The Ram 1500 has made a rather large splash since spinning off from the Dodge division, as it has brought in several different Truck of the Year awards since its inception. This trend continues as Esquire Magazine recently named the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel as the Truck of the Year. Although the vehicle did not undergo major changes in design, which is a requirement for some other truck of the year awards, Esquire Magazine gave the award to the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel due to its performance, style and overall fuel economy, which is the best in the class.
Clean diesel is something that, while it has been around in the United States, is just recently picking up steam. It has been rather popular throughout Europe, as diesel is able to burn longer than traditional gasoline, which allows each gallon of diesel to provide an increase in fuel economy. The clean diesel offering reduces the amount of carbon monoxide that enters the atmosphere as well, reducing an individual's impact on the environment. With the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, it takes advantage of both of these elements, allowing the driver to cut fuel costs while also slashing their environmental impact.
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is able to obtain 28 miles per gallon on the highway, which is the best highway fuel economy for any full-size, half-ton pickup in the United States. This also surpasses the EPA highway rating and requirements and sets a new record for highway fuel economy. The previous version was held by the Ram 1500 with a 3.6-liter Pentstar V-6 gasoline engine, which put out 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
Ram has been its own division from Dodge since 2009, and since the creation of the new division, the company has continued to bring in award after award. The Ram lineup of trucks, which also includes the Ram 350 Heavy Duty, which provides desirable work performance for those who need an improvement in towing, is just another option for someone who wants the best of the best in performance. In 2015, the Ram trucks provide some of the very best in class offerings for anyone looking for such performance. These stats start out with the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The Ram 3500 also has several best in class feature. This includes the top towing capacity of 30,000 pounds. It also has the best in class torque, with 865 lb.-ft.
In terms of specs, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel comes with a diesel engine that is able to produce 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. It uses a rear-wheel drive train and 8-speed automatic. This 8-speed helps cut down on the fuel wasted while shifting, as more the gears available, the less of a drag there is between shifting, which in turn cuts down on the amount of fuel lost. The top speed of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is 115 miles per hour and it is able to go from 0 to 60 in 7.9 seconds, which is rather impressive for a truck of this size.
The truck comes with anti-lock brakes, disc brakes with ventilated disc brakes in the front and solid disc brakes in the rear. It uses Bluetooth connectivity for syncing a mobile device with the stereo system and it also has a USB connection as well. As for safety, outside of the air bags, it has active cruise control, parking assist, a rear view camera and tire pressure monitor, so the driver is always able to determine whether or not the truck needs its tires filled up.
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has been receiving awards since its inception, and the latest award given to the truck and the vehicle manufacturer is the Esquire Magazine Truck of the Year, thanks to the design, performance and the fuel economy of the truck.
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