The most basic Ram 1500 EcoDiesel you can buy is the Tradesman 2WD model for $38,585. The diesel is a $4,995 option box but just a $3,000 premium over the extra-cost 5.7-liter Hemi V8.
It’s the cheapest out of the Big Three diesels with both Ford and Chevrolet options in the mid $40K-range. It’s also the torquiest. Ford’s Powerstroke comes in at 444 lb-ft and Chevy’s Duramax is rated at 460 lb-ft.
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The Ram 1500, with the new multifunction, dual-hinge tailgate (opens barn-door style in addition to normally) has the nicest interior you can find in a pickup. As for the new look, it’s subjective, but I’d go GMC Sierra, Ram, F-150, Chevy, in that order.
Ram sales are up almost 30 percent through June over the first six months of last year, while the Silverado is down more than 12 percent. The buyers are speaking with their pocketbooks.
But if you’re an F-150 person, a Silverado person, a Ram person, surely you won’t be swayed.
No matter what brand you choose, if you haven’t driven a pickup in 20 years you’ll be more than pleasantly surprised -- you’ll be blown away.