A top choice for a big, everyday pickup.

2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

The 2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the only full-size pickup outside of the heavy-duty (or near heavy-duty, in the case of the Nissan Titan XD) class to offer a turbodiesel powertrain. This alone is cause for celebration, as the 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel available under the hood of the 2016 Ram 1500 offers exceptional fuel mileage for such a large vehicle while still delivering the kind of towing, hauling, and off-road capability that one would expect from a truck.

Above and beyond its diesel engine, however, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel impresses with one of the nicest available interiors in its segment. Coupled with strong connectivity and infotainment offerings, and a rear coil spring suspension setup (with available air suspension) that gives it a smoother, and more controlled ride than any other full-size truck in Canada. You'll pay a substantial premium to get that EcoDiesel powertrain - and you can blow even more cash on increasingly-luxurious editions of the Ram 1500 found near the top of its startlingly diverse range of trims - but it's a top choice for a big, everyday pickup.

Pros

  • The 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 offered by the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel churns out 240 horsepower and a startling 420 pound-feet of torque. Although slower off the line than the available gas-powered Hemi V8 Ram, the EcoDiesel's torque keeps it competitive with its brethren at highway speeds and makes for effortless towing.
  • Even better than the EcoDiesel's grunt is its frugality at the fuel pump. Officially, the V6 is rated at 12.1 L/100 km city and 8.8 L/100 km highway, but depending on your driving style you could easily round that off to 10 L/100 km in normal mixed driving. This is unheard of efficiency for a full-size pickup.
  • You can get the EcoDiesel across almost the entire Ram 1500 line-up - as long as you are willing to drive a 4-door Quad Cab or Crew Cab model. This means you can stick with the bare-bones ST trim or opt for the suitably decadent Laramie Limited, each of which offers a different take on Ram's bold styling cues.
  • That coil suspension really makes a difference when it comes to handling and ride comfort, especially when dealing with rough roads that would send the empty beds of other pickups skittering from side-to-side. If you want an even smoother experience - along with an adjustable ride height that helps when loading and unloading the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel - you can spec air suspension with the truck.

Cons:

  • It can be quite expensive to add the EcoDiesel engine to the Ram 1500. For a base Quad Cab ST, you're looking at an extra $6,400, while at the extreme other end of the Ram 1500 family it's a $3,850 addition to the Laramie Limited Crew Cab. Part of that cost is stepping up to the 8-speed automatic transmission necessary for the 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 (the base ST starts with a 6-speed auto, the Laramie Limited has it standard), but it's still a bitter pill to swallow.
  • Opting for diesel actual drops maximum towing capacity, but only somewhat. Hemi V8 editions of the Ram 1500 can pull 4,836 kilograms (10,640 lbs), while the EcoDiesel lists at 4,185 kilograms (9,210 lbs).
  • That big 'X' carved into the front grille of high-trim Ram 1500 EcoDiesel models? Yeah, it's more than a little polarizing, and certainly a departure from the cleaner lines offered by other Ram models in the full-size family.

2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

 

ENGINE

3.0-litre turbodiesel V6

OUTPUT

240 hp / 420 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION

8-speed automatic

0-100 KMH

8.5 Seconds

TOP SPEED

N/A

FUEL ECONOMY

12.1 L/100 km City / 8.8 L/100 km Highway

WEIGHT

2,136 kilograms (4,700 lbs) - having trouble locking this down

SEATING CAPACITY

6

TOWING CAPACITy

4,185 kilograms (9,210 lbs)

BASE PRICE

$45,095

AS-TESTED PRICE

$49,695

 

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