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Ram’s New Diesel Pickup Truck Packs Mind-Blowing Range

October 13, 2019 Cars By

Diesel power offers plenty of benefits for pickup truck owners. Oil-burning engines tend to offer more torque than similar-sized gasoline equivalents, and it usually makes its power lower in the rev range — two traits that make it superior for towing and off-roading alike. But diesel fuel is also more power-dense than gasoline, which means, all things being equal, a vehicle can travel further on a tank of it than on the same amount of super unleaded.

In the case of the new 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, for example, the turbodiesel engine under the hood can move the truck up to 32 miles for every gallon of diesel consumed. And that’s not some pie-in-the-sky conjecture. That’s the official word from the Environmental Protection Agency, which rated the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and its 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 making 260 hp and 480 lb-ft at 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway

Admittedly, that’s only for the two-wheel-drive version of the turbodiesel-powered Ram 1500. Most of us are more interested in the 4×4 version — it makes up 80 percent of full-sales the added weight and drag of the extra drivetrain components in that version, however, drag the gas mileage fuel economy down to 21 mpg city / 29 mpg highway. Still, those numbers for the 2WD and 4WD diesel Rams are two mpg better in-town five mpg better on the open road than the next-best gas-powered V6 model, and 8–10 mpg better than the V8 version.

That highway-crushing mileage comes in particularly handy when paired with the Ram’s optional larger 33-gallon fuel tank. Use it to its full potential, and the EcoDiesel 4×2 can roll a stunning 1,056 miles without stopping — more than 16 hours straight at 65 miles per hour. The 4×4 EcoDiesel’s reduced mileage knocks its range below the magic 1,000-mile mark, but not by much; it can still go 957 miles on a single tank. That, for the record, means the four-wheel-drive version packs enough fuel to drive from Gear Patrol‘s Manhattan office to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (or, less excitingly, Jacksonville, Florida) without stopping; the RWD one, in turn, can drive from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park on one tank, or from Seattle to North Dakota.

Granted, that range may drop in the real world; keeping the speedometer pinned north of the speed limit, towing, or driving around with a full load in the cabin and/or bed might bring those impressive fuel economy numbers down. Still, assuming you’re making good use of the new Ram‘s plethora of cupholders, you’ll almost certainly need to stop to empty your tank before you need to fill the truck’s.

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Will Sabel Courtney

Will Sabel Courtney is Gear Patrol’s Motoring Editor, formerly of The Drive and RIDES Magazine. You can often find him test-driving new cars in New York City, cursing the slow-moving traffic surrounding him.

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