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Gas vs Diesel in the 2014 Ram 1500

By Ingram Park CDJ | Posted in Ram 1500, Ram Trucks, Tips and Tricks on Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Benefits of Diesel Engines


The EcoDiesel engine is capable of a best-in-class torque of 420 lb-ft.

We recently told you about the 2014 Ram 1500 receiving a diesel engine option, but it will also get a gasoline option. The gasoline-powered engine offers some great benefits which may make it difficult for you to make a decision. Diesel engines are popular in Europe, but it’s not until recently that they have been making appearances under the hoods of cars here in the states.

Since they are so new, we know that most of you may not be too well informed about what they offer. To be completely honest, a lot of the information is news to us too, but we’re doing our homework so that we can make sure we can answer all of the questions that you have. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of diesel engines.

One of the greatest benefits of the engines is increased efficiency. There is roughly a 25 to 30 percent increase in efficiency in diesel fuel when compared to regular gasoline. This is the whole reason that semi-trucks use diesel. You can go a lot further on a single tank of gas, which means fewer trips to the pump and more money in your pocket. Another upside is that the price of diesel is roughly the same as regular gasoline right now. Since diesel engines are scarce in the U.S., demand is low. It’s not until more engines are implemented that the supply and demand will change. This makes it a perfect time to buy a diesel engine.

Diesel engines are also beneficial because they don’t take as much maintenance, and they are much more durable. Their rugged build is made to withstand high compressions. With no spark plugs or distributors to mess with, tune ups are completely eliminated.


The Chrysler Group has a feeling that demand will outweigh supply when the truck is first released.

There are a ton of benefits to diesel engines. One reason that we’re looking forward to the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is for the 420 lb-ft of torque. That’s really going to give this monster some superior towing capabilities. Torque is always higher in a diesel engine, which means horsepower is often low, but Ram has found a way around it. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will still provide plenty of horsepower so the light duty pickup will never fall behind.

If you aren’t too interested in making the switch to a diesel engine, just remember that there is also a gasoline-powered engine available. Be sure to check out our new car inventory for that model and expect to see the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by the end of the year. We’ll let you know when we get it via our blog. Get a hold of us quickly if you want to get on the diesel train, however, because this truck is going to go fast.

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