – that do not compromise capability.”

 
However, for those looking to “get their diesel on” with the Ram 1500, the price of entry definitely isn’t cheap. The 2014 Ram 1500 with a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine has a starting price of $24,400 (plus $1,195 destination fee) and the EcoDiesel engine option represents a $2,850 premium over the already optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8.
 
And that also doesn’t take into account the 10 to 15 percent (or higher) price premium for diesel over regular unleaded gasoline throughout much of the United States.

Source: Chrysler



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Stupid apples to oranges comparison
By Philippine Mango on 2/5/2014 3:01:03 AM , Rating: 2
All dodge does is compare the current iteration of F150s with the NON aluminum body and not with the future Aluminum body F150. The article basically is just bragging about the Dodge truck when there is no comparison to be had since we don't know the F150 fuel economy numbers.




RE: Stupid apples to oranges comparison
By flyingpants1 on 2/5/2014 9:05:02 AM , Rating: 2
So they're comparing two currently-available steel models, and you think that's an apples-to-oranges comparison? Are you serious?

An aluminium-body Dodge EcoDiesel would get even better numbers.


RE: Stupid apples to oranges comparison
By Creig on 2/5/2014 10:47:28 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
So they're comparing two currently-available steel models, and you think that's an apples-to-oranges comparison? Are you serious?


Of course it's apples-to-oranges. Dodge will have just ONE year to compare their EcoDiesel Ram 1500 to a steel bodied EcoBoost F150. After that, it's nothing but aluminum-bodied F150s.

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An aluminium-body Dodge EcoDiesel would get even better numbers.

I'm sure it would. Except that none exist or are even planned to exist.


By flatrock on 2/6/2014 11:03:24 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder what the cost will be for the aluminum frame F150, not to mention the repair costs and the repair issues. Aluminum isn't quite as easy to work with as steel, so there will be costs but I don't know how significant they will be.


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