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How Reliable Is the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel?

The new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has hit the market! The High Fuel Efficiency (HFE) Crew Cab 4X2 diesel starts at $41,935. Not bad when it touts the best in class maximum diesel towing and available diesel torque.

Is the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel worth it?

The 2021 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine. With 12,560 pounds of towing capacity and 480 lb ft of torque, that’s not bad. It also gets 260 horsepower. The max payload is noted at 2,040 pounds.

The 1500 EcoDiesel has an EPA estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 on the highway. Ram says that the EcoDiesel V6 is a “remarkably quiet, incredibly capable and efficient workhorse.”

Here is how the EcoDiesel lines up against some other diesel trucks. The 2020 Ford F-150 has an 11,500-pound maximum available towing rating. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is 9,300 pounds. The GMC Sierra 1500 is 9,1000 pounds.

How many miles will a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel last?

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As with any truck, that depends on how you treat it. If you take home the 2021 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel from the local dealership and take care of it, it will likely last up to 300,000 miles. In theory, diesel engines should last longer than gasoline counterparts.

The University of Michigan did some research about diesel vs. gasoline automobiles. Back in 2015, things were not as advanced, but the results are interesting.

For trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado 2500, the average mileage per gallon was 13 for gas, 15 for diesel. The price for the vehicle was $34,278 and $43,323 for the diesel option. The average fuel cost for the Silverado was about 7% more over three years of ownership.

For a Dodge Ram 2500, the mileage was 13/15 again. The price was $36,170 for the gasoline and $44,700. For the Ram 2500, the cost of diesel fuel over five years was 8% less.

The Ram brand offers a three-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, should anything go wrong.

What are some similar trucks?

A Ram 1500 Diesel truck badge
A Ram 1500 diesel truck badge on display | Scott Olson/Getty Images

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The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado has a similar 33 miles per gallon on the highway and a 3.0L Duramax diesel.

The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD has a 6.6L Duramax diesel V8. It gets 445 horsepower and 910 lb ft of torque. The price starts at $48,585 but gets more expensive as you go.

Since the Silverado is also a heavy-duty truck, it is exempt from sharing fuel economy statistics. But the Silverado can tow up to 18,500 pounds for the 2500HD and 20,000 pounds for the 3500HD.

The Ford F-150 is one of the more popular trucks available. The Ford F-150 3.0L, Power Stroke diesel, is just behind that with 29 miles per gallon.

The diesel V6 option is only available on the XL trims and up. It also costs about $5,000 extra. But don’t worry, it’ll tow 12,100 pounds with the max trailer tow package, so it can also tow houses or horses.