2014 Ram 1500 Hemi with 8-Speed Trans is the Most Efficient V8 Truck in America

The official fuel economy figures for the 2014 Ram 1500 have hit the internet and thanks to the new 8-speed automatic transmission, the half ton Ram pickup has the most efficient V6 and V8 options in the modern truck segment – while also posting very similar fuel economy figures and more power than Ford’s EcoBoost V6.

The 2014 Ram 1500 will come with either the 3.6L Pentastar V6 or the 5.7L Hemi V8 with the new 6-cylinder EcoDiesel slated to arrive later this year. Due to the late availability of the new diesel engine, the fuel economy figures for the new oil burner aren’t available but we do have basic figures for the rest of the lineup, including both a 6- and 8-speed automatic transmission for those trucks fitted with the mighty Hemi along with numbers for 4x2 and 4x4 configurations.

The most efficient option for 2014 Ram 1500 buyers is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 in High Fuel Economy (HFE) trim which yields 18 miles per gallon around town and 25mpg on the highway while packing 305 horsepower and 269lb-ft of torque. Those who opt for the base 4x2 Ram 1500 with the Pentastar V6 (rather than the HFE package) will only lose 1mpg around town but you will still get the 25mpg on the open road. Even in base form, the 2014 Ram 1500 V6 models offer 2 more miles per gallon on the highway over the base model Ford F150 V6 while Ram 1500 HFE owners will also enjoy an advantage around town of 1mpg compared to the Ford.

When you equip the 2014 Ram 1500 Pentastar with 4 wheel drive, fuel economy of the base truck drops to 16mpg around town and 23 on the highway – beating the Ford F150 base model by the same 2mpg on the highway as the 2WD trucks.


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