New Ram Gets Best V-6 MPG & Towing

Ram 1500 Tradesman 1 II

From what Ram Truck tells us, they have been green-lighted by the EPA to promote the best-in-the-half-ton-segment fuel economy numbers for the Ram 1500, beating out the previous top dog, the 3.7L V-6 Regular Cab F-150 with 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, with a combined total of 19 mpg. 

Although we haven't driven this exact truck yet, Ram tells us their HFE (high fuel economy) model, which will come equipped with the Fiat-sourced engine Start/Stop technology, will have 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and offer a combined total of 21 mpg. We were also told, even non-HFE models without the Start/Stop technology will still offer 17 city and 25 highway mpg, which is still class leading. Ram also tells us, although these numbers have not been certified by the EPA yet, they fully expect the Hemi with the new 8-speed to have the best fuel economy numbers for the segment as well. 

Additionally, Ram is bragging that their new Pentastar and TorqueFlite 8 transmission will offer several hundred pounds more towing capacity with the V-6 than the previous champ -- again, the 3.7L Ford F-150 (of course, that does not include the twin-turboed EcoBoost option).

Rated to tow 6500 pounds when properly equipped, the Ram 1500 V-6 will lead the class (meaning the non-aspirated or turbo class) but has yet to start implementing the J2807 procedures (and the resulting towing numbers), waiting instead to see when both GM and Ford begin their new testing procedures. With that said, the maximum tow rating they are promoting is 10,450 pounds, along with a max payload number of 1930, with iether the V-6 or the V-8. 

Ram 1500 Tradesman 2 II

We've included a rather exhaustive towing chart (Download Tow Chart Ram 1500) that Ram Truck had for us at the event, but there doesn't seem to be any of the maximum towing and payload numbers they spoke about at the event, which we assume has more to do with the exact max towing or payload option packages that are necessary to get those specific ratings. Still, this should give you a good idea what the new Ram has to offer and how it stacks up. 



All I am seeing is the fact that Mark Williams needs to do some digging to clarify the actual MPG gains that Ram is bragging about. It makes zero sense to buy some short box, tall gear ratio, stiff tire truck for 1 mpg in the city. It makes ZERO sense. Tonneau covers provide virtually zero benefit in city driving other than keeping some crackhead from stealing your collection of Hemi ball caps from the back of your truck.
25 mpg across the board?
A 6.3 ft box catches much more air on the tailgate than a shorter box. The long box also weighs slightly more. Do those running boards run the full length of the 6.3 box Ram?
The touted air-ride with suspension lowering at highway speeds has zero effect on mpg?
Why do I find that hard to believe.
25 mpg across the board means that the EPA did not sample all of the trucks or Ram needs to stop letting their press department from interfering with the engineers.

I do like the fact that Ram has imporved their mpg ratings. I am surprised that it isn't really a big jump over Ford or Chevy. We do need to remember that this is a mid cycle refresh with a lot of new gadgets thrown into the mix.

What will Chev bring to the table ?

Does Ford or Chevy differentiate between bed lengths, cabs, rear gear ratios on MPG? Didn't think so.

Some of the people here don't have any info and are just spouting off misinformation. Either that........or they don't have brains enough to pour piss out of their boot with the instructions on the heel.

@Lou -

You make ZERO sense. The only reason you say it makes zero sense is becaues you are a jealous Ford owner!

EPA rating: 18 city, 25 highway, 21 combined. BEST in the industry; 20% improvement from the 2012 model.

The technology and how it makes with the drivetrain is second to none! The Pentastar mated with the 8 speed gives it best in class fuel economy.

One problem with this truck, it is a Dodge.


Ram beats minivan mileage

Posted on August 24th, 2012 • by David Zatz

Traditionally the lowest-mileage vehicles in an automaker’s stable, the new Ram pickups will actually beat Chrysler’s minivans in fuel-efficiency. The 2013 Ram 1500, with V6 and eight-speed automatic, will be rated at 18 mpg city, 25 highway — one mpg city better than the minivans.

The Ram easily ran past the Ford F-150 (17/23) and Chevy Silverado (15/20), with 305 horsepower and no turbocharger. The base price will be $23,585, including destination charges.

The current 2012 Ram checked in at 14 city, 20 highway. Ram will move from worst in class to best in class in a single model year

The base Ram 1500 will have a 4.7 liter V8 with a six-speed automatic, both essentially carried over; the 4.7 is not expected to last into the 2014 model year. The V6 and Hemi V8 both come with eight-speed automatics, which allows the addition of a stop-start system. Numerous changes to increase gas mileage are detailed in our Ram powertrain section and our technology walkaround.

@ Greg - didn't you get the memo? Dodge doesn't make trucks any more!

what I really find sad about this is even i get better gas mileage than the ram with a pentastar, and I've got a 4x4 half ton with a v8.

brag all you want, ram fans, this really isn't anything to brag about when you consider the specifications of this truck.

Well one thing we know with the Ford is that the Engine and Transmission are rock solid. Things we cant say about Pentastar and the 8 speed. Also Fords V6 makes more torque too, so that 8 speed better be some sorta magic machine when it comes to towing and acceleration. Ford also has the chassis to back up the towing and hauling numbers. And a tough chassis does weigh a lot. (no silly coil springs). I hope Ford does find a way to add another gear and a few more hp and tq numbers to the base V6. Its already a tempting package. And if Dodges works, it too will be a very tempting package. Id already choose the 3.6 over the 4.7 Ram.

What we know is the Hemi v8 is proven reliable. Has been on Wards 10 best engine list 6 times. Fords eco and 5.0 are new.
Here is the best part.
5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and variable-valve timing (VVT) provides 395 horsepower, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class fuel economy for V-8 trucks, beating competitive turbo V-6 engines.
Which would you want. A V6 (Ford Eco) that's worse on gas or a V8 that's better on gas and has more horse power? I know which one I would buy. The class leading Hemi V8

@Rambo Motard Goat Herder's Club - lets make the same post on every thread undermining one's credibility.

My 6.4 powered F250 super cab long bed 4x4 gets 17 mpg. It really isn't impressive that a couple of 2wd v6 half tons get 20...

At least Ford didn't take money from the gov. like GMC and Chrysler. Who's the punks?

This article is poorly written, and Ram hasn't produced a single V6 truck for the market yet. Just a bunch of hot air from their PR and pathetic consumer fanboys.

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