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2014 Ram 1500 Diesel Tow Ratings Finalized

8/1/2013
When it comes to full-size pickup trucks, numbers matter. Ram has finalized tow ratings for its 2014 Ram 1500 models equipped with 6-cylinder engines, and is claiming "best-in-class" towing capacity combined with "best-in-class" fuel economy.

When equipped with the standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine, the 2014 Ram 1500 can muscle up to 7,450 pounds, according to its maker. Unloaded, this truck returns 25 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

For 2014, the Ram 1500 is available with a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, an option priced at $2,850. When properly configured, it provides a maximum tow rating of 9,200 pounds. According to Ram, the EcoDiesel engine will also deliver better fuel economy than the Ram's base V-6 engine.

Compare these figures with the Ford F-150 with the 3.7-liter V-6 at 6,700 pounds and 23 mpg on the highway, and the Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra with the 4.3-liter V-6 at 7,200 pounds and 24 mpg on the highway. Final towing and fuel-economy ratings are unavailable for the updated 2014 Toyota Tundra as this article is written.

It is important for truck buyers to note that Ram's claim of "best-in-class" is based on a comparison of "base V-6 engines." Ford's optional, twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is still the champ in this regard, able to tow up to 11,300 pounds, while returning 22 mpg on the highway. That's nearly as much as the optional 5.3-liter V-8 installed in competing trucks from General Motors, which tug up to 11,500 pounds and get 23 mpg on the highway.

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