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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 Update 7

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/11/2015 Motor Trend Staff, Jason Udy

After the substantially redesigned 2013 Ram 1500 won the Motor Trend’s 2013 Truck of the Year award, we spent a year driving a 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 with the available Hemi engine and new eight-speed automatic transmission. The Ram 1500 and its new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 became our first repeat Truck of the Year winner a year later.

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So how does the new Fiat-sourced engine compare to the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8? The EcoDiesel is rated 240 hp at 3,600 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm to the Hemi’s 395 hp at 5,600 rpm and 410 lb-ft at 3,950 rpm, and both engines have the same eight-speed automatic transmission. The Hemi is EPA-rated 15/21/17 mpg city/highway/combined, and our EcoDiesel 4x4 is rated 19/27/22 mpg.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 Both half-ton pickups feature the Crew Cab body with the 67-inch box with the RamBox and tailgate extender. And of course, both models feature four-wheel drive. In this configuration, the Hemi-powered truck has a payload rating of 957 pounds and a max trailer weight of 8,450 pounds, and the EcoDiesel has a max payload of 960 pounds and can tow a trailer up to 8,650 pounds.

In our testing, the 5,843-pound Hemi-powered truck sprinted to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds and finished the quarter mile in 15.5 seconds at 87.7 mph; the 5,990-pound EcoDiesel Ram reached 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and the did the quarter mile in 16.6 seconds at 81.5 mph. On the road, the Ram 1500 with the gas Hemi felt noticeably quicker. Despite its acceleration disadvantage, the EcoDiesel feels lively enough, especially while passing on the highway. Curiously, it feels more responsive at half- to three-quarter-throttle than it does when mashing the accelerator to the floor.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 I drove each from the Los Angeles Basin to the Rocky Mountains more than once each. With the Hemi engine, the Ram 1500 returned around 19-20 mpg round trip. The EcoDiesel achieved 25-26 mpg in observed fuel mileage. Both trucks averaged 5-10 mph over posted limits and had to climb several mountain summits between 6,000 and 7,000 feet.

Although the EcoDiesel has a significantly higher fuel economy rating, the difference in fuel cost determines whether it actually saves money. During the past 10 months, the cost of diesel fuel has fluctuated from $1 more to $1 less per gallon than premium. Besides the cost of fuel, consumers need to consider the cost of the Hemi and the EcoDiesel (add about $1,150 and $3,120-$4,270 respectively in 2015) over the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

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