Slowly, but surely, the half-ton diesel pickup truck wars have heated up. Chevrolet, Ford and Ram each offer a diesel power plant for their bread-and-butter trucks, but we now have a clear picture of which is the least thirsty of them all.
However, it is not the. On Monday, EPA-estimated fuel economy figures released that show Ram’s oil-burner will return 22 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined for 4×2 models. More popular 4×4 models will return estimates of 21/29/24 mpg.
What beats that? The 2020and its . Chevy’s full-size diesel pickup returns figures that are 1 mpg greater in each rating for both 4×2 and 4×4 models. At the back of the pack is the and its . The Blue Oval’s challenger returns significantly lower fuel economy estimates in 4×4 models at 20/25/22 mpg.
Still, Ram has something to boast about. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 under the hood still makes the most torque when compared to the Ford or Chevy. The big ol’ Ram has 480 pound-feet of torque on tap, which is a plus when it comes to pickups. Chevy comes behind with 460 pound-feet of torque, and the Ford is a full 40 units of twist down from the Ram at 440 pound-feet of torque.
Of the three, the Chevy still makes the most power with 277 horsepower, versus the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel’s 260 hp. Ford’s Power Stroke musters 250 hp.
All of these figures seem to make the Ram a very good happy medium within the half-ton diesel segment. It’s only 1 mpg behind Chevy in all respects, but there’s an extra 20 pound-feet of torque on tap. Will buyers dig the 1 mpg trade-off for more grunt? It seems very plausible. With its 33-gallon tank, it will also do 1,000 miles without needing to stop for a fill-up, Ram also promised.
All in all, it’s a solid set of figures for Ram, which has been on a sales roll recently with its new pickup. Buyers can plop the diesel engine under the hood as a $4,995 option. The least expensive way to live the frugal truck life is a Ram 1500 Tradesman quad-cab 4×2, starting at $38,585.