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How does 33 Miles Per Gallon coupled with a towing capacity of 12,560 pounds sound to you? For most, pretty darned good, and that’s what the Ram 1500 powered by a 3.0L EcoDiesel engine has to offer up. But for sake of argument, lets dive into this discussion. Sure, countless sedans can easily best those numbers, and with the rise of hybrids and fully electric vehicles, fuel economy numbers continue to rise. But, lets see you load the EcoDiesel’s maximum payload of 2,090 in the trunk of a sedan and see what happens. I’m sure we could all find some good videos on YouTube if you’re not brave enough to try this at home. On the other hand, any of the modern three-quarter and one trucks trucks on the market boast nearly double the towing and payload capacity of a Ram 1500, sure, no argument there, but the fuel economy is substantially less at the same time. Realistically, most people use their trucks to haul a boat or camp trailer on the weekends, load it up with landscaping materials every now and then, and then it’s a commuter during the week. And for this, the EcoDiesel is a perfect workhorse that will deliver the fuel economy, respectable power, and towing capabilities that will get the job done.
Now, the big question, what is there to improve? For starters, the factory rated horsepower of 260 and 480 foot pounds of torque could use some adjustment that leans further North of the 300 HP mark. And guess what, you can get that pretty easily without negatively effecting the fuel economy. And how about the stance? While the lower ride height makes it easy to load a four wheeler into the bed, it leaves little room for taller, more aggressive tires or ground clearance, in general.
Diesel Power Products offers a host of upgrades and OEM replacement components to improve the power, fuel economy, ride quality, stance, and even reliability of your EcoDiesel. We carry products from the best names in the business, and as always, if you have any questions about what products are right for you, do not hesitate to give us a call or send an e-mail to [email protected] and we would be happy to help!