There are two things that auto journalists regularly pine over: diesel engines and station wagons. It would appear that at least one of these objects of affection is shared with the general public. I am referring, of course, to the wave of turbodiesel models that have found their way to showrooms during the past 12 months, with brands from Chevrolet to Mazda outfitting various compact and mid-size models with these efficient alternative engine designs.
Throughout this diesel renaissance diesel-powered light-duty pickups have been conspicuous by their absence. Surely, it would seem logical that a high torque, low-consumption engine like a turbodiesel would be a natural fit for entry-level trucks, especially given the proliferation of these drivetrains in the heavy-duty segment, but it wasn't until now, with the 2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, that pickup buyers have had the chance to sample a diesel engine in a half-ton configuration.
The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is in some ways Chrysler's great experiment: will truck shoppers be willing to pay a premium for that elusive combination of torque and fuel economy that turbodiesel technology is designed to deliver?