EPA Finally Rates the Full 2019 Ram 1500 Lineup

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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For the majority of this year, Ram fans have been limited to a single choice of powertrain in the new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck. The stalwart and sonorous 5.7-liter Hemi V8 was the sole available selection for ages, with the eTorque-assisted V6 and V8 motors scarce on the ground until recently.

The feds have at last doffed their cloak from over the eTorque V6 and officially stamped an EPA mileage rating on it. Buyers satisfied with a two-wheel-drive truck powered by six cylinders will find themselves in command of a pickup rated at 25 mpg.

Briefly, for those who just want the numbers, check out this chart listing all six powertrain combinations: V6, V8, and eTorque V8 in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations.

Not bad, given the prodigious thirst foisted upon pickup drivers not so many years ago. However, buyers should be aware that the EPA rates the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic (y’know, the old-style truck they’re still building) with a Hemi and 4×4 at an identical 15 city / 21 highway / 17 combined. Hmmm. This is surprising, given the amount of aero addenda shovelled at the new Ram in an effort to streamline the thing. Both new and old trucks mentioned in these ratings have the excellent eight-speed automatic.

It would seem, then, that those looking for a bit of savings at the pump but still desiring a V8 would we well advised to splurge on the eTorque Hemi. At an option cost of $1,450, the 2 mpg bump in combined driving would take seven years to pay for itself, assuming 15,000 miles of annual driving at an average fuel price of $3/gallon.

During the eTorque launch, the EPA had yet to rate the V6 and Ram spox predicted a 2 or 3 mpg bump in fuel efficiency. It turns out they were right on the money. With the 2019 eTorque rated at 20 city / 25 highway / 22 combined in 2WD guise, it handily beats its non-electrified forebear, which was rated 17/25/20. The old V6 4WD is rated 16/23/19, meaning the mild hybrid system improves fortunes by 3 mpg in town, 1 on the highway, and 2 in combined conditions.

For comparison purposes, Ford’s 2.7-liter 4×4 is rated at 19 city / 24 highway / 21 mpg combined, identical to Ram’s new V6 eTorque. The Blue Oval’s 3.5L EcoBoost is rated at 17 city / 23 highway / 19 mpg, nigh identical to the V8 eTorque.

As mentioned in our First Drive review, there’s nothing stopping FCA from installing eTorque on anything that’s powered by a Pentastar or 5.7L Hemi. Those in the know say that course of action is all but assured. With improved numbers like these, expect it to appear on the likes of Chargers and Challengers – among others – sooner rather than later.

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  • Hummer Hummer on Sep 04, 2018

    I like that the air dam appears *cleanly* removable. Not any of the GM BS where the air damn is part of the lower bumper and makes the truck look incomplete when removed.

    • Ajla Ajla on Sep 05, 2018

      On the plus column for the Colorado, the air dam is easy to take off and greatly improves the look of the truck IMO. off-road.com/images/content/Dirt-Turn-Chevy-Colorado-Mid-Sized-Shootout-12-29-14.jpg

  • DC Bruce DC Bruce on Sep 05, 2018

    Based on my own experience with my 6.2 GMC, if you;'re concerned about fuel economy, you don't want to be using a pickup as a grocery-getter in the suburbs. Repeatedly accelerating a 5,000 lb. mass is going to take its toll on fuel economy, no matter how efficient the powerplant. The physics are all against you, in comparison even to a 3-row SUV. OTOH, the best use of a pickup is on longer sustained runs, i.e. on the highway. So, i would say the most relevant comparison is the highway EPA rating.

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