The fight for the most wanted half-ton diesel pickup truck is still on and even with the news that the 2020 Ram 1500 Eco Diesel offers 32-miles per gallon. While that is a good amount of mileage, the Ram is still not the best when it comes to staying away from the pumps. The Ram has an EPA-estimated economy of 22-miles per gallon city, 32-miles per gallon highway, and a 26-miles per gallon average for the 4×2 models while the 4×4 models reached 21/29/24.
However, the 2020 GM trucks with the 3.0-liter Duramax engine we test drove just a few months ago, offer one mile per gallon better in each rating for both 4×2 and 4×4 models. Then, behind these two, the Ford F-150 and it’s new 3.0-liter, V6 Power Stroke diesel engine holds a significantly lower rating at 20/25/22-miles per gallon.
If you’re stingy on the purchase of a vehicle because of the one mile per gallon difference, be my guest. But, the Ram does offer more torque than the other two manufacturers with a whopping 480-pound-foot of torque. This is 20 pound-feet more than the GM and 40 pound-feet more than the Ford half-ton trucks.
Of the three, the Chevrolet still makes the most power with 277-horsepower, versus the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel’s 260 hp. Ford’s Power Stroke only outputs 250 hp.
- New 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 4×2 scores 32 miles per gallon (mpg) highway and 29 mpg highway for 4×4 models
- New Ram 1500 EcoDiesel produces the highest half-ton diesel torque at 480 lb.-ft. and highest half-ton diesel towing capacity at 12,560 pounds
- Ram focused on establishing powertrain technology leadership in the truck segment
- Ram 1500 Rebel now available with EcoDiesel option for the first time
- Class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel economy, improves ride control, off-road capability, ease of entry and exit, cargo-loading effort, and features automatic load leveling
- 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pricing starts at $36,890, plus $1,695 destination
“The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel offers the best torque and towing among all half-ton diesel trucks,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “Now with a 10-year track record, the Ram brand has emerged as a truck powertrain technology leader. The all-new EcoDiesel engine and Ram 1500 eTorque mild-hybrid powertrains deliver outstanding fuel efficiency alternatives for our Ram 1500 customers.”