Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0L V6 gets 32 mpg highway
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will be rated at 32 mpg highway and 22 mpg city – for the 4×2 models – and 29/21 mpg highway/city for 4×4 models.
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel fuel economy score falls just short of the Chevrolet Silverado rating of 33/23 mpg highway/city in 4×2 configurations and beats the similar F-150 rating of 30/22 mpg highway/city.
Though not taking the absolute top mpg score in the segment, Ram does own the top mpg score for the trucks in the biggest part of the segment. Which, at the end of the day, is what really matters.
According to Ram, more than 80 percent of the full-size truck purchase mix is in 4×4 models. They also point out that, coincidentally, the Ram 1500 4×4 fuel economy rating of 29/21 mpg highway/city surpasses both competitors’ ratings for a similar truck.
In our book, that makes the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel the absolute winner for the half-ton segment.
But there is more.
At the end of the day, many people tell us, that while high fuel economy scores are important, how the truck performs is more important.
Looking at overall performance, the new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel in the 2020 Ram 1500 delivers a stout 260 horsepower. More importantly, it leads the half-ton pickup truck segment where it really counts with torque of 480 lb.-ft. and diesel towing capability of 12,560 pounds.
How good is that compared to the competition?
- A Silverado Duramax Diesel produces 277 horsepower with 460 ft.-lbs of torque but tows just 9,300 pounds
- The F-150 Power Stroke Diesel produces 250 horsepower with 440 lb.-ft. of torque and tows 11,400 pounds.
Plus, the new 3.0L EcoDiesel engine is available in all models and configurations including – for the first time – the 2020 Ram Rebel.
And, when equipped with an available 33-gallon fuel tank, a Ram 1500 4×4 EcoDiesel has a range of over 1,000 miles. In layman’s terms, that is being able to drive from Dallas to Chicago on a single tank with enough left to visit Navy Pier before filling up.
The new Ram EcoDiesel is a $4,995 option, or a $3,000 premium over the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 eTorque equipped Ram 1500. The premium on Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Rebel and Laramie base models powered by the 3.6L Pentastar V6 is $3,300.
A 2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab 2WD equipped with the new EcoDiesel has a MSRP of $36,890.
Ram Classic Diesel
While launching the latest generation 2020 Ram 1500 trucks, Ram has elected to continue production of a group of 2019 models. Designated the Ram 1500 Classic – they are also available with an EcoDiesel engine.
Powered by the second-generation 3.0-liter EcoDiesel (240 horsepower / 420 lb.-ft. of torque), a Ram 1500 Classic Crew Cab prices at $39,140.
Ram 1500 for 2020
According to Ram, the 2020 Ram 1500 lineup continues to be the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never-before available in a pickup including:
- Up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability (5.7-liter HEMI V-8) and 2,300 pounds of payload.
- The eTorque mild hybrid system delivering improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 (standard) and V-8 configurations.
- New Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L.
- Largest cabin in the segment with twice the interior storage capacity versus the competition.
- RamBox Cargo Management System and Multi-Function Split Swing-Away Tailgate
- Class-leading ride and handling via a class-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system with optional Active-level four-corner air suspension with automatic load leveling.
- Active safety and security systems including adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Automatic Emergency Braking.
- NOW – equipped with Adaptive Headlamps and Automatic High Beams – the only full-size pickup rated an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.
The 2020 Ram 1500 powered by the new 3.0L EcoDiesel is backed with a five-year /100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system.
In addition, 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.
Building your own Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
Learn more about the entire lineup of 2020 Ram 1500 trucks – ALL (including Rebel) available with the new 3.0L EcoDiesel at: https://www.ramtrucks.com/2020/ram-1500.html
The Ram Classic (2019) lineup – powered by the second generation 3.0L EcoDiesel – includes the Express, Lone Star, Tradesman and Warlock. Check them out here: https://www.ramtrucks.com/ram-1500classic.html.
Comparing the Competition
Comparing the Ram 3.0L EcoDiesel to competing full-size pickup diesel powertrains.
Manufacturer Ram Chevrolet Ford
Engine EcoDiesel Duramax Power Stroke
Type 3.0L V6 3.0L In-line 6 3.0L V6
Boost Turbo Turbo Turbo
Horsepower 260 277 250
Torque (lb.-ft.) 480 460 440
Transmission 8-speed auto 10-speed auto 10-speed auto
Fuel Economy (mpg)
4×2 Highway/City 32/22 33/23 30/22
4×4 Highway/City 29/21 29/23 25/22
Max Towing (lbs.) 12,560 9,300 11,400