Fiat-Chrysler’s Ram has been making a lot of noise about its Ram EcoDiesel. Sure, it’s the first diesel in a half-ton pickup truck in what is seemingly ever. But is it actually any good?
Below, we compare the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 with GM’s 2.8L Duramax I4 in the midsize 2016 Chevy Colorado and 2016 GMC Canyon. Yes, it’s purely an on-paper comparison, but it provides a rather healthy perspective.
|METRIC:||2.8L DURAMAX I4 TURBO DIESEL||3.0L ECODIESEL TURBO DIESEL V6||+ / – COLORADO/CANYON DIESEL|
|MPG CITY:||23 (EST)||21||+2|
|MPG HWY:||30 (EST)||29||+1|
|MPG COMBINED:||26 (EST)||24||+2|
So, the Ram EcoDiesel has more power (59 horsepower) and more torque (51 pound-feet), that much is expected given that it is 0.2 liters and two cylinders larger than the baby Duramax. But what about fuel economy?
GM has yet to release preliminary or official fuel economy figures for the Duramax-powered Colorado and Canyon, rumors have it that the trucks will attain at least 23 MPG city and 30 MPG highway for a 26 combined MPG. Such fuel economy figures would surely top those of the full-size Ram EcoDiesel. But since the fuel economy figures are by no means official, all we can do is wait for GM to release them.
What do you expect fuel economy to be for the Colorado Duramax and Canyon Duramax? Talk to us in the comments.