Updated for 2014: Ram still winning.
The Ram just won Motor Trends Truck of the Year!
The 2013 Ram is now available at dealers. The new 2013 Ram 1500 has some great new technologies to help achieve better fuel economy then the 2013 Ford F150 Eco Boost!
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The 2013 Ram has a new 3.6L Pentastar V6 with a 8 speed automatic allowing the new Ram to get 17 MPG City and 25 MPG Highway for a combined of 20. While the 2013 Ford F150 Eco Boost only gets 16 MPG City and 22 MPG Highway for a combined of 18 MGP.
Fords secret used to be a twin turbo V6 to help produce their numbers, but in reality a twin turbo engine will cost more in the end for maintenance. With Ford’s eco boost you need synthetic motor oil for the turbos. What happens when a turbo blows out after the warranty?
Ram does not run any turbo in the 2013 Ram 1500, but instead uses active grill shutters to shut off air to the engine and increase aerodynamics.
The ram also uses a new shifter knob with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and 8 speed transmission:
The 2013 Ram 1500 has a new frame on the front end, and also a reduction in weight by using high-strength steel.
How the active grill shutters work:
A closer look at the 2013 Ram 1500’s active grill shutters.
As you can see when the active grill shutters are open air stops at the grill which is not very aerodynamic. When the active grill shutters are closed the air is allowed to flow over the truck which increases the aerodynamics and fuel economy.
Why does this all matter?
* The 2013 Ram 1500 3.6L Pentastar V6 costs $4.81 to drive 25 miles while the 2013 Ford F150 3.5L Eco boost costs $5.35 to drive 25 miles. The annual fuel cost for the 2013 Ram 1500 3.6L V6 costs $2900 while the 2013 Ford F150 3.5L V6 costs $3200.
*Based on 45% highway, 55% city driving, 15,000 annual miles and current fuel prices.
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