The most fuel-efficient full-size pickup in America is now the 2013 RAM 1500—or it will be when it arrives in dealerships later this year with a Pentastar V6 mated to an exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission called the TorqueFlite 8. That combination is expected to deliver “at least 20 percent better fuel economy” than the Ram’s current V6 powertrain, which would move the needle from today’s EPA marks of 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway/16 mpg combined to a projected line of about 17/24/19.
At the same time, the switch to Pentastar power also delivers a best-in-class 305 hp and 269 lb.-ft. of torque, representing upgrades of 40 percent and 13 percent versus the Ram’s 2012 V6 engine.
Prefer a HEMI under the hood? Ram will offer the new TorqueFlite 8 transmission with a 5.7-liter HEMI as well, providing owners with 395 hp, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and at least a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy (versus the comparable 2012 powertrain). The results should include an EPA highway mark of 22 mpg and the best V8 fuel-economy performance in the full-size pickup segment.
The HEMI-TorqueFlite powertrain will launch early next year.