Tuesday, November 12, 2013

F-150 EcoBoost vs EcoDiesel Dodge Ram

WESTLAND, Mich. - The Ford EcoBoost engine comes optional on many of the Ford vehicles on our lot. However, we find that it really shines and is the most impressive and rewarding in our Ford trucks. While many have stepped up their game and tried to reproduce the fantastic results seen on our Ford Trucks with the EcoBoost engine, none have even come close - the EcoBoost engine technology is unique. To give you a better idea of how the engine works, we've decided to compare one of our F-series vehicles with one of its competitors: the F-150 EcoBoost vs. EcoDiesel Dodge Ram.

Round 1: Torque. The Dodge Ram 3.0-L EcoDiesel claims they have the best-in-class torque with 420 lb.-ft. - it's true, they do! It's important to note however that no other competitor, including Ford, offers vehicles in the Class 1 light-duty diesel pickup class (class 1 means that the Dodge Ram falls somewhere in between the 0-6,000 lb weight range). So it's true that the Ram has best-in-class torque, but only because it has no competition. If you take a look at the more populated light-duty pickup class, the 3.5L EcoBoost matches the 3.0L EcoDiesel's torque while delivering more horsepower. Speaking of horsepower..

Round 2: Horsepower. The 3.5L EcoBoost engine uses the same amount of torque as the 3.0L EcoDiesel's but produces more horsepower. The EcoBoost engine produces 365 HP and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, while the EcoDiesel only produces 240 HP with the same amount of torque. This means that the EcoBoost engine is able to create more power at higher vehicle speeds.

Round 3: Towing. If you own a truck, you will most likely tow something at some point during your vehicle's life. Since you'll be using your truck to tow, you want to know that your vehicle will be able to handle a massive load without strain. When you compare the Ram 3.0L EcoDiesel and the Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost, Ford pushes Ram to the curb. The Ram is rated to tow 9,200 lbs., while the F-150 can tow up to 11,300 lbs. when equipped with the Max. Trailer Tow Package or Heavy-Duty Payload Package - that's an impressive 2,100 lbs. more!

Round 4: Fuel. Trucks aren't typically known for their fuel efficiency. However, with the EcoBoost engine the F-150 has an EPA rating of 16 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway and a solid 18 mpg combined. The EcoDiesel does appear to be more fuel efficient with a 22 mpg rating overall, however, the EcoDiesel uses diesel fuel - a more expensive fuel than the regular unleaded that fuels the 3.5L EcoBoost. So while you think you're saving money on gas with the better gas mileage, on average you'll actually pay more for the more expensive fuel.

F-150 EcoBoost vs EcoDiesel Dodge Ram

While it's really up to you who the winner is in this F-150 EcoBoost vs. EcoDiesel Dodge Ram faceoff, we think it's pretty clear that Ford wins on horsepower, towing and payload. If you'd like to test drive the F-150 and see for yourself the superior handling of this great Ford truck, stop by our dealership! We are proud to be a Downriver Area Ford Dealer, offering everything from Auto Loan assistance to Low Mileage Used Cars to information on the Ford Early Bird Lease Turn In.

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  1. You read a bunch of numbers and based your comparison on them. I own a Ford, diesel, and have to say that what you have not taken into consideration is the RPM range for max torque. This is especially important for towing. This is always an argument between my gas engine owning friends that have some big block in their one ton truck. As soon as we get into the hills with trailers on the back, it is obvious who can hold their max torque when they need it. A piece of paper with the company telling you what the tow rating is, is not a way to determine which truck can do the work when you need it.

  2. It isn't hard to figure out this is a Ford bias comparison. To be fair Ford has sold a lot of light duty trucks and continue to do so. I think the best way to compare pick ups is in real world testing. I don't know what it is like in other areas but where I am from 11,000 lbs behind a light duty pick up is ridiculous. To pull that kind of weight you need a class one licences and that involves an air ticket etc. I suggest a loop pulling 9000 lbs (under the 10,000 you require a class one for) of hills and flat, city and highway. Record downshifts on the grades, speed loss, etc. then compare fuel economy. I would put money on the Ram any day as the Ecodiesel hit max torque at 2000 where the Ecoboost has to scream at a much high rev to make max torque. The 8 speed also give a decided advantage to the Ram.

    1. the ecoboost makes the same tq @ the same rpm and it has more than 100 hp over the Doge and you save .40 to .80 cents per gal even if the diesel gets 5mpg better you loose every fill up. my 11 f-150 H.D. 4x4 has avg 19mpg for over 50000 miles and I drive it hard, load it heavy 3,000 in 8foot bed and have towed 12000 lbs it is more truck than that Doge will ever be and it runs the 1/4 mile in 14.00@ 96mph and it comes in at 6200lbs with me in it.