Not too many years ago, prospects who were contemplating the idea of buying a full-size truck didn’t have to do a whole lot of research to compare different types of engine options. The just had to factor in the entry-level, least expensive six cylinder engines while also taking a glance at one, maximum two V8 engines. The 2015 Ram 1500 turns the decision-making process into a real challenge: should you go for the super powerful V8 engine or should you target the cost-effective alternative, in an attempt to reduce your expenses? You can make a smart choice by simply comparing both options in terms of performance, fuel economy and noise levels.
Hemi Tops Its Competitor in Terms of Overall Power
On paper, EcoDiesel promises an extra 10 lb-ft of torque, compared to the Hemi. Nonetheless, in reality the Hemi has a competitive advantage in the form of increased horsepower (up to 155 more furious ponies than the EcoDiesel version). Tests show that the Hemi model is also up to 2 seconds rapider than the EcoDiesel one during 0-to-60 mph sprints.
Noise, Harshness and Vibration
If you want to enjoy a smooth, quiet ride and usually use harshness, vibration and noise levels as your main criteria when it comes to choosing an engine option, you should know that both types of engines are reasonably civilized.
Some people just want to opt for the engine option that will help them save a significant amount of money at the gas pump, without sacrificing performance. If you are one of them, you may want to go in favor of the EcoDiesel version, which exceeds the fuel efficiency displayed by Hemi by 6 mpg on the highway and 5 mpg* on the city streets, in 2WD form. On the other hand, in 4WD form, the EcoDiesel option still manages to separate itself from its competitor due to its clear 6 mpg highway and 4 mp*g city advantage.
When towing, the benefits become even more significant, taking into consideration the fact that generally speaking, diesels are much more effective than most gas engines. Some tests have indicated that EcoDiesel alternatives can deliver twice as many MPG as their V8 counterparts. In case your goal is to reach a new record in terms of miles per gallon, you may want to stick to the EcoDiesel engine. The light-duty diesel engine displayed by Ram 1500 promises 28 mpg* on the highway and a maximum towing capacity of 9,200 lbs. On the other hand, the HEMI® V8 engine ensures 26 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg* on the city streets, correlated with 410 lb-ft of torque and 395 horsepower.
Still don’t know which engine option to choose? You can make up your mind by simply test driving both models. Plan your visit at Hodge Dodge in Paris, Texas to assess the performance of both types of engine and choose the Ram 1500 model that triggers your complete satisfaction.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.