Ram’s 1500 half-ton pickup truck is available for the 2020 model year with a diesel engine, dubbed the EcoDiesel, and we’ve been pretty impressed with the setup in our time with it so far — which only builds on how impressed we are with this latest generation of Ram 1500 overall. Our first drive of the truck allowed for about 150 miles of seat time, but when an opportunity arrived for Cars.com reviewer Brian Wong to drive a 4×4 EcoDiesel from Los Angeles to Zion National Park in Utah and back, we decided it was a good chance to put the EcoDiesel to the test.
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The 900-mile-plus trip was comfortable and quiet — unusual given the typical noisiness of diesel engines — but disappointing from a fuel economy perspective. While 25 mpg for a regular gasoline-engine pickup would be a good result, given the highway driving that comprised the vast majority of the trip, Wong was hoping for something closer to the EPA’s 29 mpg highway fuel-economy rating for the 4×4 diesel-powered Ram (the 4×2 version has an even higher 32 mpg highway rating). You can check out that story below to see why the Ram may have fallen short of its ratings.
In other major truck news this week, Ford is recalling a whopping 232,000 or so model-year 2017-19 Super Duty pickups for a defect that could cause a short in the electric latch release of the tailgate, potentially resulting in the tailgate opening unexpectedly and unrestrained cargo falling out and causing a crash. That safety action is juxtaposed with a far smaller (but perhaps equally dangerous) recall of about 200 model-year 2019 Ram 1500 pickups for a defect that could cause a short circuit of the power steering system.
Tesla Cybertruck news and more recalls lie beyond that, so be sure to keep reading for all the truck news from the past week from both Cars.com and sister site PickupTrucks.com.
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