Ram 1500 Leads V-6 Tow Ratings
2014 Ram 1500 Achieves New Best-in-class Tow Rating for V-6 Gasoline/Diesel Pickups
- 2014 Ram 1500 with 305 horsepower Pentastar V-6 tows 7,450 lbs., topping all base V-6 engines in the segment
- More robust parking system components inside the exclusive 8-speed transmission allow for greater tow rating
- 3.0-liter EcoDiesel towing capacity rated at 9,200 lbs. – approaching large V-8 capability
- No direct competitor for new Ram 1500 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel
Fleets and small contractors seeking both fuel economy and towing capability without diving into the V-8s will find the official towing numbers Ram Truck released of high interest.
The 2014 Ram 1500 takes top spot in V-6 towing capacity at 7,450 lbs.
The new EcoDiesel V-6, a $2,800 upgrade option, is rated up to 9,200 pounds.
To reach the best-in-class number, Ram powertrain engineers added a more robust parking gear to the exclusive 8-speed TorqueFlite 8 for a higher capacity rating.
“There was more towing capacity in the V-6 Ram 1500 but we needed to upgrade the transmission to hold the truck and trailer when parked on steep grades,” said Mike Cairns – Chief Engineer, Ram Truck.
“Now that we’re building the transmissions ourselves, the improvements are included in the new assembly. ”
Ram’s 1500 EcoDiesel 2WD, two-door, long-bed configuration rivals the towing capacity of pickups with V-8s with its 9,200 pound max tow capacity.
The new diesel engine approaches much larger displacement V-8 towing capability with a small but powerful 3.0-liter V-6 and best-in-class fuel efficiency of better than 25 MPG on the highway.