The 2020 Ram 1500 is coming later this year, and it’s bringing with it the third-generation version of its trailblazing EcoDiesel engine. In his First Drive of the new light-duty Ram diesel, our Aaron Bragman brings you all the requisite info would-be buyers will want to know when the truck hits dealerships, including engine specs (3.0-liter V-6; 260 horsepower; 480 pounds-feet of torque), max towing capacity (12,560 pounds) and pricing ($4,995 extra for the diesel), as well as favorable firsthand accounts of off-roading and the general driving experience — but the Ram’s fuel economy, a big consideration for diesel owners, may be where things get most interesting.
Related: 2019 Ram 1500: 10 Things We Like and 3 Things We Don’t
See, Ram conspicuously was “not done with EPA certification” yet, and that may or may not (… or may) have more than nothing to do with the fact that Chevrolet recently announced a 33-mpg highway rating for its 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel. On one of his Ram test drives, Bragman returned an observed trip-computer calculation of 30.8 mpg — superior to the outgoing engine’s rating, but still some 8 mpg lower than his previously observed mileage in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax.
For my gas money, the most fun part of Bragman’s First Drive story is when he calculates the likely mpg rating still forthcoming from the EPA by dissecting a cryptic statement from the automaker that one could drive from Duluth, Minn., to Dallas on a single tank (if one were so inclined). Given the 1,091-mile distance between the two cities and assuming Ram’s claim pertains to the new truck’s larger available fuel tank, that means the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup would return a figure of … oh, hell, maybe you should just follow the link below for the answer, along with Bragman’s full First Drive review.
While you’re down there, you can get the pricing breakdown for the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which starts at $38,585, including a $1,695 destination charge, along with a cost comparison with its Ford and Chevy rivals. Another one you won’t want to miss is our recap of that time we put the 2019 Ford Ranger’s 7,500-pound max towing rating to the test in real life towing a 24-foot Malibu wakeboard direct-drive boat — well, it’s someone’sreal life, anyway, and if that someone is you, click the link.
That’s not all! If you act now, we’ll throw in a real-world mpg test of the 2019 Nissan Titan XD; a quick-hit rundown of the things we like (and the things we’re giving the ol’ side-eye to) in the 2019 Ford Ranger; a comprehensive list of trucks offering Apple CarPlay smartphone integration; and our handy-dandy advice on what car you should buy — specifically if that car happens to be a truck!
Pick up on all things pickup that we covered in the past week on both Cars.com and sister site PickupTrucks.com:
2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel First Drive: Refined, Strong … and Efficient?
2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Base Price Undercuts Ford, Chevrolet
How Well Does the 2019 Ford Ranger Tow a 24-Foot Boat?
2019 Nissan Titan XD MPG: One Last Real-World Test
2019 Ford Ranger: 7 Things We Like, 4 Things We Don’t
Which Cars Have Apple CarPlay in 2019?
What Car Should You Buy?
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