Unless you are planning to go for the RAM 1500, you have a choice of two gasoline engines to power your new truck. They are the 3.6 liter V6 Pentastar and the HEMI 5.7 liter V8. Choosing the appropriate RAM 1500 engine will be easier if you know the fundamental differences between the two motors. This brief overview will help you differentiate between them and decide upon the right one for your needs.
Starting with the smaller RAM 1500 engine, this 3.6 liter V6 will return 17 MPG when city driving and 25 MPG* on the open highway if you have a 2-wheel drive model of the RAM 1500. If you opt for 4-wheel drive, this figure drops to 16 MPG (city) and 23 MPG (highway*). The bigger HEMI 5.7 liter V8 can return 15 MPG (city) and 22 MPG (highway*) with 2-wheel drive or 15 MPG in the city and 21 MPG* on the highway with 4-wheel drive.
The monstrous 5.7 liter V8 RAM 1500 engine is one to meet the most demanding needs. With a power output of 395 Horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, this should certainly be the engine of choice if you plan to do a lot of heavy trailer towing. This engine can tow a trailer of up to 10,450 lbs. The smaller V6 engine puts out 305 Horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. This would be the engine to have if your pickup truck use will be more casual. If you are going to be towing using this engine, your truck will be able to manage a trailer up to 7,450 lbs.
The Pentastar V6 engine has a silent chain timing drive, which provides great engine durability and makes for a quietly running engine. It also features a pulse-width-modulating fuel pump and variable valve timing which provides optimal efficiency, performance and power. The V8 HEMI meanwhile is equipped with cylinder deactivation, which increases fuel economy by shutting down four of the eight cylinders when your RAM 1500 is cruising or the engine loading is light.
As far as either of these engines is concerned, there is no winner or loser, and it’s purely a matter of choosing which one best suits your needs. If your RAM 1500 is going to double up as a family vehicle, for shopping, school runs and so on, along with some light towing and work duties, you’ll probably be best served by the V6. On the other hand, if your truck is going to be primarily a working vehicle and driven mostly out of town, the HEMI engine is likely to be the best fit.
Often the best way to get the feel for a particular engine is to take a new vehicle, fitted with the engine you are interested in, for a test drive. Here at James Hodge Dodge, we can arrange for you to try out vehicles fitted with either of these gasoline engines and discuss further which one might be right for you. Feel free to stop by or give us a call to arrange demos and test drives.
*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.