According to the esteemed magazine, the Ram’s V-6 Diesel engine was far superior because it saved substantially more fuel than other models and did much better during road tests, as well.
During testing, the EcoDiesel averaged 20 miles per gallon in overall testing (Chevy only gets 16; the Ford F-150 gets 15) and an astonishing 27 miles per gallon on the highway.
Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports, said, “These are about the same fuel-economy numbers that we typically see in a midsized SUV. Ram is currently the only truck to offer turbo-diesel technology. It will be interesting to see what impact it will have on the half-ton truck market.”
This announcement is a huge victory for Dodge. Consumer Reports is currently the most respected source of vehicle reviews because the magazine works independently and receives zero influence from companies during the decision making process. In fact, the magazine buys all of their tested trucks randomly from local dealerships, meaning that manufacturers cannot prepare or send a particularly great model in to be tested.
The Ram 1500, of course, was released earlier this year and was the first half-ton diesel truck in more than 25 years.
In the initial review, Tom Mutchler writes, “[The EcoDiesel] is a rather impressive and quite refined machine. Of course, many of the Ram 1500’s attributes remain intact here, such as best-in-class ride from the rear coil spring suspension, comfortable front seats, and a roomy cab.”
And because of all that, it is also now the Truck of the Year.