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2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Fuel Economy Pegged at Up to 32 MPG Highway for 4x2

Posted in News on October 8, 2019
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The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has officially been rated by the EPA, and the news is good. EcoDiesel fuel economy goes all the way up to 32 mpg on the highway for 4x2 models, with 4x4s not far behind at 29 mpg. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 4x2 also gets 22 city and 26 combined mpg, while the 4x4 achieves 21 and 24 mpg, respectively.

Those numbers lag behind the current light-duty diesel champion slightly. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax 2WD gets 23 city/33 highway/25 combined mpg and the 4WD gets 23 city/29 highway/24 combined mpg (don't ask us why the Chevy 2WD has a higher city and highway, but lower combined rating than the Ram).

However, EcoDiesel fuel economy comes out ahead compared to the Ford F-150 Power Stroke. The Blue Oval diesel gets 22 city/30 highway/24 combined mpg in two-wheel-drive form—four-wheelers get 20 city/25 highway/21 combined mpg.

The Ram also wins out in terms of maximum diesel torque and towing capacity, at 480 lb-ft and 12,560 pounds respectively. What's more, the company also offers the EcoDiesel engine package across its entire lineup of trucks, from the lowly Tradesman to the luxurious Limited and the rugged Rebel. Ford limits the Power Stroke to the XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum, while Chevy refuses to offer the Duramax on the Trail Boss, Custom, or WT trims (for an off-road, oil-fired, fullsize GM product, look to the GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 Duramax).

We've driven all three light-duty diesel engines on offer today, and we like a lot about each. The Duramax offers impressively low levels of noise, vibration, and harshness and a wide, flat torque curve thanks to its I-6 powerplant. The Power Stroke is very quiet for a V-6 diesel, and it is saddled to one of the best 1/2-ton platforms extant. And the EcoDiesel is a true jack-of-all-trades, offering excellent power and torque and impressive towing numbers, alongside an estimated 1,000-mile highway range between fillups (RIP our bladders).

Source: Ram Trucks

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