28 mpgUS highway which means about 31 mpgUS actual for those that want to take a more fuel efficient path for their pickup truck needs. [fimg=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2014_RAM_1500_-_3_0L_EcoDiesel.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 4, 2014 2014 RAM 1500 with the 3.0L EcoDiesel – It will not be inexpensive but it is sure to put the beat down on the rest of the segment. As if we did not know the Fiat/Chrysler 3.0L EcoDiesel was already a class leader in terms of Light Duty (LD) pickup and SUV fuel economy performance. With our recent 1,118 mile drive in less than 24-hours including an overnight coming in at a solid 42 + mpg while behind the wind screen of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the same 3.0L EcoDiesel, was it any wonder it the RAM 1500 with the same engine would provide a class leading fuel economy rating as well? And it is not just class leading, it is “CLASS DOMINATING”! Shell and a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Star in the #TracktoTrack Challenge The EPA certification results posted this morning mean Ram not only keeps the half-ton fuel-economy record set last year with the 2013 Ram 1500 but tops that by a good margin! The 2013 RAM 1500 equipped with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 gasoline engine was a stellar addition to the light duty pickup truck marketplace and proved itself during our very short 3-day test drive in conditions more akin to prepping for winter and later building igloo’s then achieving high fuel economy. 2013 RAM 1500 HFE Arrives Soon and in particular, the 36.78 mpgUS actual result in 41 degree F temps proved without a doubt that the new 25 mpgUS highway rated Pentastar equipped 1500 RAM was going to be a proven winner. The 2014 Ram 1500 now owns the half-ton pickup segment’s top two spots in the EPA’s 2014 highway fuel-economy rankings. Reid Bigland, President and CEO Ram Truck Brand: In a slight towards Ford, RAM got aggressive and reiterated the new trucks 6 mpg fuel economy advantage over the best 2014 Ford F150 Eco-Boost. The 3.0L EcoDiesel is the first and only advanced-technology turbo-diesel offered in the half-ton pickup segment. In addition to superior fuel economy, it delivers an incredible 420 lb.-ft. of torque which is unsurpassed among full-size trucks equipped with any other V6 engine. The all-new engine’s block and bedplate are made from lightweight Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI). The stuff Ford’s next generation 2015 2.7L EcoBoost will be made out of. Its performance is enhanced by the innovative MultiJet 2 common-rail fuel-injection system, able to provide up to 8-injections per combustion event to reduce emissions, improve throttle response, improve combustion for better fuel economy and reduce clatter that most older diesels are shod with. Like many of the all-new car and small SUV/CUV turbo diesels beginning to make their presence known within the U.S., the all-new 3.0L EcoDiesel features Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), a diesel particulate filter (DPF), high-pressure cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), variable swirl intake ports and a variable-geometry turbocharger. The 3.0L EcoDiesel up close and "In Your Face" personal Yup, that there is the 3.0L monster in sheep’s clothing. Already one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2014, the 3.0L EcoDiesel was a significant factor in the Ram 1500’s selection as 2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. The Ram 1500 is the first vehicle to win this prestigious award in back to back years. Mated to that magnificent beast of an engine is Chrysler’s smooth shifting TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic. While enabling optimal engine speed in a wide range of driving and towing conditions, the advanced-technology gearbox benefits from a thermal-management system that quickly warms transmission oil to reduce pumping losses associated with cold, low-viscosity fluid. Like the RAM 1500 HFE details linked above, the RAM 1500 with the 3.0L Eco Diesel arrives with the following efficiency features: Active grille shutters Electric Power Steering (EPS) Lightweight aluminum for components – such as hoods – that do not compromise capability Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200, plus $1,195 destination. The 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel with TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is priced $2,850 greater than a similarly equipped Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and only in higher trims. RAM stated EcoDiesel model ordering will begin on Friday with delivery soon after that. Unlike most turbo diesel powertrains within cars, trucks, CUV/SUVs in America, RAM backs theirs with an outstanding five-year /100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty, which is transferrable, covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. The standard three-year / 36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram 1500, from the body to the electrical system. The 2014 Ram 1500 is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Mich.), which has assembled more than 12.5 million trucks since it started operations in 1938. Regular Cab models of the 2014 Ram 1500 are built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico. All-in, if you really need a pickup truck, please consider the RAM 1500 with the 3.0L EcoDiesel. You will be doing your part to save a natural resource and reduce emissions while placing long term low total cost of ownership (TCO) savings back into your retirement nest egg instead of the pump. 2014 RAM 1500 with the 3.0L EcoDiesel Prototype Short City Drive Loop It will be hard to top this one on a drive loop of any type and in any condition. It will be interesting to see what GM will do with their 2.8L turbo diesel equipped Canyon/Colorado small pickup scheduled to arrive in mid 2015 and what Ford will do with their 2015 F150. Even with the massive light weighting strategy and small displacement 2.7L EcoBoost, it will probably have its @$$ handed to it by the RAM 1500 equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel in more ways than one. Good job RAM and it is great to see fuel economy moving towards a segment that will do the most good. Thank you.