Ram Truck just unveiled the 2021 Ram 1500 HFE EcoDiesel, touted as a fresh, more fuel-efficient option for the Ram pickup roster. However, despite its new-and-improve fuel economy ratings, the Ram 1500 HFE fails to best the Chevy Silverado diesel when it comes to efficiency.
The latest 2021 Ram 1500 HFE EcoDiesel posts fuel economy ratings of 23 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. By comparison, the Chevy Silverado 1500 diesel matches the Ram with regard to city and highway fuel efficiency at 23 mpg and 33 mpg, respectively, while surpassing the Ram in combined fuel efficiency with 27 mpg, 1 mpg more than the Ram’s 26 mpg combined.
For reference, we have listed the mpg ratings for both models below, as well as several other models in the segment:
|Model||Drivetrain||City (mpg)||Highway (mpg)||Combined (mpg)|
|2021 Chevy Silverado 1500||2WD||23||33||27|
|2021 GMC Sierra 1500||2WD||23||30||26|
|2021 Ram 1500 HFE||2WD||23||33||26|
|2021 Ram 1500||2WD||22||32||26|
|2021 Chevy Silverado 1500||4WD||22||26||24|
|2021 Ford F-150||4WD||20||27||23|
|2021 GMC Sierra 1500||4WD||22||26||24|
|2021 Ram 1500||4WD||21||29||24|
To note, the “HFE” in Ram 1500 HFE EcoDiesel stands for “High Fuel Efficiency.” The new Ram is equipped with a 3.0L turbodiesel V6 powerplant mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The HFE model is only available with 2WD, and is offered in a crew cab four-door configuration with a 5-foot, 7-inch bed. Further equipment specs include 20-inch wheels, a black bumper and grille, a tonneau cover, side steps, and cloth bucket seats. Pricing starts at $42,240 ($43,935 including $1,695 destination) with sales ramping up in Q2 of 2021.
By comparison, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel is equipped with the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax, which mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine option is available in several different body configurations, including Double Cab / Standard Bed, Crew Cab / Short Bed, and Crew Cab / Standard Bed. Pricing starts at $42,390 ($44,085 including $1,695 destination) for 2WD Double Cab / Standard Bed LT models, and is available now.