When configured with its new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine and TorqueFlite 8 eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2014 RAM 1500 will have an MSRP of $24,200.
Now, there are a couple of ways of putting that number into context, and Ram notes that it is $2,850 more expensive than a comparable 2014 Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8. But on the other hand, it’s also about $2,000 less than the most affordable Ford F-150 with an EcoBoost engine. The EcoDiesel and the EcoBoost powerplants serve two different purposes, of course, but they are certainly comparable in the sense that they’re both among their brands’ marquee motors.
And when you get right down to it, the two powerplants are almost equally powerful in terms of torque. The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will serve up 410 lb.-ft. of it, while the EcoBoosted F-150 makes 420 lb.-ft. True, the Ford also packs 365 hp, versus the Ram’s 240, but since torque is more important for hauling, the bottom line is that the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will have a nice price advantage over similarly work-ready pickups, then also show off some eye-popping fuel-economy numbers.
Consider another slightly apples-to-oranges comparo, this time between with the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It, too, will offer the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel and eight-speed automatic, and it’s slated to reach 30 mpg highway with a towing capability of 7,400 lbs. A 30-mpg full-size pickup may be too much to hope for at this point—although you never know—but the brand has confirmed that the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel would out-efficiency the thriftiest current Ram, which combines a Pentastar V6 and TorqueFlite 8 transmission to reach 25 mpg.