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Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

The 2014 Ram 1500 took the top prize for Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year Award for the second time in a row. This is the first time any make or model has taken the prize two years running. The only trucks considered for this award are ones that have dramatically improved their model over the previous model year. This Ram 1500 is the first diesel powered 1,000-pound truck in 15 years. The recent advances in diesel technology allow this truck to be a game-changer. This diesel truck is not the heavy, slow, pollution-spewing diesel of old. This truck comes with one of the most advanced 8-speed automatic transmissions ever put in a diesel truck.  The new Eco Diesel engine actually has been proven more efficient than its regular gas powered counterparts. For every 500 miles a gas-powered counterpart can run, the new Ram EcoDiesel will run about 575.

The engine is a 3-liter turbo diesel V6 with 240 hp held together by graphite instead of aluminum. The graphite parts in this truck provide a better strength-to-weight ration than aluminum, which decreases weight and increases acceleration and cornering. The EcoDiesel engine puts out an impressive 26-mpg highway, which is about 4-5 mpg better than the average of a comparable truck. Another impressive stat is that Motor Trend ranked the 2014 Ram 1500 the best in class in “ease of towing.” The Ram 1500 has the smoothest ride when towing and experiences the least amount of loss in power when doing so. Its ability to chug at low rpm’s and the industry leading 8-speed automatic transmission allow the Ram to tow its payload in the most efficient way.

The Ram also received some of the highest grades in the world as far as interior space, comfort and design. The controls are user-friendly and designed to be easy to operate even in heavy-duty work gloves. This award has been given out since 1979 and never, until now, has it been given to the same truck twice in a row. That says it all right there.

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Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Fuel economy is one of the top considerations for pick-up truck drivers, and Ram is addressing that concern by becoming the first manufacturer to offer a diesel engine in a half-ton pickup. Labeled EcoDiesel and offered on the 2014 Ram 1500, the 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 common-rail diesel will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

According to Edmunds, the powerplant, which boasts 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm, will achieve more than 25 miles per gallon on the highway. The EcoDiesel engine meets all state emissions requirements with assistance from a diesel-exhaust-fluid (DEF) system that should call for a refill around every 10,000 miles. Ram points out that the DEF system, unlike others on the market, allows the engine to run at full power even when the fluid level is low.

Ram also finalized towing numbers for the exclusive EcoDiesel. The two-wheel-drive, two-door, long bed with the new EcoDiesel will tow up to 9,200 lb. The new diesel engine approaches larger-displacement V8s’ towing capability with a 3.0-liter V6.

Ram’s 4.7-liter V-8 is now discontinued, leaving buyers to choose between the new 3.0-liter diesel, a 25-mpg, 3.6-liter flex-fuel V-6 gasoline engine, and a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, which comes back as the standard engine for the Ram 1500 Tradesman. EcoDiesel buyers can expect to pay a little more than a comparable Hemi-equipped 1500 and a Ram fitted with the base V-6, but will be worth it in the long run.

The interior of the Ram 1500 will be all new in 2014, with upgraded materials; a vast array of choices ranging up to the fancy embossed leather of the Laramie Longhorn trim level; expanded telematics and connectivity including hotspot Wi-Fi, a work-site boon; a new power-locking system that secures the tailgate and side-mounted RamBoxes with one key-fob click.

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