By Patrick Rall
The EPA has announced their official fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Ram 1500 with the 5.7L Hemi V8 and the new 8-speed automatic transmission and with figures as high as 22 miles per gallon on the highway – the Hemi/8-speed combo makes the 2014 Ram 1500 the most efficient V8 half ton truck in America.
The 2014 Ram 1500 fitted with the 5.7L Hemi, the new 8-speed automatic transmission and standard rear wheel drive is expected to yield 15 miles per gallon around town and 22 miles per gallon on the highway. The next most efficient V8 currently available in a half ton pickup is the 5.0L mill from the Ford F150 which offers the same 15 around town and just 21 on the highway. That same Hemi and 8-speed drivetrain with four wheel drive offers 15mpg around town and 21 on the highway – beating the 5.0L Ford F150 in both city and highway as the Ford offers 14 city/19 highway. Best of all, the 2014 Ram 1500 with the 5.7L Hemi offers substantially more power than the 5.0L Ford V8 with 395hp to Ford’s 360 and 407lb-ft of torque to just 380 for the F150.
Ford has long been bragging about having the most powerful and most efficient half ton pickup on the market thanks to their twin turbocharged EcoBoost V6 which offers 365hp, 420lb-ft of torque and figures of 16 city/22 highway for 4×2 models and 15/21 for 4×4 F150 pickups. The Hemi offers significantly more horsepower and slightly less torque while also offering nearly identical fuel economy figures. In short, Ford will probably still brag that they have the most efficient half ton pickup since their EcoBoost’d F150 offers 1mpg better on the highway in rear wheel drive form. It should be noted that the least expensive EcoBoost-powered Ford F150 costs around $27,460 while the least expensive 2013 Ram 1500 with the Hemi (Tradesman, 4×2) costs just $24,805…$2,655 less than the Ford.
The Ram brand will almost certainly claim the title of America’s most efficient half ton pickup later this year when the official fuel economy numbers for the new EcoDiesel engine option are announced. In the meantime, Ram can only brag of having the most efficient base V6 and V8 half ton trucks in America.