Posted on February 3, 2020 by Kelly Wilk
2020 Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel for Sale | Toronto, Mississauga
Use Less Gas and Go
Wind in your hair, green blur of a tree line racing by you, soft hum of a EcoDiesel engine under the hood giving you superior fuel economy. The world has been waiting for more of this my friends, people everywhere are committing to doing better for the environment and now so to speak, Ram has hopped on that pick up truck. Fuel economy is a hot button topic, it certainly is in my family and I imagine yours too. Our choices have ripple effects and more people are trying to make consciously green decisions. Now with the 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Ram is adding to that discussion and hoping to make good on that directive. While they are still stalled on the EPA certification, talk about the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is showing some real promise when it comes to its fuel-economy. So folks in the Burlington, Barrie, Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton and Peel areas keep your fingers crossed that it will arrive at your local dealership sooner rather than later.
So let's get down to the nitty gritty. In the Car and Driver highway fuel-economy test it blew them away by returning 24 mpg on the 75-mph highway. However that is even more impressive when you consider the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel versus its counterpart the Ram 1500 Rebel, which is loaded up with a 5.7 litre Hemi V-8 engine, only returned 18 mpg. It is astonishing and enthusiasts are on alert to the performance reviews for this vehicle. However there is a small wrinkle in the blueprint at Dodge Ram.
We know that both trucks are off-road all-wheel-drive Rebels with identical final-drive ratios, tires, cab and bed configurations. However they may be harder to lay hands on than expected. Fiat Chrysler maintains we will see the EcoDiesel before 2021 but it still has to clear that vital EPA emissions test, not to mention that its fuel-economy estimates are still yet to be determined. Why you may ask? It is not possible to predict if the engine calibration tested by Car and Driver will be the one that Ram will decide on for its final product.
However that is not to say that there are no silver linings left. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will make the day to day driving much more efficient in terms of fuel economy than when it heads out on the highway. In their testing the diesel powered Rebel averaged 20 mpg while the Ram running on gas sucked up a gallon of the stuff for every 14 miles it drove. Makes the pervious version seem downright gas greedy in comparison. And if you and your green family are keeping tabs the potential of this new Ram the EcoDiesel engine cannot be discounted. Could be a good time to talk about fuel efficiency with the kids!
There is a kink to this situation, being that because they have only tested the off-road Rebel, comparisons to the light-duty Ford F 150 Power Stroke don’t leave much to consider. While the GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 has the option of the new GM 3.0 litre inline 6 diesel and garnered a 24 mpg rating from the EPA, which sounds rather like the diesel-equipped 4WD Sierra even given its two-inch increase in ride height and much larger off-road tires. With all the competitors flocking around there is no denying that the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has come to compete in the big leagues now, as they have succeeded in building it not only better but stronger. This baby can get up to 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, which is an improvement from 240 horses and 420 lb-ft. This has been achieved thanks in part to the increasingly efficient turbocharger. The engine has sustained a major redesign including many tweaks.
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel trucks improved engine has an iron block that is decreased by 15-pounds. The same tried and true 60-degree 3.0 litre V-6 configuration is used. Also similar to other light-duty diesel truck engines you may be in the drivers seat and not be able to tell it’s a diesel. From where you would sit some diesel engines make a lot of noise at a certain speed and with different weight of loads in combination. ZF's eight-speed automatic is still the only transmission available.
When testing the crew-cab Rebel the Ram EcoDiesel made it to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which is 0.9 second faster than the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 4x4 crew cab that Car and Driver tested in 2015. On the other hand the Hemi V-8 only needed 6.4 seconds to get over 60 mph. Also Rams that have the EcoDiesel haul 12,560 pounds depending on their formation, however the Rebel can haul 9590 pounds. The other thing to consider is that the almost identical but more economical Hemi-powered Rebel hauls 11,340-pounds.
With all things considered the consensus is this Ram just sweeps competition and has a 10 Best Winner. The interior has the same beautifully detailed finish. That and its standard coil-spring suspension and optional air springs still provide a superior ride in amongst the other half-ton trucks it muscles up to. Not to mention the fact that the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel comes in every trim level conceivable from the everyday dependable Tradesman to the luxurious Limited.