Ram EcoDiesel breaks Consumer Reports MPG mark, named top truck

Updated Dec 18, 2014

Ecodiesel EngineRam’s EcoDiesel 1500 is sneaking into the market compared to the frenzy surrounding Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150, but that didn’t stop Consumer Reports from naming it the publication’s top truck.

During a recent review, Consumer Reports says the 2014 Ram outscored both a 2011 Ford and a 2014 Chevrolet full-size truck when equipped with the new diesel engine and set a new high-water mark for fuel economy in the process.

The Ram 1500 with the V-6 EcoDiesel engine averaged 20 miles per gallon in overall testing and 27 mpg on the highway – the best fuel economy Consumer Reports has ever recorded in a full-sized truck.

Chevrolet Silverado is rated at 16 mpg and the 2011 Ford F-150’s at 15 mpg. The gas-powered Ram 1500 equipped with a Hemi V8 also gets a 15 mpg rating.

Earlier this year, an EcoDiesel-powered 2014 Ram 1500 earned a 28-mpg rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best highway-cycle test result ever achieved by a full-size, half-ton pickup

The EcoDiesel Ram also scored 82 in  Consumer Reports road tests, one point better than a Ram equipped with a gas engine tested previously.

Consumer Reports also rated the Ram high in performance tests, noting its unique rear suspension design delivered a smooth ride. The publication did note, however, a slight “diesel chatter” when the truck was at idle, but says the interior truck was “whisper quiet” on the road.